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When I was a kid I always marveled at my grandfather. He was strong, intelligent (spoke 7 languages fluently), inventive (he came from Europe with nothing, started as a window washer, became an engineer, and built a prestigious firm), loving, and sure knew how to eat. 

Every morning he ate eggs, usually with bacon and buttered toast, and always with coffee. He was a sucker for chicken feet, pigs' knuckles, and fat back - not the typical diet of a Jewish person from Galitzia! He ate like the proverbial horse but wasn't what we'd consider a physically big man. And of course, he loved the typical Jewish foods I grew up loving as well. Kugel (noodle "pies" - of various forms), Kacklettin (those fatty hamburgers with a few extra delicious ingredients), Kneidlach (dumplings), Kishka, Kasha, Matzo Ball Soup, Brisket, Garlic Steak, Ayelech (unborn eggs - yum!), and Grebenes (deep fried chicken skin). I could keep goin' but my mouth is watering so much I'm slobbering on the keyboard. 

And...almost all of these delicacies were cooked using "Schmaltz," otherwise known as chicken fat. Yet, "Pop" lived to be 100 years old. He never mentioned his cholesterol, blood pressure, or any of those other physical/medical things we're so cautious of throwing out of balance these days. As I grew older and wondered why he lived so long and well, eating the way he did, it hit me! All the foods he ate weren't processed, weren't genetically modified, weren't grow on factory farms. Before the word "Organic" became so important to all of us today...everything WAS organic. It's just that food wasn't thought of that way.

So, now we have to search for the foods my grandfather and grandmother (and yours) bought at the local fish store, vegetable cart, butcher, dairy store, or fruit market without any of our grandparents (at least if you're my age) having a second thought about how and where they were grown.

What does that say about our society and our diets? Only that we've devolved.

Well...I guess I'll see you at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, your local food co-op or Farmer's Market, or the "Organic Section" of your neighborhood supermarket. And be cautious of those "Conventional Foods!"

Stay Hungry and Healthy my friends! 

Stephen C
2/20/2012 11:28:29 am

Sounds delicious! My grandmother lived to be 101 and still lived at home. She also drank whiskey into her 90s, haha.

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Dan
2/21/2012 08:54:35 am

Sounds like she was an amazing woman...who had it together!

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Stephen C
2/22/2012 02:29:47 pm

That's for sure. She lived from before electricity till the internet age. Quite a feat for a single lifetime!

Scott Grande
2/22/2012 10:36:28 am

So funny! My grandpop lived to 89 and ate 2 eggs every morning with burnt toast. My grandmother would cremate his steak in a frying pan as well. And the topper was, when she would make gravy (Sauce to the non-South Philly Italians) she would skim the grease off of the top and put that over his pasta.
He had a pacemaker that he swore he "recharged" by hitting a live wire while replacing an outlet.

Truly the Greatest Generation!

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Jane Z
2/23/2012 02:35:11 pm

I'm a burnt toast person.. Told absorbs toxins in digestion. I was draw to the taste as a child as also oregano..
I'm sure the grease was pure wonderful olive oil! Liquid gold!
Wonderful story!

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Jane Z
2/23/2012 02:35:30 pm

I'm a burnt toast person.. Told absorbs toxins in digestion. I was draw to the taste as a child as also oregano..
I'm sure the grease was pure wonderful olive oil! Liquid gold!
Wonderful story!

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Jane Z
2/23/2012 02:35:56 pm

I'm a burnt toast person.. Told absorbs toxins in digestion. I was draw to the taste as a child as also oregano..
I'm sure the grease was pure wonderful olive oil! Liquid gold!
Wonderful story!

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Jane Z
2/23/2012 02:36:12 pm

I'm a burnt toast person.. Told absorbs toxins in digestion. I was draw to the taste as a child as also oregano..
I'm sure the grease was pure wonderful olive oil! Liquid gold!
Wonderful story!

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Jane Z
2/23/2012 02:37:54 pm

I'm a burnt toast person.. Told absorbs toxins in digestion. I was draw to the taste as a child as also oregano..
I'm sure the grease was pure wonderful olive oil! Liquid gold!
Wonderful story!

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Jane Z
2/23/2012 02:38:32 pm

I'm a burnt toast person.. Told absorbs toxins in digestion. I was draw to the taste as a child as also oregano..
I'm sure the grease was pure wonderful olive oil! Liquid gold!
Wonderful story!

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Dan
2/24/2012 06:09:46 am

Scott,

That's a great story! Yep...the Greatest Generation is right!

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Jane Z
2/23/2012 02:30:00 pm

Who stole the Kishka, who stole the Kishka? Johnny brought it back....favorite Polka!

Love Kishka- just a earthy taste! Me want Kishka now.. Just pouting..;-(

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Jane Z
2/23/2012 02:57:32 pm

I'm in trouble! Hehe
I press alot of buttons, but at least they are the funny ones!!!

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Dan
2/24/2012 06:13:29 am

Jane,

Burnt toast, oregano, olive oil...gotta love it! And - yep...kishka's the best!

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Ivan
2/28/2012 12:45:28 pm

My grandparents grew up with little money but are for their age very healthy. Organic food is primarily the only food you can buy in their country. I think the food industry here needs to go back to organic food being the norm.

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Dan
2/28/2012 02:53:15 pm

I totally agree with thoughts about our food industry Ivan.

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