The Joy of Rhubarb

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Rhubarb is not just for pies! Theresa Millang presents over 200 recipes that put new zing into the familiar pie plant. Recipes range from breads and main dishes to preserves, and, of course, pies. Theresa also includes tips for growing, choosing, preparing and storing rhubarb. You'll find lots of new ways to enjoy this versatile summer treat.
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Overview

Rhubarb is not just for pies! Theresa Millang presents over 200 recipes that put new zing into the familiar pie plant. Recipes range from breads and main dishes to preserves, and, of course, pies. Theresa also includes tips for growing, choosing, preparing and storing rhubarb. You'll find lots of new ways to enjoy this versatile summer treat.
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The Ottumwa Courier - Judy Krieger
Rhubarb: It's not just for pie anymore
Well, the mushrooms seemed to have gone kaput this year. But, we do have rhubarb still growing io the garden.
And, just in time came a delightful cookbook all about the fruit.
"The Joy of Rhubarb" is a new spiral-bound cookbook by Theresa Millang who challenges: "People need help expanding their creative thoughts beyond Rhubarb Crisp.:
To answer that challenge, she has provided 200 recipes in the 245-page book which, by the way, is a nice size for plopping down on the counter to follow a recipe.
"The Joy of Rhubarb" will convince you, she says, that the "old pie plant' is not just for pie anymore.
She says the cookbook offers recipes that put new zip into main meals, soups, salads and even ice cream.
There are rhubarb recipes for breads and muffins, jams and jellies, pickles, chutney, relish and sauces, rhubarb punch, lemonade and iced tea.
Try Pear-Rhubarb Cobbler, Rhubarb-Raspberry Ice Cream, Grilled Chicken with Rhubarb Relish or Rhubarb Slush Punch.
Millang also tells you how to grow, choose, prepare and store rhubarb.
In our own rhubarb patch, my favorite gardener carefully picks some of the slender ruby-colored stalks as soon as he can each spring to make his favorite - rhubarb pie.
We use caution since we don't have many plants after a relative nearly cleaned us out a few years ago.
I prefer Rhubarb Crisp - yum!
Bernie's sister-in-law used to like the rhubarb custard pie. She also would make several pies to freeze for relatives living in Arizona. What many former Ottumwans' are to loose meat sandwiches, Bernie's aunt and uncle, Grace and Marshall, were to rhubarb pies - he especially craved them, and Carole was good to make them.
I like making pies. But after eating one slice, that's usually all I want. Bernie is not too good with leftovers, but he will scrap the rhubarb pie plate clean in few days.
Of course, his mom used it a spring tonic, if you know what I mean. I did try her dandelion greens once; not bad.
According to Adventure Publications, "The Joy of Rhubarb is available in bookstores and gift stores. Or, you can write them at 820 Cleveland St.
Cambridge, MN 55008.
Or, call 1-800-678-7006.
What I like about rhubarb that it's easy to grow, easy to pick and clean. Then just put stalks into the food processor and you've got, your slices' for stewing or baking.
I've made freezer jam gelatin a time or two, and the slices freeze very well whe you're hungry for rhubarb pie and it's only February.
Millang has written sever cookbooks. "Great Minneso. Hotdish" and "Joy of Blueberries" are popular ones.
The Post Cresent - Myrna Collins
BOOK review
Book: The Joy of Rhubarb
Author: Theresa Millang
Publisher: Adventure Publications, $12.95
Cookbook author shares 'Joy' of rhubarb
By Myrna Collins
Post-Crescent staff writer

Just in time for the start of the rhubarb harvest comes Theresa Millang's 245-page book, "The Joy of Rhubarb: The Versatile Summer Delight."
About two-thirds of the book is devoted to sweets of one type or another, from pies and tarts to cakes, trifles, bettys, cheesecakes, crumbles, bars and many more. Some are combinations that beg to be tested, just to see if they really work, like rhubarb and coconut, rhubarb and chocolate and rhubarb and zucchini.
What surprisingly is missing is the most simple and basic two-crust plain rhubarb pie.
But more interesting from an adventures in eating standpoint than the recipes for sweets are the rest of the recipes. Millang segues from muffins to breads, main meals, soups, salads, beverages, sauces, condiments, jams and jelly and finally marmalades, conserves and preserves.
All of the recipes are easily made and most specify either fresh or frozen rhubarb.

