I grew up in California. No, not the sun drenched beaches of southern California. I grew up in the Central Valley, due east of San Francisco, where all the produce is grown. I was spoiled with freshly picked produce at farmer's stands all through my childhood from asparagus to zucchini. My dad was gardener as well, so I know what it is to have a fresh supply of vegetables at the dinner table. So you can see why it astounds me that I had to come to the midwest to get my first taste of rhubarb.
Well, the day someone from our church here in Iowa handed me a recycled Wal-mart bag filled with the celery look-a-like, I smiled, said thank you and promptly went home to google it. What was this stuff?
|The greatly coveted church cookbook|
Not long after, I managed to get my hands on a most precious item, the St. John's cookbook. Ahhh, this was the answer to my rhubarb dilemma. Sure enough, rhubarb recipes galore. I did notice one thing about all the recipes... quite a bit of sugar!
Found in St. John's cook book page 88
1pkg white or yellow cake
1c. sugar (I leave the sugar out because I use a larger box of jello)
2 to 4c. diced rhubarb
1 6oz. pkg any red jello (but c'mon, strawberry is the way to go!)
Mix one package yellow or white cake mix according to package directions. Pour into greased and floured 9x13-inch pan. (I find that it's too much for my basic pan, so I use my large Pampered Chef rectangular baker). Sprinkle rhubarb over top and sugar over top of rhubarb. Then sprinkle red jello over all. Bake at 350 until done, about 50 minutes.
Aunt Mena's Rhubarb Dessert:
1 c. flour
5 T. powdered sugar
1 stick melted butter
Mix these together and spread in the bottom of a 9x13 pan.
Bake at 325 degrees for about 15 minutes.
While the crust is baking, mix together the following ingredients:
1 and 1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. flour
3/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs beaten
Just before the crust is ready to come out of the oven, mix in 2 cups chopped rhubarb into the egg mixture. Pour the rhubarb/egg mixture over the crust (carefully!) and return it to the oven to bake at 325 degrees for 25-35 minutes.