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So-called ancient grains—such as kamut, farro and spelt—have gone mainstream. We're all about them, but want to make the case for humble corn, too. Cornmeal (especially the pebbly, stone-ground variety) is a fantastic ingredient to keep around for last-minute breakfasts. Mix it with flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, egg and oil for 15-minute muffins (Internet recipes abound); or simmer it with water for grits (which are simply coarse-ground cornmeal). You can also make Oprah's corn fritters with this handy staple.