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Spar for the Spurtle Cook-off

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Golden Spurtle

It’s that time again! Time to watch our three Spar for the Spurtle finalists battle it out for our celebrity judges to see who will win the all-expenses paid trip to Scotland in October to compete in the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Championships. Come join the fun at the Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store on August 16th, starting at 2 pm and enjoy some good, old-fashioned [free] hoopla!

Our celebrity judges include:

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Kim Suneé, author of Trail of Crumbs

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Chef Vitaly Paley of Paley’s Place and Imperial

LucindaScalaQuinn
Lucinda Scala Quinn, Executive Editor of Food and Entertaining for Martha Stewart Living and Mad Hungry.

We’ll have a bag piper and a very special guest, Peter McKee who will perform The Spurtle Song.

Look, I even planned the day for you. At 10:00 am, come out to Bob’s Red Mill World Headquarters for a tour with our stellar tour guides Christie and Valerie. Then, head over to the Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store for lunch on our patio and enjoy the festivities that begin at 2 pm.

Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store
5000 SE International Way
Milwaukie OR 97222
503-607-6455
map & directions

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Announcing the Third Annual Spar for the Spurtle Finalists

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Golden Spurtle

Our team of illustrious judges had their work cut out for them this again this year. With over 80 entries in Spar for the Spurtle, narrowing it down to just three finalists meant watching a lot of videos! There was a lot of discussion about whether the dish could really be done in 30 minutes and how it would be received in Scotland. With five years of Golden Spurtle competition under their belt, the judges felt confident about what the Scottish judges are looking for in a winning dish. While I was not privy to the internal discussion, I know they had a very hard time narrowing it down to just three winners and could have easily picked ten.

I think the judges chose well with these three winners. Each dish is different and demonstrates a creative use of oats, proving, once again, that oats are not just for breakfast. We’ll be working to get recipes for each video and put them up on our site soon. Without further ado, here are our finalists. Congratulations to the three finalists and our most sincere thanks to everyone who entered!

Camilla Saulsbury with Caledonian Dolmades

Carl Youngmann with Buttered Oats Brittle

Paula Todora with Golden Eggrolls with Steel Cut Oats, Apples, Walnuts and More!

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Winning a Trip to Scotland Has Never Been So Easy

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Golden Spurtle

The clock is ticking and the deadline for entering Spar for the Spurtle is looming! You have until July 22nd, 2013 to submit your video for a chance to win a trip to Scotland. It’s so easy to enter, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Think up what you imagine is the very best dish using oatmeal ever. Need inspiration? Check our our Pinterest board.
  2. Visit SparfortheSpurtle.com to read the rules of entry. Here, I’ll boil it down for you. The video has to be less than 3 minutes long. The recipe has to be cooked and completed in under 30 minutes, using no more than two burners (no oven and no extra appliances). You have to use steel cut oats. That’s about the gist of it.
  3. Shoot a video. It doesn’t have to be fancy and it doesn’t have to use state-of-the-art equipment. You can use your smart phone or any thing that shoots digital video. It just has to be under 3 minutes and give us some idea of your dish.
  4. Submit your entry on the Spar for the Spurtle site.

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See? Easy! Here’s just some of what you could win…

  • A trip to Portland to tour Bob’s Red Mill, meet Bob and compete for a crowd of adoring fans and three celebrity judges
  • An all-expenses paid trip for TWO to Scotland
  • $2500 cash
  • Bragging rights as winner of the American heat for the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Competition

Not to mention that you could end up being the World Porridge Champion. Last year, our Spar for the Spurtle Winner, Laurie Figone won the Specialty category and took home an awesome trophy.

So what have you got to lose?

Still not sure? Check out this year’s competition so far.

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Guest Post: Oatmeal Cinnamon Pancakes with Applesauce (Gluten & Dairy Free)

by Guest in Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Recipes

Oatmeal Cinnamon Pancakes

With the official start to summer just around the corner, I’m spending this month celebrating one of my favorite warm weather activities, camping!

I’m so happy to be here on Bob’s Red Mill Blog to share the first of two gluten free camping recipes with you. The inspiration for these pancakes came from one of the simplest camping breakfasts I can think of; instant oatmeal and my favorite flavor is apple cinnamon. These pancakes are a version of that basic oatmeal dish, but they are guaranteed to make you so much happier than a bowl of instant oatmeal after your first night of sleeping in the tent.

