I skipped Step #1. Bob's Red Mill Organic Roasted Kasha worked perfectly for this recipe. Used closer to 2 cups water because I wanted to be sure the kasha cooked up soft and fluffy. Seasoned with a light sprinkle of salt and stirred in about 1/2 tablespoon butter. Served with: Balsamic Baked Beets with Red Onions & Hazelnuts . PS *loved* the leftovers this morning warmed with a splash of rice milk, honey and raisins! Thanks for posting!