I WAS fortunate to grow up around fabulous cooks. My mother and grandmother taught me to experiment with recipes, and we tried a lot of variations on this one. No matter how we chose to embellish it, it was always tasty. When I make this, it brings fond memories to mind.
-Laura German, North Brookfield, Massachusetts
THIS is an old recipe my mother used. With seven children in the house, she made larger quantities, but I adjusted the ingredients to be just right for the two of us.
Its "snowy" look makes this a perfect dessert for the winter months.
-Ruth Ann Stelfox, Raymond, Alberta
THIS WONDERFUL old recipe was a treat during the Depression. We didn't have dairy topping in those days, so we enjoyed it with real, heavy cream.
Mother served this as a special treat for our family. During celebrations we got to eat it in glass dishes with a cherry on the top.
Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
My sisters and I always loved the rice pudding recipe our grandma made. After Grandma passed away, I took it upon myself to try and find the secret to her rice pudding. It took quite a bit of experimentation, but I finally got it right! And I'm glad to share it here. —Margaret DeChant, Newberry, Michigan
"This pudding is the queen of comfort foods!" relates field editor Dee Falk of Stromsburg, Nebraska. "It's creamy, spicy and smells incredible while baking. It's a great way to use up leftover rice, too."