Food from the Farm: Rhubarb Sauce

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After I listened to the Wendell Berry lecture, it was time to choose a recipe for this newsletter. My mind immediately turned to a new cookbook I received recently, Simply in Season, from the publisher of the More-with-Less cookbook some of you may remember from the 1970s (or still turn to!). I love the seasonal organization of this new book, and its simple, "real life" recipes. "More with less" seems to me to be very much in keeping with Mr. Berry's lecture, and rhubarb sauce seems to embody the same spirit. Rhubarb is one of the perennial foods that people who are attached to a piece of land look to as one of the first signs of spring. It is a humble fruit - tart enough to require sweetening, but in its own way exactly right.

  • 4 cups chopped rhubarb (look for stalks that are mostly red or reddish)
  • 1/2 c. honey or 1 c. sugar
  • 1 T. tapioca
  • 1 t. cinnamon (optional)

Combine. Let stand for 10 minutes or until some juice forms. Heat slowly to boiling. Cool and serve over ice cream. Or try stirring in sliced strawberries or raisins and serve for breakfast or as a side dish, in place of applesauce.

Serves 4

From Simply in Season, by Mary Beth Lind and Cathleen Hockman-Wert.

By: | Apr 26, 2012 08:20 PM | Permalink
Just love this recipe. Brings back such good food memories of Rhubarb Sauce cooking on Mom's stove. This is delicious either warm or cold.
Sonja Houk says:    (Apr 27, 2012 12:00 AM)

What do you serve this sauce on? It sounds good but I am not familiar enough to know how to present it, what to put it with, on. Thanks ahead for your time to answer!

Cynthia Brenon says:    (Apr 27, 2012 12:00 AM)

Rhubarb sauce can be used on anything! You can spread it on a piece of toast, sprinkle some granola on it, put a dollop on your hot cereal in the morning or eat it all by itself. As a treat I like to have it with a few sliced strawberries or over a little vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

By: | Apr 26, 2012 08:19 PM | Permalink
Just love this recipe. Brings back such good food memories of Rhubarb Sauce cooking on Mom's stove. This is delicious either warm or cold.

By: | Apr 26, 2012 08:19 PM | Permalink
Just love this recipe. Brings back such good food memories of Rhubarb Sauce cooking on Mom's stove. This is delicious either warm or cold.

By: | Apr 26, 2012 08:18 PM | Permalink
Just love this recipe. Brings back such good food memories of Rhubarb Sauce cooking on Mom's stove. This is delicious either warm or cold.


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