For the Love of Rhubarb!


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Brian & I love rhubarb so this is one of our favorite times of the year, when our garden explodes with red stalks and large leaves. Even if we didn’t love to eat it, we would still love its contribution to the garden. It grows well in the shade and the leaves look fantastic!


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So a few days ago I set about harvesting rhubarb stalks to cook with.


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I was able to pull 3 bunches like this out of the garden (don’t you just love my fancy gardening outfit?!)


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Once the leaves were removed (you don’t want to eat those – they will make you sick) and the stalks cleaned, it was time for some chopping.


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I was inspired by Cathy Sly’s (the link is to her blog – which is awesome!)picture on IG for a rhubarb spritzer made with simple syrup and Pellegrino. So good. Thanks Cathy! I found a recipe for Rhubarb simple syrup HERE


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Then some rhubarb jam that would go into ice cream. This jam would also be good on a piece of toast!


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This came together pretty quick. Then came the ice cream.


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This was my first time making rhubarb ice cream. Delicious! Found the recipe HERE for both the jam and the ice cream.

Then some more chopping


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to make a rhubarb crisp (click HERE for recipe)


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Of course all of these items make a great stand-alone dessert, but I like to do what I call “composed” desserts, when there are a few things served at once and each item have at least one ingredient in common, like rhubarb!


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I still have more rhubarb in the fridge so will be soliciting ideas from you all as to what to do with it!

So, do you love rhubarb? What do you do with it?


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16 Responses to For the Love of Rhubarb!

  1. Boy that rhubarb is a happy camper. Love those big leaves, I think just one of them in a vase would look great in the house. So great how you used them in all your recipes. Especially love seeing you in your gorgeous garden enjoying what you do. Have a wonderful week.

  2. Michelle B says:

    The rhubarb leaves are so big and beautiful. I had no idea you could make so many things with rhubarb. The crisp looks really good, that is my favorite images too, I love the fork. We must have gone to the same store to buy our gardening/yard work outfit. My is very similar to yours, but I usually wear flip flops. 🙂

  3. Dotti says:

    I had no idea rhubarb was that large! Or do you and Brian have a secret fertilizer that makes it grow larger? Actually, not being a rhubarb fan, I would have no idea. But I sure love yours as well as your rhubarb goodies.

  4. Dotti says:

    Oh, if you think your gardening outfit is spiffy, you should see some of the ones around here. There have been a few times when my daughter and I have had to demand that my husband throw away garden pants or shirts because they had so many holes!

  5. kim says:

    Carol.. these are all brilliant….. my goodness….
    my 2 favs…
    the one of you knelt down…it truly pulls me in. Tells a story…..Beautiful…..
    and…. the last one…so cool….

    I need some rhubarb. : )

    always inspired… xo

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I love rhubarb! Your photos are delightful as always, and I want to step through them and taste that rhubarb crisp and ice cream!

  7. All I can say is I would love to visit and have one of your delicious meals!! I’m going to buy some rhubarb today and make something with it. Thanks for sharing. I love your outfit!!

  8. Karen Olson says:

    Oh my goodness Carol, these shots are fabulous!! I love the rhubarb on the wood with the slate and cloth. Simply perfect!
    I was looking at all the rhubarb creations and I thought about making rhubarb molasses. On one Iron Chef show they used pomegranate molasses as an ingredient in a bbq sauce. That would be very expensive but how about using rhubarb? I just might try it.

  9. seabluelee says:

    Your rhubarb is beautiful – it obviously thrives in your garden! All of those desserts look delicious…and I don’t even LIKE rhubarb! 🙂

  10. Terri Porter says:

    So glad you took a photo holding the rhubarb — I had no idea the leaves were that huge! You are doing some amazing things with it. I can only imagine rhubarb crisp with rhubarb ice cream! Your photos and processing are wonderful, as always.

  11. Earl says:

    Beautful series of photos. You could make my favorite pie . . . rhubarb pie. Your last image is beautifully done . . . just the right amount of the painting effect. The perspective of the shot is great . . . looking through the stems. Wow.

  12. Carolyn says:

    Rhubarb/Strawberry Pie . … amaaaaaazing . .. and with your spritzer and the ice cream . .. would be divine!!!

  13. Rhubarb fascinates me! And I love rhubarb and strawberry desserts….I have certainly NEVER had rhubarb ice cream. 🙂 Wonderful images.

  14. odile lm says:

    What a beautiful series of pictures Carol! They tell us the story of your rhubarb from the garden to the plate, with many different steps in-between… it must have kept you busy all day to take pictures for each step, harvesting them, chopping, cooking… shooting in the same time, setting the rhubarb in different arrangements and changing props according to each recipe… syrup, jam, ice-cream, pie… wow… I didn’t know it was possible to cook so many different recipes with rhubarb stems… very complete, thorough and inspired presentation…

  15. Jana Vargas says:

    there is nothing quite so sublime as your garden, except perhaps the way you capture it in pictures and what you do with the fruits of it – simply beautiful – JBV

  16. Beverly says:

    This post is superb Carol! You are our own Julia Child showing us a garden so beautiful, including you in it wearing such a cute hat! This morning after seeing this post and link for the rhubarb simple syrup I decided to make it with my 4 cups of frozen rhubarb. After straining it I put the rhubarb sauce in a dish to cool and just now finished eating vanilla Greek yogurt topped with rhubarb sauce!!! It is delicious. So I got simple syrup and sauce with one process! Now I need to find more rhubarb! Thank you so much! You are truly amazing!

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