At Table During a Shepherds’ Retreat

For a long time
people have been requesting recipes.
For a long time
we thought we’d set aside time
for cookbook writing.
Now we have decided there are other things
we’d prefer to spend our time
So, now and then,
when someone reminds us,
we’ll put a recipe,
or information about how we cook
at Turtle Rock Farm,
here (we’ve created a recipes page too;
there, on the right)
and on our website.
We are honoring this week’s request
for Baked Oatmeal,
from the shepherds,
who come on retreat
here four times a year.
The warmth and good humor
of our times at table with them
is always a beautiful gift.
So here it is,
with thanks also to our friend Jane Bond,
and her girlfriends,
who came on retreat a few years ago
and told us about this scrumptious dish.
As with all our recipes,
we will include key quantities
and ingredients,
with lots of room
for individual creativity and taste.
You’ll have to figure some of it out
on your own—
which we think is half the fun.

Turtle Rock Farm Baked Oatmeal

Serves 6-8. For 10, use 1 ½  recipes

3 cups oats (extra thick oats, or gluten-free extra thick oats)
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened or melted
2 eggs
2 cups milk
2 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
cinnamon, to suit your taste
dash of freshly-grated whole nutmeg
nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit—kinds and amounts, your preference

Serve with yogurt or milk; more fresh fruit if you’d like.

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 13×9-inch baking dish.
Mix all ingredients and bake for 25 minutes, or until golden on top.

A Note About Ingredients

Much of this recipe (honey, eggs, dairy products, nuts, fruits) can, and should, be made with locally-grown, organic ingredients, which can be grown yourself or purchased at Oklahoma’s farmer’s markets and through the Oklahoma Food Coop. We love Wagon Creek Creamery‘s dairy products, including butter and yogurt. We are never without their yogurt. Buy the Creamline (because their cows are grass-fed, their highest-fat yogurt actually helps reduce cholesterol) or the Greek (which has more protein.) Both are delicious, humanely-produced and healthy.