Dana Slatkin

Yogurt Granola Parfait

Yogurt Granola ParfaitI am not good at goodbyes, especially when it comes to summer. While packing my suitcase with sparkly rocks and macramé bracelets and the random detritus of our family vacation, I was dreading the farewell. What had seemed like an overwhelming abyss of time to fill had become a collection of sweet moments I wanted to hold onto forever.

Our closest friends stopped over to say goodbye. And with each hug, a moment shared together unraveled — a beautiful hike, a bike ride, a picnic at dusk. We promised we would see each other same time next year, maybe even sooner. But I was already flooding with tears.

On the plane ride home, as I replayed some of the summer’s highlights in my head, I remembered this recipe, one I made over the vacation along with 25 preschool campers. Sweet, tart, creamy, crunchy, it had all the layered goodness of our vacation. A healthy afternoon treat for the kids… or a pretty breakfast to serve the grownups.

And it reminded me of the importance of saying goodbye, however bittersweet. In some circles, greetings seem to be going the way of thank-you notes and smile lines. But properly delivered with a smile, a goodbye says “You matter to me, and so does this moment.” And it makes the next hello that much sweeter.

For another summery snack or side dish, try my Asparagus Fritters and Whole-Grain Fried Tomatoes!

Enter your favorite way to enjoy tomatoes in our August Cooking Contest for a chance to win some extra special kitchen swag!

Photo credit: GoodHousekeeping.com

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  1. Julie says:

    Was in LA a few weeks ago and had some of the best granola I’ve ever eaten at the Urth cafe. Since then, I’ve been wanting to make some home made granola- I’ll try your recipe!
    Saying goodbye to summer is tough for me, too- I have gotten used to riding my bike everywhere in a little seaside town, and enjoying cheap, fresh seafood at my disposal at all times! But I am excited to return to the city, and to enjoy the amazing flavors of fall.

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