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Foods You Enjoy for Breakfast that are non-typical

KaimukiMan Jun 12, 2011 02:05 AM

yes, prompted by that other breakfast thread.... i do like many 'typical' breakfast foods, but i also like some non traditional ones, especially leftovers.

top on my list would be cold leftover pizza. on a warm summer morning (or almost any morning in Honolulu) it really hits the spot. just love it for breakfast. i go out of my way to make sure at least a slice or two is leftover after having pizza the night before.

pie - my favorite is apple, and most of the time pecan is too sweet, but in a pinch it will do. If i liked pumpkin i am sure it would be on my list.

stew - one of the best reasons for owning a microwave is heating up things like beef stew for breakfast.

spaghetti - or other similar pasta dish. again the microwave is a hero.

oddly enough sandwiches are not on my list, although there should be a law that leftover turkey, ham, or roast beef must be reserved for the making of sandwiches, but for me thats snack, lunch, or even dinner food, not breakfast.

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  1. sunshine842 RE: KaimukiMan Jun 12, 2011 02:12 AM

    I haven't done it in years, but when we were kids, a big piece of cake from last night's dessert in a bowl with milk. (yes, I hear the collective gasp. We lived.)

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      odkaty RE: sunshine842 Jun 12, 2011 06:22 AM

      There was no bowl, or milk, but leftover cake was a frequent breakfast food when I was a kid. Actually, any leftover dessert. But, then, we never had cereal.

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        nothingswrong RE: odkaty Jun 12, 2011 07:03 AM

        yes! big slice of cake with espresso. delicious. love the sugar/caffeine high that doesn't even get me through my morning commute.

    2. linguafood RE: KaimukiMan Jun 12, 2011 04:59 AM

      If you define 'breakfast' as the day's first meal, but not necessarily early in the morning.....well - then I guess I'm pretty flexible as to what goes in my mouth.

      I tend to just have coffee before I wake up '-), but a couple hours later, the sky's the limit. While I often will make such typical things as scrambled eggs and a grapefruit on the side with a glass of milk, my "breakfasts" these last days ranged from

      whole grilled trout/mackerel
      spicy Thai dim sum & larb
      fried fish with potato salad.

      Again, my 'breakfast' is everyone else's lunch probably (time & meal-wise), but it's MY breakfast.

      1. JEN10 RE: KaimukiMan Jun 12, 2011 05:50 AM

        KaimukiMan, I am with you on the leftovers. Most anything will do as I am not a huge fan of traditional breakfast foods. If I go out I always look for a place that will serve from the lunch menu at breakfast. Sometimes this puts a damper on getting the meal out as quickly, but hey I am worth the wait right? A favorite was a chicken Buffalo sandwhich with onion rings.

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          joe777cool RE: JEN10 Jun 12, 2011 06:03 AM

          I am not really into breakfast either, so any leftovers from the night before are fair game. Pizza, pasta, chinese, mexican, doesnt really matter. Funny thing is I usually eat cereal as a snack before bed too....

        2. Jay F RE: KaimukiMan Jun 12, 2011 06:36 AM

          I've never eaten "breakfast food" for breakfast. Today I'm going to have chili. I'm not eating cake or ice cream these days, but if I were, I find both perfectly acceptable first meals in the morning. I'm eating eggs again (scrambled or omelets only) after being sick of them for about three years, but I don't necessarily eat them for breakfast.

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            magiesmom RE: KaimukiMan Jun 12, 2011 06:48 AM

            My two favorites are leftover cold peanut or sesame noodles and a BLTA( avooado) on very dark wheat toast with horseradish mayo

            1. Uncle Bob RE: KaimukiMan Jun 12, 2011 07:02 AM

              Left over fried Catfish from the night before...warmed a bit on a griddle....Hot Coffee!
              This time of year, when HG tomatoes are rolling in the back door...Biscuits & Tomatoes...Cut open the biscuit...add a little butter and a honkin slice of fresh tomato, S&P and eat like a sandwich....I also like lots of sliced tomatoes with Grits, eggs, bacon, etc...Yum Yum!

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                JEN10 RE: Uncle Bob Jun 12, 2011 07:27 AM

                I forgot the directions to your house Uncle Bob, please send and I will help you out with the breakfast dishes.

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                  Uncle Bob RE: JEN10 Jun 12, 2011 08:40 AM

                  Let's see...get off at the South Exit....Turn right and drive 7 miles to the 2nd blacktop to the left...Turn left and go about 3 miles....Turn right across the Cattle Gap...(right before the creek bridge) into the drive way....about 3/4 miles in you'll see the house (Twin Oaks) up on the ridge....Come on in, and don't worry...the "Kill Dawg" want bite :) I'll leave the front porch light on....

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                    JEN10 RE: Uncle Bob Jun 12, 2011 10:42 AM

                    I'm on my way!!!

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                  mamachef RE: Uncle Bob Jun 15, 2011 04:55 PM

                  I need this food NOW. Not later. Not someday. Now.

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                    shanagain RE: Uncle Bob Jun 17, 2011 11:36 AM

                    Leftover catfish is my absolute favorite breakfast - even cold. (Or any fish pan-fried in cornmeal, really.)