Oatmeal Cinnamon Pancake Camping

There are lots of different ways to go camping, but by far the most approachable version to get started with is car camping. So I’ve crafted this recipe to be a good fit for that kind of adventure. You can bring all the supplies you think you might need and fill a cooler with ice to keep things like the eggs cool. To make these pancakes here’s a quick checklist of supplies I brought on our recent car camping trip to Spencer Spit State Park on Lopez, Island:

Camp Kitchen Supplies for Pancakes:

  • Spork (or a whisk if you want to be fancy)
  • Medium Bowl
  • 2 cup Measuring Cup
  • Two Burner Propane Stove
  • 8 inch Non-Stick Frying Pan
  • Silicone Spatula

Oatmeal Cinnamon Pancakes with Applesauce

Oatmeal Cinnamon Pancakes Ingredients

Ingredients

Make: Before You Leave

  1. Pulse the rolled oats in a food processor for about 30 seconds until the oats are broken down to about a ¼ of their original size.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the oats and the rest of the dry ingredients.
  3. Whisk together to combine and store in a zip lock bag or other airtight container.

Make: At Camp

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the non-dairy milk, oil, and eggs.
  2. Add the mixture of dry ingredients and stir until combined and smooth.
  3. Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a pan on medium heat.
  4. Pour about a ¼ cup of batter in the pan and cook until the edges begin to firm and bubbles pop on the wet side of the pancake, then flip and cook until firm.
  5. Repeat until all of the batter is used up. Adding more coconut oil if the pancakes start to stick to the pan.
  6. Serve with applesauce on top.

Makes about 8-10 medium sized pancakes.

Adina Marguerite Pease is a travel and food writer, photographer, and explorer based out of Seattle, Washington. Having traveled through 6 countries, 18 states, and over 70 cities since going gluten free in 2009 – it’s become her passion to share her adventures and inspire others to go new places and try new things. You can find additional gluten free recipes and stories about her adventures on her blog, Gluten Free Travelette.

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The Oatmeal Compendium

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Whole Grains 101

Oats come in such a dizzying array of cuts and rolls, it’s easy to get lost and confused. I mean, what IS the difference between Scottish and Steel Cut Oats? What is an oat GROAT? and What makes the Gluten Free oats different from regular oats? Wonder no more, here is a comprehensive breakdown on oats.

Generally speaking, we’re going to start with the least processed and go towards the most processed oat product. I’m going to leave oat flour out of this conversation, since most folks don’t eat it as a cereal. Other items that I won’t be covering are granola and muesli. We’re talking just plain oats, folks.

Oat Groats: Quite simply, groat is the old Scottish word for the entire oat kernel minus the husk. These are the basis of every oat product that follows. You can take a groat and cook it like a chewy hot cereal or turn it into a luscious pilaf. Oats are high in soluble fiber, making them creamy when cooked.

Steel Cut Oats: Steel cut oats are whole oat groats that have been cut into two or three pieces. That’s it. They take longer to cook than a rolled oat, but have a wonderful chewiness that often surprises folks who have sworn off oatmeal. This is not gruel. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve heard stories of people converted to oatmeal after a lifetime of hating it. Our steel cut oats won the Golden Spurtle in the 2009 World Porridge Championships in Carrbridge, Scotland, earning them the title of World’s Best Oats.

Bob's Red Mill Steel Cut Oats

Quick-Cooking Steel Cut Oats: These are steel cut oats that have had some pieces rolled flat. They are a hybrid between rolled and steel cut oats, giving them the chewiness of a steel cut oat while cooking a bit more quickly than traditional steel cut oats.

Scottish Oats: Scottish oats are made in true Scottish style- we take whole oat groats and mill them on our stone mills. This produces a creamy, fine oatmeal that is closer to what we think of as porridge. Scottish oats cook up quickly and are a great addition to baked goods. Try our recipe for Scottish Oatcakes– one of Bob’s all-time favorite snacks.

