Apple Pie Oatmeal

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The Southern husband and I are great lovers of oatmeal for dinner. Warm and wonderful, quick and filling, and when we have it for supper we usually jazz it up in a savory way instead of going sweet - our favorite is with some cheddar cheese and a soft-cooked egg.  But given the Winterpacolypse that we are currently smack in the middle of, one particularly blustery night I decided the only thing left to so was do was go straight for the dessert-meets-dinner with an apple pie version of oatmeal.  Which by the way would be perfectly perfect for breakfast and lunch, too! Read More & Get the Recipe

Overnight Oatmeal!

Overnight Oatmeal

Let me just start by saying I Love Oatmeal.  Sweet oatmeal, savory oatmeal, oatmeal for breakfast, oatmeal for lunch.  Don't even get me started on oatmeal cookies. I could be president of the Oatmeal Appreciation Society.  I am that devoted to you, oatmeal.  But up until recently with the exception of the oatmeal cookies, I had only had my many variations of oatmeal hot.  But then I got swept up into this wave of making oatmeal without cooking it, but rather by letting it sit in a bath of milk and other good things in your fridge overnight until it was soft and sweet.  Could it work?  Read on, oatmeal lovers. Read More & Get the Recipe

Coconut Oatmeal

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I love a good bowl of oatmeal.  It's of course fabulous on a chilly morning in its classic form, with some warm milk and a little brown sugar and maybe some raisins, but I also love it in savory form for supper, with a little melted cheddar cheese stirred into it and a soft cooked egg on top.  Mmm, mmm, mmmmm.  So I have breakfast and supper covered, and maybe this newest version can be the lunchtime kind?  So here we go...let's send our oatmeal to the tropics! Read More & Get the Recipe

Rum Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

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My dad and I have a lot in common.  We are both Mets fans, we are both Hoyas, and we both love a good Jimmy Buffett song.  We like a nice glass of red wine now and again, and we both think my mom's macaroni and cheese is one of the best-tasting things on the planet.  So you'd think we would be partners in dessert preferences, but here's where we diverge.  I am a chocolate lover through and through, but my dad?  Not so much.  He'll have some if it's there, but if you want to win his heart with dessert, he's a gingerbread, oatmeal cookie, rum raisin ice cream kind of guy.  And since I love him more than words can say, I recently decide to put a few of his favorite things together, and that's how I ended up with a jar full of rum raisin oatmeal cookies. Read More & Get the Recipe

Savory Oatmeal with Soft-Cooked Egg and Cheddar

Savory Oatmeal

I have so many, many things to say about this recipe. First, I think oatmeal is one of the more under-appreciated things in life.  Somehow it has gotten a bad rap over the years...as a matter of fact, the teenager said to me just this morning, "Mom, you and Dad are the only people in the world that actually LIKE oatmeal."  I don't think this is completely true, but I also think the world doesn't fully understand and appreciate the wonder that is oatmeal. First of all, it is actually good for you.  Unlike some of my other favorite food groups, oatmeal is full of fiber and not full of other less-good stuff, so there's that.  But I think that folks have gotten stuck in the usual ordinary ways of making oatmeal, which is basically boiling it up in some water, or milk if they go really crazy.  Maybe tossing some brown sugar on top.  But people!  There is so much more to be done!  And one of my favorite, favorite approaches to oatmeal is the savory approach - going cheesy and a little Read More & Get the Recipe

Overnight Oatmeal

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I think I am overdue in terms of singing the praises of one of my very favorite kitchen appliances, which is my beloved, faithful, trustworthy slow cooker. I've had the same slow cooker for years and years now - it's a basic Rival Crockpot model - and I've made everything from the best beef barley soup in the world to a really incredible chocolate pudding cake and a lot of stuff in between. There's nothing quite like the feeling you get when you toss a bunch of stuff in the crockpot in the morning, go out to work, and then come home hours later to a house that smells like heaven and the glorious knowledge that dinner is already made! Most of my crockpot recipes are dinner-oriented (well, except for that cake. Which I would happily eat for dinner, but that's just me.) This oatmeal recipe also makes a fantastic comfort food dinner recipe, but it's my only crockpot recipe that is perfection for breakfast. Here's how it works, and why I adore it so much. First of all, you must use Read More & Get the Recipe