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Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 18, 2014 at 2:10pm

I admit, rhubarb sure does sound good!   Next time I'm presented with the opportunity to have it, I will. 

Comment by Patricia on March 18, 2014 at 2:02pm

I have a ''sour tooth'' & did what you did Joan, pull the rhubarb, rinse off & eat. I also eat lemons. I like pie & crumbles as well, & can sweeten less than what any recipe says.

Comment by Sentient Biped on March 18, 2014 at 1:53pm

Tomato leaves, potato leaves, I think eggplant leaves, apple seeds, apricot seeds, are all poisonous too.

I like rhubarb a lot. Usually combining with sugar, it's a nice tart or sweet & sour flavor great for deserts. I imagine equally good for syrups or preserves, and have been reading the recipes people are posting here for ideas. Last year I made a rhubarb crumble as an easy alternative to a pie, and liked that a lot. It's traditionally great with other fruit, like strawberries. I like it with cherries, or on its own. I was thinking about combining with peaches this year. If you can have peach salsa, why not peach/rhubarb desert?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2014 at 1:34pm

Oh! Carl, you have missed a real treat, especially if you like sour tastes, which can easily be sweetened. Of course, leave the leaves alone. They make very pretty umbrellas for the kids when they play. Especially when they make hollyhock dolls and stuff like that. The kids know how to pull the stalk off to not damage the roots, and we would wash them and eat them raw in the garden. 

Back to the culinary nature of the plant, cooked into sauces or syrups, used as a garnish on pork, they are wonderful cooked with strawberries or used in pies, or any of the recipes in that list I sent earlier. 

Try to get them fresh if you can. The stalks in grocery stores tend to be limp and lifeless. They are not good to eat raw, and not as good cooked. If you have a farmers' market, or gardener who is willing to share, you have a gold mine. 

Bon appétit!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 18, 2014 at 1:19pm

I have a confession to make.  I have never eaten rhubarb.  My grandmother grew it in her backyard and I remember being told as a child that the leaves were poisonous.  Well.....that was a pretty good reason for me to stay away from the stuff.  I recall that it seemed to be a very big deal every year when my grandmother pulled some from her garden and gave it to my father for his consumption.  He and my mother were the only people in the house who ate it.  I don't recall how my mother prepared it, and we four kids were never forced to eat it.  I suppose now that I'm an adult, I should get over my perceived fear and dislike of the stuff and give it a try.       

Comment by Pat on March 18, 2014 at 12:28pm

Actually, I keep a fair amount of commercially canned items in the pantry, though not prepared meals. Things like tomato paste, cream of anything soup, green chilis, black olives, among other items. No tuna, though. Never touch the stuff. It goes back to my Catholic childhood days of meatless Fridays. Tuna casserole with mushroom soup and egg noodles. BLECH!!! One of my guilty faves though is Old El Paso Refried Beans. Heat 'em up with some chopped onion, chopped jalapeno, topped with cheese. Why couldn't Mom have done that rather than Chicken of the Sea?

Comment by sk8eycat on March 18, 2014 at 12:22pm

O, mah nerrrrves!  I luvz butter beans and ham!  I just don't know how to get to Idaho by rail, and I refuse to go through the useless TSA dance at any airport.

Guess I'll have to make my own, but first I have a package of split peas and a ham bone I need to deal with....some day.

Felaine, the Procrastinator

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 18, 2014 at 12:13pm

Pat, I've seen that funny cookbook somewhere.  Don't know where.  It may even be in one of my unpacked boxes of books.

Yes, Randall, shame on me.  Just cover my body with that shame!  hehe.  

Seriously, I've never enjoyed cooking until just recently.  Well, I still don't enjoy it much, but this group has motivated me to do more of it, for which I'm grateful.

When I was working for the man, I used to take canned things to work to eat because they were easy, and cheaper than the cafeteria.  I ate quite a few cans of pork & beans, vienna sausage, tuna, and a few other things, all cold.  

When the boss brought his old microwave oven and I brought my miniature refrigerator that we weren't using, I started eating frozen dinners, and other frozen things.

I did cook some things at home, like split pea soup, and bean soup, and finally started bringing those just before I retired.

Since retiring, I don't eat many things out of cans anymore, and since joining this group, I've done more cooking than in the past 10 years or more.

I'm enjoying some 5-bean soup as I type this, and I have a pot of butter beans simmering on the stove.  I'm going to remember to put some ham in them one of these days.

Comment by Plinius on March 18, 2014 at 9:24am

:-) my style of cooking!

Comment by Pat on March 18, 2014 at 8:31am

Randall, your reference to mushroom soup reminded me of something. I recently came across an old cook book, from the 1970's I thought I'd lost. It was illustrated by the artist R. Crumb, and is entitled Eat It! The illustrations are great, as are some of the recipes. My favorite, though, is the recipe for a casserole.

Clean you refrigerator into a well greased baking dish.
Add a can of cream of anything soup.
Put some crunchy stuff on the top, like potato chips.
Bake in the oven for about 1/2 hour.
Don't worry about burning the damned thing . Charcoal's good for the stomach and it makes you shit regular.


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