Easy Rhubarb Recipes
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Joanna Stayt in Flint, Michigan, writes a heartfelt request: “My only granddaughter just got married. They are in the military and move a lot, and she says they both feel less cut off and not so far from home when they can find rhubarb. I’ve been going through every cookbook and magazine I come across to find any and all rhubarb recipes to create a rhubarb recipe book for them. So if some of your GRIT family and friends could help, it would sure help make a newlywed couple’s time away from home so much easier on them both.”
Grandma Jody, as she’s known to her family, pushed all the right buttons, and her fellow GRIT readers responded with kind enthusiasm, many sending multiple recipes.
Patricia Smith, Kansas City, Kansas, writes: “I love rhubarb any way you fix it. I grow my rhubarb, clean it, cut it up in 1/2-inch pieces and put in freezer bags.”
“I, too, am military,” writes Betty Stover, Huron, Tennessee. “My husband retired after our family gave 44 years to the military. I find my rhubarb in the Navy commissary during the season. It grows great up north, but it doesn’t freeze hard enough here in Tennessee in the winter for the plant to produce.” She suggests a cookbook just for rhubarb: Ritzy Rhubarb Secrets Cookbook. For a copy, write Community Cookbooks, P.O. Box 11, Litchville, ND 58461; cost is $12 (includes shipping).
Another cookbook is The Joy of Rhubarb by Theresa Millang. Tammi Klawitter, Redgranite, Wisconsin, writes, “My local Fleet Farm carries this series of cookbooks.” You can find it on the website of the publisher, Adventure Publications, or by calling 800-678-7006; the cost is $12.95 plus $2.75 for shipping.
And yet another cookbook, Pauline’s Rhubarb Cookbook, is available from Pterodactyl Press by writing Floyd Pearce, 409 Jackson St., Cumberland, IA 50843, or emailing him at email@example.com. The book is available for $20 plus $3 shipping, and Floyd will print out a copy as each request comes in.
(Maxine Christensen, Exira, Iowa, writes, “I wrote an article about a couple who published a book with nothing but rhubarb recipes. They gave me a free copy of Pauline’s Rhubarb Cookbook. There are 171 recipes, 32 for pies. I never realized you could make so many things with rhubarb.”)