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25 Ways to Use Rhubarb


Honey-Rhubarb Ice Cream

For a few short weeks in early spring, rhubarb takes center stage at grocery stores and farmers’ markets. And let’s be real, it’s hard to miss those giant pink stalks. Though rhubarb gets mistaken for a fruit in sweet dishes like crumbles and pies, this tart stalk is actually a very diverse vegetable. Rhubarb can be found in several varieties; the green stalks will be considerably more tart than the red-skinned variety. The tall, leafy vegetable makes a great addition to any garden, but be sure only to consume the celery-like stalks — the leaves and roots of the rhubarb plant contain toxins that are poisonous. Celebrate spring’s bounty with these 25 delicious rhubarb-studded recipes. In no particular order:

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Sifted: The Breakfast Edition

An Ode to Caramel Creme Pastries by Une Duex Senses

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Did you drool over the salted caramel creme pastries featured on Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets? Une Deux Senses decided to recreate the breakfast pastries at home. The results are indulgent enough for dessert (although we have no problem with eating them in the morning).
  2. The Brits know their rhubarb, and Eating for England says it’s not just for pies and tarts. So celebrate spring with a seasonal breakfast: Dollop rhubarb-strawberry compote on hearty buckwheat waffles and enjoy.
  3. Cookie and Kate celebrates the fabulousness of toast with a simple mashed avocado remedy. With endless possibilities for additional healthy toppings, we’re sold!
  4. We love scones as a grab-and-go breakfast. These fresh ginger and black pepper mascarpone scones by Butter Me Up Brooklyn have a touch of sweetness and “just a kick of warm spice.”
  5. It’d be hard to grow tired of bagels and cream cheese. But just in case that’s an issue, The Meaning of Pie presents to you a delicious and sweet blueberry cream cheese to jazz up the morning.

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The Top 10 Reasons to Get Excited for Spring

Spring has sprung, officially. Which means that produce options open right up — not unlike windows in homes everywhere — as freshly grown produce floods the marketplace. While it was nice to eat apples, squash, potatoes and onions all winter, it’s no doubt time to wave goodbye and welcome a new round of delectable fruits and vegetables.  Here’s a round-up of the 10 spring superstars we’re psyched to see arriving in the next couple of months, and some great recipes to make the most of them.

10. Asparagus

Asparagus Wrapped in Proscuitto With Beurre Blanc (above)

Sesame Grilled Asparagus

Asparagus and Zucchini Crudi

Spinach-Ricotta Pesto Pasta With Proscuitto and Asparagus

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Countdown to Spring

Groundhog Cake from Serious Eats

Photo: Cakespy.com/SeriousEats.com

Are you caught in the middle of yet another winter snowstorm? Take heart! Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow this morning, which means spring is (supposedly) going to be early this year. We can’t wait. As much as we love chili and stews, we’re ready for a return to the fresh fruits and vegetables that springtime has to offer.

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Picking: Sour Cherries

Sour cherries, fresh from the tree

Sour cherries, fresh from the tree

I can’t get enough of sour cherries. Growing up in Ohio, I’d spend the first half of June up in the cherry tree, reaching for every last can’t-help-but-pucker gem. Even with my “one for the bucket, two for me” mentality, my family ended up with loads of cherries that would find their way into pies, jam, cobblers, muffins and more.

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