Pat Shingleton for Jan. 16, 2013

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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.