ATLANTA — Several "Recipe Swap" readers, including Gisela Brooks of Decatur, Ga., unshelved their copies of "Someone's in the Kitchen With Dinah" to send in the rice pudding recipe requested by D.C. Taylor of Piedmont, Ala. Dinah Shore's cookbook, popular in the early '70s, includes lots of celebrity name-dropping in notes about her favorite recipes. The late singer said she first enjoyed this comforting pudding at the Riviera in Las Vegas when she performed there. After her second show, Vic Damone, who was performing elsewhere, stopped by and ordered it. She asked the chef for the recipe, and 10 years later she got it.
Thanks to our readers, Taylor had to wait only three weeks.
RICE PUDDING FROM THE RIVIERA HOTEL IN VEGAS
Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
1 cup water, lightly salted
1/2 cup regular rice
1 quart whole milk
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup raisins
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon cinnamon, mixed with 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
In a large pot, bring the salted water to a boil. Pour rice slowly into the rapidly boiling water but do not stir. Cover tightly and cook over medium-low heat for 7 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Rice will be slightly undercooked. Stir in the milk and butter. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Cover and cook slowly over low heat for 1 hour.
Meanwhile, beat eggs in a medium bowl. Add 1/2 cup sugar, raisins and vanilla. Pour the mixture into the rice, stirring slowly until the rice starts to thicken, about 10 minutes. Serve hot, warm or cold with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar sprinkled lightly and evenly over the top.
Per serving: 626 calories, 16 grams protein, 20 grams fat (percent calories from fat, 28), 100 grams carbohydrates, 194 milligrams cholesterol, 245 milligrams sodium, 3 grams fiber.
Request: "I have been canning jams and jellies for Christmas-giving and read about rosemary preserves in a book that takes place in Massachusetts. Sounds good to me, but I cannot find a recipe, even in my herb book. . . . It may just be an idea of the author's, but it doesn't hurt to ask. If no one has a recipe, I'll try to come up with one," says Margarett Kinton of Roswell, Ga.
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