                    I had to skim the rest of your post - no HG tomatoes here this year - and it was just too painful.

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                      shanagain RE: shanagain Jul 6, 2011 02:55 PM

                      Leftover fried chicken is another favorite (cold), as is soup (yes, soup) made from leftover mashed potatoes, milk, seasoning to taste, crumbled bacon and cheese.

                  2. mrbigshotno.1 RE: KaimukiMan Jun 12, 2011 07:58 AM

                    Leftovers are usually the way I go, just finished up some grilled brats and onions from last night. I like to go out once in awhile for standard breakfast. Enchiladas with an overeasy egg on top is one of my faves.

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                      EWSflash RE: mrbigshotno.1 Jun 29, 2011 07:32 PM

                      Mine too

                    2. ipsedixit RE: KaimukiMan Jun 12, 2011 09:13 AM

                      I eat just about anything for breakfast, be it savory or not.

                      About the only savory item that I do not typically eat for breakfast is soup.

                      But everything else is probably fair game, from leftovers, to desserts (like cold pie), to ice cream, to fruit, pastas, steak, seafood, etc.

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                        JEN10 RE: ipsedixit Jun 12, 2011 10:43 AM

                        Split Pea soup is a must the next morning, with a slice of cornbread and honey butter.

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                        caviar_and_chitlins RE: KaimukiMan Jun 12, 2011 10:56 AM

                        We just had pork carnitas tacos with scrambled egg (concession to the hour) for breakfast. Was deeelishous.

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                          jamieeats RE: KaimukiMan Jun 12, 2011 01:37 PM

                          i love starting off a weekend day with a tomato. i'll cut off a few slices for my boyfriend's omelet or egg sandwich, then eat the rest before i have my breakfast.

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                            sunshine842 RE: jamieeats Jun 12, 2011 10:45 PM

                            sauteed cherry tomatoes (halved and browned cut-side down in the bacon grease) are a regular part of breakfast in the British Isles, along with sauteed mushrooms and baked beans.

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                            Cakegirl RE: KaimukiMan Jun 13, 2011 05:28 AM

                            When I was a kid, my mom would make My-T-Fine chocolate pudding and serve it hot for breakfast on a cold morning...she would call it "chocolate soup"...haven't had it in years but boy was that good!!

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                              1sweetpea RE: Cakegirl Jun 13, 2011 05:56 AM

                              Fried rice. At my husband's request, I now make way too much steamed rice for dinners with the intention of keeping the leftovers for frying the next day with an egg. It can be simple, just a lot of black pepper, some salt and sesame oil, or more elaborate, with green onions, a leftover meat, mushrooms, whatever veggies we have hanging around, etc. I've also turned leftover steamed rice into congee the next day, which is a great blank canvas to take other leftover proteins.

                              I'm not that keen to eat leftover dinner for a second dinner, but I'll happily down them as breakfast the next day. My husband will stop eating a pizza when there are a few slices left, just to guarantee cold pizza for breakfast the next day, much like a poster above said.

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                                KaimukiMan RE: 1sweetpea Jun 13, 2011 12:48 PM

                                interesting, having lived in asia for a short time, i don't classify fried rice as an 'odd' breakfast, but i'm sure here in the US its. I keep frozen chopped vegetables almost specifically for fried rice, supplemented by whatever might be available in the fridge.

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                                  BelovedofIsis RE: 1sweetpea Jun 16, 2011 03:01 AM

                                  Yup fried rice for the win!

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                                Leper RE: KaimukiMan Jun 13, 2011 09:53 AM

                                A cheeseburger with a hot cup of coffee makes a remarkably good breakfast--especially at a dive diner.

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                                  sunshine842 RE: Leper Jun 13, 2011 11:37 AM

                                  yeah, but at 3 am when you're half in the bag, is it dinner, a late snack, breakfast, or salvation on a plate? ;P

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                                    tongue_to_tail RE: Leper Jun 29, 2011 04:37 PM

                                    I remember doing the exact same thing for one full year in college for breakfast every morning, and even infrequently thereafter. Great ratio of protein to carbs to start the day. Never could find someone to make mine for me at 8am, though.

                                    Edit: Suppose you'd call what I did a patty melt actually. I used potato bread pan fried in extra virgin on one side.

                                  2. LorenM RE: KaimukiMan Jun 13, 2011 01:15 PM

                                    I love a big gulp of pickle juice straight from the jar, vienna sausages, a Miracle Whip and sardine sandwich, and cold chef boyardee straight from the can all for breakfast.

                                    1. Will Owen RE: KaimukiMan Jun 13, 2011 02:57 PM

                                      I think my very favorite non-standard breakfast has eggs in it, but its best version is fried cakes of leftover mashed potato, with the eggs on top, and over that some of the leftover meat heated up in brown gravy. OR leftover chicken (if that's what we had) in chicken gravy. And then everything gets chopped up, whereupon Mrs. O averts her eyes and shudders (or did, back when I was still eating that kind of thing). Biscuits on the side.

