As the season turns toward thoughts of A Christmas Carol, I thought this one appropriate. Technically, I suppose, “gruel” is both thinner than most of us would think of as our usual bowl of oatmeal, and it could be made from grains other than oats, but hey, who could resist this pun? Certainly not Theo. Whatever your favorite wintertime comestible, enjoy it in good health. (Me, I tend to indulge in hot cocoa and peppermint bark.)

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