Blogging events are highly addictive, but it really helps to post once you’ve made the recipe! :-P You need to see Meeta’s blog, “What’s for lunch, Honey?” and experience a little virtual dining. She’s hosting a ‘monthly mingle’ and this month’s theme was a taste of spring.
The Husband and I are both from rural backgrounds so, technically speaking, my recipe isn’t a spring recipe in our area b/c strawberries and rhubarb won’t be ready for a month or more. But since much of our produce comes from warmer climes shipped to my Grocery store, somewhere it’s already spring and strawberries and rhubarb are indeed showing up in a presentable fashion on the shelves.
When the Husband and I first hooked up, the man ate meat and potatoes. He would eat dessert too; he was a starving grad student. But if you placed a banana and a piece of chocolate cake in front of him and asked him to choose one, he’d pick the banana — unless he was really hungry, in which case he’d just eat both. This behavior was alien to me. In my family you ate dinner b/c that’s what came before dessert. He *did* eat most of what I made and he really liked my apple cobblers, but he was hooked when I made his absolute favorite pie — strawberry rhubarb.
This is ‘farm food’. It isn’t fancy gourmet stuff. This is the simple, rustic, real thing. Maybe it will be called ‘retro’ soon. ;-) But one thing is certain — our entire family loves this. Thing 4 (2 yr old) kept saying over and over tonight, “Mmmm, Mom, this is really good. This is *good* pie. I LIKE this pie!” It was a great dessert for our dinner tonight — pasta with shrimp, broccoli, asparagus and carrots.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
6-8 stalks rhubarb, sliced and blanched
1.5 qts strawberries, sliced
1 – 1.5 c. sugar (depending on your preferred sweetness level)
squirt of lemon juice
1.5 Tbsp cornstarch
if desired, add zest of orange and juice of 1/2 orange (I didn’t add those this time, but Grandmother Alexander always made hers that way)
The pie crust is my same old favorite recipe.
Hopefully we get another day cool enough for baking soon, b/c I think the whole family would like to see this repeated in the near future.