Rice Pudding (With Raisins)

"My wife - an undisputed authority on rice pudding - told me that this is the best rice pudding she's ever had, despite the fact that she doesn't like raisins. I do, however, so I'm keeping them in."
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  • Bring two cups of water to a boil. Stir in rice and reduce heat to Low. Simmer for 20 minutes, covered, stirring occasionally until the water is absorbed.
  • Stir half-and-half, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt into the cooked rice. Cook on medium heat, stirring frequently to prevent sticking and clumping. Continue for about 15 minutes, until thick and creamy.
  • Stir in egg, skim milk, and raisins and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla extract.

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I have two teenagers who keep things very busy around our house during the daytime. I also work long hours at Ford Motor Company, and I do want to spend time with my family every day. If I try to cook when my kids have their friends over, I'm certain to be interrupted. In other words, my available times for cooking are very limited. I don't want to give up on anything I love - my family, my job, my cooking - so I do most of my cooking after everyone has gone to bed. My wife is a teacher, so this can be very late at night during the summer. Sometimes, I don't get started with my prep work until 12:30 a.m. Am I crazy?? Maybe. I'm also constantly working on healthier ways to prepare food. I deconstruct every recipe I like, and try to make it with healthier ingredients. The big challenge is keeping the food tasty. I believe it's possible to enjoy what you eat and still be healthy. I lost 15 pounds in 6 months largely by preparing my own food (and exercising). If I didn't keep such loony hours, I'd call myself "The Healthy Gourmet".
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