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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.

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…

Pantry Raid: Tex-Mex Casserole

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It was a snowy week here in the Northeast and I’m not a cold weather-loving person. Looking at the snowfall is all well and good, but I prefer to stay inside and do that. It’s not that I’m necessarily scared about driving in bad weather—been there, done that—but everything that goes with…

Sun Dried Tomato and Cheese Strudels

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These strudels are quick to make and are versatile: cut in small squares for hors d’oeuvres with cocktails before dinner, or cut in slices to serve with a simple green salad for a light lunch. If you can’t find the Alouette garlic and herb cheese spread, Boursin cheese, herb goat…

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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These sweet and sour meatballs are better than take-out and can be made in less than 30 minutes — talk about a fast dinner! I like adding extra Sriracha to mine and topping with some cilantro, but it’s totally optional. Quorn meatless meatballs are available in many of the grocery stores near…

Spiced Raita

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A creamy and spicy cucumber salad to accompany Eggplant and Red Lentil Daal—or you could eat it plain with pita chips or naan bread, too.