For as long as I can remember, I've been a huge fan of dessert. As a little girl, conversations around the dinner table would go something like this:
Parent: "Zoë, please finish your broccoli."
Zoë: "But I'm so full! (whine, whine, grumble, grumble, finishes broccoli) Can I have ice cream?!"
Parent: "I thought you were so full?"
"My breakfast stomach is full, my lunch stomach is full, my snack
stomach is full, my dinner stomach is full, but my dessert stomach is
I was one precocious kid. While I've gotten older and wiser since those days (I now love broccoli!), one thing that hasn't changed is my appreciation for that special
last meal of the day, the opportunity to fill my "dessert stomach." I don't discriminate - cookies, cake,
ice cream, pie, candy - I love sugar and I've been known to eat whatever I can get my hands on. My palate has matured over the years and I've grown to favor
certain sweets in particular, with lemon curd and chocolate mousse topping the list. For the most part, I
love to eat nutritiously, enjoy coming up with healthy
alternatives to my favorite comfort foods, and feel great when I eat well. However, nothing can compete with a
decadent, rich treat and I believe that it's practically a requirement to allow oneself to indulge now and then. After all, they
say everything in moderation, right?