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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Oatmeal Berry Souffle...and Say Yes to the Stress!



Oatmeal Berry Souffle: An easy, but sophisticated take on a bowl of oatmeal | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

How do you cope with stress?

Do you...
Bite your nails?
Bark at the dog?
Lose your appetite?
Eat everything in sight?

Me?
I want comfort food. 
So when I saw Food & Wine Magazine's recipe for Oatmeal Souffle, 
I knew it was just what the doctor ordered.

Actually, the doctor probably would not want me to eat all of it,
which is exactly what I wanted to do when I tasted it. 
Portion control is not one of my strong suits. 

Oatmeal Berry Souffle: An easy, but sophisticated take on a bowl of oatmeal | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

So, uh, yes, I've been a little stressed out lately.
Nothing terrible, thankfully, just...stuff.
In fact, it's all good...but "good" can be stressful, too.

What's making my head spin?
Thanks for asking :)


My fundraising gala is only a month away
and, yes, I'm a little...okay, a LOT freaked out about making enough money.

We're up to our eyeballs with pre-college stuff...
and yes, I am planning a college tour that can only be described as 
Extreme Road Trip Meets Spring Break. 

Oatmeal Berry Souffle: An easy, but sophisticated take on a bowl of oatmeal | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

 Junior Prom is just a week away, and, yes, I am here to testify that 
getting a boy ready is not easier than getting a girl ready.
 Girls want to go shopping, your honor.
"Why do I have to try this stuff on before prom?" 
is my closing argument.  

The tennis team forms, which are due today, 
were just pulled out of someone's backpack,
and yes, they still need to be filled out by the doctor,
and be delivered to the school nurse before 3pm.
 That's no reason to come unglued, is it?

Oatmeal Berry Souffle: An easy, but sophisticated take on a bowl of oatmeal | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Yes, it is hard work to crank out a blog post...
a good blog post...once or twice a week.
And yes, I feel guilty when I don't answer comments on a timely basis, 
visit other blogs, and leave meaningful comments. 
No worries -- four hours of sleep is more than enough

Oatmeal Berry Souffle: An easy, but sophisticated take on a bowl of oatmeal | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

But, enough about me. 
 We're talking stress-busting souffle here.

 This recipe was really easy to make --
it came together in 30 minutes, plus another half-hour to bake.
 
The oatmeal mixture is ready when it is thickened and looks like, 
well, like oatmeal (see photo below);
the egg whites are beaten to medium-stiff peaks
and gently folded into the oatmeal mixture (see photo below);
and the souffle should be a nice golden color when it's done  
(mine isn't as pretty as the magazine pic, but it's not too shabby).   

The recipe calls for only 2 tablespoons of sugar,
which means that this is not an overly sweet souffle.
This is actually a good thing
because then you can drown it in maple syrup :)
-- or use it sparingly -- your call.
Had I used turbinado sugar, as the recipe called for,
the sweetness factor may have been different. 

Oatmeal Berry Souffle: An easy, but sophisticated take on a bowl of oatmeal | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I think of this souffle as a sophisticated take on a bowl of oatmeal,
and it is most definitely company-worthy. 

I couldn't wait to dig in
Yumcious.

Oatmeal Berry Souffle: An easy, but sophisticated take on a bowl of oatmeal | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

OATMEAL SOUFFLE

Recipe from Food & Wine Magazine (affiliate link)
Serves 4

1 cup rolled oats
3 cups whole milk
2 tbsp. turbinado sugar (affiliate link) (I used granulated sugar)
Pinch of kosher salt
3 large eggs, separated
2 cups mixed raspberries and blueberries
1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
Pure maple syrup, for serving (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°
Butter a 2-quart baking dish (affiliate link)
In a large saucepan, combine the oats, milk, sugar and salt and bring to a simmer.
Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened to a porridge consistency, about 15 minutes. 
Remove from the heat; let cool slightly.  
Working  quickly, stir the egg yolks into the oatmeal until well blended. 
Fold in one cup of the berries and lemon zest. 
In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat the eggs whites at medium speed until medium-stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes. 
Gently fold the egg whites into the oatmeal just until combined.
Scrape the mixture into the prepared dish and bake for about 30 minutes, until golden and puffed. 
Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve hot with the remaining 1 cup of berries, and maple syrup, if desired. 
Make ahead: The oatmeal can be prepared through Step 2 and refrigerated for three days. Rewarm with some milk to loosen the oatmeal to a porridge consistency before proceeding. 

Oatmeal Berry Souffle: An easy, but sophisticated take on a bowl of oatmeal | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Heck yes, I'm stressed!
But like I always say, when life hands you oats,  
make oatmeal souffle. 
Or something like that. 

