Ken Gordon, owner of Kenny and Zuke's Deli in Portland, Oregon was diagnosed with diabetes earlier this year. He describes how he has modified his breakfast habits in ways that still allow him to express his enthusiasm for the first meal of the day:
'I mostly try to steer clear of refined carbohydrates and sugars. I'll eat an occasional bagel and go lighter on the cream cheese with some altogether healthy smoked salmon. If I have toast, it's usually whole grain with less butter, skip the jam. Hey, how else do you mop up the yolks?
I love eggs, and having four chickens in the backyard means a steady supply of luscious fresh ones. High cholesterol is not a good thing, but conventional wisdom these days seems to be that about 20 percent of your cholesterol level is affected by diet. The rest is genetic and exercise-related.
I love eggs just about any style. If I'm feeling virtuous, they are poached or soft-boiled. Most often, I go for over easy. If the diet bank account is flush, I splurge on softly scrambled eggs with a few truffle shavings; chives and bits of bacon if not. Or a soft two-egg omelet or frittata with asparagus, black forest ham and pecorino. Or some wild mushrooms in season with some softened leeks.
I love hashes as well. I go light on the potatoes these days, so my hash is only about half potatoes, a little butter or olive oil, some onions, peppers, mushrooms, whatever veggies are hanging around. Topped with a couple of those great eggs. Hashes are great catchalls for leftovers and are always delicious and soothing.'