Food Stuff

Illustration By Marianne Mancina

I’m a creature of habit when it comes to breakfast. Mine almost always feature yogurt with cereal and fruit. But within that strict framework, I’m willing to experiment. That’s how I happened upon Greek-style yogurt, a delight that literally and figuratively has enriched my morning routine. This thick and unbelievably creamy dairy product is just regular yogurt, strained to remove the excess liquid that can make plain yogurt unfortunately watery, but I’m convinced that somehow the makers have slipped a little crack into the mix. It’s that good. Trader Joe’s sells both a house brand and an imported Greek variety, Total. (The latter comes in whole-milk, low-fat, and nonfat versions, and this is one case where the lower-fat product is almost identical to the full-fat one.) Lately, I’m addicted to a morning combo of strawberries, dates, Grape-Nuts, and the cold and gently tangy yogurt, but I’m sure those less hidebound than I could find other possibilities.