OK, I never thought this was going to be one of the blogs where recipes start turning up all over the place…. BUT!

I am writing about what inspires, pleases, what adds to celebrations, what brings meaning to life, adds to parties. True, my focus is MUSIC, but on a deeper level , and if you know me, my focus is really about what is uplifting, inspiring, meaningful, and joyful.   SO!

Holidays,

Parties,

Music,

Family,

Cooking,

Tradition,

Friends,

Love,

Noodle pudding.

Noodle pudding?    Really!

There was a bit of a contest in the family while I was growing up. Whose was better, Grandma Belle’s or Cousin Shirley’s?

Both were amazing, delicious. Each year at holiday time I have been preparing both of them and asking everyone around the table which they like better. No one can decide. So this year I made my own version, which is a combination of the two. And here, on my Blog, on the Starlight Orchestras updated website, I am posting a family recipe.

here goes…

VALERIE’S NOODLE PUDDING
(serves 8-10)

8 oz package broad egg noodles
¼ cup butter, softened
8 oz package cream cheese
½ cup sugar
4 large eggs
2 cups milk
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
1 cups raisins (optional)
jar strawberry preserves

Cook noodles according to package,
Drain and toss with ¼ cup butter to coat,
Heat oven to 350,
Beat cream cheese in large bowl,

Gradually beat in sugar,

Beat in eggs one at a time,
Stir in milk, lemon juice, vanilla and salt,
Fold in noodles pour into buttered baking dish (13×9),

Add raisins if desired,
Spread small dollops of strawberry preserves across the top,
Put baking pan into a larger pan, halfway filled with water (so bottom of pan does not burn)

Bake for 50 minutes or until custard is firm!

Doug enjoying a bite