GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn--This may have escaped your notice, but did you know January is National Oatmeal Month. For many of us, cold cereal just won't cut it when it's bone-chillingly cold outside.

Fortunately oatmeal is one of the easiest and most versatile breakfast options around.

Think oatmeal is BORING? Think again. Kowalski's Culinary Director Rachael Perron is here to share some ideas for personalizing your hot breakfast, with options that are way outside the box.


3 ¼ cups water

¼ tsp. salt

2 cups regular rolled oats

- stir-ins, as desired: maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, fresh fruit and warm milk or half-and-half

In a medium saucepan, bring water and salt to a boil. Stir in oats. Reduce heat and simmer 5 min., stirring occasionally. Remove the pan from the heat; cover and let stand 2 min. before serving to allow the oats to absorb any remaining liquid. Serves 4.