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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Strawberry and Crème Fraîche Scones with Brown Sugar Crumble

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This last Sunday was the second week of the farmers market here in Omaha and it was a gorgeous day.  Just a week ago, the sky was overcast and there was a biting wind slapping us in the face.  Not a fun trip to the market at all.  The start of the farmers market always gets me excited because it signifies the beginning of strawberry season.  In fact, my strawberries in the garden are starting to flower as I type this…

Now, we didn’t see any this last Sunday, but it’s okay, as I had picked up a container of organic strawberries from Whole Foods.  They were plump and flavorful, and I knew I wanted to make scones with them.  Luckily, one of my favorite websites, The Kitchn, had the same idea!

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These scones were destined for dessert, but of course would be great as a breakfast or brunch item.  You could even substitute different fresh fruits for the strawberries.  I think they would be lovely with fresh blueberries, chopped fresh peaches, or even fresh apricots.

Scones are probably some of the easiest baked goods to make.  If you consider yourself kitchen-challenged, scones are definitely do-able.

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