One of the most influential pieces of food writing that I’ve read this year was this article on oatmeal by Mark Bittman. I had always loved the idea of oatmeal. It sounds so wholesome. But I couldn’t stand the texture of hot oatmeal. Just about the only way I could eat oatmeal, until recently, was in granola or cookie form.
I never even considered that you could just pour cold milk over plain oats (not that pre-packaged powdery stuff; I do find this works better with “quick oats” versus rolled oats), add your topping of choice, and call it breakfast. But that’s what I’ve done almost every morning since reading the above article. I urge anyone who relies on those powdery packets or fast-food chains for their oatmeal to read it too.
*Not to be confused with The Oatmeal, which gets it right every single time, hilariously.