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2007/11/05 22:26:27 (permalink)

Cream of wheat

Don't think I've ever had it. Is it more like oatmeal or grits?
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    Greymo
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/05 22:33:31 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by holdem

    Don't think I've ever had it. Is it more like oatmeal or grits?



    Cream of Wheat is so good to eat, and we have it everyday.

    We sing this song; it will make us strong, and it makes us shout, "Hooray!"

    It's good for growing babies, and grownups too to eat.

    For all the family's breakfast, you can't beat Cream of Wheat.

    (It is more like fine grits.)
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/05 22:57:50 (permalink)
    A Lebanese chef once gave me a hint for making Lebanese style cream of wheat cereal.
    He puts a small amount of rose water in the cereal while it cooks. What a delightful difference it makes in the taste.
    Now, if you don't like rose flavored food, then simply, don't add it. But, I do love that flavor.
    Really good rose water is now available in most markets and of course, Middle Eastern specialty stores.
    Don't buy the French brand that's widely available. It's not very good and way too expensive.
    I buy Cortes (brand) rose water. About $1.89 for a 12 oz. bottle.
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/06 00:29:17 (permalink)
    Just half & half and sugar does it for me--not very healthy but oh so good.

    Texture wise, it's more like grits--much finer grained than oatmeal--but the taste is blander than either.
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/06 09:11:32 (permalink)
    I never much cared for cream of wheat, wheateena, or oatmeal until my wife's step father, a man in his late 70s at that time, taught us to mix them all together in any proportion that pleased us and in any combination. Since then we have enjoyed our hot cereal, but only in the cold months. We also sometimes mix in dried fruit like raisins, currants, or chopped up apricots. Half and Half is fine for me, but Gail, a dieter, douses hers with blue milk.

    Cheers, John
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/06 10:02:10 (permalink)
    I grew up on Cream of Wheat.. I rarely buy it now unless I find it on sale (or find a generic brand).. but it's soooo good! I like it with butter, sugar, and skim milk..and sometimes a splash of maple syrup..
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/06 10:04:05 (permalink)
    I have not had cream of wheat in a while. When I lived in NY, we always had cream of wheat with maple syrup and brown sugar during the cold months. Down here in FL it's grits country. I like grits and have it whenever we go out for breakfast, but I miss cream of wheat. I'll have to buy a box the next time I am at the store. Give cream of wheat a try if you haven't had it. If you like oatmeal or grits than you should like cream of wheat.

    Maybe this site can help: http://www.foodsubs.com/
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/06 10:07:23 (permalink)
    We grew up with Maypo. How similiar is that to cream of wheat?
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/06 10:45:53 (permalink)
    Growing up, my sisters and I would beg my grandma to make Cream of Wheat with lots of "lumps" that we would then proceed to fight over. To this day, we all still love lumpy Cream of Wheat with a pat of butter and brown sugar.
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/06 10:57:08 (permalink)
    It's farina, isn't it? My MN native SO had her mother bring her some Malt-O-Meal last year, and I thought that and Cream of Wheat were pretty much the same thing? Maypo! I haven't heard that name in a while.
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/06 11:36:04 (permalink)
    I haven't had Cream of Wheat in ages. In my insane house, we ate it with milk and tons of salt, just like we did with oatmeal, Wheatina, Farina and Pastina. It must sound disgusting to the outsider, but man-o-man, that's a pretty strong childhood food memory for me.
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/06 11:55:00 (permalink)
    We grew up with oatmeal and brown sugar, NO cream of wheat. However, when we would go visit my Grandparents in W.Va they always had a few boxes of Cocoa Wheats, now that was good stuff. A little milk and sugar only. It can't be found down here.
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/06 11:58:56 (permalink)
    Seafarer, that is what I do with my hot cereal. During breakfast in our cafeteria at work for hot cereal we have three choices -- usually oatmeal, cream farina, and grits. I add the three of them to my bowl, with brown sugar, butter and a bit of 1/2 and 1/2. Very tasty.

    Maypo was my favorite as a kid -- maple-flavored hot oat cereal. The TV ad was Marky Maypo shouting "I want my Maypo!"
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/06 12:09:35 (permalink)
    My son loved Cream of Wheat when he was very small. He called it "Queen of Wheat".

    He is now 14, 5'11-1/2", 140 lbs. and would probably find this embarrassing.
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/06 12:24:15 (permalink)
    I love cream of wheat with just salt and butter, nothing sweet. I make it with 2% milk and don't usually add any other milk unless it's so thick the spoon stands up! Love the lumps in cream of wheat and in chocolate pudding! Like brown sugar and butter in my oatmeal.
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/06 13:21:59 (permalink)
    Hot Ralston and Cream of Wheat were my favorites -- with honey and cream.

    I guess, though, that Ralston was my very, very, very favorite. That was because Tom Mix ate it every single day.

