Rice pudding

November 20, 2011 § 11 Comments

And now for my second new Thanksgiving dessert I present rice pudding! It’s admittedly not a classic dessert for Thanksgiving, but it is so rich, so luscious, and one of my favorites, so we’re going to have it and that’s that.  We’re also having the previously mentioned Preakness pie muffins, as well as a few kinds of pie, though I’m not making them in advance enough that I can share them here. That’d be too much pie for one week, and even I have my sugary limits.

But back to the rice pudding: I was prompted to make it mainly because I had some soy milk around and didn’t really know what to do with it. I remembered some arborio rice from the bulk store was bagged up ready for risottos that never happened, and it hit me that vegan rice pudding might be something to make. Confident that someone probably had come up with a vegan rice pudding, I headed to my bookshelf, thinking perhaps I’d seen a recipe one of my many cookbooks on desserts, vegan cooking, or (most likely) online. « Read the rest of this entry »


Preakness (chocolate pecan) pie muffins

November 13, 2011 § 5 Comments

Thanksgiving is coming, and this year I’ve promised to make dessert. Since we are having at last count eight people, and may get a few more guests depending on some international travel plans that have yet to be solidified, I’ve got quite a lot of dessert to make. So, the next few weeks are going to include auditions for some desserts. Forgive the sweet deluge to come, but really, I want this Thanksgiving’s desserts to be incredible, and who better to share treats with than you?

Typically when we celebrated in Michigan as we have for the last few years, we ordered pies from a local bakery, usually my grandfather’s favorite, apple, my mom’s favorite, pumpkin, and pecan or Derby pie, my favorite.

Pecan pie is a great Southern classic, yet why are these muffins called Preakness pie muffins? Well, that’s because Derby pie, invented in Kentucky, is a registered trademark and the recipe is a secret (though clearly many, including me, have made similar pies/desserts based on this pie), and since I don’t want to get sued, I’ve decided to name my hybrid pie-muffin treats after Maryland’s leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness — this is Mason-Dixon Kitchen, after all! « Read the rest of this entry »

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