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The Ottumwa Courier -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.