    When it's Ralston time at breakfast
    Then it surely is a treat
    To have some rich full flavored Ralston
    Made from golden western wheat
    Wrangler says it is deeeeelicous!
    And you'll find so 'fore you're through
    With a lot of cream for it sure tastes keen
    It's the tops for breakfast, too.
    Ask your mother in the morning
    Serve you up a steaming plate
    It's a grand hot whole-wheat cereal
    And the cowboys think it's great.
    Once you try it, you'll stay by it
    Tom Mix says it's swell to eat.
    Jane and Jimmy, too, say it's best for you
    Ralston cereal can't be beat.
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/06 13:53:59 (permalink)
    Mmmm, Cocoa Wheats. My mom used to make those for me, and stir in chocolate chips. My teachers must have loved that... So good, though. Plain old cream of wheat is yummy, too, with just sugar and milk and maybe a dab of butter. The first time I saw shrimp and grits, it threw me--I was so used to seeing hot cereal-type stuff as sweet, not savory, but the textures and flavor really are different.
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/06 15:40:09 (permalink)
    Just remembered - up until a few years ago I loved to drop chocolate chips into the cream of wheat along with butter. Maybe for breakfast tomorrow!
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/06 20:56:15 (permalink)
    Cream of wheat with maple and brown sugar on a cold winter morning (with lumps of course). I want a blizzard right now just to re-live the sensation!
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    Originally posted by lynndunham

    I love cream of wheat with just salt and butter, nothing sweet. I make it with 2% milk and don't usually add any other milk unless it's so thick the spoon stands up! Love the lumps in cream of wheat and in chocolate pudding! Like brown sugar and butter in my oatmeal.
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/06 21:27:34 (permalink)
    Growing up, my mother would always feed us Cream of Wheat on cold days -- oatmeal, too, though we preferred the former, with milk and cinnamon-sugar. Years later, I bought Cream of Rice and LOVED it. I'll look for it again on my next grocery trip -- thanks, Holdem, for bringing this up!
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/06 22:17:04 (permalink)
    I'm not much of a fan of oatmeal. I do really enjoy grits with butter and salt. Sounds like cream of wheat may taste more like oatmeal than grits. Anybone eat there cream of wheat with butter and salt?
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/06 23:32:24 (permalink)
    I remember it growing up. My grandmother used to fix it for me when I spent the night. She would add butter and a spoonful of blackberry preserves. It was very good. Think I will give it a try after 40 years and see if it is as good as I remember.
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/07 00:24:30 (permalink)
    I've loved Cream of Wheat since I was a kid. At this point, I may only have it two or three times a year, but I always keep a box of it for when the mood strikes me. I always finish it off with butter and a lot of sugar (I have a major sweet tooth).
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/07 01:32:11 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by holdem

    I'm not much of a fan of oatmeal. I do really enjoy grits with butter and salt. Sounds like cream of wheat may taste more like oatmeal than grits. Anybone eat there cream of wheat with butter and salt?


    It doesn't taste like either one.
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/07 06:17:48 (permalink)
    ===The TV ad was Marky Maypo shouting "I want my Maypo!"===

    Dad would call me that name frequently. We never bought the stuff though as we were a Cream of Wheat family. Frankly, with mom, it was anything that came in a packet where we could add hot water to the bowl. If Maypo came in packets, maybe I too would have been a Maypo kid.
    As time went by, I think I graduated to oatmeal due to its texture and probably because Quaker Oats had more variety to their offerings.

    As far as grits go, my CoW upbringing makes it easy for me to equate them with each other. If you put enough sugar and milk on either, it seems pretty good to me.

    ===We also sometimes mix in dried fruit like raisins, currants, or chopped up apricots.===

    Remember, everything is better with bananas.....

    mark
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/07 12:11:30 (permalink)
    i just had cream of wheat this morning - with raisins, half n half and brown sugar...love that cream of wheat but oddly, can't stand grits...!
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/07 13:09:04 (permalink)
    Cream of Wheat- YES. And I learned a neat trick years ago: a little shake of Cream of Wheat into any type of breading you use for fried foods makes a super-crisp crust.
    In fact, I like most hot cereals. I even like Grape Nuts, with milk just to cover, warmed in the microwave for one minute.
    But my favorite all-time hot cereal (which NOBODY has mentioned) is MALT-O-MEAL.
    Ron
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/07 13:11:06 (permalink)
    OOPS! Sorry, Nancy- you did mention MALT-O-MEAL. But I do find the flavor a bit more interesting and...malty.
    Ron
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/07 15:19:48 (permalink)
    My oldest sister joined the army in the mid-70s and did her basic here at Ft. Jackson (for those of you who don't know, *gigantic* basic training facility, does something like a fourth of the nation's enlistees), and one of the things I remember about the stories she would tell is the reaction of all these youngsters from all different parts of the country when they'd be served grits in the mess hall for breakfast the first time. Some people put butter and salt on them, some people put brown sugar or syrup . . it was just mass cognitive dissonance. And all the 'camps' would look at each other with puzzlement. I guess it went back to whatever cereal you grew up with.

    Ron I don't think I'd ever heard of Malt-O-Meal before meeting my SO. It is malty. :)
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    RE: Cream of wheat 2007/11/07 21:48:37 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by twinwillow

    A Lebanese chef once gave me a hint for making Lebanese style cream of wheat cereal.
    He puts a small amount of rose water in the cereal while it cooks. What a delightful difference it makes in the taste.
    Now, if you don't like rose flavored food, then simply, don't add it. But, I do love that flavor.
    Really good rose water is now available in most markets and of course, Middle Eastern specialty stores.
    Don't buy the French brand that's widely available. It's not very good and way too expensive.
    I buy Cortes (brand) rose water. About $1.89 for a 12 oz. bottle.


    I worked for a Persian woman who would sometimes make Persian home cooking for those of us who were in the kitchen. She decided to make us a Persian breakfast of cooked cracked wheat, similar to Cream of Wheat, but it had cinnamon, rose water, lamb and onions in it. All the line cooks were rather perplexed, but ate it any way, but took to calling it Cream of Meat.
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