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Memory Monday-Granny’s Breakfast

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My Granny made the most delicious breakfasts ever. I know a lot of you think your grandmother or mother or whoever made the best food, but you must not have ever had the pleasure of my Granny’s cooking.

As I mentioned in The REAL Full House, there were a lot of people at my Granny’s house and no matter what time of the day or night, she always had something ready for them to eat. Lunch and dinner might have been pinto beans and cornbread (which many members of my family would argue was her best dish), but she could always offer up a meal of some sort.

Her breakfasts were the most memorable and had the most variety. She would make homemade gravy and biscuits. I remember watching her cook and don’t remember ever seeing a measuring cup or spoon in her hand. I asked her how she knew how much of each thing to mix together and her best advice was “just add some until you think it’s enough.” Along with the biscuits and gravy, there were always eggs cooked just the way you wanted them, sausage, bacon, and some sort of jelly, jam, or apple butter for the biscuits. From time to time, she would make fried apples, fried potatoes, or homemade chocolate syrup.

I’d have my eggs scrambled and to this day scrambled is pretty much the only way I will eat an egg. I would take the crispiest pieces of bacon to crumble up in my gravy and most of the time, Granny would make sure there were several crispy pieces for me. I’d put butter and grape jelly on my biscuit. After I ate that, I’d either get a helping of fried apples sprinkled with sugar or I’d get another biscuit and some chocolate syrup.

I know all that sounds like a heart attack or obesity waiting to happen so let me just put the finishing touch out there: she fixed everything using LARD. Lard and the grease off the sausage and bacon. OH! MY! GOODNESS! YUM-YUM-YUM! Seriously, lard gives food a richness that no “healthy” chemically modified cooking spray or oil can match.

Sadly, nobody in our family can cook quite like Granny. Aunt Connie probably comes the closest to fixing a comparable breakfast, especially the biscuits.

Note to self: Get Connie to teach me how to make biscuits!


About Marsha Blevins, Author

Marsha Blevins lives in West Virginia with her boyfriend and six fur-children. She earned her B.A. in English with a concentration on writing from Marshall University. Two of her short stories and several poems were published in the university’s literary magazine, Et Cetera. She is an active member of the writing group Wicked Wordsmiths of the West and WV Writers. Follow her at on Facebook at, on Twitter @marbleswords.

3 responses

  1. Great recollection. I also remember Karo (sp?) syrup poured on biscuits. I’d pay $1000 for one of her biscuits! And apple butter. Her fried taters were always a bit salty; not too much but definitely there for you to notice. If there is a heaven and I somehow trick my way in there, Granny and her biscuits will be waiting on me!!!


  2. Your Memory Mondays have become the highlight of every Monday for me!


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