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

Mary Jo Doig was the first in her family to attend college and graduated from the State University at Oneonta in New York’s Catskill Mountains with a degree in Secondary English Education/Educational Psychology. There she fell in love with rural life, remained, and eventually transitioned from city girl to country woman when she married a dairy farmer and raised their three children on their small family farm. A life-long lover of reading and writing, Mary Jo has for nearly twenty years been a member of the Story Circle Network. There she has been an editor, a women’s writing circle facilitator, a book reviewer, and life-writing enthusiast, working extensively with women writing their life-stories while writing her own memoir. Presently, she is a three-time Program Chair for SCNs national Stories from the Heart conference and a board member. She also facilitates Older Women’s Legacy workshops and a women’s life-writing circle in her area communities. Her stories have appeared in Kitchen Table Stories anthology, Story Circle Annual Anthologies, and most recently her story “I Can’t Breathe” was published in the Anthology, Inside and Out: Women’s Truths, Women’s Stories. Her work also appears in varied blogs and periodicals, on her blog Musings from a Patchwork Quilt Life (, Facebook, and Twitter. Her son and two daughters grown, Mary Jo presently treasures her country life in Virginia’s Central Shenandoah Valley. She loves cooking (and eating!) healthy food, reading, writing, quilting, hiking, and spending quality time with her rescue cats, Button and Xena, and beagle, Addie, who each dream of being only children. Her first book, Patchwork: A Memoir of Love and Loss, will be published in October, 2018 by She Writes Press.
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