Monday, May 25, 2009

Eat your veggies for dessert

I love rhubarb. It's tart and tangy , cooks up a pretty shade of pink, and is easy to grow in my garden. It's good stewed over ice cream or cooked into muffins, but nothing beats a rhubarb pie. It's the vegetable version of sour gummy worms!

The only downside to rhubarb is my dear husband. He won't even try the stuff; calls it red celery. So unless I want to eat the entire pie by myself, I have to find someone else who loves rhubarb, and most of them are in nursing homes! Come on, people under 80! Try something old!

To encourage a return to the "good ol' days" of rhubarb eating, I'm posting my favorite pie recipe. So run, don't walk, to your nearest green grocer (or pull it out of your elderly neighbors yard), purchase a bunch of red celery, and bake up a pie tonight!

Rhubarb Pie
(this is the recipe my mom uses from an old Betty Crocker cookbook)

Prepare pastry for a two-crust pie:

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
2/3 plus 2 Tbsp. shortening
4 to 6 Tbsp. cold water

Measure flour and salt into mixing bowl. With pastry blender, cut in shortening until particles are the size of peas. Sprinkle in water bit by bit, mixing until all flour is moistened and dough almost cleans the sides of the bowl. Roll out two crusts. Line 9" pie plate with one and fold the other in quarters, making slits on the folds for vents. Set aside.

Make filling:
1-3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp. grated orange peel
5 cups cut up fresh rhubarb (1/2 inch pieces)
3 Tbsp. butter

Preheat oven to 425. Stir together flour, sugar, and orange peel. Put half of the rhubarb into the pastry-lined pie plate, sprinkle with half the sugar mixture, and repeat with remaining rhubarb and sugar mixture. Dot with butter and cover with top crust. Seal the edges. Bake for 40-50 minutes. You may need to lay foil over the top if the crust starts to brown. I cook mine with a cookie sheet underneath to avoid cleaning the oven if the rhubarb spills over. Cool to room temperature before eating.

This post is dedicated to my Mom and Dad (who are not over 80) for driving out for the weekend and sharing my pie!

Sunday, May 24, 2009


You scream. I scream. We all scream for ice cream! What's the first weekend of the summer without ice cream? We've tried to pare our consumption of refined sugars down to a bare minimum around here, but that didn't keep us from enjoying this terrific ice cream reminiscent of the amazing Coconut Almond Chip at Katie's Corner, a tiny local homemade ice cream joint that operates out of the old FotoMat (remember those?) in my hometown.

Coconut Almond Chip Ice Cream

1-14 oz. can coconut milk (I use the Thai Kitchen full-fat kind)
1.5 cups half-and-half
1/3 cup maple syrup (the kind that comes from trees, not Mrs. Butterworth's)
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2/3 cup mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup almonds, chopped

Mix together coconut milk, half-and-half, and maple syrup. Pour into ice cream maker and freeze according to your machine's directions. About five minutes before it's finished, add coconut, chocolate chips and almonds. Scoop into a covered container and freeze for a few hours to ripen flavors.

If you happen to contract my serious addiction to naturally sweetened ice creams, the Nourishing Gourmet has some wonderful recipes. She writes from a dairy-free perspective, but having no dairy allergies, we like to replace at least half the coconut milk with half-and-half. Her raspberry and pumpkin are delicious.

Let the summer begin!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Do you buy it?

That Mom give an interesting synopsis of the impending manifesto from the Homeschooling Leadership Summit. Quite an agenda given "In the name of the Lord." Caveat emptor.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Click and Save

Cannon Press is having a bottom dollar sale this week. Two of our favorite books are going for a song: Trial and Triumph: Stories From Church History for $1, and Future Men for $2. They have lots of other goodies as well. Click on over and take a peek.