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The Neighborhood's Cream of Wheat

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The Neighborhood's Cream of Wheat

David Kahn | Oct 12, 2003 04:33 PM

Well, I had breakfast this morning at The Neighborhood in Union Square (in Cambridge, MA), and they do, without question, have the best cream of wheat I have ever tasted. Even my wife, who has uniformly claimed that she doesn't like cream of wheat whenever I've prepared it, thought it was delicious (ouch). So I explained that I'd come all the way from Los Angeles to sample this dish, and begged four different employees (one of whom spoke only Portuguese) for the recipe. No luck. It's apparently a trade secret. Finally, one of the waitresses took pity on me and told me that the cook once told her how to make it, but claimed she could never get it to come out as good at home. The most I could get out her were the ingredients (with no proportion/measurements). She said their cream of wheat is just the regular grocery store product, prepared with milk, butter, salt and sugar. It's served topped with powdered cinnamon, and I thought I tasted a hint of nutmeg.Sorry, that's the best I could do, and believe me, I tried (to the point of slightly embarassing my dining companions and amusing those around us). If the ingredient list I was given was accurate and complete, I think, with a little experimentation, I might be able to produce a pretty close approximation.Annoyingly, my wife has now requested that we plan our next vacation around someplace that has really good outmeal.

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