Q: Many years ago, a recipe appeared in your paper for a cake made of cooked rice, milk, sugar, etc. It seemed almost like a form of pudding that you could cut with a knife. We are vacationing in Florida now and hope you can help find it. — Carole Landau, Delray Beach/South Egremont, Mass.
A: This recipe dates back to original "You Asked For It" columnist Suzanne Jones, circa 2002. Rice pudding cake is a more dense version of a typical pudding recipe, allowing you to cut it with a knife. This is determined by the egg-to-milk ratio. A basic custard proportion is one egg and two tablespoons of sugar for each cup of milk. This is the minimum ratio of eggs to milk. You can use as many as four eggs, and increase the sugar by doubling. Adding sugar will increase the cooking time and produce a softer custard. Adding eggs will decrease the cooking time and produce a more dense custard. I prefer this rice pudding cake warm, but it can be served room temperature or chilled. Fresh or sauteed seasonal fruit would make a nice topping, alongside a dollop of whipped cream. I recently promised a friend a batch of rice pudding, so thank you, Carole, for your perfect timing.
Q: There is a great restaurant in Islamorada called Lazy Days. They make the best Oysters Rockefeller I have ever had. Would it be possible to get this recipe for me? — Sally Lewis, Fort Lauderdale
A: Life really is different in the Keys. And this restaurant's name pretty much sums it up. The folks at Lazy Days (79867 Overseas Highway, Mile Marker 80, Islamorada; 305-664-5256, lazydaysrestaurant.com) were very accommodating when I called with Sally's request. Owners Michelle and Chef Lupe Ledesma have enjoyed great success at their oceanfront eatery. Every year since 1996, they've received the award for "Best Overall Restaurant" in the annual Upper Keys People's Choice Award. Their success has grown to a second location, the Lazy Days South (725 11th St. Ocean, MM 47.3, Marathon; 305-289-0839, lazydayssouth.com).