Rhubarb, Just Rhubarb

IMG_2305From all the cookbooks, food magazines and recipes you read that deal with this humble sour stalk you’d think it came into season at the exact very moment that strawberries do. And maybe in some places they do, but growing up in Canada or living as I have for most of my adult life in the Northeast they certainly don’t.   Last year which was a very warm Winter the strawberries were very early, but usually you start seeing them at the market in late May early June.  Rhubarb usually arrives with May.

I’m here to tell ou not to fret.  There are lots of thing delicious things to make with just rhubarb, on its own, all by itself .  Featured right here over the years have been Rhubarb Pickles (great with pate or rillette) , my favorite Rhubarb Crumble or the very simple staple of my childhood – Stewed Rhubarb. Lately I have been seeing artisanal syrups being made and I think Rhubarb Syrup would be a great thing to have on hand for non-drinkers add a little home-made seltzer and you’ve got yourself a tart sweet refreshing beverage.  Otherwise here is a round-up of some Rhubarb Cocktails.

And yes I know you can buy strawberries from Chile or California any time of the year, but it’s not really the same – the point of this classical combination is to nab them when they are both in season and can be used to make magic together.  If however you live somewhere that has several weeks of Rhubarb before the strawberries appear I encourage you to not wait –  Rhubarb is fine all by its self.IMG_2307


About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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1 Response to Rhubarb, Just Rhubarb

  1. reelcharlie says:

    I (heart) rhubarb! And I love your updated banner photo. Perfect Spring choice.

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