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“I started fooling around with breakfasts once I got tired of opening a can of soup or pouring out a bowl of cereal. This is not to say that I don't do those things any more, but this warm, hearty oatmeal -inspired by one of Alton Brown's recipes- is a great way to start the day. I often have it with a couple slices of bacon and a glass of orange juice.”

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  1. In a small pot that has a tight fitting lid, melt the butter over medium-high heat and stir in the steel cut oats. Stirring, brown the oats until you smell a nutty aroma coming from the pot.
  2. Slowly pour in the boiling water and stir to fully incorporate the browned oats. Stir in the dried apple bits and reduce the heat to a low simmer. Cover with a lid and cook for 30 minutes.
  3. When 30 minutes is up, stir in the remaining ingredients, slowly and remove from the heat. (NOTE: Depending on the kind of pot you use, there may be some bits baked to the bottom of the pan. These taste good and should be scraped up with a spoon and mixed in with the rest of the dish.).
  4. Serve hot.

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