Yogurt is one of my very favorite foods in the world. My passion for yogurt borders on obsessive. If it wasn't such a healthy food, you might consider it an unhealthy obsession. I eat it for breakfast with fruit, for lunch with granola and honey, and for dinner next to rice, beans, vegetables.

This post is not really a recipe, it's more of a lesson on the technique for enjoying yogurt, in its plainest, simplest form. If you try it and like it, please let me know. I know it isn't revolutionary, but it'll give me such joy to know that I've made a yogurt fan of you.

Here goes:
  • Step 1. Buy some plain yogurt. (I like Stonyfield Farm brand.) Do not, under any circumstances, buy sweetened yogurt, especially not artificially sweetened stuff. Do not buy the fat free stuff. A little bit of fat won't kill you.
  • Step 2.  Drain your yogurt so it gets really thick and creamy. This requires a bit of advance planning but is well worth it. Line a colander or strainer with a piece of cheesecloth or a paper towel. Put the colander over a large bowl. Put the yogurt into the prepared colander and cover it with plastic wrap or foil. Leave the yogurt in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. The liquid will drip into the bowl and your yogurt will become thick and lovely. Discard the liquid.
  • Step 3.  Add a little drizzle of honey or maple syrup. Don't overdo it. You want the tartness of the yogurt to come through.
  • Step 4. Sprinkle with some granola, or surround with fruit.

That's it! Sit back and enjoy one of the world's tastiest foods. It doesn't get much simpler.