- Jump in the river X
- Canoe 15 miles X
- Eat licorice ice cream X
- Catch fish X
- Bake pie X
When I saw this growing in a friend’s garden, it was easy to decide what kind of pie to bake first. All-Rhubarb.
Here’s a question, but don’t think too hard, because it’s not a trick.
Q: What’s more fun than baking a pie?
A: Baking a pie while drinking beer.
I have a few items to discuss in relation to this pie. Let’s take them one at a time.
1. Rhubarb. Do you love it? Like it? Hate it? I think it’s one of the most wonderful plants I’ve ever encountered. Ken Haedrich gave me the following tidbits that I thought worthy of sharing: rhubarb is also called “pie plant,” (makes sense) and the only two groups of people who customarily eat rhubarb RAW are Afghans and Eskimos. Random. (Disclaimer, in case you have never eaten rhubarb and are so inspired by this post that you immediately go find yourself some: don’t eat the leaves. Poison.)
2. Oranges. Add half of a large orange’s zest and half of its juice to a rhubarb pie for a very pleasant flavor enhancement.
3. Zesting. My Aunt Sarah (whose wonderful place by the St. Croix River I am currently luxuriating at) did not have a grater in her possession. I went down to the general store and found the grater/zester that is shown in the above picture. IT IS AMAZING. I can’t believe I’ve been using a second-rate grater to zest citrus fruit for so many years. Never again. I’m immediately buying one for myself when I get back back to Cali Cali.
LOVE rhubarb!! Especially when combined with just about any berry… Miss you, little one 🙂
Mike Jennings said:
Right now I can think of no better wedding gift than a pie cookbook, other than a pie cookbook that includes pie baking tips from an expert such as yourself. Hopefully it runs in the genes 🙂
Jerusha Foltz said:
Oh, my microplane is one of my most seriously loved kitchen instruments. So great for nutmeg, parmigiano-reggiano and of course, citrus. I was at my mom’s house cooking in her kitchen and she did not have one. I bought her one just so I can use it when I’m there. : )
Microplane! That’s it! Thank you for supplying that word, Jerusha. 🙂
Oh my Rhubarb! How beautiful the pie turned out, and what a cool looking luxuriating shin-dig! You guys are having the time of your life 🙂 So good!
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