Even here in Southern California, the land of perpetual sunshine, it's been quite chilly lately. When I wake up and see frost on the windows, I need something warm and cozy for breakfast. My favorite Trader Joe's quick-cook steel cut oats are wonderfully nutty and belly-filling on a cold morning, but during the holidays I like to add an extra decadent touch.
Add two tablespoons of butter, two tablespoons of brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon to a sauté pan. Melt and add a diced apple (Ambrosia apples are my current favorites). Caramelize the apples slightly and place them atop your oatmeal. A dollop of cranberry-clementine relish rounds out the festive breakfast treat. Enjoy!