When spring comes, those of us originally from colder climes are always on the lookout for rhubarb. It’s one of the first things to pop up in the backyard after a long, hard winter, making fresh pie and cobbler possible again.
The long red stalks are the edible part. They look a bit like celery and have a tart flavor. They’re usually sold without leaves because the leaves are slightly toxic.
Apart from those wonderful cobblers and pies, one of my favorite ways to fix rhubarb is by simply stewing it with a little sugar and water. I like to add raspberries, not only for flavor but also for the intense dark pink color that results. Strawberries also go well with rhubarb.
After stewing the fruit, chill it and serve it really cold with hot buttered toast for breakfast. That does take me back to my childhood.
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