Re:What did your mother's make you for breakfast?
Seven days a week, my mother served us a breakfast of bacon, ham, sausage, or squirrel, along with a big platter of fried eggs, fried potatoes, made-from-scratch biscuits, gravy, homemade jam and apple butter, and glasses of whole or butter milk. In the summer time, she added sliced tomatoes from the garden. Sometimes, she even added pancakes. Sometimes, she'd take leftover mashed potatoes from the night before and make potato cakes. We were poor, but my father always wanted everyone to leave the table satisfied. To him, if a bowl was empty, it meant that someone could have eaten more. And nothing went in the garbage because leftovers were used and if we put it on our plate, we were expected to eat it, all of it.
At 64, I'm the youngest of six kids, none of whom suffer from heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity or any other malady connected with that kind of diet. My father died at 90 and my mother still gets around pretty good at 94.