Hungry for Comfort

Carne asada french fries. Freshly baked mac and cheese. Chocolate covered pretzels. These foods, paired with the comfort of my faith, family, and friends, can generally help me overcome just about anything.

Those close to me know that I somehow end up in charge of a lot of things. I’m a control freak. Just kidding. But really, it’s not necessarily by position, but I always choose to be a leader; I choose to take responsibility for the well-being of those around me. Whether it’s spearheading a project, or  simply recommending an awesome restaurant, ensuring that others have a positive experience has always been a priority of mine. 
 

And as a leader, when a bad situation unfolds “on your watch,” no matter the circumstances, you can’t help but feel partially responsible. In seeking comfort, I am often reminded that hindsight is 20/20; the shoulda-woulda-couldas are always clear upon reassessment and the only thing to do is move forward. 

But you know what? I’m tired of it. I’m sick of reactive action. I’m sick of the conversations and remedies that only occur as a result of trauma. To start creating pure, positive change, we need to stop letting good work be tainted by the bad situation that prompted it. Our paradigm needs to shift, making kindness and compassion a lifestyle, not just a tool used to fix problems. 

This brings me back to those carne asada french fries — what are we seeking when we turn to comfort food?
– Familiarity
– Warmth
– Control
– Security
– Gratification.
These are the things that are lacking when we’re not filled with enough faith, hope, and love.

We were all put on this world for a purpose. I also believe that we were not meant to live in isolation from one another. We’re here to connect with and comfort others — strengthening family and friendships and building strong communities. Make a conscious effort to feed those around you with the living comfort food of familiarity, affirmation, and support:
– call a friend to see how they’re doing
– volunteer to help out a neighbor
– take the time to smile and thank your bus driver or waitress.

Your kindness and compassion can go much further than you’d think, making someone even more joyfully full than a personal box of carne asada fries.

With love,

Tiffany R.

Dining at Tiffany’s

Banana Nutella "Pizza" and a Free Download

Hello everyone!
After a very hectic February, I’m back with more food and ideas to share! I know it’s been quiet Dining here at Tiffany’s, but I promise I’ve been writing a bunch — just in other places.

One outlet to which I’ve been contributing my writing is through my Volunteer Internship with Thurman Consulting. My project is to coordinate a free, online teleseminar series covering topics about career and leadership development based on the book How to be a Nonprofit Rockstar. I have the fun role of writing event descriptions and engaging in Twitter conversations at the hashtag #nprockstar. I love the topics since they align with the “Catering Your Success” themed posts on my website.

Aside from my internship, the majority of my free time/energy has been spent completing graduate school applications and writing personal statements. It was honestly a very grueling process, but I learned a lot about myself; in reflecting on my past work and academic experience, I gained inspiration and ideas for moving forward, especially with Dining at Tiffany’s.

1. I want to continue “Catering Your Success!”

So by popular request, I’m sharing my template for graduate school application requirements. Click here or on the photo! I hope that you find this helpful as a way to keep track of the many details of completing your applications.

2. I want to feed you! While Dining at Tiffany’s is about both the food and the conversation, I want to make sure I’m providing enough food so you don’t go hungry ;). I haven’t been posting too many recipes because I have been way too busy to test out and perfect complex dishes. In the meantime, I figure I can always share some of the quick ideas I cook up in my kitchen! With that, I’ll leave you with a fun dish I created over the weekend. This is a great breakfast or snack option for all you nutella lovers out there. It’s also relatively good for you. Enjoy!
Banana Nutella “Pizza”

Ingredients:
– A few slices of flat bread (You can use whole grain pita, naan, etc. I used a freshly baked flat bread from here)
– A couple spoonfuls of Nutella hazelnut spread
– A sliced banana
– A handful of chopped, raw almonds (or any nuts you have on hand)

Instructions:
Spread nutella onto slices of flat bread. This is your “pizza” sauce. Sprinkle with almonds to add crunch and extra protein!
– Heat in a toaster oven at 375 degrees for about 7 minutes (Real Talk: I cooked mine over 10 minutes because I used the “medium” toast setting, burning some of the Nutella.  When you make it, the Nutella should be a lighter brown, unlike the above picture. Oops.). Basically you want the Nutella to be melty and the bread to be crispy. The almonds get a nice roast as well. Mmm.
– Top with sliced bananas and enjoy immediately. I sure did, with a side of hot coffee (which I drank gallons of in February).

With love,
Tiffany R.
Dining at Tiffany’s