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!









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…

(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