Comfort food! A term we are all familiar with using, but what do these foods represent for us? To be comfortable means to be relaxed, to be relaxed means we have to be free of fear and anxiety. We seek solace in these foods, at least temporarily. A pint of ice cream to remedy a broken heart or a bowl of homemade soup for a bad day at work, these foods represent safer, happier times often stemming from childhood memories. Warm cookies and milk, grilled cheese and tomato soup, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, all comforting but not very diet friendly. This all seems to support the fact that January diets have an overwhelming failure rate. Post-holiday, too much money spent, too much family dynamics, too many uncomfortable social situations and the truth is we all want a month to recover and comfort ourselves!! Maybe this year the New Year’s resolution should be to indulge and coddle “self” for the month of January wallowing in our relaxing food choices, then embrace the health and diet challenges in February. (Of course, that is, only until chocolates at Valentine’s Day!). Would you be willing to forgo the January diet and just comfort yourself?
Summer berries, fresh whipped cream, and vanilla cake That is what we crave in the heat. Nature provides these gorgeous berries throughout the season. Combine that with a simple vanilla cake and whipped cream to add the sensation of full-bodied flavor, sweetness and texture. The one, two, threes…it is