Cinnamon Rhubarb Muffins

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Goodness, where does the time go? Teaching this summer is really quite exhausting, and I find myself falling back on old standbys for our meals, like build-your-own burritos or the simple pasta sauce recipe I’ve posted about before. I guess this is my way of saying I haven’t been cooking much that’s too interesting lately. Last weekend I didn’t really cook anything at all, including bread, and the weekends are usually my cooking time. What’s worse is that I actually have a back log of pictures, waiting for posts, but I get home at night and am too wiped to do anything but surf the internet. But tonight I’ve found the energy, and hopefully I’ll get those posts out over this weekend, when (mercifully) I don’t have anything really planned.

Those of you who have been reading this blog since the beginning may remember my quest for rhubarb earlier this summer. Not having any nearby farmer’s markets, eventually found it at a farmstand after much traveling. A few weeks later, our local produce-heavy grocery store had it in bundles for sale, mocking my effort before. At least I knew the stuff from the farmstand was really fresh. Anyway, given that I love rhubarb, I had to buy some more now that it was convenient, and that meant finding a recipe. I didn’t want to go the standard strawberry-rhubarb route, nor really did I want to make a crumble or a cobbler. I like making sweets that are contained in individual servings, so we can easily transport them and eat them for dessert throughout the week. I thought about ice cream, but then I decided to go muffin. I hadn’t really thought about rhubarb and cinnamon/spices before as going together, but when I found this recipe, I had to try it out. Read more…

Rhubarb Compote with Ginger Shortcakes

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I love rhubarb. Unfortunately, for whatever reason it is ridiculously hard to find where I live. It’s not in the grocery stores, the most of the farmstands either aren’t open or don’t carry more specialty foods like it, and we don’t have the farmer’s markets that provide a wide variety that you find in the city. But last Saturday we went driving and actually found a farmstand that was selling rhubarb, much to my delight. Read more…