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Creamy Oatmeal with Pears

serves 4


  • 2 1/2 c water
  • 1 1/2 c rolled oats
  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • 1 large pear, peeled and diced small
  • 2 T dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 t cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk


  1. Bring water to boil in a medium sauce pan. Stir in oats, boil for 5 minutes.
  2. Cover, let stand 5 minutes.
  3. At the same time, melt butter over medium heat in a small skillet.
  4. Add pears, sugar, and cinnamon.
  5. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  6. Stir pears into oatmeal.
  7. Cover and let stand 5 more minutes.
  8. Stir, and divide into 4 bowls.
  9. Top each serving with 1/4 c milk. Serve immediately. (If storing leftover oatmeal, do not top with milk until ready to serve.)

Sweet and Salty Sweet Potato Puree

Serves 10


  • 5 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced in 1″ cubes
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 2 T butter
  • 2 T honey
  • 1 T + 1/4 t  kosher salt
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch clove
  • 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup pecans, halved
  • 1/2 T brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil sweet potatoes until tender, about 25 minutes. Drain.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine cooked sweet potatoes, milk, butter, honey. 1T salt and spices.
  4. Mix with a hand mixer on low until potatoes are mashed, about 2 minutes.
  5. Increase mixer speed to high. Mix until smooth and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  6. Fold in chopped pecans, reserving about a tablespoon for later.
  7. Place sweet potato mixture in a 9×13 baking dish. Smooth out top.
  8. Outline border of pan with halved pecans.
  9. Sprinkle center with remaining chopped pecans.
  10. Lightly sprinkle remaining salt over entire dish.
  11. Lightly sprinkle brown sugar over entire dish.
  12. Bake, uncovered, for 25 minutes.

About the Cook

I'm a busy wife and mom who knows the value of a meal that can be prepared quickly. I prefer to cook with whole foods and you will almost never find a prepared food in my recipes or my pantry.

This blog started as a way to recall recipes that I've created and now I am excited to share them with you! Bon Apetit!
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