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Gallo Pinto
Gallo Pinto is a Costa Rican and Nicaraguan dish. It consists of rice and beans, fried and seasoned. The seasoning is moderate; it is not spicy hot.

In Nicaragua, small red beans are used; in Costa Rica, black beans are used. During the cooking process, some of the coloration of the beans used tints the rice.

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Oats
Oats are an annual cereal plant, like wheat. They are very cold-tolerant, and so can be sown each spring as soon as the plough can cut into the soil. Oats are such energetic plants that they will even choke out most weeds that try to take hold amongst them. The plants will grow about 30 inches (75 cm) tall, with each plant producing several stalks of grain heads.

Oats, however, are one of the harder grains to process because the kernels are protected by two inedible, tough husks that take seriously their job of clinging to the kernel. When an Oat is husked, the kernel that remains is called the "groat." The bran is normally left on the kernel.
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