Omaha World-Hearld - Sue Story Traux

This book includes recipes from soup (Cold Strawberry-Rhubarb Soup) to nuts (Walnut Rhubarb Chutney).

There's more to rhubarb than pie BY SUE STORY TRUAX, WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

The Joy of Rhubarb is the latest work from veteran cookbook writer Theresa Millang. Like the previous books from the Kearney, Neb.-based writer, "Rhubarb" is packed with doable recipes. As anyone who has cooked with rhubarb might expect, desserts dominate the recipes, filling pages 17 through 160. Several other chapters not classified as desserts - muffins, breads, sauces, jams and jellies - also produce sweet results.

Many of the uses will be familiar to cooks who previously have worked with pie plant. There are 28 pie recipes, for example, in the book, subtitled "The Versatile SummerFruit." There are some new-comer recipes, too, such as Strawberry- Rhubarb Tiramisu, Rhubarb Sorbet and Rhubarb Iced Tea. Among the most interesting are the savory uses. These include Rhubarb Ketchup, Jalapeno Rhubarb Chutney, Rhubarb-Glazed Baby Back Ribs and Duck Breast With Rhubarb Sauce.

The book lacks photos, index and glossary. Four pages at the book's start cover facts, how to grow rhubarb, and tips on storing and freezing. Overall, the recipes are written for experienced cooks. But a thinking beginner should have success, too.

A vegetarian colleague prepared the following main-dish recipe from the book. He reports that it was delicious. He had worked with lentils before, so he knew to pick them over and wash them before using. It's a good thing he knew because the recipe, as printed in the book, neglected to tell him so. We have added that step in our directions. He used honey as the sweetener. He also suggests using less than the teaspoon of hot red chili powder the recipe calls for. This was his first time cooking with rhubarb. He found what us experienced rhubarb cooks know: cooking breaks down rhubarb to almost a liquid.

Star Tribune - Nicole Hvidsten
WHAT'S COOKING

Here's what s new - or at least new to us - and notable in the world of cookbooks:
FRUIT, ETC.

For those who enjoy rhubarb, by all means pick up Theresa Millang's "The Joy of Rhubarb" ($12.95, Adventure Publications). More than 200 recipes and not all of them are dessert -will have you using all your rhubarb, and your neighbor's too. There are the old standbys, such as cobblers, crisps, cakes and jams, but also ice cream, soups and salads. Dishes such as rhubarb-glazed baby back ribs provide a nice, tart change of pace.

West Central Tribune - Donna Middleton

The Joy of Rhubarb by Theresa Millang

Adventure Publications, Inc. $12.95

Several weeks ago I received two cookbooks in the mail The Joy of Rhubarb and Beer is NOT a Food Group, both from Adventure Publications in Cambridge. After looking through both books, they sat on my counter for several weeks. The limited sun in my garden is devoted to basil and tomatoes. I don't have room to grow rhubarb and neither do any of my neighbors.

After mentioning my lack of rhubarb to a gardener from Norway Lake, she gave me a large bag and I spent a rainy Sunday trying rhubarb recipes. The book has a great selection of the usual recipes - cobblers, crisps, pies and desserts. Several of the main meals paired with rhubarb sounded great, including "Grilled Chicken with Rhubarb Relish" and "Pork with Rhubarb Chutney." There is a recipe for rhubarb tea and rhubarb wine, along with 10 sauce recipes like "Blueberry-Rhubarb Breakfast Sauce."

I chose to bake both "Rhubarb Tea Bread" and "Applesauce-Rhubarb Cake," along with making "Walnut Rhubarb Chutney" and "Rhubarb Pickles." The bread recipe made two loaves and was moist and comparable to any zucchini bread with the nuts, but with an occasional tartness from the rhubarb. The cake was quick and easy to put together. It was a moist cake, but really more like a nut bread, not like cake. Both recipes took about an hour to bake.