Rolled Oats: From Extra Thick to Instant, rolled oats are whole oat groats that have been steamed and flattened (or rolled) to varying thicknesses. In order of the thickest to thinnest, the order goes Extra Thick, Old Fashioned Regular, Quick Cooking and Instant. Extra thick and old fashioned taste best when cooked on the stove top, quick and instant can be ready in a matter of minutes when combined with boiling water or cooked in the microwave.

The Oatmeal Compendium: Bob's Red Mill

Gluten Free Oats: The main thing that makes gluten free oats special is the way they are grown and handled. Our Gluten Free Rolled Oats are made from oats grown by farmers who know and care about growing oats that are free from gluten. Each farm delivery is sampled and tested with an R5 ELISA gluten test to ensure the absence of gluten. Advanced color-sorting removes undetected impurities. Finally, the oats are packaged in our 100% gluten free facility and tested for gluten again to ensure their purity. We offer these as Old Fashioned, Steel Cut, Extra Thick and Quick Cooking.

Oat Bran: Finally, the most processed oat product we offer, but one that is incredibly nutritious and versatile—Oat Bran. Unlike wheat bran, oat bran offers some of the bran and the germ. It can be cooked like a hot cereal or added to baked goods to add the wonderful nuttiness of oats and boost the fiber content. Oat bran is incredibly high in fiber and a good source of protein.

No matter what preparation you choose, oats are an incredibly nutritious food that can be served sweet or savory for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Browse our extensive collection of recipes for turning this staple grain into culinary masterpieces or simple comfort food.

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Perfect Steel Cut Oats

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Whole Grains 101

Bob tells us all about steel cut oats and shows us how to magically make more time in the day.

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Win a trip to Scotland + $2500

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Golden Spurtle

All it takes is a little creativity and a video camera and you, too, can enter Spar for the Spurtle. We’re not looking for a fancy high-budget video, any old smart phone will do. What we are looking for, however, is a creative dish using Steel Cut Oats. Whether it’s just a fancy version of your morning routine or a whole new culinary enterprise, show us what you’ve done and you might just win yourself a trip to Scotland for two and $2500 cash! You have until 7/22 to submit a video, so get cracking!Spar for the Spurtle

Check out videos from last year for some confidence building- if they can do it, so can you!

Here are some really fun ideas that might just spark your creative bug. Find these and more on our Spar for the Spurtle Inspiration Pinterest Board.

Finally, visit the Golden Spurtle website and see what past participants have made.

 

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Win a Trip to Scotland: Spar for the Spurtle!

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Golden Spurtle

Get your spurtles ready, it’s time for the Third Annual Spar for the Spurtle American Porridge Making Championship!

Entering is easy — simply submit a short video demonstrating how to make your recipe and submit it via our entry page. Deadline to enter is July 22nd, 2013. Once we’ve reviewed the videos and selected the finalists, we’ll fly three lucky cooks to Portland, Oregon, to compete in a live cook-off. The cook-off winner scores the grand prize — $2500 cash and an all-expenses-paid adventure to Scotland to represent Bob’s Red Mill at the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship on Saturday, October 5th, 2013!

Be sure to read all the details, including the official rules on the About page, and if you need a little added inspiration, check out the videos. When you’ve done so, you’ll be ready to kick up your kilts and Spar for the Spurtle!

Visit Spar for the Spurtle for more information and to throw your porridge into the ring for a chance to spar for the spurtle!

Spar for the SpurtlePrizes

Based on the video submissions, three finalists will be chosen to receive the ultimate trip for Bob’s Red Mill fans. The finalist prize package includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare to Portland, Oregon
  • Three-nights’ accommodations at a downtown Portland hotel
  • A tour of Bob’s Red Mill led by company founder Bob Moore
  • A gift basket filled with Bob’s Red Mill products and merchandise
  • $100 Bob’s Red Mill Gift Card
  • A spot in the live cook-off for a chance at the Grand Prize
  • $100 for cook-off supplies

The winner of the live cook-off will receive the Grand Prize, which includes the following:

  • Round-trip airfare for two to Scotland to represent the Bob’s Red Mill team at the 20th annual Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship in October 2013
  • Two nights’ accommodations in Edinburg, three nights’ accommodations in Carrbridge (for two)
  • Rail transportation between Edinburgh and Carrbridge (for two)
  • $2500 cash

Recipe Requirements

If you have an original recipe that makes use of Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats that you think could contend for the title, simply make a short (less than three-minute) video detailing the recipe and how to make the dish.

