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I had but one goal for this year’s Cross Crusade: to win oatmeal.

The fine grain-magicians at Bob’s Red Mill decided to sponsor these races by giving out free, hot, body-and-soul replenishing oatmeal at races. They also donated large bags of steel cut oats as prizes. Due to a miraculous turn of events I became (though not the winner of a race) the winner of one of these bags. I have eaten them everyday since claiming my prize and I would like to share my breakfast experiences with you.

I can confidently say that oatmeal is my favorite food. I like it all, from quick oats, to Irish oats,to rolled oats and so on. Now, if someone were to ask me, “Ff you were stuck on a deserted island and could only eat one food for the rest fo your life, would it be oatmeal?”, my asnwer would be no. That question implies that whatever food you choose will be able to sustain you despite you having a completely unvaried diet of it.

So obviously my answer would be cookies. But some of those cookies would be oatmeal cookies, so you can still see my point.

Until recently I have stuck with the classic: rolled oats. They take a short time to cook (why anyone would need the mach 10 speed of quick oats I’ll never really understand) and they are delicious and filling. I have long been a steel cut fan, but they are a more time consuming meal to prepare (20 minutes on the stovetop!). As a now proud owner of 3 1/2 lb bag of steel cut oats I obviously needed to make the switch.

The first morning I spent with them did involve a lot of cooking time, but yielded such delicious results that it all seemed worth it. That night I actually planned ahead soaked my oats (which are technically groats, the inner portion of the oat kernal) overnight in water. The following morning my groat-oats cooked up in no time! They took about as long to cook as the rolled oats of my past.
Steel cut oats (aka Irish oats aka Scotch oats aka course-cut oats) are also lower on the glycemic index than regular oats. Which in layman’s terms means they’re less glycemic. They also have a rich nutty flavor.

All in all you pretty much can’t go wrong with the fine product we know as oatmeal. I recommend eating your steel cuts with a bit of butter, fruit, almonds, and honey. Thick oats are wonderful eaten raw with yogurt, or with warm rice milk poured on top of them. And try some quick oats as a topping to a baked good! Oats, what can’t they do?!

So thank you, Bob and your wonderful red mill. I only hope the beer I won for getting (lucky number) 24th last Sunday will bring me as much joy.