Post # 1
alright, so in a random fit of feeling like cooking AND craving arroz con leche (mexican rice pudding) last night, i decided to whip some up (at 9 o’clock at night) :). annywaayy, amidst my contant stirring so as not to burn the simmering milk (sounds gross, i know – but tastes oh.so.yummy!) i came up with this ingenious idea!
i turn to mr.v (who is watching tv ever so intently)…
me: “i have an idea!”
mr.v: *pauses tv* <- thank goodness for dvr!
me: *ever so excited* “what if we make arroz con leche and bottle it up in small mason jars and hand them out at the wedding as favors!?”
mr.v: *stares at me like i’m crazy*
me: *pouts* “i thought it was a good idea” *continues stirring*
here’s my rationale: arroz con leche is an absolute favorite in most hispanic families (both the future hubs and i come from large hispanic familias ). i remember my grandma making it and we’d all eat it up before she could even remove the pan from the stove. *drools just thinking about grandma’s way yummier version of this delicious treat!* it’s great because it can be eaten warm or cool. the winter time is a great time to eat it warm – it’s sooo comforting. i figured since we’re getting married in december, it would be nice to send all of our guests home with a little bit of our (ok maybe just my) all-time favorite treat. they can take it home and either warm it up and have some before they go to bed or have it the next morning. nothing beats warm arroz con leche on a crisp winter morning!
oh yeah, and i figured mason jars because mr.v has this fascination with them (i’ll give it to him, they are pretty fantastic). he wanted to have everybody drink out of masor jars at our reception (he says: “drinking beer out of a mason jar makes it taste that much better!” he’s silly, i know.), buuut we’re having our reception at a fancy-shmancy ballroom on the top floor of a gorgeous hotel, and somehow i’m thinking the mason jars may not be the “most appropriate” glassware for dinner, lol.
anyhooo, so what do y’all think? am i the crazy? or is my idea not fantastic??
p.s. sorry for such a long post – i tend to ramble. 🙂
Post # 3
I like the idea….but wouldn’t it go bad? Or get moldy if not eaten immediately???? And yeah that is a lot of food to make!
Post # 4
I like the idea … but for me, it’s hard to make something really yummy in huge portions … even cupcakes. I cannot take it and end up giving up after the 2nd tray because I’m too tired.
Also, I agree that they may not keep.
Maybe something else like a little jar with some rice in it and the recipe???
Post # 5
ejs4y8 – umm, no. it won’t go bad. we could make it a couple of days before and refrigerate it and it should be fine. i’m sure it’ll hold for about a week or so (maybe a little longer). i do agree that it is kind of a lot to make though – we’re looking at about 250ish guests. i still have high hopes though, lol!
Post # 6
MsHymanRoth – hmm, that’s a good idea! i didn’t think of that – filling the jar with rice and including the recipe. i wonder if mr.v will think i’m so crazy now, lol.
Post # 7
Mmm, it does sound delicious! But ejs makes a good point: Can this stuff go bad? Will it be hard to transport if you don’t eat it all right away? Will guests flying in for the wedding (if any are) be forced to eat it before getting on the plane because of the liquid restrictions, or else throw it out?
Maybe if you don’t do it as a favor, you could serve it as a late-night dessert for everyone!
Post # 8
chelseamorning – oh ma gah! that’s a great idea too!!
see, i knew the ‘bee would come through and help me out on this one, haha! you ladies are fantastic!!
Post # 9
I think it sounds like a good idea but I like the idea of having jars of rice with the recipe or having it as a dessert later on in the night better than giving the actual rice pudding as a favor. I would be a little iffy on whether or not it would keep and whatnot.
Post # 10
Ok, so too funny. I was like “what is arroz con leche” then looked it up and realized i ate this ALL THE TIME as a child, hot or cold. I guess I never knew that’s what it really was. Nummy
I still don’t know how I’d feel about taking this as a homemade gift though. I mean, it IS milk and rice, and even milk heated….set out….I don’t like that idea. Sounds like people woudl throw it out for fear of getting sick
I do like the serve it as a snack idea! Or a favor….
Post # 11
I love the idea… and now want rice pudding. I think it’ll look so cute too, maybe you could make or purchase custome labels. And if you make it yourself, which would be a huge endeavor, it’d make it so reasonably priced.
Post # 12
I voted to do it but then read the comments and think the rice with the recipe is the best route to go!
Post # 13
I agree – rice with recipe sounds perfect!
Post # 14
I like the idea of doing the favor with rice and the recipe in a mason jar.
Post # 15
i like miss hyman roth’s idea
Post # 16
I vote rice with recipe in the jar AND serve arroz con leche at the reception!
I know I would worry about eating it if the jars of arroz con leche had been sitting out unrefrigerated.