Name your National Celebration

ImageIt’s here, folks. November 13th is National Indian Pudding Day and we have a bonus:  World Kindness Day.  So, when you’re at that truck stop in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico and the Indian Pudding you choose over Rosie’s special home-made strawberry cream pie is a decidedly bad choice, then you can either be kind when you call the waitperson over to your booth, or,  tell the truth or face the consequences….That’s too many “or’s” for me.

There really is a city in New Mexico named Truth or Consequences, called T or C for short. It’s a spa city and the county seat for Sierra County. In 1950 there was a game show on the radio “Truth or Consequences”.  The host of the show, Ralph Edwards,  announced that he would air the show from the first town that renamed itself Truth of Consequences. Hot Springs, New Mexico was that town.

Interested in the Indian  Pudding?  Actually, the author of the following recipe claims it’s a New England Thanksgiving tradition. It’s probably called “Indian” pudding because it’s made with corn meal and the first settlers called corn meal, “Indian meal”.  I was born and raised in Connecticut, UCONN is my Alma mater, and I always bring my own cranberry sauce to Thanksgiving dinner.  Although I lived as many years in New Mexico as I did in Connecticut, I never saw Indian Pudding before today.

Indian Pudding

About This Recipe

ACTIVE TIME: 30 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 2 1/2 hours
THIS RECIPE APPEARS IN: Indian Pudding, a New England Thanksgiving Tradition


  • • 4 cups milk
  • • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • • 2 tablespoons butter
  • • 1/2 cup molasses
  • • 1/2 cup maple syrup (preferably Grade B)
  • • 1 teaspoon salt
  • • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • • Pinch nutmeg
  • • 2 eggs, well beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.  Butter a 2-quart casserole dish.

  2. In a medium pot, bring milk to a gentle simmer.  Very slowly whisk in cornmeal briskly to prevent clumping.  Cook for 20 minutes, adjusting heat to maintain a gentle simmer, until mixture has thickened and coats the back of a spoon well.  Remove from heat.  Stir in the butter, molasses, maple syrup, salt, and spices until well blended.  In a small bowl, whisk the eggs.  Slowly whisk about ¼ cup of the hot pudding mixture into the eggs, then whisk the tempered mixture back into the pot.  This prevents the eggs from scrambling.

  3. Pour mixture into a buttered casserole dish and bake about 1½ hours, until center is set (the center will still be soft, but you don’t want it to look liquidy).  You can set this dish into a pan of hot water while baking if you prefer.  Remove from oven and let sit at least 20 minutes.  Serve warm with vanilla bean ice cream.


6 thoughts on “Name your National Celebration

  1. I have heard of the game show and the town but did not realize how they came to call the town by that name. Had not heard of Indian Pudding until today either. It kind of sounds like sweet stuffing or sweet corn tomales.

  2. Well game show buffs know that the true significance of “Truth or Consequences” is that it is the show that Bob Barker hosted for many years before “The Price Is Right” had everybody grabbing for the big prizes. I used to watch T or C when I was a little kid with my grandparents while my parents were out … well I have no idea what they were out doing.

    Lucy, no, I never have tasted Indian Pudding. It looks … too sweet for my diabetes. I’d have to sneak it. I love molasses, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, butter …

  3. I’ve heard of New England Style clam chowda and of Boston bake beans and Boston cream pie, but never of New England Style Indian pudding, and I lived in New England (Massachusetts) for 20 years!

    • I’m going to make it for Thanksgiving, if RM’s friend in Vermont shows up in time with the REAL maple syrup. I’ve been all over New England and I never came across Indian Pudding. At first I thought it was some kind of bread pudding. I do like corn meal so I’ll try it. By the way, do you like cranberry sauce? I’m a fanatic about having it with turkey and even chicken. Lucy

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