Rhubarb how I love thee

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I know, every year I start a rhubarb thread. I just had my first piece of rhubarb pie this season. To DIE for. Totally worth the burned off finger tips.

And I also want to say how lucky I am to live in area with such great farmer's markets. Within 20 miles of me I probably have 10 or more fantastic farmer's markets. The one I went to today had plants, flowers, meats, cheeses, baked goods and, of course, rhubarb. Most people do not know how wonderful this area of Massachusetts is agriculturally (central/western) but it always takes my breath away as I drive through such beautiful farm land. I have read that because the CT river goes through this area the land has great nutrients and it also keeps the ground warmer so the farmers can start planting earlier.

Ok...stepping off my soapbox. And thinking about a 2nd piece of pie.
Central Massachusetts

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In regards to Vagazzling: They just want to get into the goods without worrying about getting scratched up by fake crystals. ~spring1onu~
Sigh, rhubarb. I understand, xcptnl; oh how I understand. It's too bad I had to walk away from the rhubarb because I'm leaving tomorrow and I won't be cooking. Every year the hardest thing with rhubarb is deciding what to make. Rhubarb tarts with softly whipped cream, rhubarb upside-down cake, rhubarb meringue tarts, rhubarb mousse, rhubarb fool, rhubarb relish for roasted meat. Rhubarb!
I can tell we had a wet winter and spring. Boy was this rhubarb juicy. I am going to dig out that recipe you shared last year for the rhubarb/cardamon muffins.
Central Massachusetts

One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends is that three out of four murders are committed by people who know the victim. ~George Carlin~

In regards to Vagazzling: They just want to get into the goods without worrying about getting scratched up by fake crystals. ~spring1onu~
I think what I want to make most of all now is a gorgeous meringue stack sandwiching bright, tart rhubarb and vanilla bean whipped cream. Sigh.
Would a rhubarb relish work for pork? I have a recipe I make that uses dried cranberries, whole cranberry relish, orange juice and some slices of orange peel that I love. What would I use if I use rhubarb?????
Central Massachusetts

One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends is that three out of four murders are committed by people who know the victim. ~George Carlin~

In regards to Vagazzling: They just want to get into the goods without worrying about getting scratched up by fake crystals. ~spring1onu~
I just had my first rhubarb today! I'm not huge on desserts, but was shooting (photos) on the mountain w/ friends today. If you're going to eat lunch at over 9000 feet and they made rhubarb berry pie from fresh ingredients that morning, who cares if you're full? You still have to at least get some to take home!

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A rhubarb relish works great for pork. You could use those same flavors with rhubarb, but if you wanted something more spring-like, just cooked with a little citrus zest (like grapefruit) and juice and maybe vanilla bean (goes nicely with pork).

Rhubarb chutney

Rhubarb for breakfast (or dessert depending on your mood):
http://leitesculinaria.com/39127/rec...os-yogurt.html
Vegetables and protein!

Last edited by Saria; 05-14-2011 at 07:06 PM.
I had rhubarb pie once. I didn't like it.

Let the bashing commence.



I also don't like parsnips. Totally unrelated.




Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! .
The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
I had rhubarb pie once. I didn't like it.

Let the bashing commence.



I also don't like parsnips. Totally unrelated.
Originally Posted by spring1onu
You would like mine!!!
Central Massachusetts

One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends is that three out of four murders are committed by people who know the victim. ~George Carlin~

In regards to Vagazzling: They just want to get into the goods without worrying about getting scratched up by fake crystals. ~spring1onu~
A rhubarb relish works great for pork. You could use those same flavors with rhubarb, but if you wanted something more spring-like, just cooked with a little citrus zest (like grapefruit) and juice and maybe vanilla bean (goes nicely with pork).

Rhubarb chutney

Rhubarb for breakfast (or dessert depending on your mood):
Rhubarb and Pistachios over Thick Yogurt | Leite's Culinaria
Vegetables and protein!
Originally Posted by Saria
Thank you!!!
Central Massachusetts

One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends is that three out of four murders are committed by people who know the victim. ~George Carlin~

In regards to Vagazzling: They just want to get into the goods without worrying about getting scratched up by fake crystals. ~spring1onu~
I had rhubarb pie once. I didn't like it.

Let the bashing commence.



I also don't like parsnips. Totally unrelated.
Originally Posted by spring1onu
You would like mine!!!
Originally Posted by xcptnl
I would definitely try it again...my word, there is crust involved!!!




Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! .
The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
I had rhubarb pie once. I didn't like it.

Let the bashing commence.



I also don't like parsnips. Totally unrelated.
Originally Posted by spring1onu
Dead to me.





























Have you had parsnip purée? Or chips? Or brown butter and maple syrup-drizzled?
Also, what xcptnl said. Or mine. And rhubarb muffins. And rhubarb crumb coffee cake. And cobbler. And rhubarb custard. And that Greek yogurt recipe I linked.

Last edited by Saria; 05-14-2011 at 07:26 PM.
I have one bag left in the freezer from last year, I got SOOOOooo much, but I have to finish it off before I harvest again this year. Probably not before June.

There's half a pie in my fridge that I baked yesterday. Should be nice and save some for the boys.
Minneapolis, MN
I had rhubarb pie once. I didn't like it.

Let the bashing commence.



I also don't like parsnips. Totally unrelated.
Originally Posted by spring1onu
Dead to me.













Have you had parsnip purée? Or chips? Or brown butter and maple syrup-drizzled?
Also, what xcptnl said. Or mine.
Originally Posted by Saria
Oh, Saria. How you make me laugh, I love it!!!

I had parsnips in soup and they were so foul to me I couldn't even finish it. I'm not saying I'd never try them again, but my first go at them, disgusting. Maybe roasted would be ok. Covering them with browned butter and maple syrup might mask some of the gross.




Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! .
The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
PARSNIPSARENOTGROSS!!!!
PARSNIPSARENOTGROSS!!!!
Originally Posted by Saria

springy-I have to agree with Saria on this one. I still <3 you though.

Oh, and the crust on this pie-BESTEVAH!! Flaky deliciousness!!
Central Massachusetts

One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends is that three out of four murders are committed by people who know the victim. ~George Carlin~

In regards to Vagazzling: They just want to get into the goods without worrying about getting scratched up by fake crystals. ~spring1onu~
PARSNIPSARENOTGROSS!!!!
Originally Posted by Saria
LMAO!!!




Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! .
The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
I had rhubarb pie once. I didn't like it.

Let the bashing commence.
Originally Posted by spring1onu
Lol Spring! I love it but haven't had it in so dang long. I've tried strawberry-rhubarb since that's all anyone ever has but that just messes it up since I don't like strawberries.


I never did plant any last year. I'm setting myself a reminder to do it when I get back. Since the leaves are supposed to be poisonous do you think it's safe to plant them outside? (Safe from rabbits, deer and the like)
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Last edited by missbanjo; 05-25-2011 at 06:23 PM.
Curse you for starting this thread. My mouth is watering thinking about rhubarb pie or some Rhubarb Betty with some vanilla ice cream.

Oh I could cry right now.
I wish I had a good place to plant some. I drive by a house that has this beautiful rhubarb and they letbit go to seed- it breaks my heart. I keep telling SO that I am going to a midnight rhubarb raid!!!!


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Central Massachusetts

One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends is that three out of four murders are committed by people who know the victim. ~George Carlin~

In regards to Vagazzling: They just want to get into the goods without worrying about getting scratched up by fake crystals. ~spring1onu~

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