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Nellies Rice Pudding

24 Feb


Nellie aunt Faith makes the best rice pudding.

I will only agree to go to a Coney Island for the rice pudding. Sorry, I don’t eat hotdogs. Now, I never said I didn’t like hotdogs….

I just choose not to burp a hotdog all day long. Gross.

Besides, does anyone even know what hotdogs are anyways?!?! We all have our own speculations and just the thought of that alone convinces me to order the Greek salad with extra beets. Yup, I’d rather have a vegetable that taste like dirt.

This rice pudding recipe first came from my Aunt Faith. (Nellies sister) Aunt Faith got this recipe from a local Coney Island restaurant, but my lovely mother (Nellie) will deny all facts the Aunt Faith had this recipe first! Sisters….. My point is, THIS RECIPE IS A TRUE AUTHENTIC CONEY ISLAND RECIPE!

Ok, let’s talk raisins. Love them, or hate them? I’m on the fence.

You will never see me grab and pound down that little red box, that has a solid block of raisins all stuck together. Why such a small box, anyways?

I’ll tell you why! It’s because this tiny box was designed for the of the pointer finger only.

You have to take your pointer finger to break the raisins apart, making everyone look like they’re a sloth scratching and digging for ants. You know….what I’m talking about!

Then there is always that annoying last raisin stuck in the corner that never comes loose on its own. Once again, you can only use your pointer.

My other reason for loving Coney Island rice pudding is the creammmmm….mmmm peel back the seal on those individual mini coffee creamers and then pour as many as you can until it almost over flows.

Then drop half of the empty containers on the floor, so the waitress doesn’t think you have dairy issues.

Un-refrigerated coffee creamer is a standard condiment for every Coney Island! Make room ketchup and mustard!

Long grain rice is most commonly used for rice puddling. I also like to use jasmine rice. It gives a slightly floral scent and taste.

Use vitamin D milk for best flavor and creaminess. 2% works good too.

Once the rice is completely done and the milk is thicken by the starch of the rice; add one tempered beaten egg. Finish with vanilla and butter.

I purposely left the spoon full so I could eat it!

Cover with an obscene amount of cinnamon.


Nellies Rice Pudding

1 quart (4 cups) Milk (whole vitamin D)
1 quart (4 cups) Water
2 cups granulated Sugar
1 1/2 cup Long Grain Rice
1 cup Raisins (optional)
1 teaspoon Sea Salt
2 teaspoon Vanilla
1 Egg
2 Tablespoons Butter

In a large stock pot combine the milk, water, (raisins if using) sugar, rice and salt. Leave on medium heat stirring often for about 40-45 minutes or until the liquid has reduced down about 2 inches and the rice in done and has thickened the milk.

Turn heat to low. Beat the egg in a liquid measuring cup; add enough water to the egg to equal 1/2 cup of liquid. Add 1/4 cup of the rice mixture to the beaten egg, stirring instantly.

Add the tempered egg mixture to the rice stirring instantly. Turn heat back up to medium and bring just to a boil then remove from the heat.

Add the vanilla and butter. Pour into your dishes of choice. Sprinkle the top completely with ground cinnamon.

Serve warm with a splash of cream. So creamy and delicious!

*Recipe stolen from Nellie and revealed to the planet first on Tahnycooks!


Rustic Blueberry Cream Pie

24 Jan


Craving something sweet is very common for me. :/ I will blame this one on…..Nellie, (mom) yah…it’s Nellies fault. Growing up my mother would make dinner and ALWAYS a dessert. WE NEVER HAD DINNER WITHOUT A DESSERT! She would even make dessert even if she had the previous dessert left over from the night before.

I was at my parents home just a couple days ago, and in the kitchen she had, rice pudding, chocolate cake with buttercream then covered in a chocolate ganache ANNNNNNND AN APPLE PIE. All these desserts she had made. Oh, and the next day when I talked to her she mentioned a CARROT CAKE is what they’re having for dessert that night! Seriously, have you ever heard of a dessert overload?! No? Me neither…no such thing…Nellie has it going on! Remember Templeton the rat in Charlotte’s Web, when he sang his song about going to the fair? It went something like this…A fair is a veritable smorgasbord orgasbord orgasbord…you all are singing it now, aren’t you?!?!! 😉

Well, it was 7pm and I had no dessert in the house! A crying shame! So, I was thinking of something fast to make, but I had one craving problem; I wanted P-I-E. Not exactly considered a fast dessert. Unless you want my Peanut Butter Surprise Pie, that pie is super fast! But, I wanted something fruity and with cream cheese. (Why is cream cheese so darn yummy?!)

This Rustic Blueberry Cream Pie is enhanced by adding lemon juice to the crust in conjunction with the cream cheese. This crust is easy, fast and makes a great pastry for other desserts.

Tip: Roll the pastry dough on your parchment paper, that way it is easier to transfer onto the baking sheet.

So, here comes the “cream” part in the pie. Use the remaining cream cheese as a thin layer onto the pastry dough. Mix together the cream cheese, lemon zest, juice and sugar. The cream cheese gives a nice creamy taste with the blueberries. The lemon zest acts as an enhancer without being the dominate flavor.

Pile on the prepared blueberries.

Fold the crust over the berries, leaving the center exposed. Brush with an egg wash and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake until the crust is richly golden and the berries are bubbling.

Drizzle with a simple glaze or dust with powdered sugar.

Thanks Grandpa & Grandma for the blueberries! Come get your slice!


