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  1. Keith R
    February 23, 2011

    Clara, I also hated my mom's oatmeal (Mom, please forgive me) because as a result of following packaging directions it was, as you put it, a "bland slimy concoction." So when Oneida first offered to make oatmeal, I said no thanks, I don't like the stuff. "That's because you've never had mine," she responded. Turns out she was right. She made her oatmeal thick, with chocolate and cinnamon sticks. [She also put the mixture through a blender, I think.] I loved it, and the kids grew up loving it. Same thing happens with cream of wheat, which I had grown up liking even less than oatmeal (sorry Mom). But Oneida makes it with cinnamon, sweet cloves and I dunno what else, but it's great and the kids never turn it away. Lesson learned: not everyone or every culture makes the same dish the same way, and whether or not it appeals often has much to do with the flavoring and preparation as anything else.

  2. Tonia
    February 23, 2011

    I was about to eat some toast for breakfast and then I saw this. I just had to have it. YUM!!! What a way to start off the day.

  3. Aunt Clara
    February 25, 2011

    Keith, you are right, each home and culture has its own taste. I am glad Oneida's oatmeal was better than my mom's (sorry Mom, don't hit me).

  4. Claire
    March 1, 2011

    I finally made this today. I've been in the hospital and have been eating a lot of cold toast when what I really wanted was a lovely bowl of oatmeal! I tended to use the instant stuff before but never again now I can make it properly! Thanks.

    Oh and my 2 year old ate all of his and asked for some more!

  5. Aunt Clara
    March 3, 2011

    Oh, Claire, I am sorry to hear that. I hope all is well with you now. And I am glad you liked the oatmeal this way.

  6. Ileana
    March 9, 2011

    first let me say, aunt Clara, you are HILARIOUS! I laugh so much just reading the things you say and your picture is too funny!

    now, I love aotmeal but my mom never really taught me how to cook it and when I ask family and friends they all have their own recipes and they all sound intimidating. I'm gonna try this one and I hope it comes out good. Now, you say not to use instant oatmeal. what would be the circumstances if I do? I live in a very small town , where like we dominicans would say " no hay na' ". Thank you aunt clara for your super adorable humor and providing this website for the clueless.like me.

  7. Aunt Clara
    March 9, 2011

    Oh, I know about living in outposts.

    Anyway, the problem with using instant oatmeal is that if you follow my recipe you will end up with a potful of industrial glue. If you can only find instant oatmeal, then skip the soaking time and halve the amount of milk, as instant oatmeal cooks rather fast.

    And thanks for the nice words. :)

  8. Tonia
    April 25, 2011

    I just LOVE LOVE this recipe. I had to come back and re-comment. I make it very regularly. If I make it one day, I always end up making it the next day as well, because the yummy taste is still fresh in my mind. I really like putting the cinnamon stick in there. The two layers of cinnamon are fabulous. :-)

  9. Tonia
    April 25, 2011

    Aunt Clara, one question… [not a complaint because I'm a lover of large portions... :-) ] I often find that your recipes make WAY more than the listed servings. Typically, a single serving of oats is a half cup uncooked. This makes a LOT of oatmeal. Not that I'm complaining, but then… I ended up eating more than I should because it is so delicious!!!

  10. Tonia
    April 25, 2011

    I meant this recipe as is makes a LOT.

  11. Aunt Clara
    April 25, 2011

    Funny you should say that. Over the years I have received complains over my portions being "too big", "too small", that my recipes had to account for bigger families (more portions), smaller families (less portions). At this point I am sure I will never get it right.

    Basically I go for less servings, bigger portions. In other words: pleasing nobody. :)

  12. Tonia
    April 25, 2011

    I love it. Funny, YOU should say that… my boyfriend and I had a whole conversation about that yesterday. Like who really decides what is the perfect portion? And, why? And, why do we follow? It seems to me that the "recommended" serving on the back of a box or recipe cannot suit all. How can a very large person be satisfied with a tiny portion, and vice versa, how can a very little person eat a huge portion… or some people have little appetites, while some have large, regardless of their size.

    I just adjust your recipes to fit my needs. I was a little surprised one of the first times I made one of the rice recipes… I was cooking for three and I had sooooo much left, I think we ate rice for a week. Hahaha. But hey, on the bright side, I only had to cook one day. :-) Thanks for the awesome recipes!

  13. isadora
    May 14, 2011

    my abuela made the bomb oatmeal with coconut milk,sugar,cinnamon,milk and it was a creamy bowl of goodness.

  14. isadora
    May 14, 2011

    my abuela made the bomb oatmeal with coconut milk,sugar,cinnamon,milk and it was a creamy bowl of goodness. i tried your recipe too and was so good with strawberries. thank you for all you recipes. i crack open your recipe book every time i have guest coming and they always want to know how i do it…but i show them the book and my sister and i just love your pastelon recipe becuase i tried two times before i bought your book and it was terrible the plantains were hard and the meat was bland but thanks to you im a better cook!

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