And yet, with all due respect for ready-in-a-hurry instant oatmeal, there is something to be said about the satisfaction of a little chew. Speck prefers the steel cut variety, which she briefly parboils at night to shorten the next morning's simmer and stir time. She also likes to dress up oat groats with savory flavors like toasted walnuts, thyme and gorgonzola. Served this way, she writes, they "will steal the limelight from trendy farro in an instant." Similarly, oatmeal cookies laden with dried cranberries and drizzled with a sweet cinnamon glaze, like the ones below, command attention at the dessert table. Check out the recipe for these charming cookies, along with a collection of dishes that highlight everything the oat has to offer.