Rustic Blueberry Cream Pie

Pastry for one 12-14-inch free-form tart

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
1 1/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
3oz of cream cheese, cold
1 1/2 tablespoons ice water
1 1/2 lemon juice

Food processor method:
Cut the butter into small chunks. Place in freezer for about 5-10 minutes.
Place the flour, salt and baking powder in a food processor with the metal blade and process for a few seconds to combine.
Cut the cream cheese into 3 or 4 pieces and add it to the flour. Process for about 20 seconds or until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the frozen butter cubes and pulse until none of the butter is larger than the size of a pea. (Toss with a fork to see it better.)
Remove the cover and add the water and lemon juice. Pulse until most of the butter is reduced to the size of small peas. The mixture will be in particles and will not hold together. Dump onto a UN-FLOURED counter top. Kneed just until the pastry holds together in one piece. Shape into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate while preparing the filling.

Cream Cheese Layer:

5oz of cream cheese (the remaining cream cheese from an 8oz pkg)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest

Mix all ingredients until well blended. Set aside.

Blueberry Filling:

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (I used frozen)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a medium bowl toss together all ingredients.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Roll the pastry out on top of parchment paper. Roll out a circle to about 12-14 inches. Place on the baking sheet.

Spread the cream cheese mixture in the center of the pastry. Leave about 2-3 inches of the edge bare.

Pour the blueberries on top of the cream cheese layer. Fold up the edges of the pastry over the blueberries. Leaving the center exposed. Brush with an egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. (I used raw sugar)

Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees, drop the temp to 350 and bake for another 25 or until golden brown and the berries and bubbly. Serve with vanilla bean ice cream, whipped cream or a simply glaze like I did.

Side note: taste your blueberries and see how sweet or tart they are. You might have to add 1 full cup of sugar if they’re really tart.

Recipe first seen and created by Tahnycooks.wordpress.com

Your Spiritual Gift

13 Oct

My grama would write me random letters in the mail of her prayers she had that day, old hymnals, stories, and poems all of these writings came from her inner and deepest part of her soul. I know these writings she penned down on paper were words whispered in her ear straight from the Lord. Little did she know that with all the writings that she had collected and written over the many years, that she would be leaving behind one of her many spirtual gifts for all of us to feel comfort, hope and love just thru her writings.

I spent the day with my Mom today. Most of you know that I call my mother Nellie. Yes, she is my real mom. I just have always called her Nellie. No significant reason why. She at one point reminded me of Nellie Olson from Little House on the Prairie. And if anyone watches Little House on the Prairie knows that’s not nice, but it has stuck every since.

When she came over today I asked her what she might think her spiritual gift is? Nellie responded with out hesitation, “I don’t have any, never have.” Reason I asked her was because we have been studying spiritual gifts in church. We just finished the series. (I’m embarrassed to say I spent almost all of the series in the nursery) But, the Spiritual Assessment test is for anyone to take and it is a great eye opener on what you might have thought your gift was, and then find out what it truly/really might be. And it is even better to discover that you actually do have a gift…..Nellie.

My spiritual gift came out to be Services. To many of you I’m sure that doesn’t surprise you knowing that I’m a caterer. But if I were to be asked before taking the test, I would’ve said, Giving. I scored third in that category. 2nd was a tie between mercy and discernment. And, after reading the biblical meaning of each gift, this makes perfect sense in how the order turned out. Gosh, I’m glad God knows us better then we know ourselves!

The most interesting thing about this assessment test was figuring out that Nellie has a gift! I have known this all my life. She has many, many gifts. I think one of the hardest things in life is realizing what you do in your everyday life is almost always some sort of gift to someone else. This doesn’t have to be a material gift to someone, just the whisper of a prayer for an individual can mean more to that person then actually handing them some sort of material item. I can raise my hand to that one! Through this past 9 months all I needed from others was prayer. This might not feel very significant to you at times because it’s just everyday life routine that you “say your prayers.” But, for the recipient needing mercy, nothing could be more significant then the power of that prayer request you just took before the Lord on that persons behalf. Being a devoted prayer warrior is a gift. A gift Nellie and Ella both share.

Nellies’ gift is Mercy. I thought for sure her gift would be Giving. She is always giving whatever she can to people. She see’s the need and she is determined to fill it. Even though that is a true gift she carries, her gift came out to be Mercy. That makes so much more sense. The more and more I think about this it is even more true. Mercy. Nellie can see the hurt, pain, sorrow, abuse, neglect, rejection and helplessness within someone. She see’s this, reaches out to that person, gives to that person, and prays for that person. Mercy and Giving go hand and hand. See, Nellie is discovering that things we go thru in life are building blocks to maybe what could help restore someone else’s life that needs mercy. People that are able to show mercy to others is usually because they have needed mercy within their own life. They know, they recognize, they show mercy.

Be restored, brake the chains, show mercy. Live in the freedom given from mercy and grace and show others they can too.

Max and Nellie. They both medaled at their first race. I was so proud of her that day. Not because she medaled, but cuz she stepped out of her comfort zone and did it! Great day.

20121012-223100.jpgRomans 12:8 NIV
if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do.

To all of the people with burdens and pains
keepin’ you back from your life.
You believe that there’s nothing
and there is no one who can make it right.

There is hope for the helpless, rest for the weary,
and love for the broken hearts.
There is grace and forgiveness, mercy and healing
He’ll meet you wherever you are.

Cry out to Jesus, Cry out to Jesus.

*lyrics by Third Day

I love you, Nellie