Cottage Cheese

She offered me a taste. I looked around the room of that very famous Philadelphia restaurant and noticed something peculiar to a 5 year old.

Only the heaviest patrons were having the cottage cheese platter.

cheese and fruit“No thanks, Grandma, cottage cheese makes you fat !”

My mother was embarrassed, Grandma had little to say, it was a childhood moment that I remember so vividly.

It was the go-to diet food of the 1950’s and 60’s and a very common luncheon plate that didn’t seem to be working for many.

I don’t think I went near that stuff for most of my life; never a fan.

Now, it is one of my favorite summer breakfast foods, paired with seasonal fruit. For me, it starts in Spring with strawberries, then melons, especially cantaloupe. This month, it is all about fresh peaches, nectarines and the imported mango and kiwi.

I use about a half cup of cottage cheese, with salt and ground black pepper to provide the contrast to sweet, and a side of grilled pita bread, done on my gas range in less than a minute.

It provides protein, carbs, fiber and energizes my morning. Perfect.

My mother and grandmother must be smiling somewhere.

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36 Responses to Cottage Cheese

  1. Sounds a wonderful breakfast Van 🙂

  2. George says:

    Smart ladies, but you’re right about bacon and almost anything else…:)

  3. Just Plain Ol' Vic says:

    Love cottage cheese and fruit!

  4. Amy says:

    That is hilarious – little kids are so honest. I am a fan of cottage cheese and fruit especially for a breakfast change. 😄

  5. I love cottage cheese and I love to mix it with fruit and walnuts. It really one of those foods that give you the most bang for your buck.

  6. I’ve never really developed a taste for the stuff. However, I confess that for some reason, that sounds really good.

  7. Angie Mc says:

    Cottage cheese is on my very short list of food I miss due to not being able to tolerate dairy. When my gut heals, cottage cheese is on a short list of the first foods I’ll eat…with cantaloupe, YUM!

  8. What an observant child! Cracked me up. I love cottage cheese with fruit. I never thought to put salt and pepper on it. I’ll have to try that. 🙂

  9. LaVagabonde says:

    Cottage cheese is quite versatile. Those were also the days of cottage cheese/Jell-O concoctions. Did you avoid those, too? 😉

  10. lbeth1950 says:

    I would have never thought of that!

  11. I love cottage cheese with pineapple, but I can’t wait to get back to my porridge once the Autumn really sets in, Van. Sweet or salty porridge? Has to be sweet for me all the time, just like with my popcorn.

    • I’ve never been sure, Hugh, is porridge any different than oatmeal ? I like mine with a lot of cinnamon. Most foods, though, I lean toward savory, even spicy as my tastes have changed a lot over the (maturing) years. ☺ Popcorn…salt, butter and dill for me.

      • Hi Van, oatmeal is the same as porridge. I usually make mine with skimmed milk, although many people also use water. I find it fills you up and keeps you going until lunchtime. I usually have blueberries on mine but, as a real treat, I also like a little golden syrup on it. I can feel my waistline expanding with just the thought.

      • Okay then, thanks. I use half milk/half water and add cinnamon, berries, and sliced almonds. Sustains me a long while. ☺

  12. markbialczak says:

    I enjoy it as a side now, too, Van. I think cottage cheese is a good you have to grow into!

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