"Better Than My Grandma's"

"It was better than my grandma's!"--That was probably one of the best comments I have ever received when cooking something. And that was exactly what one of my friends told me when he tried my Arroz con Leche. (His grandmother was Mexican). When someone tells you that something was just as good or even better than your mother's or grandmother's recipe, you know it's gotta be amazing!

¡Buena suerte y buen provecho!

Arroz con Leche (Spanish Rice Pudding)


4 cups milk
1/2 cup short-grain rice (I used Valencia rice)
1 cinnamon stick
2 strips orange or lemon peel (optional)
A pinch of salt
1/4 cup raisins (optional)
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla


Place the milk, rice, cinnamon stick, orange or lemon peel, and salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Immediately reduce heat to very low and simmer, stirring often and scraping bottom, for about 45 minutes.

Add the raisins (if using) and sugar and simmer for another 15 minutes. Stir often to keep from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Remove from heat and stir in the butter and vanilla. Adjust sugar to taste and serve hot or cold, sprinkling the top with some ground cinnamon.

**Note**: Making Arroz con Leche is very similar to making risotto--you need to have a lot of patience and give it a lot of love and attention by stirring constantly so that the rice does not stick to the bottom of the pan and/or burn.