Recipe Tips   

Flavor Matters

In case you didn’t know, flavor will rule the day. Judges will be looking for a dish that blends ingredients harmoniously and can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. They’ll also have on eye on flavors that have universal appeal and make oats really shine. Dishes can be sweet or savory, but steel cut oats should be the star of your dish.

Looks Matter

When it comes to porridge, taste is paramount. But how it looks is important, too. Get creative with your video and plating, with hundreds of entries, something that stands out will get the judges attention. Judges will be looking for something with flair to bring to Scotland.

Time Matters

Get creative, but know that the winning dish will need to be cooked on the stovetop using only two burners and able to be created from start to finish within 30 minutes. Oats may be soaked or toasted prior to the start of the 30 minutes, but they cannot be cooked in any way. Other ingredients can be prepped (sliced, diced, candied) and ready to go before the clock starts ticking.

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Click it to win it: Gluten Free Muesli Photo Contest

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Gluten Free

Get your digital cameras ready, we want to see your pictures! We are running a contest on Pinterest and Instagram to see your best pictures of our new Gluten Free Muesli. Two sites, two categories = 4 entries! We want to see you enjoying our new Gluten Free Muesli and what you’re doing with it. We have some fabulous prizes for six winners. So grab your camera and grab a bag of our Gluten Free Muesli and get creative.

Our new gluten free muesli is some of the best muesli we’ve ever tasted- gluten free or otherwise. It’s quickly become a favorite of our employees and we’re confident that you’ll enjoy it too. Don’t know where to find our new muesli? Check our store finder for stores in your area that carry our products. If you can’t find it locally, you can buy it on our website and from other online retailers, such as Amazon or Vitacost.

Contest Details:

Categories:

  • Snap a photo of yourself (or your kid or your dog) enjoying our Gluten Free Muesli (package must be in the picture). See Bob below for an example.

Gluten Free Muesli Photo Contest

  • Snap a photo of something you made using our Gluten Free Muesli (package must be in the picture). This can be a simple bowl of cereal or the most elaborate batch of muesli coated whatzits ever! See our Muesli Bread below for an example.

Muesli Bread

How to Enter:

  • To enter, access Instagram through their mobile app and follow these steps (get app here):a) Take a photo showcasing a picture in one of the two categories listed above.b) Upload the image(s) to Instagram.c) Hashtag the image(s) with #gfmuesli.d) Make sure that your account is set to ‘public’.
  • To enter, access Pinterest through their mobile app or website and follow these steps:

    a) Take a photo showcasing a picture in one of the two categories listed above.

    b) Pin the image(s) at Pinterest on whichever board best suits your photo (it does not matter which board, as long as you use the hashtag).

    c) Hashtag the image(s) with #gfmuesli.

    d) Remember that your boards must be set to ‘public’.

Prizes:

  • Bob’s Red Mill will pick the three photos from each category at random from all who enter. There will be a total of six winners.
  • Prize pack includes:
    • A case of our Gluten Free Muesli
    • A beautiful Le Creuset Cereal Bowl
    • $50 Bob’s Red Mill Gift Card

    Gluten Free Muesli Photo Contest

Contest Dates:

  • Contest runs from April 1, 2013 at 12:01 am (PST) to April 30, 2013 at 11:59 pm (PST).

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Contest Rules & Regulations:

By registering for this contest, entrant agrees to be bound by and comply with the following rules:

1. The Contest is open to US and Canadian residents only, aged 13 years and older (“Eligible Entrant”).

2. The Contest starts at 12:01 am PST on April 1, 2013 and ends April 30 at 11:59pm PST.

3. The judging process will take place immediately following the end of the contest. Six winners will be chosen at random from all who enter.

5. Your Instagram and Pinterest profile settings must be PUBLIC and the eligible photos must be tagged #gfmuesli.

6. Inappropriate, obscene, threatening, dangerous, or abusive content is not permitted, and those entries will be disqualified. No spam or unlawful content is permitted. All content must comply with Instagram terms of use.

