Green Eggs and Ham

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish … The Cat in the Hat… How the Grinch Stole Christmas… Hop on Pop… Fox in Sox… Are You My Mother… The Lorax… Oh, the Places You’ll Go… and so many more.

Dr. Suess, how we loved you! In our little home children’s library, yours were the greatest number of books. We read them endlessly, and I even read some of them into a tape recorder so my children could listen, to their delight, a third and fourth time or more.

So many of the words you scribed are still permanently etched in my brain. Sam I am… I love green eggs and ham.

And so it was the latter sentence reverberated in my mind yesterday morning as I made my breakfast. I beat two eggs in a bowl and added a chopped thin slice of ham. Back in the refrigerator, I pulled out a bowl of greens, curly kale I had cooked the previous evening. I also slid out my favorite topping for kale: leftover sautéed pine nuts, garlic, and raisins.

I mixed a handful of greens into the eggs and ham, mixed and then scrambled them together. I warmed the topping and sprinkled some on top of the eggs. My adult version of green eggs and ham. The greens are also delicious on the side, but yesterday I wanted to take a photo of green eggs.

Since moving to the south fifteen years ago, I’ve fallen in love with greens that I’d never eaten in my life: arugula, beet greens, chard, kale, mustard greens, and watercress. Spinach had been my main green vegetable and, frankly, not too much of that. When, in 2006, Johnna Albi and Catherine Walthers published their Greens Glorious Greens! Cookbook, I began to broaden my scope of purchasing and preparing greens. I eat them nearly every day and celebrate how absolutely delicious greens are!

So much so, that I often incorporate them into my breakfast. With eggs, a side of nearly any cooked green vegetable is also delicious, for me, especially when lightly sprayed with balsamic vinegar. Quirky breakfast foods, you may reflect? For many, that may be true. Yet, why not give it a try and see what you experience?

Remember this is from the woman who placed third in a cooking contest decades ago with my Breakfast Cheesecake.

Wishing you beautiful, colorful, delicious, and nutritious breakfasts.



About Mary Jo Doig

At the turn of the millennium, I arrived at a cross-road that brought me to a splendid, if unforeseen place, almost as if I were a traveler on Robert Frost's The Road Less Traveled. I was single again, my three children were grown and building their lives, I'd experienced a health issue and was working on an improved lifestyle. I also ached to do two other things: (1) change my long human services career in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains, where winter seemed to be at least seven months out of every year, and (2) move to a warmer place in the universe. My decision: did I want to continue on the path I'd been following pretty much all my life, or could I gather my then-fragile courage and start life brand new somewhere else? These were scary thoughts for a single woman in her late 50s. Five hundred miles away, though, I fell in love with a new mountain range, Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, where I knew not a soul except my daughter who was attending college in the Shenandoah Valley, and I moved. I rented a tiny cabin on a mountain in the woods and lived there in solitude for two years, working in a new career by day and, when home, communing with the incredible natural beauty that surrounded me. There I also began to write my life stories, which were aching for release. I joined the Story Circle Network in early 2001, a rich place in cyberspace for women life writers, where I strengthened my written voice and began sharing my stories. I found so many opportunities to grow: 10 year facilitator for an online writing circle of women writers across the country; thirteen year editor of the "True Words from Real Women" section of the quarterly Journal; a reader and reviewer of women's memoirs for the SCN Book Review site; program chair for two Stories from the Heart national conferences in Austin, T. Presently I'm teaching Women's Life-Writing and Older Women's Legacy workshops in my part of the world in Central Virginia and facilitating the ongoing Circle of Memories Writing Circle (formerly an OWL workshop that continued on) at the Crozet Public Library. I am blessed with three wonderful children, a son and two daughters; a small, huge-hearted family; dear friends; my beagle Addie and cat Button. My hobbies include reading, writing, editing, cooking, gardening, quilting, knitting, biking, and simply being with the profound beauty of the mountains that embrace my small two acres in the Blue Ridge. The life stories I began writing in 2001 have grown deeper with time, re-writes, and personal growth. All these years later, I'm scheduled to publish my memoir, Stitching a Patchwork Life, in 2018.
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