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                                        Sharuf RE: Will Owen Jun 29, 2011 11:15 AM

                                        Sounds kinda like a haole moko loco.

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                                          jdoyle2254 RE: Sharuf Oct 9, 2011 09:37 AM

                                          This made me laugh. You're completely right, just a different starch.

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                                          EWSflash RE: Will Owen Jun 29, 2011 07:38 PM

                                          My mom used to make the best potato cakes- mix leftover mashed potatoes with a lot of flour and a couple of eggs, add salt, pepper, and a healthy sprinkling of chives, slap by big spoonfuls into a buttered hot skillet, turn when browned on the bottom. Oh my gosh they were good. I may have to break my own rule and make mashed potatoes this weekend in the middle of a 107-degree heat wave just so I can make some potato cakes.

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                                            Passadumkeg RE: EWSflash Jun 29, 2011 11:12 PM

                                            I enjoy grated fresh potato & onion pancakes w/ a dollup of sour cream and a side of kolbasa.

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                                          sueatmo RE: KaimukiMan Jun 13, 2011 04:32 PM

                                          I've been experimenting with different foods for breakfast. I am liking salmon burgers (Pacific) for breakfast with toast. I also like those small sweet peppers and or cherry tomatoes with breakfast. And I like a BLT when we finally get local tomatoes available. I also like a grilled cheese or grilled peanut butter sandwich for breakfast.

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                                            JEN10 RE: sueatmo Jun 14, 2011 08:21 AM

                                            I LOVE a BLT with avocado for breakfast, with a side of fries.

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                                              Will Owen RE: sueatmo Jun 14, 2011 05:39 PM

                                              I posted my recipe for salmon burgers on a thread about Trader Joe's stuff a long time ago. I make a sandwich with the skillet-cooked salmon patty, toasted muffin, TJ's wasabi mayonnaise and a slice of tomato. Usually have this for lunch, but breakfast would be nice.

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                                                sueatmo RE: Will Owen Jun 15, 2011 03:38 PM

                                                I admit that Trident makes the salmon burgers I eat for breakfast--or lunch. Both Mr. Sueatmo and I like them for other meals too. Your way of eating them sounds wonderful. I'll have to try wasabi mayo. Never had that. And there is no reason why I can't take my low carb toast and make a sandwich out of the salmon burger.

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                                                EWSflash RE: sueatmo Jun 29, 2011 07:40 PM

                                                Do you buy the salmon burgers from costco? I almost got some yesterday, they were made from wild pacific salmon and looked and sounded really good.

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                                                  sueatmo RE: EWSflash Jun 30, 2011 07:35 PM

                                                  Yes from Costco and from my regular grocer. The brand is Trident. The Costco ones are really big. The ones from the grocer are smaller. I grill them on my handy dandy cast iron grill pan. They are pretty natural, but they do have salt. I love having them in my freezer ready to be pulled out and grilled.

                                              3. goodhealthgourmet RE: KaimukiMan Jun 13, 2011 04:44 PM

                                                some interesting replies when the topic came up last year:

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                                                  1sweetpea RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 14, 2011 08:34 AM

                                                  Herring tidbits and Dijon mustard on fresh pumpernickel rye. It's a lovely breakfast. I'm a herring fan, but became a rabid fan after a trip to Iceland. Add to that some cold smoked salmon, some red onions and capers and I'm in heaven.

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                                                    linguafood RE: 1sweetpea Jun 14, 2011 08:39 AM

                                                    that sounds like a breakfast to my liking. perfect for hangovers, too '-)

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                                                      1sweetpea RE: linguafood Jun 14, 2011 08:41 AM

                                                      I can attest to that as well. A few mornings on that Icelandic vacation involved quick recovery from overindulgence the night before.

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                                                  laststandchili RE: KaimukiMan Jun 14, 2011 09:53 AM

                                                  I've been hooked on the spicy noodle bowls for breakfast recently. I blame Bourdain.

                                                  Quick, easy, cheap, and a huge variety has become available in the area in recent years. I'll sometimes substitute a healthy dollop of sambal and a dash of soy sauce for the heavily sodium laden seasoning packets included.

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                                                    EWSflash RE: laststandchili Jun 29, 2011 07:43 PM

                                                    Yep, guilty. But I throw out the oil packet and don't add soy. There's plenty of sodium there already. And fat, I found out to my dismay. But i LOVE IT.

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                                                      AsperGirl RE: laststandchili Oct 7, 2011 03:49 AM

                                                      Lately I like the rice-noodle based ones more than the ramen-based ones. The rice noodle hot soups seem like a natural for breakfast because they are light, not heavy at all. In either, I'll poach an egg and/or some tofu. You can always add in cold pieces of any protein or veg left over from the nught before, like steak sllces & a few green beans.

                                                    2. Terrie H. RE: KaimukiMan Jun 14, 2011 09:37 PM

                                                      I love mushrooms on toast for breakfast. My mother used to make it and I must have inherited the gene. My man commented recently that I like to order things with spinach in it when we go out for breakfast.

