Bread Pudding for 2
adapted from New Orleans Home Cooking by Dale Curry
1 1/4 cups milk
3/8 cup sugar
1/2 Tbs vanilla
a couple dashes cinnamon
1/4 loaf day-old French bread, cut into chunks
Butter Pecan ice cream (or vanilla), optional
Mix eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Add bread and stir. Allow to soak 30 mins, stirring occasionally. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Divide the bread mixture between two medium ramekins or individual-sized Pyrex casserole dishes. Sprinkle demerara sugar on top. Bake for about 30 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and top with ice cream. Makes two generous servings.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/vlogbrothers) long before I read any of John's books, so I was very excited when I heard that both John and his brother Hank were coming to my town on the Tour de Nerdfighting to promote this book. Even before it was released, this book was getting a ton of buzz and has been widely lauded as Green's best book to date, as well as being on the NYT bestseller list. John has said that he worked on this book for over a decade, and the end result is lovely. The book begins with a sense of doom, since the main character has terminal cancer. But, she's not dead yet, and the book talks a lot about how life changes and what your life should be--if it should be any different--knowing that it is about to be over. John has said that being a parent helped him write this, and the scenes with the parents of the terminal characters are some of the most heart-wrenching because what is more terrible than outliving your children? There are a few predictable and a few outrageous scenes, but overall the book is funny and touching and heart-breaking and very hard to put down. Highly recommended.