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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Swiss Cereal

I know summer is not the normal time for oatmeal, but I happen to like it all year round. A nice big bowl of this and you will not be looking for a snack by 10:00 in the morning. The kids will love it because it has dried fruit and not just plain old oatmeal. It doesn't have to be tart dried cherries, choose what you like or have on hand. The best part is that everything is done the night before except the few minutes of cooking the next morning.

Swiss Cereal
Make 4 one-half cup servings
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1 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon very finely chopped orange zest
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons dried tart cherries
2 cups skim milk (I use whole)
Brown or granulated sugar
Cream, butter, or milk

The night before you plan to serve the dish, in a glass bowl, combine the oats, zest, cinnamon, and cherries. Stir well, then stir in the milk. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

The next morning, place the mixture in a medium-sized saucepan and bring it to a simmer. Lower the heat and cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 6 minutes, or until the oats are tender and the mixture is thick. Serve immediately, either as it is or with brown or granulated sugar, and cream, butter, or milk.

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