January is National Oatmeal Month.

Oatmeal has traveled to the South Pole with Roald Amundsen, to the North Pole with Admiral Richard Byrd, and to Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary. This grain has also orbited the earth with United States astronauts.

Today, Quakerˆ® Oats is sold in more than 25 countries around the world, and is the largest-selling hot cereal in the United States.

Oatmeal is great for more than that bowl of steaming hot cereal in the morning. In our area, baked oatmeal is a specialty.

Meat loaf recipes use oatmeal as an ingredient. Oatmeal crusts are sometimes used in desserts. You may also enjoy oatmeal bread, muffins, and cookies. Below are ways to use this grain in National Oatmeal Month.

Oatmeal Drop Cookies

1 cup shortening

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 3/4 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups rolled oats

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup sour milk

1 cup chopped raisins or dates

1/2 cup chopped nuts

Cream shortening and sugar together. Add eggs and beat until fluffy. Combine flour, salt, soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Add oats and mix thoroughly.

Add dry ingredients alternately with milk to creamed mixture. Mix thoroughly. Fold in chopped raisins or dates and stir until well blended. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheet, spaced 2 to 3 inches apart. Flatten with fork. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Makes 6 dozen cookies. From Mennonite Community Cookbook, used by permission.

Sloppy Joes

1 lb. ground beef

1/2 cup onion, chopped

1/2 cup green pepper

8 oz. tomatoes, chopped

2 tablespoons quick oats

1 - 1 1/2 teaspoon chili seasoning

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

1/4 cup water

Brown meat, onions, and peppers. Drain. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until desired consistency. From Wholesome Sugarfree Cooking, used by permission.

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