The chutney and pickles were both quick to make, but both will only keep about a week, although the chutney can be frozen. Both called for fresh ginger and apple cider vinegar. I liked the chutney and had made it because the recipe said to "serve with cheese and French bread or crackers." The pickles left alot to be desired and will probably enrich the compost pile.

Telegraph Herald - Mary Ann Gassman
MARY ANN GASSMAN, F00D COLUMNIST
mgassman@wcINET.COM
563/588-5652 OR 800/553-4801
Get your veggies in a variety of ways
'Joy of Rhubarb' adds to the list of uses for the versatile food
When Mom scolded you to eat your vegetables when you were growing up, you might have turned up your nose at the peas, beans and broccoli.
But it probably didn't take much coaxing to get you to eat the rhubarb pie. Yes, rhubarb is a vegetable.
Rhubarb didn't gain popularity until the early 1880s, when it was used mostly for pies and wine.
Rich in vitamin C, dietary fiber and calcium, rhubarb has many uses besides pie and wine. But, for as versatile as the vegetable is, the leaves are not. They are loaded with oxalic acid and are poisonous.
The luscious red stalks often are thought of as a fruit because they are used to make such things as cobblers, cakes, bars, strudels, cookies, breads, puddings, sauces, sorbets, parfaits, tiramisu, custards, yogurts, ice creams, tarts, muffins, relishes, chutney, soups, salads, salsas, pickles, jams and a host of other delectable dishes.
If you doubt for one moment that it can be used for all those dishes, the proof is on the pages of a little green cookbook just out called, "The Joy of Rhubarb - The Versatile Summer Delight" by Theresa Millang.
So, if you're stumped for ways to use your rhubarb - in season through July - get a copy of the book by calling 800/678-7006. It sells for $12.95, plus $2 for shipping & handling. Personal checks and major credit cards are accepted.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591930518
  • Publisher: Adventure Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Pages: 246
  • Sales rank: 499,825
  • Product dimensions: 7.94 (w) x 7.42 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Theresa Millang is a popular and versatile cookbook author. She has written successful cookbooks on muffins, brownies, pies, cookies, cheesecake, casseroles and several on Cajun cooking. Theresa has cooked on television and contributed many recipes to food articles throughout the U.S.A.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 12
Rhubarb Facts 13
Planting Rhubarb 15
Rhubarb Recipes
Cobblers
Peachy Rhubarb Cobbler 17
Pear-Rhubarb Cobbler 18
Rhubarb Cobbler 19
Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler 20
Crumbles
Apple-Berry-Rhubarb Crumble 21
Pineapple-Rhubarb Crumble 22
Crunches
Apple-Rhubarb Crunch 23
Rhubarb Crunch 24
Strawberry-Rhubarb Crunch 25
Crisps
Apple-Rhubarb Crisp 26
Blueberry-Rhubarb Crisp 27
Cherry-Rhubarb Crisp 28
Cranberry-Apple-Rhubarb Crisp 29
Mandarin-Rhubarb Crisp 30
Microwave Rhubarb Crisp 31
