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Old 06-02-2017, 08:37 AM
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Dessert rhubarb

Last night for dessert, we had freshly picked rhubarb, chopped up and sautéed in butter and honey until it made a nice soft, treacly pile of sweet tartness. It was then served warm over vanilla ice cream.

And how do you like your rhubarb desserts?
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Old 06-02-2017, 08:41 AM
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Rhubarb crumble is awesome. Rhubarb and cream was my mother's usual manner of serving.
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Old 06-02-2017, 08:59 AM
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I do the rhubarb over ice cream too. I usually just chop it up add a little water and some sugar, then simmer until it's soft. Occasionally I'll toss some cinnamon in there.
Last weekend I made a rhubarb pie.

I transplanted my rhubarb patch last summer because the trees had grown up to where it no longer got enough sun. Happy to say it was a successful transplant, though I may need to expand the patch.

I tried to make jam a couple of years ago, but that wasn't a winner. Anyone have a good jam recipe?

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Old 06-02-2017, 09:08 AM
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Stewed into a sauce with strawberries and some sugar to balance out the tartness. Eaten straight or with some cream or over ice cream.

The Germans from Russia in the Dakotas make a dessert, kuchen, which is basically a German cheesecake with a very bread like crust. Rhubarb kuchen is to kill for.
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Old 06-02-2017, 09:22 AM
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In a crumble, with strawberries. A touch of vanilla with the fruit, a touch of cinnamon in the (oatmeal) crumble. Definitely needs vanilla ice cream on the side.
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Old 06-02-2017, 10:11 AM
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We had a patch in our yard, there was rhubarb pie every week all summer. After the tomatoes had all turned red and the green tomato pie season was over. Us kids would run the streets chewing on stalks of raw rhubarb.
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Old 06-02-2017, 10:40 AM
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My mom makes rhubarb crisp, which isn't too different from the crumble but the topping is more of a streusel. Awesome warm with ice cream.
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Old 06-02-2017, 10:48 AM
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Rhubarb streusel cake. A not too sweet, slightly dense cake with a layer of chopped rhubarb on top, and then a butter, flour, brown sugar crumble over top. The tartness of the rhubarb balances the sweet topping. Modified from a recipe that originally called for sour cherries. My go to as soon as I have enough to pick.

My rhubarb plant was transplanted from my neighbour's yard a couple of years ago, so it's just starting to take off. No idea why she hated it so much, but happy to not have to reach over the fence to "steal" it anymore.
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Old 06-02-2017, 10:53 AM
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My mom's go-to rhubarb recipe is a cobbler. I think it's basically just Bisquick mixed in with the rhubarb and baked.

Ah, wait, here it is in Gramma's recipe book. I stand corrected; it's actually cake mix. And there's a little gelatin in there too to hold the rhubarb together.
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Old 06-02-2017, 10:55 AM
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I'm a big fan of rhubarb crisps and crumbles, but my absolute favorite is rhubarb pie (or, in order to involve more people in eating pie, strawberry/rhubarb pie).

We have a cookbook from Silverton, Colorado, that has nothing but rhubarb recipes because that's about the only vegetable or fruit that grows reliably at 9,300 feet and in a growing season that is measured in weeks.

Hurray for rhubarb!
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Old 06-02-2017, 11:03 AM
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We have a rhubarb patch that supplies us with more than we can eat.

I cook it without sugar, then serve over ice cream. She adds sugar to hers.
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Old 06-02-2017, 11:04 AM
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One little thing can revive a guy
And that is a piece of rhubarb pie
Serve it up, nice and hot
Maybe things aren't as bad as you thought
Momma's little baby loves rhubarb, rhubarb
Bebop a reebop rhubarb pie
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Old 06-02-2017, 11:07 AM
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I put two rhubarb plants in my community garden patch last winter. I read that I shouldn't be harvesting this first spring... but I need to! They're taking over! This variety has green stems with pink specks, so the colour of the cooked rhubarb isn't as pretty as the bright red kind. I have a batch of rhubarb and raspberry pie filling in the freezer (FIL's fave, they're visiting next week).

And just yesterday I made cherry and rhubarb jam! Had some on a toasted homemade brioche bun this morning. It was very rhubarby, I was quite surprised, since I used about 50:50, and cherries are peak of season here in CA. Sorry, no recipe, I just winged it: bowlful of fruit, 3/4 bowlful of sugar, splash of water, sprinkle of pectin. The texture seems good, though, quite smooth despite the inherent stringiness of the 'barb. I've arranged to swap a jar for honey from a friend's hive. I didn't really like the last jar I got from him, too much anise, but he's moved the hive since.

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Old 06-02-2017, 11:09 AM
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Anyone here tried rhubarb gin?