                                                      1. Uncle Bob RE: KaimukiMan Jun 15, 2011 03:57 PM

                                                        Biscuits and Tomatoes ~ Ya just gotta try it! ~"Bust" open the biscuit,,.add a small pat of butter...Insert the fresh slice of tomato ...and go for it.

                                                        EDIT....Just realize I already talked about this up thread....Oh well...It's just that good!!!

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                                                          buttertart RE: Uncle Bob Jun 15, 2011 05:40 PM

                                                          My mind's mouth is going crazy on this one. Gorgeous.

                                                        2. CCSPRINGS RE: KaimukiMan Jun 17, 2011 11:20 AM

                                                          Brown rice with cubed mozzarella, let it melt a bit before eating. I don't think rice for breakfast is unusual. Sometimes we have congee with dried fruit and nuts.

                                                          Agree with pickled and smoked fish for breakfast. Good stuff but have some mints handy.

                                                          If I happen to be in a diner then a cheese burger and fries is good choice

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                                                            CCSPRINGS RE: CCSPRINGS Jun 17, 2011 05:21 PM

                                                            A family member had bison meatballs with rice noodles and two fried eggs for breakfast today and stated that they were not hungry at lunchtime. Surprised?

                                                          2. Passadumkeg RE: KaimukiMan Jun 17, 2011 02:09 PM

                                                            We usually have a Norwegian frukost bord on Sunday's, open face sandwiches w/ herring, sardines, salami,cheeses. thin slices of tomato, peppers and cuke. We generally begin w/ Norwegian gjeitost ( a sweet brown goat cheese) on a buttered Wasa flat bread and topped w/ slice of hot boiled egg. and end w/ jam, and butter on a Wasa.
                                                            ( just made for a Chow buddy, Dogracs, an old Dumkeg family favorite, French toast topped w/ liverwurst and real maple syrup. Don't knock it 'till you try it. Sweet and savory.

                                                            1. dragonchowmein RE: KaimukiMan Jun 29, 2011 11:38 AM

                                                              Tamales w/ poached eggs

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                                                                Passadumkeg RE: dragonchowmein Jun 29, 2011 11:53 AM

                                                                Tamales w/ a bowl of menudo topped w/ diced raw onions! Arrrgh!

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                                                                  kcward RE: dragonchowmein Jun 29, 2011 12:16 PM

                                                                  A deep fried Tamal in a bolillo with a cup of atole is a really traditional Mexican breakfast.

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                                                                    Passadumkeg RE: kcward Jun 29, 2011 12:23 PM

                                                                    In New Mexico, the menudo is a traditional weekend hangover cure,

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                                                                      EWSflash RE: Passadumkeg Jun 29, 2011 07:47 PM

                                                                      As it is in southern AZ. I like the white, DH vacillates between white and red. I really get cravings for menudo if I haven't had it in a while.

                                                                      Is NM menudo different from Tucson menudo? I would have said Arizona menudo but i don't think i"ve even heard the word spoken in the Phoenix area.

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                                                                        Passadumkeg RE: EWSflash Jun 29, 2011 11:14 PM

                                                                        Usually just red chile menudo.

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                                                                        EWSflash RE: Passadumkeg Jun 29, 2011 07:48 PM

                                                                        BTW I crave it even though I very rarely have hangovers these days.

                                                                  2. Passadumkeg RE: KaimukiMan Jun 29, 2011 11:16 PM

                                                                    A downeast Maine specialty of my logging camp cook FIL; fish cakes and boston baked style beans w/ a fried egg and brown bread baked in a can.

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                                                                      vafarmwife RE: KaimukiMan Jul 2, 2011 05:55 AM

                                                                      I can't eat first thing in the moring and I don't do regular breakfast food except for maybe ham biscuits or sausage gravy and biscuits. I just finished a bowl of half runner beans and new potatoes along with a tomato for my breakfast this morning. I also like a bowl of leftover cornbread and buttermilk for breakfast

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                                                                        CCSPRINGS RE: vafarmwife Jul 2, 2011 07:03 PM

                                                                        Never heard of runner beans. Is that a string bean cousin?

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                                                                        pmelvoin RE: KaimukiMan Jul 3, 2011 05:38 PM

                                                                        Ah, but now's the time to let go of the family secret:


                                                                        Well not exactly the BBurns variety, but something I find quite close:
                                                                        steel-cut oat meal cooked slowly until there is barely any water left--gloppy/soupy--into which is added ANY savory leftover from the night, or week, before.

                                                                        Meat, fowl, seafood, lumpy gravy, veggies, Asian, whatever you have on hand, coarsely chopped into bite-sized pieces stirred in, till warmed through.
                                                                        A tablespoon or two of congealed fat from a roast, even bacon, gives added flavor.
                                                                        If you want to get fancy, add a gently poached egg to the top of each serving.

                                                                        This is my idea of a great breakfast.

                                                                        Serve with salt, pepper, and low sodium soy sauce.

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                                                                          JEN10 RE: pmelvoin Jul 5, 2011 07:24 PM

                                                                          I make a savory oatmeal with leftover bacon or ham, I add some cinnamon or allspice, brown sugar, salt & pepper. Guess I need to get more creative. I do the egg on top too, the husband loves this for breakfast.

