The first time I ever tasted biscuits and gravy was at a Piggly Wiggly grocery store near Darien, Georgia (population: 1,700). I was about 13 years old, and I had been enjoying a family vacation with the company of my friend, Lauren. She was less than impressed by my family’s style of vacation; we dragged her through one historical-building-turned-museum after another and stuffed our faces with fudge. (What is it with tourist spots and fudge?) She just wanted to lay out by the warm, sandy water of the Gulf of Mexico that were used to, but all we had was a muddy stretch of the Atlantic. The next stop in our trip was St. Augustine, Florida (one of the coolest places I’ve ever visited), but we sought out breakfast before we hit the road.
I’m fairly certain I suggested we find a McDonald’s so we could eat breakfast on the road, but we couldn’t find one, which is how we ended up at a Piggly Wiggly with a breakfast bar. The thought of eating food at a grocery store breakfast bar made me feel uncomfortable, so I’m sure I just ordered a large sweet tea and watched hungrily as my family and friend gobbled up lukewarm pancakes, rubbery eggs, and chewy bacon. Lauren had also helped herself to a heaping plate of biscuits and gravy, which horrified me. I can handle biscuits, but the weird, cream-colored, lumpy gravy? It made me shutter. She told me I was stupid and shoved a plastic fork in front of me, encouraging me to try it.
I learned a lot during that vacation, albiet mostly about the Civil War and the Rockefellars. But, I also learned this:
When I started reading No Ghouls Allowed by Victoria Laurie, which takes place in Valdosta, Ga, I couldn’t help but remember my first helping of buttery biscuits and creamy, herbaceous sausage gravy. I also couldn’t help day dreaming about fluffy, sweet cinnamon rolls, which is what Gilley’s mom actually cooks the Ghould Getters for breakfast, but pastries are such a pain to make. It was an easy decision to make– Biscuits and Gravy for the Ghoul Getters!
I know in my Granola Bars for La Peligrosa, I alluded to the idea that I was trying to eat healthier, and truly I am. But…biscuits and gravy man! Have you ever tried them before? What is your favorite breakfast food?