7. The contest is free of charge, and the entrant may submit up to four total entries.

8. If you are awarded a prize and are unable to claim your prize, there is no in place compensation. The giveaways are non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash.

9.  The winners will be notified via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and on our website on or by May 3, 2013. If the winner does not respond to the notification within ten (10) business days, another winner will be chosen. Failure to respond within ten (10) business days shall mean that the winner forfeits the prize.

11. The entrant agrees to all Bob’s Red Mill general website terms and conditions listed here.

12. The entrant agrees to all Instagram terms and conditions listed here and Pinterest terms and conditions listed here.

14. Neither Bob’s Red Mill nor its officers, directors, employees, agents, successors, or assigns shall be liable for any loss, costs, damage, injury, or any other claims incurred as a result of the entry in the contest or the usage of a prize by any winner.

15. Entrant acknowledges and agrees that Bob’s Red Mill shall have no obligation to post, display, or otherwise make publicly available any Materials submitted by entrant.

16. Each entrant acknowledges and agrees that Materials submitted by the entrant may be made available by Bob’s Red Mill for viewing, rating, reviewing, and commenting by the public.  By submitting Materials to Bob’s Red Mill, entrant waives any privacy expectations that entrant may have with respect to the Materials.

17. Winners may not request substitutions of prize winnings. All winners are solely responsible for any and all taxes and/or fees as well as all additional costs that may be incurred.

18. If the specified prize becomes unavailable for any reason, Bob’s Red Mill in its sole and absolute discretion may substitute a prize of like or equal value.

19. A contest is null and void in any jurisdiction where prohibited by law.

20. Bob’s Red Mill reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to terminate any contest at any time without prior notice.

21. Bob’s Red Mill reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to alter any contest rules at any time.

22. Winners are selected at random, the odds of winning depend upon the number of entries received and cannot be determined in advance.

23. No purchase or payment of any consideration is necessary to enter the contest.

24. A list of winner(s) will be made available via the contest website.

25. Bob’s Red Mill reserves the right to condition the award of prizes upon the execution by the winner(s) of a publicity release (without compensation to the entrant) to publicize the contest and otherwise, as determined by Bob’s Red Mill, unless prohibited by law.

26. Employees of Bob’s Red Mill and their immediate family members are not eligible for the contest.  Bob’s Red Mill reserves the right to require the winner to execute an affidavit of eligibility as a sworn document and provide other proof of eligibility as a condition of receipt of the prize or award.

27. Registration and participation in the contest constitutes entrant’s consent to Bob’s Red Mill and its agents to use entrant’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, and / or hometown and state for promotional purposes and any media, worldwide, without payment or consideration.

28. Except where prohibited by law, entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to form of class action, and exclusively in the federal or state circuit court located in Portland, Oregon; (2) any and all claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering into this contest, but in no event including attorneys’ fees, and (3) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.  All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these contest rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Bob’s Red Mill in connection with the contest shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Oregon.

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Easter Brunch Inspiration

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Recipes

Who doesn’t love a good brunch? Easter and Mother’s Day are classic brunch holidays, but you could really put together a brunch any time and people would enjoy it. Easter seems like a wonderful reason to break out of the mold and try something new. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite brunch recipes to inspire you. These are all delicious, fairly easy to prepare and make use of whole grains. Cheers!

Lemon Blueberry CakeLemon Blueberry Coffee Cake (GF) from the Queen of Quinoa, Alyssa Rimmer

Caramelized Banana & Chia Pancakes

Caramelized Banana & Chia Pancakes

Raspberry Oatmeal Dumplings

Raspberry Oatmeal Dumplings

sweet potato kale black bean breakfast pizza

Sweet Potato, Kale and Black Bean Breakfast Pizza (GF) from Cara Lyons of Cara’s Cravings

Chocolate Cherry Scones

Chocolate Cherry Scones from Diane of Created by Diane

Whole Grain Cornbread Quiche

Whole Grain Cornbread Quiche from Julia of The Roasted Root

CouscousBreakfastPilaf

Vanilla Berry Whole Wheat Couscous Breakfast Pilaf from Faith of An Edible Mosaic

Sesame Ginger Spelt Waffles - Lorna Sass

Sesame Ginger Spelt Waffles from Lorna Sass

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