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Retirement reception - breakfast

Morganna | Jun 5, 200807:56 AM

We're holding a reception for my boss who is retiring the end of the month. This is an informal thing for people to drop by and wish her well, since she refuses to have a big party with a gift giving ceremony and all that (can't say I blame her).

We're holding it between 10 AM and 12 PM her last day with us. We expect people to be dropping by, chatting for maybe half an hour, then toddling off. All told we're thinking maybe 60 people will show. We've decided to go with a brunch/breakfast sort of thing.

What I'm looking for is a good recipe for steel cut oatmeal that would be work well in a crockpot, and stand up to sitting in the crockpot for several hours. We'll have fresh berries and cream and maple syrup for people to add to their oatmeal, if they decide to have it. So I was hoping you brilliant chowhounders would have a method/recipe that would work well. :) I don't know how long steel cut oatmeal is going to take to cook in the crockpot (never done it before), but it needs to be edible by 10AM that day. Also, I'll be around so I can add liquid to it if it gets too thick, if necessary.

Also, I have some steel cut oats in my pantry, but I don't know how old they are. Do they go rancid or anything in time?

In addition to this crockpot of oatmeal, we're going to have bagels and cream cheese, quiche, quick breads, pastries, maybe coffee cake, maybe fruit pie, a fruit platter, maybe a cheese platter, cider, orange juice, coffee, tea, and lemonade.

Any other suggestions for something that'd work well on a buffet like this, and hold up for a couple hours would be appreciated. :)

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