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Coconut-Currant Steel Cut Oatmeal

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Have you tried steel cut oats? Sometimes also called "Irish oats", steel cut oats when cooked generally have a chewy, al dente texture and a nutty taste. They are oat groats, or oat kernels with no husk, that have been cut into smaller, coarse pieces using a steel blade. Size-wise, they remind me of tiny Acini di pepe pasta.

Like their cousins rolled and instant oats, steel cut oats are a blank canvas for adding different flavors and ingredients. You can cook steel cut oats longer to make them a little more softer and creamier, as I usually do, but don't expect them to fall apart and turn to mush as instant oats would when cooked. Of course, adding a pat of butter or a touch of cream when cooking would help add creaminess and richness, as well.

Tropical Mango-Lime Party Punch

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For anyone who has ever attended a college party or two in their time, flashbacks of overly sweetened "jungle juice" might instantly come to mind (along with memories of some crazy hangovers the next day after drinking the stuff, perhaps.)

The recipe? It was always simple: combine assorted liquor with assorted juices to end up with a concoction that was potent to drink and seemed to always vary in color—sometimes orange if a lot of pineapple or orange juice was added to the mix, othertimes a greenish color from what had to be a healthy dose (a whole bottle?) of melon liqueur.

May 2018 Update

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Well. It has been an interesting start to the year.

I've been on the fence about how much "personal" content to post here, ever since I started this blog over a year ago. Not that I don't want my posts to be personal—certainly, I'm not a robot, and don't want to sound like one—but topic-wise, I've largely gotten away from daily journal, day-to-day posting that I did in the past on my blogs to focus exclusively on food topics here.

I think everyone will excuse me for this particular deviation, though...

Baked Pimento Cheese Dip

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The Super Bowl is this Sunday and, well, I’m not a football fan. A red-blooded Patriot I still am, yes, but no, I don’t have a favorite football team, and I don’t care who wins or loses the game. As a marketer and foodie, though, I am sure you could’ve…

Pantry Raid: Baked Penne with Vodka Sauce

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Fact: Anything homemade is always better. Sauces, especially. “Alternative” (ha, ha…) Fact: There are days when ain’t nobody got time for that. As far as I’m concerned, there’s no shame in opening up a good boxed, canned jarred, or otherwise pre-made sauce from time to time. I’ve used many — Italian marinaras…