Three Sisters Oatmeal

I was recently introduced to Three Sisters instant oatmeal, and I love it.  Unfortunately, it is only available at Whole Foods.  I don’t go to WF all the time because it would cost too much to do all of my shopping there, but they do have a few key things that I stock up on once a month.  This is now on the list.

Why You Should Try This Oatmeal:

  1. Three sisters is a terrific name for a company.  Right?
  2. The colorful and charming box and pouch designs use 25% less packaging than other brands.
  3. $2.50 per box of 5 pouches equals .50 per bowl.  That is cheap.
  4. Flavors like plain grain, brown sugar and maple, cinnamon and apples, and dark chocolate.
  5. Ingredients like old-fashioned oats, whole grains, flax seeds, real fruit, and premium chocolate.
  6. The pouch serves double duty as the actual measuring cup for the water.  Why dig around for a measuring cup?  Or if you are like me at work, just eyeball the water and end up with bad, sad oatmeal.
  7. It tastes terrific.  The oats and grains and fruits and dark chocolate chips are identifiable.  The texture is hearty.  It isn’t too sweet.  It is lovely.

If you try some or have had it, tell me what you think!  Or suggest a brand you like.  I’ve been reaching for oatmeal all week now that it’s officially freezing outside.  I know I complained about the sauna-like conditions in my apartment all summer, but I don’t know if I am mentally ready yet for knee socks.

No sugary dinosaur eggs in this bowl!

Diner Slang

When I was at the beach with my dad, I made sure to get one of his Signature Breakfasts.  Last year’s plate was heaven, and this year’s was the same – artful and delicious.



We call this “dropped eggs on toast”, but a 1930’s short order cook would know it (at least in part) as “Adam and Eve on a raft”.  This is its proper diner slang name.

Diner slang is an American treasure.  Its origins date back to the 1840’s, though its heyday didn’t come along until the first half of the 20th century.  It is kitchen counter verbal shorthand – a colorful slice of vernacular that has all but disappeared as diners and lunch counters were replaced with drive-thru’s and food courts.  Counter staff learned ways to abbreviate orders and items so they could communicate them to the cook quickly, thus serving more customers in less time, and probably amusing themselves in the process.  Some of their shorthand, like BLT, has made it into everyday language, but the majority of the phrases still sound like something out of a clip from Merry Melodies.

Here are some of my favorites:

Adam and Eve on a raft = 2 poached eggs on toast
Hold the hail = no ice
Blonde with sand = coffee with cream and sugar
Heart attack on a raft = biscuits and gravy
Adam’s ale = water
Spot with a twist = tea with lemon
Mug of murk = coffee
2 spots and a dash = 2 eggs with bacon
Burn the British = toasted English muffin

Not all diner slang is breakfast-related, but since breakfast is my meal of choice, they are the ones I remember.

Aren’t you in the mood for a big ole greasy plate now?! 

I always am.