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    Maple Bacon Oatmeal

    The other day while contemplating breakfast I was torn between a bowl of old fashioned oatmeal and a dish of bacon and eggs, I went with the bacon and eggs. I noticed that when I went to the package of bacon there was a little too much to eat but not enough to leave for another breakfast meal. So not wanting to waste anything I decided to cook up the bacon and save the small portion for use in another recipe.

    A day or two passed and another breakfast came along this time thinking I really wanted a bowl of oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar. As I opened the refrigerator door my eyes glanced at the bacon I had left over and nest to it an almost empty bottle of pure maple syrup my mind raced, “What if?”

    The what if turned into an experiment, I prepared my favorite brand of oatmeal, Quaker Oats Old Fashioned, added the raisins then just before it began to thicken dropped in half of the bacon which I had diced then I added some maple syrup and topped it all off with the remaining cooked bacon.

    The resulting dish proved to be a great marriage of sweet and salty, smooth and crispy.

    You will need:

    1 cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
    1 3/4 cup milk
    Dash of Salt
    1 oz. Raisins
    1 TBSP Pure Maple Syrup
    2 slices pre-cooked crisp bacon, diced, more if you desire.

    Place milk and salt in a sauce pot and bring to a slow boil, add oats and stir until the combination begins to thicken.  Add raisins and stir to combine cooking for a minute or two to allow raisins to soften.  Pull sauce pot off burner and add half of the bacon stirring to combine, pour into individual serving bowl and sprinkle remaining bacon on top.  Serves two.

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