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      Berry Breakfast Parfaits

      Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)

      Berries or other fruit



      Mint for garnish

      This set of directions is more a method than a recipe. Feel free to use your favorite fresh fruits: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, melons, peaches, plums, kiwis, nectarines, bananas, pineapple, oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, or whatever else you prefer.

      Prepare the fruit as needed: peel, seed, and slice or chop into bite-sized pieces. For extra fanciness, make melon balls of cantaloupe or honeydew. If you want to use citrus fruits, place the sections on paper towels to dry a bit first, since their juice might dilute the yogurt.

      If Greek yogurt is a bit pricey for your budget, try this trick: put a coffee filter into a colander or strainer in a pie pan. Scoop regular plain or vanilla yogurt into the coffee filter and let the yogurt drain for half an hour or so in the refrigerator until itâ??s nice and thick.

      Build each parfait in a pretty glass. Start with a layer of fruit, followed by a large spoonful of yogurt, a drizzle of honey, and a sprinkle of your favorite granola. Repeat the layers to the top of the glass and finish with a small spoonful of yogurt, the most attractive berry, and a sprig of mint.

      For the 4th of July, try a red, white, and blue parfait with strawberries and blueberries. If your family or guests are Italian, try red, white, and green with strawberries and kiwis. Other great combinations include peaches, raspberries, and crystallized ginger; or honeydew melon, pineapple, and blackberries. Be creative!

      This breakfast parfait is also lovely as a special dessert: just substitute crushed cookies for the granola (Italian amaretti are especially tasty and crunchy) and reduce the amount of honey. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon or nutmeg on the yogurt, to taste.