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!