Quick Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp 32
Rhubarb Crisp 33
Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp 34
Cakes
Apple-Rhubarb Dump Cake 36
Applesauce-Rhubarb Cake 37
Chocolate Chip Rhubarb Cake 38
Chocolate Rhubarb Cake 39
Coconut-Topped Rhubarb Cake 40
Cream and Rhubarb Cake 41
KiKi's Easy Rhubarb Cake 42
Lola's Rhubarb Cake 43
Raspberry Gelatin Rhubarb Cake 44
Rhubarb Cake with Sauce 45
Rhubarb Custard Cake 46
Rhubarb Loaf Cake 47
Rhubarb Pudding Cake 48
Rhubarb Refrigerator Cake 49
Rhubarb Skillet Cake 50
Rhubarb-Strawberry Angel Cake 51
Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake 52
Rhubarb Walnut Cake 53
Sour Cream Rhubarb Crumb Cake 54
Strawberry-Rhubarb Dump Cake 55
Coffee Cakes
Almond Rhubarb Coffee Cake 56
Applesauce-Rhubarb Coffee Cake 57
Raisin-Rhubarb Coffee Cake 58
Sour Cream Rhubarb Coffee Cake 59
Strawberry-Rhubarb Coffee Cake 60
Strudels
Plain Rhubarb Strudel 62
Rhubarb Amaretti Strudel 63
Rhubarb-Apple Strudel 64
Bars
Coconut Rhubarb Bars 65
Creamy Rhubarb Custard Bars 66
Glazed Rhubarb Bars 67
Minnesota Rhubarb Bars 68
Oatmeal Rhubarb Bars 69
Pecan Rhubarb Oatmeal Bars 70
Rhubarb Cheesecake Bars 71
Rhubarb-Strawberry Bars 72
Strawberry-Rhubarb Bars 73
Squares
Rhubarb Meringue Squares 74
Sour Cream Rhubarb Squares 75
Streusel Rhubarb Squares 76
Cookies
Rhubarb Cookies 77
Rhubarb Pinwheel Cookies 78
Rhubarb Shortbread 79
Pies
Apple-Rhubarb Pie 81
Berry Berry Rhubarb Pie 82
Blackberry-Raspberry-Rhubarb Pie 83
Blueberry-Rhubarb Pie 84
Cherry-Rhubarb Pie 85
Classic Rhubarb Pie 86
Coconut-Topped Rhubarb-Peach Pie 87
Cream Cheese Rhubarb Pie 88
Crumb-Top Rhubarb Pie 89
Impossible Rhubarb Pie 90
No-Bake Rhubarb Cream Pie 91
Orange-Apricot-Rhubarb Pie 92
Orange-Rhubarb Pie 93
Pineapple-Rhubarb Pie 94
Rhubarb Cream Pie 95
Rhubarb Croustade 96
Rhubarb Custard Pie 97
Rhubarb Humble Pie 98
Rhubarb-Lemon Chiffon Pie 99
Rhubarb Magic Pie 100
Rhubarb Meringue Pie 101
Rhubarb-Peach Pie 102
Rhubarb-Raspberry Pie 103
Rhubarb-Strawberry Layered Pie 104
Sour Cream Rhubarb Pie 105
Strawberry-Almond Rhubarb Pie 106
Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie 107
Zucchini-Rhubarb Pie 108
Desserts
Apple-Rhubarb Betty 110
Apricot-Rhubarb Cheesecake 111
Cherry-Rhubarb Dessert 112
Coconut Meringue Rhubarb Dessert 113
Coconut-Rhubarb Bread Pudding 114
Delightful Rhubarb Hash 115
Fig and Rhubarb Compote 116
Margaret's Rhubarb Dessert 117
Pear and Rhubarb Compote 118
Pineapple-Rhubarb Ice Box Cake 119
Quick Rhubarb Compote 120
Quick Rhubarb Pudding 121
Raspberry-Rhubarb Bake 122
Rice Pudding with Rhubarb Sauce 123
Rhubarb Bread Pudding 124
Rhubarb Compote and Sorbet 125
Rhubarb Ginger Fool 126
Rhubarb Gingersnap Parfait 127
Rhubarb Shortcake 128
Rhubarb Sprinkle Dessert 129
Saucy Blueberry-Rhubarb Dessert 130
Scandinavian Rhubarb Pudding 131
Sponge Pudding with Rhubarb 132
Strawberry-Rhubarb Cheesecake 133
Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote 134
Strawberry-Rhubarb Dessert 135
Strawberry-Rhubarb Tiramisu 136