                                                                        2. BobB RE: KaimukiMan Jul 6, 2011 07:54 AM

                                                                          English muffins, toasted crisp and topped with melted sharp cheddar and jalapeños.

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                                                                            pie22 RE: KaimukiMan Jul 6, 2011 08:34 AM

                                                                            cold pizza, ramen with leftovers from night before, fried rice in general and cold chinese food are all often seen at my breakfast times.

                                                                            1. huiray RE: KaimukiMan Oct 6, 2011 05:47 AM

                                                                              Breakfast today:
                                                                              Steamed (boiled) rice with liver and pork lap cheong steamed in the rice,
                                                                              Sour mustard and pork spare ribs soup.

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                                                                                JEN10 RE: huiray Oct 6, 2011 06:31 PM

                                                                                Now that is a hearty breakfast.

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                                                                                  sunshine842 RE: huiray Oct 7, 2011 12:07 AM

                                                                                  that's a cultural difference I can't quite get my head around...because while I'd be first in line to have those for lunch or dinner, that just doesn't sound appetizing in the morning at all.

                                                                                2. Tripeler RE: KaimukiMan Oct 6, 2011 10:16 PM

                                                                                  I love to have Natto (fermented soybeans) for breakfast, which is not at all typical in the U.S.
                                                                                  However, Natto for breakfast is quite typical in Japan.

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                                                                                    FoodFuser RE: Tripeler Oct 6, 2011 11:51 PM

                                                                                    I retain a firm image of mornings at McDonald's in Japan,
                                                                                    where the bins were stuffed full of Filet-o-Fish.

                                                                                    I far preferred natto and miso and dried fish and a ration of fiddleheads,
                                                                                    but for them, I had to go elsewhere.

                                                                                    But still, those McD's mornings were not wasted, were fun,
                                                                                    fish and potatoes fried and cheese and steamed buns.

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                                                                                      AsperGirl RE: Tripeler Oct 7, 2011 03:53 AM

                                                                                      I couldn't develop a taste for it. I tried mixing it with sprouts, on rice, etc. How do you eat yours? Do you have any suggestions?

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                                                                                        Tripeler RE: AsperGirl Oct 7, 2011 05:40 PM

                                                                                        Most commercial natto comes with a liquid seasoning packet that is based on soy sauce and bonito stock. I mix it in, stir up the natto to make it creamy then put it on top of hot rice. I suppose I have become used to the flavor, and the smell, because I don't find it off-putting at all. I might add that it took several times of eating natto to become used to it, but like blue cheese, once you come to like it you find you really love it. Good luck. Is it available where you live?

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                                                                                          FoodFuser RE: Tripeler Oct 9, 2011 01:43 PM

                                                                                          Easy to make at home. Just google for "homemade natto degrees".

                                                                                    2. Antilope RE: KaimukiMan Oct 7, 2011 12:00 AM

                                                                                      A breakfast burger. Take one left-over, cooked, hamburger patty, two slices of buttered, white bread toast, strawberry jam and ketchup. Warm hamburger patty in microwave and assemble into a breakfast burger. I'll have one a couple of times a year. It's a comfort food from childhood.

                                                                                      1. PotatoHouse RE: KaimukiMan Oct 7, 2011 03:37 AM

                                                                                        Cold pizza and root beer is the breakfast of champions!

                                                                                        One of my favorites from high school was the morning after a fried chicken dinner. I would take a couple pieces of chicken and pull off the meat, mix it with some of the gravy (we're southern we always make gravy) and heat it up. Mix with a couple of biscuits or pieces of toast and you've got a FANTASTIC breakfast!

                                                                                        1. Jay F RE: KaimukiMan Oct 8, 2011 05:59 AM

                                                                                          Today it's leftover St. Andre and bread. Yum.

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                                                                                            Leper RE: KaimukiMan Oct 8, 2011 07:53 AM

                                                                                            We have a Christmas morning tradition where I bake spareribs (oven baking is not BBQ but will do in a pinch) so they are done around 9:00 a.m. Then served traditionally with white bread and a Blood Mary.

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                                                                                              huiray RE: Leper Oct 8, 2011 07:59 AM

                                                                                              That sounds good - but how about subbing something like, oh, say, egg noodles tossed with sauteed chopped leeks and fennel bulb for the white bread instead? Ooh, I think I'm going to make that now...
                                                                                              The Bloody Mary would go fine with the noodles too.

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                                                                                                sunshine842 RE: huiray Oct 8, 2011 09:25 AM

                                                                                                because barbecue spare ribs on white bread is a thing of beauty.

                                                                                                This isn't high-brow culinary heights -- it's down-home goodness -- don't take it uptown and wreck it.

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                                                                                                  huiray RE: sunshine842 Oct 8, 2011 11:45 AM

                                                                                                  I wouldn't have thought the egg noodles/leeks/fennel I suggested would be "uptown". ??
                                                                                                  ((shrug)) I myself don't like white bread, and was thinking aloud about other things to use besides the bread.

