Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Getting our Dipper’s worth after all

dipper 003You may have seen the Crock-Pot Little Dipper and dismissed it as a frivolous unitasker.

I know I did when we got one free with our REAL crock-pot.  But Elisheva had a birthday coming up, so I gave it to her to use for fondues – which it’s quite good at, by the way.

But last week, in my steel-cut oats showdown, I discovered another use for it that has us using this thing just about every day:  BREAKFAST.

The Little Dipper, it turns out, is the perfect way to make overnight oatmeal for one or two people who like a hearty breakfast on a cold, cold morning.  Last night, I didn’t make oatmeal, and Elisheva was sad.  I told her I thought she’d gotten sick of it by now, but no… apparently, she just adores waking up to a warm pot of her own “brekkie.”

(My Rule of Elisheva, for most of the year, is “keep warm.”  She is easily chilled, but derives more enjoyment than anyone else I know from all things fleece, long hot baths, tea, etc.  I guess we just have to add oatmeal to that list!)

Here’s what I put in:

  • 1/3-1/2 cup steel-cut oats (precision is not important)
  • 1/2-2/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup (ish) water
  • dash of salt
  • dash of cinnamon
  • a few raisins or Craisins

Stir, plug it in (there’s no switch) and let it cook for 6-8 hours.  In the morning, all will be soft, warm, delicious… comfort food at its best (and cheapest!!!).

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