Big Bowl of Rice Pudding and a Giveaway

April 9, 2011

in American,Cookbook Reviews,Cremes & Custards,Giveaways

Fourth-Generation Rice Pudding

Have you heard of Cristina Ferrare? Not only does she have her own show on Oprah’s OWN network, she also happens to be a New York Times best selling author.

Well, you can imagine my excitment when I recieved a free review copy of her new coobook Cristina Ferrare’s Big Bowl of Love” which was just released this past Tuesday.

This cookbook is one of those “Top Shelf” or “Go To” cookbooks. The kind that you can pull out, pick any recipe, and you know it’s going to be delicious without it being overly complicated to prepare. It’s also loaded with tons of gorgeous photos thanks to the handy work of Todd Porter and Diane Cu of White on Rice Couple.

Rice Pudding - Photo credit: Todd Porter and Diane Cu

Rice Pudding - Photo credit: Todd Porter and Diane Cu

Cristina Ferrare's Big Bowl of Love

Here’s a little taste of some of the family friendly recipes that you’ll find in Cristinas new cookbook:


  • Taco bites
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Artichoke Dip
  • Salads:

  • Heirloom Tomatoes with Burrata Cheese and Prosciutto
  • Nontraditional Greek Salad with Chicken Croquettes
  • Cucumber and Zucchini Carpaccio Salad
  • Soups:

  • Soba Noodles in Lemon-Ginger Chicken broth
  • Pozole
  • Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Soup
  • Pasta And Risotto:

  • Pappardelle with Bolognese Sauce
  • Risotto
  • Macaroni and Cheese with Truffle Oil – or Not
  • Chicken:

  • Chicken Piccata
  • Roasted Chicken Wraps with Black Bean Salsa, Arugula, and Guacamole
  • Chicken Potpie with Corn-bread Crust
  • Beef And Lamb:

  • Gyros
  • Short Ribs with Creamy Polenta
  • Osso Buco
  • Fish:

  • Sea Bass with Soy Glaze and Cucumber Salsa
  • Shrimp with Garlic, Lemon, and White Wine
  • Pecan-encrusted Red Snapper
  • Vegetables:

  • Peas with Prosciutto Tomatoes, and Onions
  • Caramelized Carrots with Balsamic Syrup
  • Black Bean Cheeseburger
  • And last but certainly never least, especially here on Daydreamer Desserts…


  • Phyllo Cups with Greek Yogurt, Fresh Peaches, and Honey
  • Melon Medley with Lemon Sorbet, Cool and Refreshing
  • Fourth-generation Rice Pudding
  • The recipe I chose to make for you out of Cristina’s new cookbook was one that immediately caught my eye, it’s simple and easy to prepare. Everyone at home absolutely loved it, it’s one of the creamiest rice puddings I’ve had. You’ll want a big bowl of it!

    My mom loved it so much she asked me to translate the recipe to Spanish for her. Not for her to make mind you, she plans on giving the recipe to her older sister so she can make it for my mom when she stops by for a visit. Gotta love her…

    Fourth-Generation Rice Pudding

    Cristina Ferrare’s Big Bowl of Love

    “Reprinted from Cristina Ferrare’s Big Bowl of Love © 2011 by Cristina Ferrare. Permission granted from Sterling Epicure, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.”

    Serves: 12-14

      7 cups whole milk
      2 cup heavy cream
      1 1/3 cups long grain rice
      1 cup granulated sugar
      3/4 cup raisins
      1/4 cup unsalted butter
      3 large eggs
      1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, for garnish
      In a heavy 4-quart pot, combine the milk and heavy cream. Bring the mixture just to a boil over medium-high heat (small bubbles will appear around the edge of the pan), stirring frequently.

      Stir in the rice, sugar, raisins, and butter. Bring the mixture to a boil again, then reduce the heat. Cover and simmer, stirring frequently, until the rice is tender, about 1 hour. Beat the eggs in a bowl until light.

      Temper the eggs by combining 1/4 cup of the cooked rice mixture with the eggs, stirring quickly. Add the egg-rice mixture back into the pot and incorporate with the rest of the rice. Stir constantly over low heat until the pudding thickens, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

      Serve nice and hot right out of the pot, or keep covered and cool before serving. Spoon the pudding into dessert dishes and sprinkle with cinnamon.

      The pudding will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 days. I love it cold right out of the fridge.

    Fourth-Generation Rice Pudding

    *** This giveaway is now closed… the winner has be chosen. ***

    Now for the giveaway, doesn’t her new cookbook sound fantastic? I know one of my lucky readers is going to absolutely love it!

    Giveaway Details

  • To enter the giveaway all you have to do is leave me a comment on this post.
  • You must have a US Mailing address.
  • Entries must be received by Midnight PST, on Friday April 15th
  • Winner will be announced Saturday April 16th
  • Bonus entries:

  • Like Daydreamer Desserts on Facebook
  • Like Cristina Ferrare’s Fan Page on Facebook
  • Follow @CristinaCooks on Twitter
  • Follow @DaydreamerDsrts on Twitter
  • If you are going for the bonus entries, remember to leave a separate comment for each, otherwise I won’t be able to include them in the count.

