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December 18, 2009 • 34 Comments

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On Friday we usually give you a head-start by previewing next week's contest themes, but this week is a little different. Since we figured everyone is especially busy cooking for friends and family (as we are), we thought we'd give you a break from submitting and instead have a face-off between the two of us. Next week, we'll submit our best recipes for Rice Pudding, and the following week you'll vote on which you like better. Of course, if you'd like to add your favorite rice pudding recipes to the site over the coming week, that would be great -- we'll still post Editors' Picks.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

- Amanda & Merrill


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almost 5 years ago Lizthechef

Just when I thought I was burned out, you guys tempt me yet again...Fun. Nice to feel a kinship with so many folks so far apart - thanks food52 and happy 2010...

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almost 5 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Thank you, Liz -- we agree! And best wishes for 2010!

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almost 5 years ago Maria Teresa Jorge

Dear Amanda and Merrill, maybe when you thought we needed a break you were thinking along the lines "we need a break from all these foodie nutcases...". Well it seems you ain't getting no rest girls! Ithink we are all anxious to get rice pudding recipes in food52, I bet you it'll be a storm of rice pudding falling on your Xmas tree! This just proves how many fan, fodie lovers and anxious winners follow Amanda and Merrill and Food52. So Congratulations, I think I can speak for many of us WE LOVE FOOD 52. Have a very Merry Christmas with your own families and turn off from us. We can manage.
To all the community, my best wishes for a Merry Christmas and bring on wonderful recipes in 2010. Warm wishes

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almost 5 years ago shayma

so beautifully put. we do love the Food52 community. wishing all of you a lovely winter holiday (buon natale to those who celebrate christmas) and a happy new year. with warmth, s

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almost 5 years ago pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

Amen to that sentiment my friend Mother Teresa;-) Thanks to food52 I've made new friends in the food world. I was led here by one of my other food writer friends who happened to be a judge in the Piglet awards. I'll spare her identity because I disagreed with her decision. So, best of holidays to all!

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

almost 5 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Really great to hear your thoughts! We've had so much fun getting to know all of you this year -- have a happy holiday!

Merrill

almost 5 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Thank you, everyone, for your kind words about food52. As Amanda wrote, we've had such a great time being part of this new community -- it's far exceeded even our highest hopes. Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday, and looking forward to more fun and great food in 2010!

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almost 5 years ago pauljoseph

history of PUDDING http://www.foodtimeline...

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almost 5 years ago pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

As an obsessive I appreciate the reference to Davidson's OXFORD COMPANION TO FOOD, which is truly my own companion. I'm surprised that Clifford Wright's otherwise exhaustive MEDITTERANEAN FEAST makes no mention given that so many historical paths converge on this simple dish.

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almost 5 years ago Maria Teresa Jorge

Thanks for the thread.

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almost 5 years ago pauljoseph

history of rice pudding in this site

http://en.wikipedia.org...

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almost 5 years ago mrslarkin

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Sampled a delicious rice pudding last week at my husband's office holiday party. It had strips of candied lemon peel in the pudding. Delicious! Will try to get the recipe.

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

almost 5 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Please do -- that sounds great.

Merrill

almost 5 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Yum!

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almost 5 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

I got it! Will post later. have to go shopping with mom today! Question: can rice pudding be made in a rice cooker?? I wonder.... Or a crock pot???

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almost 5 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Interesting question. I have a feeling a crock pot might turn the rice to mush, and perhaps the same would be true of a rice cooker. But I could easily be wrong!

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almost 5 years ago Veronica

A great idea and "thank you" to Maria Teresa Jorge for the history. Explains why EVERYONE loves Rice pud!

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almost 5 years ago Marla

Love Rice Pudding!! There are sooooo many ways to make this. We will be traveling for a few weeks. I might submit, but it will be difficult. I am glad u guys are taking the heat off us for the holidays. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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almost 5 years ago shayma

i do hope that the rice puds' are done collectively- how difficult would it be for us to choose an amanda vs. merrill recipe? ;-)

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almost 5 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Don't worry, we can't see your votes!

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almost 5 years ago Maria Teresa Jorge

Hi Pierino, thanks for the information. I decided to check on the history of Rice pudding and I was perplexed to find out that Rice Pudding exists as a dessert all over the world, with different spices, flavourings and sweeteners.
For anyone interested in it’s origins, here it is:
Rice has been cultivated in Asia for over 10,000 years. In Europe, rice was only known after Alexandre the Great’s expedition to India in 337 B.C.. The Arabs brought rice to the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) when they conquered it in 711. In the middle of the 15th Century it was introduced in Italy, then France and the rest of Europe followed. In 1694 it was introduced in South Carolina and in the beginning of the 18th Century to South America.
Nowadays Italy and Spain are the biggest European rice consumers, followed by Greece, Portugal and Spain.
Originally Rice Pudding was made in Asia and used to aid the malnourished. For the West, rice pudding originated in the Arab Countries or Persia. The dessert gained popularity during the Middle Ages.
In the United States, most recipes have descended from European immigrants. The pudding is usually partially cooked on top of the stove in a double boiler, and then "finished" in an oven. The most popular pudding is made with long grain rice, milk, sugar, or in Vermont, maple syrup. This is combined with nutmeg, cinnamon, and raisins.

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almost 5 years ago pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

thank you for that precis. I have a personal fascination (obession) with food history. I think to be a good cook you have to completely understand your ingredients and how they intersect. Chefs don't "create" anything. It's all been done before---unless your name is Ferran Adria.

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almost 5 years ago Maria Teresa Jorge

Yeah, noone creates, we all transform, even Ferran Adria!

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almost 5 years ago pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

I think when I do submit my own I will follow Maria Teresa's example and attempt something Iberian. I think the possiblities are richer. Also I like her contributions.

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almost 5 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Thanks Maria Teresa -- really nice of you to add this info.

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almost 5 years ago pauljoseph

amanda we have some excellent recipes (South Indian) for rice pudding will post

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almost 5 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Oh good! Sounds great.

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almost 5 years ago Rhonda35

Yum! Just watched the video and both puddings look/sound delicious. Hard to decide...!

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almost 5 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Ack! You weren't supposed to see that video yet. Still not finished!

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almost 5 years ago SallyM

Rice pudding sounds great, but I'd like to see what cookies you two bake during the holidays...Thanks, Sally

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almost 5 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Sally, I do have a few holiday cookie recipes -- variations of some of the cookies that other food52ers make (i.e. the snowballs) -- but we also have a few cookie recipes (from the early days at food52) that we're going to reveal next week.

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almost 5 years ago Maria Teresa Jorge

Great idea, I am very curious to know how you make rice pudding. I seem to get lost in American cuisine which I had never thought would be so different from European!? I will post my rice pudding that I already have in my recipes for you to see how we make it in Portugal - it's a very traditional dessert for us. Have a great week.

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

almost 5 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

We look forward to seeing your recipe -- and hopefully some others, too!

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almost 5 years ago pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

Hopefully I'll be able to step up on this myself. The rice pudding idea appears (historically) to be of Arabic orgin, so it seems to have spread by way of the Iberian peninsula. So Portugal doesn't surprise me. The moorish occupation introduced rice to Spain. But they also make rice "puddings" in Sicily---same reasons.