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Gourmet Savory Hot Cereal with Bacon, Spinach, and Parmesan

This is my new go-to meal when I get home after a long day, tired and hungry. Five ingredients. Ten minutes. Rich, crispy strips of bacon with silky spinach quickly sautéed in olive oil, over a creamy, nutty ‘risotto’ of Hodgson Mill Oat Bran Cereal, sprinkled over with grated parmesan, a pinch of sea salt, and a grind of black pepper. It’s is an incredibly speedy way to a meal that’s delicious and satisfying without being too heavy. The beauty of oats is that a little salt one way or a little sugar the other is the tipping point for dinner vs. breakfast/dessert. Remember when we talked about how convenient it is to make a big pot of steel cut oats for the week, and using different toppings to keep your meals exciting? It got me to thinking about other, more savory ways you can dress up a hot cereal, and this is the first dinner-worthy combo I’ve found that’s good enough to tell the world about . (Using bacon feels a bit like cheating–what isn’t delicious with bacon? But it’s just so tasty with the oats.) And if you aren’t a fan of sweets for breakfast, it makes a fantastic start to the day, too. Read More »


Multigrain Sweet Potato Date Muffins

These muffins combine the earthy sweetness of roasted sweet potatoes, the light caramel chewiness of dates, and the hearty goodness of oats, wheat bran, flaxseed, soy, wheat germ and cracked whole wheat in Hodgson Mill Multigrain Cereal. No simpering breakfast cupcakes here; these have a firm, springy texture that makes you take your time and savor each bite, and just enough sweetness to go great with a cup of coffee. I love the body and texture Multigrain Cereal brings to baked goods—if you like these, you might also want to try my Multigrain Pumpkin Pancakes. Read More »


My Irish Granny’s Whole Grain Wheaten Bread

Despite being named Erin, I don’t actually have an Irish granny. But if I did, I would hope she would bake bread like this–slightly sweet and nutty with toasted Hodgson Mill Steel Cut Oats, with a crisp browned crust hiding a tender buttery biscuit crumb. (For any word nerds out there, ‘Wheaten’ is an old English word that means just what it says, and it’s the name of this type of loaf.) To me, this fun clover-shaped loaf is whole grain baking at its best—taste, texture, and looks (a triple threat!). And since it’s a soda bread, made with buttermilk and baking soda instead of yeast, it’s ready in just about an hour. It’s perfect for breakfast, toasted, with butter and jam, but it easily holds up next to a savory soup or stew. The smell of this, fresh from the oven, drew everyone in my house straight to the kitchen. . . I just love when that happens. Read More »


Old-Fashioned Velvet Sponge Cupcakes with Lemon Mascarpone Frosting

This is not exactly the post I had in mind for Valentine’s Day – honestly, I’m pretty much a chocolate-caramel-peanut butter-deep dark flavor kind of girl anytime, and especially on Box-of-Chocolates Day (As I believe it should be named). No, I had big dreams for something with dark baking chocolate, maybe some red wine, or some molasses and spice, something dark and rich and red like cherries or pomegranates . . . but after several tests, several sinkfuls of dishes, and several test versions of a baking disaster now referred to as “Stupid Cake” . . . I just thank my lucky stars that this recipe fell into my lap at the last moment. Just in time for V-day. Read More »


Tangy Sour Cream & Onion Biscuits

My favorite potato chip flavor has always been sour cream & onion. I don’t eat them very often, but if there’s an open bag, they’re hard to resist. They’re tangy, and creamy, and crunchy . . . . These biscuits, however, are as perfect a stand-in for the decadent chips as I could dream up. I like that they remind me of junk food, even though the first ingredient in the base, Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Insta-Bake, is Whole Wheat Flour. (So they’re a bit better for you than potato chips.) Read More »


Chai Muesli and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Half spice cookie, half oatmeal cookie … half chocolate chip cookie. (Hmm… My math is a little fuzzy.) I just love the flavor combination here! The cookie love starts when you bite into the nice, browned edges, then through a soft and chunky strata of oats, sunflower seeds, apple bits and the occasional raisin (all from Hodgson Mill Apples & More Muesli), and every once in a while, a chocolate chip surprise. Then, just when you think you’ve tasted all this cookie has to offer, the chai spices come up from behind. You can feel—as much as taste—the warm, golden flavor the chai provides, rounding out all of the flavors. Like fine wine. But a cookie. Read More »


Homemade Graham Crackers

’ve always thought graham crackers were something you got out of a box. Period. Not that I thought they would be so difficult that they were beyond my skill level, or that they required some kind of strange ingredients, but I really just never thought about it. Let’s face it, they’re pretty readily available already made. And to be honest, I’ve always thought that they were more of a vehicle–a handy, edible way to get toasty, sticky marshmallows from a campfire fork to my mouth with a minimum of mess. Mmmm. S’mores. Read More »


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