    One winner will be chosen via a random number generator.

    Good luck!

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    { 39 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 Kim April 9, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I love your blog and have many of your recipes tucked away in my homemade cookbook. I love cookbooks and trying new recipes. Hope I win!


    2 Kim April 9, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I already follow you on FB. I always check for your posts to see what you are dreaming up next.


    3 Laura Labby April 9, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I would LOVE to win this cookbook… and I am drooling over this Rice Pudding!!


    4 DessertForTwo April 9, 2011 at 10:17 am

    How fun! Thanks for the offer!


    5 Jenny April 9, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I just found her show on OWN – interesting! Enter me.


    6 Jenny April 9, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I already follow you on FB.


    7 Jenny April 9, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I already follow you on twitter @icywit


    8 Chris M. April 9, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Thanks for the giveaway!


    9 Jeanne April 9, 2011 at 11:38 am

    This rice pudding looks so good right now! We woke up this morning to a yard covered in snow and this pudding would definitely warm me up! :)


    10 Michelle Ledesma April 9, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    “A Big Bowl Of Love”……adore the “family-around-the-table” feel of it all. Thanks for sharing with us, Josie! I’ve become an avid cookbook collector, so having this book to add to my collection would put a big smile on my face…..and my family’s!


    11 Michelle Ledesma April 9, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I now “like” Cristina on FB


    12 Michelle Ledesma April 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I already liked you, and am pretty sure I was a fan on FB, but just to be sure I “liked” your page again….couldn’t hurt. Pass the love around!


    13 Michelle Ledesma April 9, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I now follow Cristina on twitter!


    14 Michelle Ledesma April 9, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I’m now @HvHealthyHabits on twitter, so that’s me following you, Josie! ;-) Hope you find me there, too. Always wishing you the best and days and days of “day-dreaming”!


    15 Meredyth H April 9, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Love your blog! And this recipe for rice pudding looks divine. I think I’ll try adding a bit of orange zest – yum!


    16 Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies April 9, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    That cookbook sounds like a real treat.


    17 Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies April 9, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    I’m following you on Twitter (ps152).


    18 Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies April 9, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    I’m following Christina Cooks on Twitter.


    19 Kellene April 10, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    mmmm…. what is better than a fresh, homemade bowl of warm rice pudding? looks delish. please enter me in the giveway.

    also, heading right to your facebook page to follow you there! thanks!


    20 Brian @ A Thought For Food April 11, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    There are few things I enjoy more than a bowl of rice pudding. This looks fantastic!


    21 Danielle April 11, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    I have two big bowls that I eat all of my meals out of when I’m at home. I dunno, there’s just something really satisfying about eating out of a nice big ceramic bowl–especially when eating noodles :)


    22 Barb G April 12, 2011 at 5:03 am

    Would love the cookbook! Bought Christina’s other cookbook several years ago.


    23 Lina Lee April 12, 2011 at 5:32 am

    This looks like a great cookbook.Thanks for hosting the giveaway.


    24 Megan Campbell April 12, 2011 at 6:34 am

    I love Rice Pudding! I used to make it alot when I was younger with the rice we had leftover after stir fry! I’d mix a little Vanilla, Cinnamon, Sugar, Milk and Raisins. It was yummy!
    I’m going to have to add this to my list of “recipes to make”.


    25 Megan Campbell April 12, 2011 at 6:35 am

    I’m a facebook fan of Daydreamer Desserts!


    26 Megan Campbell April 12, 2011 at 6:35 am

    I’m a facebook fan of Cristina Ferrare!


    27 Ali April 12, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Thanks for the giveaway! The rice pudding looks delicious. It was always a favorite of mine growing up.


    28 Ali April 12, 2011 at 6:46 am

    Entry #2 – I liked Daydreamer Desserts on Facebook


    29 Ali April 12, 2011 at 6:46 am

    Entry #3 – I liked Cristina’s Fan Page on Facebook


    30 Ali April 12, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Entry #4 – I followed Cristina on Twitter


    31 Ali April 12, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Entry #5 – I followed Day Dreamer Desserts on Twitter


    32 pietra April 12, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Oh yes! I want what she’s having, plus I need that book!


    33 melissa@IWasBornToCook April 12, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Looks like a great cookbook…thanks!


    34 Heather April 12, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Looks delicious! :)


    35 Ashley April 13, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I have been meaning to make some rice pudding and this looks delicious! Thanks for the giveaway!


    36 Ashley April 13, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I am a facebook follower!


    37 nancy April 13, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Yummy rice pudding! Big Bowl of Love…it has to be big to reach my children who are 11 hours east and 11 hours west of me! Thank you for your beautiful photos and great recipes! LOVE


    38 marla {family fresh cooking} April 13, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Excellent review Josie and I love this cookbook too. So many great recipes. The rice pudding looks wonderful.


    39 Caroline @ chocolate and carrots April 14, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I’ve never had rice pudding, but your photos make it look delicious! :-D


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