Friday, January 26, 2007

Mares eat oats

When I was a little girl, my mom used to sing to me "Mares eat oats and does eat oats but little lambs eat ivy. A kid will eat ivy too, wouldn't you, wouldn't you."

My reply, "Gross! I want to eat oats!" I loved oatmeal and still do. Unfortunately there is a very fine line between good oatmeal and a stodgy gruel that reminds one of an orphanage in a Dickens novel. Sadly, instant oatmeal does not count as food. It may be convenient but it is loaded with sugar and so over-processed that the oats have lost their nutritional value which is high fiber content.

Once I figured this out, I was on a mission to find delicious, old-fashioned, thick cut oats in order to make the perfect bowl of oatmeal. Early in my hunt, I turned up Bob's Red Mill thick cut oats. I bought them at Target and I've seen them at Harris Teeter too. The oats are huge! I think they would make wonderful cookies! When cooked, these oats retain a firm texture. The chewiness is very satisfying to me and these are so full of fiber that I'm not hungry until lunch time.

Bob's Red Mill is a local business run out of Oregon. They use traditional methods of milling grain and they use locally grown grains. I love giving people like this my business! Bob has a web site where all of his products are available to purchase. Besides oats, he mills all kinds of grains into flours (both the usual and the unusual). He also makes gluten-free products.

I like Bob.

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