I'm halfway through my first bottle and it's very, very good. Sweet, like a sloe gin, but still good with tonic.
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Old 06-02-2017, 11:15 AM
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Fresh rhubarb is difficult to find around here in SE Louisiana. However, we have several branches of the Winn-Dixie grocery chain (HQ in Jacksonville, FL). Winn-Dixie locations sometimes sell a strawberry-rhubarb pie made in house.

You have to get the strawberry-rhubarb pies when you see them, because they never have lot and they go a few months between restocking them. I bought one recently, and tasted it for the first time ever. It was pretty good ... only that I found it to be essentially a strawberry pie. Chunks of rhubarb were easy to pick out, but they didn't seem to have a flavor of their own.

What does rhubarb taste like on its own? Looks like celery, so I am assuming that uncooked, the texture of rhubarb is not too far off of celery. But the taste has to be pretty different, I am sure.
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Old 06-02-2017, 11:22 AM
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But the taste has to be pretty different, I am sure.
Sour and tangy. Improved by sweetening, but also not bad without sugar when paired with certain savory dishes. My wife makes a killer rhubarb sauce to go with chicken that does not get sweetened much at all.
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Old 06-02-2017, 11:27 AM
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Forgot a HS friend has a winery that makes Red Ass Rhubarb Wine. Thats probably my favorite way to consume it. But I can't get it where I live.
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Old 06-02-2017, 12:13 PM
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My grandparents lived in NoDak during their early married years and brought back that kuchen recipe mentioned above. It is beyond good. Warmed and served with cream. And rhubarb pie is my favorite rhubarb application, as well. I prefer my filling straight, no strawberries, although vanilla ice cream on the side is de riguer.

Did you know there were rhubarb perfumes? I discovered these a few years back and now have one I wear regularly. Helps quell the out-of-season cravings.
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My Mom made rhubarb sauce that we had with pork chops. Also, as children we would eat it raw after dipping in sugar.

I like to make Blueberry Rhubarb Crumble since blueberries are my favorite fruit. My husband likes strawberry rhubarb pie so I make that on occasion.

I found a recipe for a Rhubarb Ginger Mojito that I plan on trying at the cottage this summer.

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Old 06-02-2017, 01:28 PM
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Also, as children we would eat it raw after dipping in sugar.
That was my childhood treat in rhubarb season: a little paper bag with some sugar in and a chopped up raw rhubarb stalk.

For dessert, rhubarb crumble with vanilla ice-cream is hard to beat.

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Anyone here tried rhubarb gin?

I'm halfway through my first bottle and it's very, very good. Sweet, like a sloe gin, but still good with tonic.
I hadn't even considered rhubarb gin before, but yeah, that sounds like it will really work. Same process as homemade sloe gin, I guess?
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Old 06-02-2017, 01:56 PM
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I hadn't even considered rhubarb gin before, but yeah, that sounds like it will really work. Same process as homemade sloe gin, I guess?
Absolutely. Just gin, fruit, sugar. Plenty of recipes on t'Internet. I used the one from the BBC Good Food web site. I was inspired to make it after drinking a bottle of rhubarb and ginger liqueur from the Spencerfield Spirit Co of Edinburgh.
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Not quite as "desserty" as the others, but this salsa with rhubarb, mangos, peppers and honey is pretty good, especially on seafood!

MANGO-RHUBARB SALSA
From Rhubarb Renaissance by Kim Ode

1 firm ripe mango, peeled and cut in 1/4-inch cubes
3/4 cup fresh rhubarb, cut in 1/4-inch cubes
3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
2 Tablespoons finely chopped red pepper
2 Tablespoons finely chopped red onion
1 medium jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon honey

Toss together, then set aside so flavors can meld. Refrigerate what you don't use.
Great on fish!
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Rhubarb pie in the summer
Rhubarb pie made by my mother
Nothing better in the winter
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Sadly, I think I'm mildly allergic to rhubarb and so don't eat it. I still like to say it though.
Rhubarb
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And how do you like your rhubarb desserts?
Rhubarb.
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Not quite as "desserty" as the others, but this salsa with rhubarb, mangos, peppers and honey is pretty good, especially on seafood!

MANGO-RHUBARB SALSA
From Rhubarb Renaissance by Kim Ode

1 firm ripe mango, peeled and cut in 1/4-inch cubes
3/4 cup fresh rhubarb, cut in 1/4-inch cubes
3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
2 Tablespoons finely chopped red pepper
2 Tablespoons finely chopped red onion
1 medium jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon honey

Toss together, then set aside so flavors can meld. Refrigerate what you don't use.
Great on fish!
I'm going to make this, but when I copy it into my recipe book I'm changing "finely chopped" to "diced".

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Old 06-02-2017, 08:32 PM
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I think the closest flavor comparison to rhubarb is sour green apples (though of course, as with any flavor comparison, that's only an approximation).

And last year, my mom went on a trip to Mongolia. The highlight of her trip was when she found rhubarb growing wild on the steppes, and was able to make rhubarb jam for her entire tour group. Yes, this is the kind of thing my mom does on her vacations.
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