I’ve been making some fun stuff in between studying for my Food Safety course (the test is this Tuesday).  Surprising I would actually make food after all I have learned about pathogens, etc.  What we have in the kitchens out there! Never mind, you really don’t want to know.  My employee friend is taking the course with me and she signs her e-mails now “Bleach Be With You”, Heather, funny.
Except, be aware I am typing with gloves on (just kidding).

Rhubarb Squares are pretty fabulous now.  How can you not want to make something with those beautiful red stalks?

Rebecca’s From Michigan’s Recipe:

For the bottom part:

2 sticks butter

2 C. flour

¼ tsp. salt

2 Tbs. sugar

Mix in processor, pat down in greased 8X10 pan.

Cut up lots of fresh rhubarb and put on top till completely covered and then some.

In a bowl whisk:

1.5 C. sugar

½ tsp. salt

¼ C. flour

4 Eggs

Blend well and pour over the rhubarb.  Bake an hour at 350 till done.  Pretty terrific.

Yesterday while trolling through the garden I pulled some more rhubarb and made Heidi Swanson’s Rhubarb Syrup.  Tweaking it:  But, to get you going…..IT IS AWESOME.  I drink a lot of water during the day and since I have forsaken alcohol around 5pm or so I make some seltzer water and usually put a hand-full of finger fruits in it to spiff it up.  This stuff is better – it turns the seltzer a pretty shade of pale pink and with fresh mint (which we have tons of), ice – it’s pretty cool.  Nice flavor, never mind the rosewater…eew.  I used orange water.  I’ve never gotten into the eating roses thing.

A large bunch of rhubarb, chopped – she says 1 lb. but I suspect I used a lot more than that.

1.5 C. sugar

1.5 C. water

2 Tbs. lime juice

1 tsp. orange water

Combine the chopped rhubarb and sugar in a pan and let sit stirring occasionally.  I actually let it sit for the whole afternoon while we went out.  When I came home, the sugar was dissolved and there was a beautiful juice surrounding the rhubarb.

Add the water and cook till broken down and then some, me: 45 minutes. 

Strain through a cheesecloth into another cooking pan but smaller.  I clothesline clip it to a handle on my cupboard over a pan and come back later when it’s done dripping (like cheese).

Simmer with a slow bubble again, add the lime juice, cook down a bit – probably another half hour or so.  When done, add the orange water (or not). 

Let sit a bit then pour in clean canning jars.  As you can see from the picture it does not make that much.  Do more and give as gifts!

It would be cool in some kind of summer drink besides spark water as what your making is a sugar syrup really.  I would add probably another ½ C. of sugar in the beginning if that was my purpose.

Craving pizza yesterday……..

Fresh garlic from our garden last year.  Does that qualify as fresh?  It’s pretty strong but yummy – and although it doesn’t look like much – wicked garlic breath!  Since I make 4 balls at a time I used some leftovers in the fridge for another one:

Broccoli/Turkey.  Embarrassingly – we ate a good deal of both, with our rhubarb water.

In the meantime, when a moment arrives, I knit. 

Love knitting these, easy smeezy.  These are leggings for my granddaughters.  I’m thinking I’ll make myself some just to wear at home.  I love skirts and wear them pretty much all the time but my legs are cold.  This is just the ticket – never mind that I’m not 21!  I promise I won’t go out in public.

I think these guys will go above the knees on the girls as they are almost 3 and almost 5 but tiny and scrunched down around the ankle would be cute too. 

I make these boxes for the girls frequently.  As I’m out and about when I see cool things for them I get it and save it in a new box then when it’s full….off it goes.  It’s kinda like Christmas once every month or so.  I hear the BOX is a big deal in their home.  The girls are coming to visit in July so now I’m packing a map of Maine, brochures of things to do in our town, t-shirts that say MAINE, blueberry jam, knitted leggings and whatever else I find.  I did find a hose attachment of a wormy thing  – but that is for California and their yard.  I suspect the worms wiggle around as the water is coming out.  They all have cute smiley faces.  Very cute.  I’m dying to try it out but then again…….

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