by Mary Gottschalk
Made from a mix of grain and water, gruel has historically been a staple for those trying to stretch their budget and food supplies in hard times.
A particular form of gruel — oatmeal — is still one of the most popular winter foods in America.
Much of the oatmeal America eats is manufactured in Cedar Rapids by Quaker Oats, which has declared January— all 31 days — National Oatmeal Month.
Learn new ways to use oatmeal this winter; visit quakeroats.com > Cooking-&-Recipes.