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It’s spring and it’s fully underway. The farmer’s markets are full of rhubarb. It’s full of little twiggy rhubarb, big fat rhubarb and more rhubarb, rhubarb, and rhubarb. We are duty bound to enjoy it. Let’s eat rhubarb folks (here’s a good lesson on “how”)! But let’s not just eat it in pie. Let’s eat it like this, my top 5! (Ok, yes, we cheated and there are 6…why not?)
Rhubarb Upside Down Cake
Pineapple? We don’t need any stinking pineapple! Rhubarb’s beautiful in that brown buttery syrup that collects in an upside down cake—and pretty too.
I discovered that you can make a rhubarb sugar syrup a few years ago and it changed my life. Rhubarb lemonade! Rhubarb lemon-drops! Rhubarb cocktails. Food and Wine magazine has some great ones.
Skillet Chicken with Rhubarb
Some people call rhubarb “pie fruit” but it can be savory too! Dice it up and fry with onions, and cook with chicken, Swedish sausage, or pork chops. Very easy. Very good.
Rhubarb and White Chocolate Blondies
The tart and sweet combo here is perfect – white chocolate can be so cloyingly sweet, but sometimes you’re in the mood for it, and you need to bring something to a graduation party, or a school function, because that is all anyone is doing right now. And these are perfect! Great for kids and adults alike.
Rhubarb Streusel Bread
I’m in a big quick-bread place right now. I love how fast they are and unfussy, how durable—make one and you’ve got snacks for a week. Land O’Lakes has a great recipe for a rhubarb streusel bread that’s been a big big hit whenever I’ve brought it to pot-lucks, and it’s one of those great recipes which is better the day after you bake it. Picnic perfect!
Yes I had to have two number ones. I absolutely can’t pick between rhubarb streusel bread and rhubarb pie as my favorite rhubarb use right now, so I’ll let you pick. And rhubarb season is long! I love this recipe from the Iowa State Fair. It’s simple, but great.