Archive for May, 2010

Rhubarb Carcass

Looks like I didn’t get here fast enough with the camera.

Made a rhubarb pie the other week and it was very soon demolished. It could have used more sugar, which is always really hard to tell when it comes to rhubarb. The crust was very yummy. I used butter instead of shortening (which I usually use but didn’t have on hand), and though it tasted good it was noticeably harder to roll out into a pie shaped crust.


4 cups chopped rhubarb

1 1/3 cups sugar

6tbsp all purpose flour

2 pie crusts


Mix together and let sit for 20 minutes. Then pour into an unbaked pie crust and top with either another crust, lattice, crumb topping (really anything is delicious). Bake for 15 minutes at 450 degrees, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake 30-40 more minutes. Serve hot with ice cream!

Interesting factoids (at least for me): Rhubarb is now grown in many areas and thanks to greenhouse production is available throughout much of the year. Rhubarb grown in hothouses is called hothouse rhubarb. Hothouse rhubarb is usually a brighter red than cultivated rhubarb. Hothouse rhubarb is also more tender and tastes sweeter than cultivated rhubarb.

Rhubarb is grown primarily for its fleshy petioles, commonly known as rhubarb sticks or stalks. The use of rhubarb stems as food is a relatively recent innovation, first recorded in 17th century England, after affordable sugar became available to common people, and reaching a peak between the 20th century’s two world wars.



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Happy Birthday To Me

Spice Cake

Yesterday was my birthday! Brenton and I made a delicious spice cake with vanilla cream cheese frosting. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good. oh man.

Then we opened presents and just relaxed. It was a very low key birthday at home–just the way I like it.

We were thinking of going to the Maker Faire in San Mateo this upcoming weekend, but tickets are $50 a piece. I couldn’t believe it. We can’t afford to drive down there, pay $100 dollars to just go in, and then (because you know of course there will be a ton of awesome things to buy) buy some stuff. So I guess we’ll be skipping that event. Perhaps I’ll do some etsy perusing and find something nifty.

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Long Time No Post

Like the mighty Rhubarb plant I am back in season!

Things have been super busy here the past month. I finally found a full time position (Yay for no more fear of losing our home and being unable to support us)! It is such a weight off my mind to know I’m gainfully employed and can support my husband while he finishes up his teaching credential.

So now that I’m getting into the swing things I’m starting to find my own free time niches for things. Things like blogging! Hopefully some sewing soon too since I have this amazing fabric I want to use.

I had my first sighting of rhubarb at the market this week and promptly bought enough for a pie! Tomorrow I’ll be doing some baking (and eating mmm). The cashiers at the market didn’t even know what it was.*shakes head sadly*

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