Pat Shingleton for Jan. 16, 2013

Today, we will experience another damp, chilly morning. To combat the chill, you may be enjoying some hot oatmeal, grits, pancakes or waffles accompanied by a piping-hot cup of Community Coffee.

My mother made another breakfast warmer called “mush.” Many years ago, I recall my old friend and anchor, Jay Young, telling me about a Cajun concoction similar to mush called “couscous,” a combination of cornmeal and milk.

Grandma Shirley would mix and boil a cornmeal recipe, pour it into a Pyrex dish or tray and refrigerate it. The next morning it was sliced into half-inch squares and fried.

We then would smatter the hot mush with butter and syrup. With a hot mug of homemade cocoa, we were ready for the outdoor freeze.

Fastcast: Early drizzle; clearing out.