Sunday, December 19, 2010

Puerto Rican Rice Pudding (Arroz con Dulce)

Rice puddings are found all over the world.
The recipes vary within every single country. Puerto Rican Rice Pudding (Arroz con Dulce) is a typical dessert served during the holiday season in Puerto Rico combined with delicious food, great music and festive merry-making.
Servings 6-8
  • 3 cups of water
  • 4 tablespoons of shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
  • 1 1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 14 oz. can coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup of raisins
  • 1/2 cup of organic sugar
  • 1 cup of short grain rice
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla flavor
  • ground cinnamon for garnish
In a large saucepan, combine the 3 cups of water, salt, cinnamon sticks, ginger. Bring to a boil. Pour the liquid through a colander into a bowl; discard the spices.
Combine the spiced water with the coconut milk, 1 cup water and vanilla flavor in a large suacepan. Bring the liquid to a boil. Add all the remaining ingredients except the cinnamon.
Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the lid from the pan, stir, and cook for 15 more minutes , or until the rice is cooked. (all the liquid should be absorbed) Pour onto a platter and sprikle with cinnamon.
Tip: to garnish add a cup of diced mango/peach and 2 cinnamon sticks. When serving use a martini glass.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Holiday Cookies with Fruit (kids cooking)

Holiday Cookies with Fruit
contribution by Grandma Chef

  • 1 stick of salted/unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of regular sugar of your choice (click here to select a healthy/safe sugar)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (clear one)
  • 1 organic egg
  • 3 cups of flour
  • Fruit/jelly of your choice: cranberry, strawberry, blueberry, mango, peach etc.

In a mixer, by hand or blender add butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, egg blend well.  Now add flour mixer little by little.  Once done make medium balls and place them on the oven tray.  With your thumb, press down making a small hole in the middle of the cookie dough or make slightly small holes with a straw and add the fruit/jelly. Place in the oven 350 degrees F until done.