Rhubarb-Strawberry Cobbler (with Fresh Thyme, Orange Zest, and Port!)

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Rhubarb at the farmers market always excites me.  I grew up with a rhubarb patch in our garden, and my mom would always make rhubarb pie for my dad.  There was something about the tartness of the stalks mixed with the sweetness of the sugar that always stuck with me.

Rhubarb is one of those ingredients that can be mixed with almost any fruit and thrown into a cobbler, pie, or crisp and taste delicious.  This time, I chose to go with the classic pairing of rhubarb and strawberry.  But with a couple of my own additions, natch.

Cobblers are so easy that I don’t know why I don’t make one every week.  How could you go wrong with sweet, warm fruit under a buttery biscuit topping??

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All that is required of you is some fresh fruit and a few other ingredients, and wham! you have cobbler.  Listen, go out and pick up some rhubarb and strawberries from the farmers (or other) market and get started.  You’ll be done before you know it and enjoying warm cobbler on your patio while you listen to the summer birds sing your praises!

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Tart Cherry and Rhubarb Fruit Leather

A friend of mine requested that I “do something with rhubarb” for one of my next blog posts.  I asked her what I thought was a reasonable question, “What, do you mean like a cobbler or a crisp?  Something like that?”  By the look on her face, I knew I was way off.  She wanted something different, something unusual and unexpected.  Lucky for her, I didn’t want to make a cobbler or a crisp anyway.  I wanted something different, as well.  I also didn’t want to go to the store.  I wanted to do something with my farmers market rhubarb that didn’t require leaving the house in weather more suited for the depths of hell.  It’s hot here in Nebraska, folks.  H-O-T.  I didn’t want to go outside and I didn’t want to turn my oven up to 350 degrees.  Fear and avoidance kept me in the house and forced me to be creative.

I knew I had some tart cherries in the freezer left over from pie-making, so with giddy anticipation, I swung open the freezer, felt the icy air wash over me, and I searched for the loot.  Eureka!  In the back of the freezer I found one bag of tart cherries, just what I needed to compliment the rhubarb.  I was going to make my own fruit leather.

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