Mr. Thrift went away on a weekend bike trip and came back raving about the oatmeal he ate. My husband is not a big fan of hot cereal, so if he can't stop talking about a delicious hot cereal, I pay close attention.
The men started with a base of steel-cut oats in the crockpot (I just used my hot cereal). Then they added:
1. dried cranberries
3. a bit of brown sugar, and
4. (surprise!) goat cheese.
This is how we replicated it at home and it was superb. Usually I eat hot cereal somewhat dutifully. I think it's important to eat plain, simple food sometimes and not depend on our meals for entertainment; nourishment, yes, but entertainment only sometimes.
Later, Mr. Thrift reminded me that the men had added some chopped crystalized ginger, so we are definitely going to try that next time.