One thing I make for my children and myself every morning is a smoothie. I can't imagine breakfast at home with no smoothie. It's like something is missing. I make a smoothie on a daily basis because it is the most efficient way for my children to have different kinds of fruits in a short period of time. My daughter is a slow eater. If I give her a bowl of fruit, it will take half of an hour for her to finish it. Also, even though I wouldn't say she is a picky eater, there is some fruit she prefers to "drink" rather than "eat," such as blueberry and blackberry. She also loves the idea of creating her own smoothie. First Kiss Smoothie is one of her favorite.
First Kiss Strawberry Smoothie
- 2 cups fresh strawberries halved
- 1 banana quartered
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup milk
- Add all ingredients to a high powered blender and blend until smooth.
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Melissa is 100% MIT (Made in Taiwan), where she worked as a food writer. She’s also worked alongside renowned chefs like Ming Tsai and Joanne Chang, honing her craft and gathering stories along the way. Part story-teller, part educator, and part food lover, Melissa brings a special blend of experience, skill, and enthusiasm to her work. She blends her Asian background, her new home of New England, and love of food and culture to bring joy, optimism, and inspiration to food lovers and fun-seekers everywhere.
What sparked your passion for the industry?
The desire to make things by hand. The joy of sharing delicious, hearty food with students. The opportunity for people to get connected via cooking and baking. When a child smiled broadly and told me it’s the best scone he has ever made and eaten, it really made my day!
In your opinion, what’s the most important course?
Well, I usually take a peek at the wine list first. I like tapas style, so the course doesn’t really matter. Cheese and charcuterie are always a good place to start. And since I’m a pastry chef, there is always room for dessert!
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