And he taught me a lot. He taught me that the best thing to do during the hard times is to surround yourself with what you love and share it with friends. For me, it's always been yummy food. And that I did.
I've cooked meals small and large throughout college, from comfort food to vegan fare. Simply inviting people over to eat has been a great way for me to get to know new acquaintances, celebrate with close friends, and even attract the love of my life.
Recently, I was asked to cater an event for a student organization I used to lead and needed to come up with a semi-healthy dessert on the fly. So, for old time's sake, I headed over to my trusty friend Trader Joe's for some inspiration. I came up with what I thought was a simple, no-fuss dish; surprisingly, I received many requests for the recipe, introducing me to new friendships and the opportunity to spread what I love to others!
So, like the popular self-help book, you too can win friends and influence others with just 3 ingredients from Trader Joe's.
Vanilla Berry Crumble
- 1 package Trader Joe's Ultimate Vanilla Wafers
- 1 tub (1 lb.) Trader Joe's Organic Vanilla Yogurt
- 1 package frozen Trader Joe's Fancy Berry Medley (store in refrigerator overnight or thaw for 30 minutes before preparing)
Stir together thawed berries and yogurt in a medium or large bowl. (I did this ahead of time and stored it in that container on the right because I used the same mixture for a Thanksgiving dessert)
Place vanilla wafers in a single layer on the bottom of an 8x8 square dish