Kick start your day with a good breakfast

A Toast

I occasionally read The New York Post in the morning. What a screwed-up paper that is! On one page, they’ll be excoriating Obama for everything and ranting that liberal America is not hewing to the religion of our forefathers; on the other, they’ll revel in the dirtiest details of Eliot Spitzer’s love life. Still, there are usually one or two items that are worth reading. Yesterday morning, it was the sweet story of Stephanie Smith who vowed to make her boyfriend Eric Schulte 300 sandwiches. He vowed, if she did, to ask her to marry him. She got her ring at #257.


What to do but mark this festive occasion with a breakfast sandwich!

Mayonnaise on whole wheat toast, fresh plum tomato, hard-boiled egg, sea salt, and pepper

Mayonnaise on whole wheat toast, fresh plum tomato, hard-boiled egg, sea salt, and pepper

The real reason this story resonates? May 21 is our 26th wedding anniversary. The time has flown; the love and support have not.




Hungry Before Noon?

What do you eat to keep yourself going until lunchtime? I always have protein in the morning, but somehow salty protein works better for me than sweet. This morning I had yogurt, blueberries, and a small handful of lightly salted nuts and I am counting the minutes at 11:30am until I can have my soup and salad. This doesn’t happen when I have cottage or hard cheese, eggs, and meats. What’s up with that?

I think it’s the carbs that boost your energy in the short-term: low-fat yogurt has 45 grams of carbs per serving  (39 of them sugars) while shredded mozzarella has 0. The cheese has a lot more saturated fat (20% vs. 8% for the yogurt). I’m not a nutritionist, so this could be wildly off the mark, but I think I’m on to something.

Here’s a valuable article from Weight Watchers that explains how to build a better mix of nutrients in the morning:

“It’s important to combine some protein along with some complex carbohydrates to provide sustained energy throughout the morning,” says Bonnie Taub-Dix, MA, RD, a Long Island–based dietitian in private practice. Opt for no-fuss choices like a slice of cheese on whole-wheat bread, egg whites on toast, whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk, even half a turkey sandwich .

¡buenos días

¡buenos días

Read the whole piece for more sensible advice to keep us from feeling starved.


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North Carolina, Here I Come

I’m off to the land of grits, biscuits, and hush puppies for my nephew Johnny’s graduation from UNC at Chapel Hill. Ye Olde Waffle Shop, here I come. But more important, there’s a big accomplishment to celebrate.

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Time goes so fast. But Johnny’s never lost that sweet determination and his thoughtful concern for the rest of us. He’s got so much promise. I feel better leaving the future to him.

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William Morrow, 2013

William Morrow, 2013

Sometimes a romance novel does your heart good. I needed a complete rest from work, from contentious world affairs, from issues like loss and grief, bullying and life’s unfairness, so I picked up Sarah-Kate Lynch’s The Wedding Bees.

A young beekeeper moves to NYC’s Lower East Side where she and her bees and their honey make the cynical, distrusting world around them a much sweeter place. Could’ve loved it more if there were recipes included for all the mouthwatering treats she makes and shares: honey loaf, lemon honey cookies, and honey roasted chicken, to name a few.

Now that I have a jones for honey cookies, I found an enticing, quick recipe for One-Pot Honey-Oatmeal Drop Cookies in Nancy Baggett’s Simply Sensational Cookies .

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I’ll make a batch (40-45 2″ cookies) to take down to North Carolina this Thursday as a thank-you gift to my Airbnb host and energy for my nephew and his housemates as they run from one graduation event to the next. And they’ll make the perfect quick bite for breakfast on my way to the airport, a place nowadays that could always use a sweetener!


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Don’t Blame the Eggs!


In honor of this Wall Street Journal article on the incorrect science that drove us away from eggs and animal fats to carbs, I made a frittata with hot sausage, onion, zucchini, and a sprinkling of grated Pecorino Romano cheese. Delicious!

“Too much whole-grain oatmeal for breakfast and whole-grain pasta for dinner, with fruit snacks in between, add up to a less healthy diet than one of eggs and bacon, followed by fish. The reality is that fat doesn’t make you fat or diabetic. Scientific investigations going back to the 1950s suggest that actually, carbs do.”

Too much of anything is a mistake. Enjoy a whole variety of foods, in moderate portions, and all should be well.


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