TwD Rice Pudding and a Makeover…

by Jamie on November 17, 2008

If you come here often, you may notice a little change…my blog has been given a makeover! I found Hannah of Craner Design Studio through the Engineer Baker’s blog. I had been wanting to change my blog for quite some time and loved Hannah’s work, so I enlisted her to design a brand spanking new layout! I am super happy with it and Hannah was amazing to work with! If you are looking for a change, check her out…she is quick and super talented!

Now the Arborio Rice Pudding…

Let me first start out by saying I am not a fan of rice pudding…actually I think I may hate it. I know I may be in the minority here, but it’s a consistency/texture thing, not necessarily a flavor thing. However, since I sat out last week’s recipe, I felt obligated to at least give this a go. The boyfriend loves risotto, so I had plenty Arborio on hand. Thankfully, I read the P&Q about the recipe before I made it last night. Apparently the cooking time is incorrect for this recipe and people were ending up with rice soup as opposed to pudding. This description kind of made me gag a little, again, it’s a consistency/texture thing. The few times rice pudding has crossed my lips, it was studded with raisins, so I decided against that add-in. Instead, I went for pumpkin pie spice, cranberries, walnuts and vanilla. Well, truth be told, the flavor of this concoction was quite good; however, I am still not a rice pudding fan, and I have come to grips with the fact that I will never be! If my hatred for rice pudding has not worn off on you, check out the recipe by visiting Isabelle’s blog, Les Gourmandises d’Isa. You can also visit the Tuedays with Dorie site to find more interpretations of this recipe.


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pinkstripes November 17, 2008 at 11:27 pm

Your flavor combo sounds delicious. YUM!

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The Food Librarian November 18, 2008 at 12:32 am

Such a trooper for trying this even though you don’t like rice pudding! I think your add ins are very tasty!

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Cristine November 18, 2008 at 1:12 am

I don’t like rice pudding, either. Your combo sounds great, though!

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The Blonde Duck November 18, 2008 at 5:41 am

I love your blog design! It’s wonderful!

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~Mrs. Guru~ November 18, 2008 at 6:03 am

Love the new look! I am not a fan of rice pudding either but that looks amazing!

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Mevrouw Cupcake November 18, 2008 at 6:59 am

For not loving rice pudding, you certainly got creative with your flavor combos! Well done!

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Steph November 18, 2008 at 7:35 am

The site looks amazing!! I was so set on trying to overcome my pudding fears (mostly because of the flavour), I didn’t even think about flavour combinations. You were so creative to come up with all those add ins.

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Laura November 18, 2008 at 7:52 am

Great job even though you aren’t a rice pudding fan. The combination of cranberries and walnuts sounds fantastic, and since I am a fan of rice pudding, I’ll be sure to use those next time :-)

And I LOVE your new blog design. I’m sorely tempted to contact Hannah after seeing your and Caitlin’s pretty new blogs!

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Peggy November 18, 2008 at 8:21 am

Oh I love your flavor combination! That sounds totally tasty. I wish I had thought to put something in mine, but I liked it with just the vanilla taste.

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vibi November 18, 2008 at 8:40 am

WOW! The textures must have been to die for!
I’m sorry that didn’t change your mind about rice pudding.

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Jodie November 18, 2008 at 9:23 am

You’re not alone, I don’t like it either. I think I may hate it, too. I made it, just for my husband. I tried it and while it was good, I still don’t like it. :)

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Candy November 18, 2008 at 9:56 am

The combination sounds great to me. I think some people just don’t like the consistancy!

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Cathy November 18, 2008 at 10:12 am

Good for you for trying this despite your aversion to the texture! I bet your BF was happy! Yours looks wonderful. I love the idea of adding pumpkin pie spice! Your pix are great as always, and I love your new blog look!

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Em November 18, 2008 at 10:18 am

Congrats on the new site design!

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Rachel November 18, 2008 at 11:08 am

i LOVE the new design!!

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chocolatechic November 18, 2008 at 11:37 am

I like the new layout.

Pink is my favorite color.

I don’t really care for rice pudding.

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Anne November 18, 2008 at 11:46 am

The flavor combo looks wonderful, but I agree about the texture- it’s just not for me!

The blog layout looks wonderful!

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Teanna November 18, 2008 at 11:48 am

Great new layout and your rice pudding looks fantastic, even though you weren’t crazy about it! It looks great!

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Marthe November 18, 2008 at 12:25 pm

Love your new lay-out!!! As for the rice pudding: I’m not a big fan of it….

P.S check out my blog for my first giveaway!

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Leslie November 18, 2008 at 12:35 pm

Love love love the new design..so darn cute!!!!
Hey at least you have it a try again. I feel the same way about tomato soup!!!

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Engineer Baker November 18, 2008 at 2:00 pm

That combo sounds wonderful! Isn’t Hannah awesome with the blog design though? I love yours!

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kim November 18, 2008 at 3:04 pm

loving your new blog look! very cute :) great job on the pudding, it looks delicious with all of your add ins! sorry you still don’t love it, though.

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Flourchild November 18, 2008 at 3:39 pm

Sounds like we felt about the same way about this recipe..it still looks good!

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Ingrid November 18, 2008 at 9:57 pm

Looked good! Good job giving it one last try!

BTW, your blog looks terrific, lovin’ the new look!!
~ingrid

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Jaime November 18, 2008 at 9:59 pm

I used to hate it too, same reason as you and then I married someone who loves it. I’ve actually aquired a taste. Thanks for the recipes.

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Amber November 18, 2008 at 11:20 pm

“If my hatred for rice pudding has not worn off on you” That is pretty funny. I like the taste, but not the chewiness.

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Annie November 19, 2008 at 12:49 am

awesome makeover! I love the new look!

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Shari@Whisk: a food blog November 20, 2008 at 4:15 pm

Your blog looks great! So does your rice pudding!

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Jin Hooi November 21, 2008 at 4:42 am

I don’t like rice pudding either. Yous looks great !!

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