Strawberry-Rhubarb Trifle 137
Frozen Desserts
Frozen Rhubarb Custard 138
Frozen Rhubarb Yogurt 139
Rhubarb Ice 140
Rhubarb Ice Cream 141
Rhubarb-Raspberry Ice Cream 142
Rhubarb Sherbet 143
Rhubarb Slush 144
Rhubarb Sorbet 145
Tarts
Almond Rhubarb Tart 147
Apple-Rhubarb Tarts 148
Apricot-Glazed Rhubarb Tart 149
Blackberry-Rhubarb Fool Tart 150
Blueberry-Rhubarb Tart 151
Raspberry-Rhubarb Tart 152
Rhubarb Crumb Tart 153
Rhubarb Custard Tart 154
Rhubarb Tart 155
Strawberry-Rhubarb Tart 156
Tortes
Lemon Sherbet-Rhubarb Torte 157
Mallow-Topped Rhubarb Torte 158
Old-Fashioned Rhubarb Torte 159
Rhubarb Torte 160
Muffins
Applesauce-Rhubarb Muffins 162
Cinnamon Rhubarb Muffins 163
Oat Bran Rhubarb Muffins 164
Orange-Rhubarb Muffins 165
Rhubarb Honey Muffins 166
Rhubarb-Strawberry Muffins 167
Rhubarb Wheat Bran Muffins 168
Breads
Apple-Rhubarb Bread 169
Orange-Rhubarb Bread 170
Pecan Rhubarb Bread 171
Rhubarb Bread 172
Rhubarb Quick Bread 173
Rhubarb Tea Bread 174
Streusel Rhubarb Bread 175
Main Meals Paired with Rhubarb
Cornish Hens with Rhubarb Sauce 177
Duck Breast with Rhubarb Sauce 178
Grilled Chicken with Rhubarb Relish 179
Ham with Rhubarb Chutney 180
Lentils Curried with Rhubarb 181
Pork Loin with Rhubarb Sauce 182
Pork Stew with Rhubarb 183
Pork with Rhubarb Chutney 184
Rhubarb-Glazed Baby Back Ribs 185
Rhubarb Pork Chop Casserole 186
Short Ribs in Rhubarb BBQ Sauce 187
Smothered Chicken with Rhubarb 188
Turkey with Rhubarb Sauce 189
Soups
Minted Rhubarb Soup 191
Cold Strawberry-Rhubarb Soup 192
Salads
Cherry-Rhubarb Gelatin Salad 193
Mary Dow's Rhubarb Salad 194
Orange and Rhubarb Salad 195
Orange-Rhubarb Salad 196
Raspberry-Rhubarb Gelatin Salad 197
Rhubarb Spinach Salad 198
Roasted Rhubarb Salad 199
Strawberry-Rhubarb Gelatin Salad 200
Beverages
Rhubarb Iced Tea 202
Rhubarb Punch 203
Rhubarb Slush Punch 204
Rhubarb Wine 205
Strawberry-Rhubarb Lemonade 206
Sauces
Blueberry-Rhubarb Breakfast Sauce 208
Microwave Rhubarb Sauce 209
Orange-Rhubarb Sauce 210
Pineapple-Rhubarb Sauce 211
Raspberry-Rhubarb Sauce 212
Red Currant-Rhubarb Sauce 213
Rhubarb Sauce 214
Stewed Rhubarb 215
Strawberry-Rhubarb Dessert Sauce 216
Strawberry-Rhubarb Topping 217
Condiments
Jalapeno Rhubarb Chutney 218
Rhubarb Onion Chutney 219
Rhubarb-Plum Chutney 220
Walnut Rhubarb Chutney 221
Rhubarb Ketchup 222
Rhubarb Pickles 223
Rhubarb Relish 224
Rhubarb Salsa 225
Jams and Jelly
Apricot-Rhubarb Freezer Jam 227
Blueberry-Rhubarb Jam 228
Easy Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam 229
Figs and Rhubarb Jam 230
Microwave Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam 231
Oriental Rhubarb Jam 232
Peach-Rhubarb Jam 233
Pineapple and Rhubarb Jam 234
Rhubarb Ginger Jam 235
Rhubarb-Raspberry Jam 236
Strawberry-Rhubarb Freezer Jam 237
Rhubarb-Strawberry Jelly 238
Marmalade, Conserves and Preserves
Rhubarb Marmalade 239
Rhubarb Conserve 240
Rhubarb-Strawberry Conserve 241
Rhubarb and Fig Preserves 242
Rhubarb-Pineapple Preserves 243
Rhubarb Preserves 244
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