So I decided to make myself some cream of wheat.
1) measure out 1-1/3 cup of milk. pour into small pot and carefully bring to a boil.
2) while waiting for the milk to boil, measure out 2.5 tablespoons of farina and mix with 1 tablespoon sugar.
3) check on the milk.
4) yell "Linda, is it supposed to do this?"
5) realize that you've just discovered two things: a) the milk was maybe a bit beyond its expiration date and b) you now know how to make curds & whey.
6) determine that curds & whey are most definitely not a comfort food, and start over.
7) measure out 1-1/3 cup of milk from the other milk containment unit. bring to a boil.
8) pour farina/sugar mixture into milk, stirring constantly.
9) simmer for about 2-3 minutes, until it is the right consistency.
10) pour cream of wheat into a low, flat soup bowl (the idea is to maximize the surface area)
11) sprinkle cocoa powder over the top. surprisingly (or perhaps not), nestle qwik or some other cheap chocolate milk powder works better for this than expensive high-end godiva-type cocoa powder
So, that's it.
You can probably save some time if you skip the curds & whey steps, but where's the fun in that?