                                                                                                  Sorry if you consider it hoity-toity to think about pairing oven-baked ribs with something other than white bread and 'wrecking it' that way.

                                                                                                  @Leper, just ignore this exchange. I trust you enjoy your nice meal every Christmas.

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                                                                                                    Jay F RE: huiray Oct 8, 2011 11:51 AM

                                                                                                    Personally, I'd leave out the spare ribs *and* the white bread, and let you make egg noodles/leeks/fennel with something completely different. But it's Leper's tradition, so for the purposes of this thread, I'd leave it as it is.

                                                                                                    And no, I don't think you were being "hoity-toity." Maybe a little "uptown," but that's not a bad thing.

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                                                                                                      sunshine842 RE: Jay F Oct 8, 2011 12:31 PM

                                                                                                      yep -- just uptown...

                                                                                                      It's still not something I'd choose for Christmas breakfast, but it's not my breakfast and it's not my Christmas.

                                                                                                      But there are some things that are better when you leave them just the way they are, even though they're not very Chow-ish.

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                                                                                                        huiray RE: sunshine842 Oct 8, 2011 12:48 PM

                                                                                                        It ought to have been clear (in context) that I was thinking about Leper's breakfast as adapted for myself. Leper is perfectly free to do as he wishes. I was commenting on his breakfast, just as you commented on my latest posted breakfast earlier in this thread - as something you would not do and can't understand - which I accepted as your opinion. I'm puzzled why you jumped down my throat in this case and accused me of wrong-doing.

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                                                                                                          sunshine842 RE: huiray Oct 8, 2011 11:50 PM

                                                                                                          "it's uptown" is a long way from "wrong-doing", and "jumped down [your] throat" is, well...considerably more harsh than the original comment was ever intended to be.

                                                                                                          I just said that sometimes the simple way is the best.

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                                                                                                shanagain RE: Leper Oct 9, 2011 12:02 PM

                                                                                                We like oyster stew on Christmas morning. (And sausage balls. Yeah, that's right. Jimmy Dean sausage, Bisquik, cheese - you know the ones.)

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                                                                                                berkleybabe RE: KaimukiMan Oct 8, 2011 12:02 PM

                                                                                                Soup -- maybe my favorite. Split pea, chicken noodle, beef barley, French onion (made at home.)
                                                                                                Savory, easy to eat/heat and not sweet in the a.m. - can't do sweet so early any more. My own McMuffin with veggie sausage patty, English muffin and sometimes cheese. Leftover spaghetti's always great, pizza is a given. Leftover dressing from Thanksgiving w/ gravy....awesomely awesome.

                                                                                                About the only thing I haven't had for breakfast might be a tossed salad.

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                                                                                                  JEN10 RE: berkleybabe Oct 9, 2011 09:57 AM

                                                                                                  Thanksgiving stuffing / dressing with gravy is a MUST for the morning after.

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                                                                                                    laststandchili RE: JEN10 Oct 12, 2011 09:19 AM

                                                                                                    Last holiday season I started breaking out stuffing for breakfast.

                                                                                                    Nuke some and serve with hash browns with a couple eggs on top.

                                                                                                    My stuffing is pretty heavily laced with sausage and bacon so I can't imagine why it's taken me so long to work out this combo.

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                                                                                                      BobB RE: laststandchili Oct 12, 2011 10:41 AM

                                                                                                      That sounds dangerously good! Care to post your stuffing recipe?

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                                                                                                        JEN10 RE: laststandchili Oct 12, 2011 04:33 PM

                                                                                                        I do a cornbread sausage stuffing with mushrooms, onions, red bells, apples, celery, corn, herbs, etc.. It is for me the only reason I make a Thanksgiving turkey. This year it will be a breast only and a pork roast with all the trimmings.

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                                                                                                    Sarahkay3 RE: KaimukiMan Oct 9, 2011 12:21 AM

                                                                                                    My favorite winter breakfast is canned pumpkin, sprinkled with cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. I stir in a tablespoon of cream if I have any, and top with crushed nuts or dried fruit.

                                                                                                    My partner particularly enjoys sweet and spicy dried anchovies tossed with ramen and Sriracha.

                                                                                                    Our usual breakfast is scrambled eggs mixed with whatever leftovers we have on hand- bits of onion and mushroom, meat, fennel, leeks, even leftover hot wings shredded.

                                                                                                    1. Veggo RE: KaimukiMan Oct 9, 2011 09:52 AM

                                                                                                      Grilled conch with garlic, 2 over easy, fresh habanero salsa on the side, and a breakfast beer.

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                                                                                                        sunshine842 RE: Veggo Oct 9, 2011 10:12 AM

                                                                                                        make mine cracked and fried, and you drink my beer, and you're on.

                                                                                                        Or grits n grunts.

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                                                                                                          huiray RE: sunshine842 Oct 9, 2011 12:43 PM

                                                                                                          "make mine cracked and fried, and you drink my beer, and you're on.

                                                                                                          Or grits n grunts."

