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As hibernation season comes to a close, reconnecting with friends and family is definitely on the agenda. Whether you?re hosting Sunday lunch at your place or rallying the crew for a potluck picnic in the park, it?s all about light, refreshing dishes.

RiceSelect?--in the square jars you see at the market--has a range of fantastic new recipes for you to share with your loved ones. But the fluffy yet sweet (and even a tad nostalgic) English Layered Rice Pudding just might be the best for the season.

The creamy, chilled dessert recipe is simple: Combine eggs, milk and vanilla pudding mix, then stir in raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg and cooked Jasmati® rice (a jasmine-style rice grown here in the U.S.). Cook until this comes to a boil and thickens.

Cool and pour over a basic baked crust (of butter, flour, powdered sugar and chopped pecans) and a middle layer of cream cheese and powdered sugar.

Round out the whole thing with a final layer of whipped topping and toasted pecans. And voilà--you?ve got a seasonally appropriate, easy-to-transport, crowd-pleasing dessert to serve 18?or 9 considering seconds (no judgment).

Happy spring.

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