    
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27 comments:

  1. Dear Amy,
    I hope your get way more than four hours of sleep more often than not!

    I am constantly feeling guilty about not answering comments or visiting and commenting on other blogs often enough. I have contemplated stopping to blog because of that worry. Most days I have to content with putting out a daily blog post, no time left for more.

    That soufflé looks so enticing and the recipe sounds so delicious! Thank you for the recipe.

    Good luck with everything that's on your calendar,
    Merisi

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  2. Good luck with all that good stress, Amy. You've got a lot on your plate, and it's not all Oatmeal Souffle! .......though this dish looks really yummy.
    Please take me right off your list of people that need a reply when they comment. I am happy to comment and only need a reply if I have a question .....or if I say something so outrageous that you need to give me a cyber slap!....of course I love the little conversations, and the connections, but sometimes something has to give.
    Good luck getting the tennis form signed.....I can't think of a single doctor up here who would be able to move that quickly,

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  3. This looks amazing - pinning! Now.....BREATHE!! :)

    Oh....and open a bottle of wine.

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  4. I feel your pain with the stress that comes with a teenage boy! Enough said! Add in a couple of small grandchildren trashing my house and I can come undone! The oatmeal soufflé looks like a bit of indulgence and a special treat even though it looks easy to make. I am the only one that will eat it so it is going to be MY treat. A mother deserves it, right?

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  5. I've never been an eater when I stress. I typically clean or redo something. Your food always looks so fantastic!
    Brenda

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  6. As always, your recipes have me drooling Amy. Pinning!

    XXX

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  7. Breathe in... breathe out.... count 'till ten... or just keep cooking this deliciousness and keep sharing them with us!!!
    Sorry to hear you are so stressed out! I hear ya!! with three little ones, Stress is always following me around!! Mostly everyday I tell my kids, "it's not 9:00 AM yet and I am about to have a heart attack"!!!
    Oh the joys of mother hood! I hope you make it on time returning the tennis forms!
    Good luck with your fundraising gala!!

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  8. Amy, do you have a pin it button? I clicked on the share button but pinterest isn't there.

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    1. Yes, my pin button is a round, black button with a white P in the center of each photo.

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  9. Amy, do you have a pin it button? I clicked on the share button but pinterest isn't there.

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  10. I found it! Turns out it's only visible on the 'Web version' of your site.

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  11. I found it! Turns out it's only visible on the 'Web version' of your site.

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  12. I found it! Turns out it's only visible on the 'Web version' of your site.

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  13. Hi Amy, this looks delicious! I love anything with oatmeal in it. I'm definitely a stress-eater-- I reach for dessert every time. Good luck with all the stressful things you are juggling right now-- I hope things calm down soon for you.

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  14. Amy yummy yummy yummy! Stress I don't eat I find myself embarking on a project to refocus and redirect to rid the stress. Your photos have me craving your oatmeal berry soufflé. Happy weekend wishes to you.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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  15. Wow, you have a lot on your plate right now. My daughter never NEVER handed things in to me unless it was the due date, I could never break her of it so i wish you luck!! I overeat when I'm stressed, always have always will. This recipe looks so great, I'm pinning it! I love your pictures, they look like a professional took them!! Hoping your week and months ahead get less stressful and don't worry about responing, I know you're very busy!!

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  16. Thanks for sharing this delicious look recipe Amy! I pinned and would love to try it sometime.

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  17. As a retired DINK (if you recall that from a few decades ago) I seem to have far more on my 'to do list' than I'd care to think about, but after reading this I've decided you win! Yikes, Amy!! Hang in there - loved the recipe; eat a second or third helping as you'll need the energy!!

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  18. Looks good. I'll use the excuse that oatmeal is a "health" food to whip this up. Visiting from Best of the Weekend party.

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  19. Now this looks incredibly yummy!

    Hope you get through this busy time - I'm sure you will.
    Relax with a cup of tea - I'll just go and put the kettle on LOL!

    Take care

    All the best Jan

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  20. This dish looks yummy! I can imagine that raising a teenage boy is stressful. I can't believe that it is prom time. :)

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  21. I can't wait for berry season to begin in Brittany. Your pictures make my mouth water.

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  22. Yum! This looks amazing. I can't wait to try it. I'm am definitely a stress eater, too. :)

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  23. Oh the fundraiser crunch--I know it well! I hope you are surviving! If Wash U is on juniors list, we should meet up!

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  24. This sounds so delicious!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  25. Hello Amy,
    This looks so healthy and yummy.
    Thanks for joining and sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Enjoy the rest of the week.
    Julie xo

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  26. Good Morning,
    What a gorgeous dish and packed with incredible nutrients!
    Please join us today at Thoughts Of Home On Thursday!
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