                                                                                                          Interesting, I didn't get the impression you fancied savory breakfasts apart from British-type stuff like sauteed tomatoes, mushrooms, etc. I guess you also don't mind adaptations/substitutions for the poster's b'fast here... ;-)
                                                                                                          (Heh, ‘grunts’ are not conch pieces, grits is not salsa. Just sayin’.)
                                                                                                          Sounds like a nice b'fast anyway, whichever variation.

                                                                                                          It’s interesting that the two foods you mention together and select [and as named] have cultural associations with Bahamian folks or Key West Conches.

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                                                                                                            sunshine842 RE: huiray Oct 9, 2011 02:13 PM

                                                                                                            I don't, in general -- but yes, grits 'n' grunts is a traditional Bahamian breakfast, as is cracked conch. I lived in the Bahamas for a while a long, long time ago...but frankly haven't had either of them before lunchtime since then.

                                                                                                            And cracked conch is typically breaded with crushed saltines...I'm not substituting as much as just choosing another variation on the same theme, and if I left most of the salsa (which I would) it's still not exactly a substitution.

                                                                                                            Still can't drink beer before noon, though. Just can't. (Bloody Mary or a Mimosa? I'm all over it, but no beer)

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                                                                                                          FoodFuser RE: Veggo Oct 9, 2011 10:18 AM

                                                                                                          I will not debate this Hemingway breakfast.

                                                                                                          Lots of good stuff that comes fresh from the shell.

                                                                                                          And as to the beer, what the hell.

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                                                                                                            TexanGert RE: FoodFuser Oct 9, 2011 12:23 PM

                                                                                                            When I was a kid, we used to get cinnamon peanut butter toast with tea on special occasions. You have to make it just right, though. Toast the bread just good and toasty, slather it with butter, spread it thickly with crunchy peanut butter, and sprinkle it all over with cinnamon and sugar.

                                                                                                            My current favorite non-typical American breakfast is an Indian dish called Sabudana Khichdi. I was first served this dish when I stayed at the home of a Hindu friend. Tapioca pearls are soaked and prepared with black mustard seed, turmeric, cumin, cilantro, lemon juice, peas, and freshly roasted peanuts. Mmm mmmm!

                                                                                                            Veggo, you are not playing fair with the grilled conch mention! At least not to those of us nowhere near an ocean. I always have grilled conch with garlic over grits with over medium eggs and salsa when we visit Grandma's each summer. My mouth will be watering for a taste of that breakfast for days now.

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                                                                                                              JenJeninCT RE: TexanGert Oct 9, 2011 01:33 PM

                                                                                                              A common breakfast when I was growing up spending summers in Atlanta included the previous day's catch of fried bass and bluegill, with us kids fighting over the crunchy tails and fins. Another breakfast fave was fried chicken livers and gizzards- my Atlanta- born and raised dad is still making them at almost 80, along with pecan waffles.

                                                                                                        3. huiray RE: KaimukiMan Oct 9, 2011 03:38 PM

                                                                                                          Bak Kut Teh with steamed rice a few days ago.

                                                                                                          1. huiray RE: KaimukiMan Oct 11, 2011 07:16 AM

                                                                                                            Today - leftover Tai Yee Ma Kar Lui (大姨媽嫁女) . [Hairy gourd with dried prawns and glass noodles. Oh, and garlic (in the initial saute) and sea salt.]

                                                                                                            1. alliegator RE: KaimukiMan Oct 11, 2011 11:22 AM

                                                                                                              Now that it's finally cool enough in the mornings 'round here to want a hot breakfast, I'm on a quesadilla kick. A big handful of whatever veggies I have around, and some nice shredded cheddar. It's probably one of the most satisfying easy breakfasts I can think of.

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                                                                                                                Olliegator RE: KaimukiMan Oct 11, 2011 04:30 PM

                                                                                                                Macaroni and cheese

                                                                                                                Soup- usually potato or broccoli

                                                                                                                Leftover pizza, warmed up.

                                                                                                                Birthday cake.

                                                                                                                Pumpkin pie from thanks giving

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                                                                                                                  JEN10 RE: Olliegator Oct 12, 2011 04:39 PM

                                                                                                                  I am going to have to have some kind of pumpkin pie this year!!!

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                                                                                                                    Olliegator RE: JEN10 Oct 12, 2011 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                    Once, I made a pumpkin cheesecake with a chocolate crust. It had to be in a regular pie dish though, as it was a layer of cheesecake and a layer of pumpkin pie. The recipe is lost, but it was damn good.

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                                                                                                                      JEN10 RE: Olliegator Oct 12, 2011 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                      Oh my that must have been a slice of Autumn heaven

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                                                                                                                        Olliegator RE: JEN10 Oct 13, 2011 08:19 PM

                                                                                                                        It was definitely one of my favorites. Maybe I'll try to re-create it.

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                                                                                                                  piccola RE: KaimukiMan Oct 12, 2011 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                  I've been eating roasted chickpeas or edamame for breakfast. YUM.

