Say 'I love you' with breakfast in bed

Show your true, straight-from-the-heart affection for a loved one this Valentine's Day with breakfast in bed.

Simple or fancy, nothing says "Be Mine" like serving up the most important meal of the day to your special someone sitting up under the sheets.

"Always remember, 'Nothing says lovin' like something from the oven,'" said Patti Pusey.

Pusey and her husband, Billy, know all about special morning meals, having spent the past 27 years running Baked Apples at Shearer Hill Farm Bed and Breakfast in Brattleboro, Vt.

"It must be nutritious and delicious and eye-catching — presentation, presentation, presentation," she said.

A single red rose in a vase or rose petals on the serving tray can help with the presentation, according to James Massey, executive chef at Canyon Ranch of the Berkshires in Lenox, Mass.

As for what to cook up for mom, dad, husband, wife or other loved ones, make what they like, but with a twist.

Massey suggested a healthy alternative that goes beyond your basic eggs, toast and bacon.

"Breakfast salads are becoming popular. Take fresh greens, torn herbs, with a poached egg," he said.

Valentine's Day or not, a balanced breakfast remains important, according Laura Lipoufski, food service coordinator at Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth in Cannan, N.Y.

A local culinary veteran and baker by trade, the Pittsfield woman says avoid rich, heavy dishes as they will weigh you down for the rest of the day.

"If a husband is preparing for the love of his life, a fresh fruit smoothie and an egg frittata is super easy and quick," she said.

To avoid a big kitchen cleanup in the morning, prepare as much of the breakfast the night before, such as the pancake or french toast batter, cut up leftover cooked vegetables for the omelet and, if ambitious, tackle that glass of freshly squeezed orange or grapefruit juice.

Nothing says you care more than making sure you serve the very best.

"Fresh juice shows you put the effort into the breakfast," he said.


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