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Speculoos Cookie Butter Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients (1 serving)

  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbsp Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter (or Biscoff Spread)
  • 1/3 cup milk, preferably organic (I used 1%)
  • 1 egg white, preferablly organic
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a small ovenproof bowl.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together oats, baking powder, and salt.

In a medium bowl, whisk together cookie butter and egg white until smooth; whisk in milk and vanilla extract.

Pour dry ingredients into wet and stir with a rubber spatula until combined (be sure to fully mix the sticky cookie butter-milk mixture into the dry mixture). Spoon mixture into prepared bowl.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until oatmeal is puffed and set.

Serve with maple syrup or Banana Sauce, recipe follows.

Banana Sauce:

In a mini food processor (or small bowl) puree (or mash) together 1/2 medium-sized ripe banana with about 2 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt (I used 0%) until smooth. Puree (or mash) in a few drops of pure vanilla extract and a few dashes of ground cinnamon.

Nutritional Information (with banana sauce):

404.1 calories, 14.8 grams fat, 4.3 grams saturated fat, 6.8 grams fiber, 17.6 grams sugars, 13.5 grams protein

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If grandmothers around the world had a rallying cry, it would probably sound something like “You need to eat!”

Photographer Gabriele Galimberti’s grandmother said something similar to him before one of his many globetrotting work trips. To ensure he had at least one good meal, she prepared for him a dish of ravioli before he departed on one of his adventures.  

“In that occasion I said to my grandma ‘You know, Grandma, there are many other grandmas around the world and most of them are really good cooks,” Galimberti wrote via email. “I’m going to meet them and ask them to cook for me so I can show you that you don’t have to be worried for me and the food that I will eat!’ This is the way my project was born!”

The project, “Delicatessen With Love”, took Galimberti to 58 countries where he photographed grandmothers with both the ingredients and finished signature dishes.

He acted as photographer and stylist during each shoot with the grandmothers, taking a portrait of both the women and the food they made for him.

From top to bottom: 

Inara Runtule, 68, Kekava, Latvia. Silke €(herring with potatoes and cottage cheese).

Grace Estibero, 82, Mumbai, India. Chicken vindaloo.

Susann Soresen, 81, Homer, Alaska. Moose steak.

Serette Charles, 63, Saint-Jean du Sud, Haiti. Lambi in creole sauce.

The photographer’s grandmother Marisa Batini, 80, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy. Swiss chard and ricotta Ravioli with meat sauce.

Normita Sambu Arap, 65, Oltepessi (Masaai Mara), Kenya. Mboga and orgali (white corn polenta with vegetables and goat).

Julia Enaigua, 71, La Paz, Bolivia. Queso Humacha (vegetables and fresh cheese soup).

Fifi Makhmer, 62, Cairo, Egypt. Kuoshry (pasta, rice and legumes pie).

Isolina Perez De Vargas, 83, Mendoza, Argentina. Asado criollo (mixed meats barbecue).

Bisrat Melake, 60, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Enjera with curry and vegetables.

I miss my grandmother’s cooking.

(via viraltang)

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I have been to Boston

& traveled to Austin.

But me & my spork

are leaving New York

in search of a place to get lost in.

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"Please sir, may I have some more?"

Those words got poor little Oliver in trouble in a Dickens novel. All because he wanted some more porridge. Some people associate it w/punishment or orphanages, but I never saw it that way.  I like how it warmed up your insides before having to go outside on a cold morning.  Among those that consume the warm oat stuff, they are separated into two bunches: those that like it similar to soup & those that like it similar to something used for plastering walls. I think I fall somewhere in between.  I prefer mine w/butter & brown sugar, but also like it flavored a myriad of ways, such as maple syrup, cinnamon, or a variety of fruit. There’s no wrong way to eat it in my opinion, it’s just darn good stuff.

Yes Oliver, you may always have some more.

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Watching comedians.