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                                                                                                                    laliz RE: KaimukiMan Oct 14, 2011 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                    cold pizza of course
                                                                                                                    cold leftover meatloaf
                                                                                                                    cold chicken dipped in cold bbq sauce (I prefer KC Masterpiece)
                                                                                                                    leftover spaghetti (two ways); mixed w/sauce and eaten cold, or mixed w/sauce and fried in butter then sprinkled w/parmesan
                                                                                                                    cold chicken or turkey salad made with cranberry mayo
                                                                                                                    leftover cold cheeseburger patty dipped in cold ketchup
                                                                                                                    cottage cheese topped with thousand island dressing and sprinkled w/sunflower seeds

                                                                                                                    1. mattstolz RE: KaimukiMan Oct 14, 2011 01:51 PM

                                                                                                                      polenta is one of my faves for breakfast, cake or creamy style

                                                                                                                      also love meatball sandwiches

                                                                                                                      anything spicy works for breakfast for me! stuffed peppers and chili are definitely a favorite as well!

                                                                                                                      or bbq.... mmmm

                                                                                                                      finally, if i can add either: peanut butter, chocolate, or cinnamon to it, it is fair game for breakfast for me

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                                                                                                                        sunshine842 RE: mattstolz Oct 14, 2011 02:22 PM

                                                                                                                        how do you fix the polenta?

                                                                                                                        I ask because fried cornmeal mush is a very popular old-school breakfast in much of the midwest -- and it's basically cake-style polenta, sliced and fried, with butter and maple syrup -- or for really old-school, sorghum syrup)

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                                                                                                                          mattstolz RE: sunshine842 Oct 14, 2011 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                          i like to do it that way, but i also will eat it for breakfast either creamy or fried topped with a meaty ragu or a mushroom cream sauce.... mmmm

                                                                                                                      2. Motosport RE: KaimukiMan Oct 14, 2011 02:19 PM

                                                                                                                        Left over Chinese food is one of my favorites for breakfast. Typically chow fun, lo mein noodles and fried rice all mixed together and heated in a cast iron pan.

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                                                                                                                          amazinc RE: KaimukiMan Oct 15, 2011 07:58 AM

                                                                                                                          Matzo ball soup. Matzo balls have chives added to the batter and are stuffed with a spiced
                                                                                                                          ground veal. Add home made chicken broth with thin slices of carrot and celery. Savory soup; savory heaven. Also love soft scrambled eggs covered with Wolf Brand canned chili and chopped scalliions. Melt grated cheese over all and enjoy.
                                                                                                                          Can't do sweet in the a.m..

                                                                                                                          1. huiray RE: KaimukiMan Oct 24, 2011 06:56 AM

                                                                                                                            Noodles in soup, then
                                                                                                                            Yong Tau Foo (釀豆腐).

                                                                                                                            1. huiray RE: KaimukiMan Oct 30, 2011 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                              B'fast today:
                                                                                                                              Steamed siu mai & char siu pow; followed by
                                                                                                                              A nice hot bowl of 2-day old beef short rib stew w/ carrots, celery, onions (both pre-charred and fresh cut), crushed garlic, oregano, flor de sal.

                                                                                                                              1. huiray RE: KaimukiMan Nov 15, 2011 08:42 AM

                                                                                                                                Late B'fast today:

                                                                                                                                Bamboo shoots tossed with [wet bean curd in cooking wine] in hot oil, then stewed with fresh shiitake mushrooms (common 香菇 variety), fresh wood ears (黑木耳 variety) and bean curd sheets.
                                                                                                                                White steamed rice.

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                                                                                                                                  kentuckycook RE: KaimukiMan Nov 15, 2011 09:54 PM

                                                                                                                                  im guilty of this constantly. It grosses people out, but i fail to understand how sliced tomato on toast is a perfectly acceptable breakfast while spaghetti (essentially the same concept-- tomato + starch) is "disgusting".

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                                                                                                                                    huiray RE: kentuckycook Nov 16, 2011 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                    Bully for you. Heh. Obviously I'm one of those who would have no difficulty with spaghetti + sauce for b'fast. :-)

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                                                                                                                                      piccola RE: huiray Nov 16, 2011 05:38 PM

                                                                                                                                      Personally, I see nothing wrong with spaghetti for breakfast. It's not what I crave in the morning -- too starchy -- but that doesn't mean it's gross.

                                                                                                                                  2. JReichert RE: KaimukiMan Dec 8, 2011 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                                    Ribeye with over easy eggs. Hello delicious!

                                                                                                                                    LOVE cake for breakfast.

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                                                                                                                                      pitterpatter RE: KaimukiMan Dec 8, 2011 11:20 AM

                                                                                                                                      Pasta Carbonara. This is not weird. Eggs, bacon, cheese and starch -- the starch is simply different, i.e, not bread. Served piping hot to the love in my life -- very good, indeed.

                                                                                                                                      1. jw615 RE: KaimukiMan Dec 9, 2011 07:39 AM

                                                                                                                                        Just finished a delicious breakfast of beer-battered fried fish.

                                                                                                                                        I'm allergic to eggs, most fruits, and on steroids. Therefore, I'm allowed to have whatever I want for breakfast. In fact, I think that I might have some nachos for a snack after I manage to choke down the nutritional shake that helps with the bone pain side effects.

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