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Dec 10, 2009 12:45 AM

How or what do you start your day with? - moved from Home Cooking board


I've noticed that we have a few threads on Chowhound about dinner and lunch, even what your currently making. But we have precious few on breakfast. I've been told countless times over the years that it is the most important meal of the day.

As for my self, when I'm working, it is in a kitchen. I tend to getup, shower and head in to the restaurant. I turn everything on. Then I make a cup of tea or more rarely a cup of coffee. Then I tend to grab a totilla, throw some shredded cheese on it, a little homemade salsa and put it on the grill.

At home, I'm a different beast. This morning I had homemade granola with yogurt. Then some toast and cretons, a boiled egg, a large glass of juice (today it was pineapple) and a small piece of cheese. This morning it was a piece of Miranda by local cheesemaker Fritz Kaiser.

How or what do you start your day with?

  1. Usually some sort of bread and milk and perhaps fruit. What are cretons?

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    1. re: RosePearl

      From Wikipedia; "In Quebec cuisine, cretons (sometimes gorton or corton, especially among New Englanders of Quebec origin) is a pork spread containing onions and spices. Due to its fatty texture and taste, it resembles French rillettes. Cretons are usually served on toast as part of a traditional Quebec breakfast."

        1. re: bigfellow

          I swear, I learn something new here *every* day!

          1. re: ChristinaMason

            So true, amazing!
            I eat hot grains frequently, oatmeal, buckwheat, quinoa, barley, cracked wheat; this week it's brown rice with cream, brown sugar, bananas and a bit of butter. More fruit on the side and coffee.

        2. On weekdays: A cup of tea (usually black, with milk) and typically toast with jam and a clementine or banana. Sometimes cereal (Total-esque, corn flakes, or Cheerios).

          Weekends: Classic German breakfast with lots of rolls, spreads, and a soft-boiled egg. I'm still perfecting my egg method. Sometimes my DH will make pancakes.

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          1. re: ChristinaMason

            Just a mention. Here on long island Stop and Shop's brand of oat loops (cheerios) don't contain high fructose corn syrup ,and king kullens brand corn flake's don't either.

            1. re: scunge

              Good to know. Here in Germany, most of the American-styled breakfast cereals are a little different to what I'm used to back home. I've only found Cheerios in a honey (not honey-nut) variety, and they include rye flour. Kellog's Cornflakes, it turns out, have sugar rather than corn syrup here.

              Of course, granolas are really big, but a little chewy for my taste. I never really got on the yogurt bandwagon, except for one brand, one flavor, which tastes closer to dessert.

              1. re: ChristinaMason

                Have you tried some of the fruit quarks? Much denser than yogurt, and tasty... I'm partial to Erdbeerquark.

                1. re: linguafood

                  I haven't tried those yet. I had a Vanillakipferl holiday special quark...didn't love it. Full of random artificial stuff, probably why.

                  1. re: ChristinaMason

                    Ehrmann makes a nice strawberry quark. Not crazy about vanilla in quark or yogurt, really. OR -- crrrrrrazy idea, I know -- get yerself regular quark and mix in your own fruit. Or scallions & other herbs and serve with potatoes.

          2. Almost always it's a cup of tea and rye toast with both butter and peanut butter. Occasionally I change it up and have half an onion bagel w/ butter & cream cheese or oat bran. Weekends its BACON with either softly scrambled eggs or an up egg.

            A nice treat, for me, is a piece of Trader Joe's whole wheat french toast w/ butter & maple syrup and topped with a sunny side up egg and a sprinkle of Kosher salt. That sweet and salty combo is blow-your-mind good.

            1. I usually start my day with oatmeal and a variety of dried fruits, toast and jam or preserves. Hearty, simple and almost always something a bit sweet!

              1. Weekdays....Coffee & Chicory....Wheat toast....Home made blackberry jelly/jam etc. Cereal.
                Weekends ...Coffee & Chicory....Eggs, Grits, Toast, and Bacon...Or.. Eggs, Grits, Country Ham & Red-Eye Gravy and biscuits ~~ Sometimes, just Coffee, biscuits and Sawmill Gravy.
                I know you will find this odd...Sometimes on Sunday, after having had Fried Catfish the night before..I will eat a piece or two of Cold Fried Catfish...Maybe some toast, and Grits too! :)