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It’s rhubarb season!

We acquired a huuuuuge bag of homegrown rhubarb this past weekend, so it became my goal to use it up long before it rots. No problem! We love rhubarb around here.
The first reincarnations of the rhubarb were, remarkably, wrought solely by solar power (like that pun?) and a little elbow grease and inspiration from Dan. The solar oven, by the way, is a black plastic box with a clear plastic lid and a reflective collar. It essentially cooks like a crockpot on low. You put your food in a dutch-oven-like pot, set it in the sun in the solar oven, and, if you’re like Dan and me, spend a lot of time marveling at the thermostat as it climbs to 250-300 degrees, just thanks to our wonderful sun! Dan made a rhubarb cake (which actually turned out more like a rhubarb custard pie — his first time to use the solar oven), and a rhubarb-strawberry cobbler, from free energy.

rhubarb-strawberry cobbler

rhubarb-strawberry cobbler

This cobbler turned out more like a wonderfully sweet bowl of cakey-fruity sludge. We loved it.
At this moment, there are four pans of rhubarb quick bread cooling in our kitchen, soon to go in the freezer for colder months (or when I just have one of those days).
And finally, today I made this Olive-Oil Cake with Honey-Roasted Rhubarb. If you get offended by recipes with plenty of fat and sugar, don’t even look at the recipe. But I must say, it’s a lovely cake. It elicited the following unprompted comment from my Jonathan: “Dad, Mommy is a good cook! Mom, you are a good cook!” I wouldn’t need that praise, but it is sweet enough to keep me cookin’, that’s for sure.
Olive-Oil Cake with Honey-Roasted Rhubarb

Olive-Oil Cake with Honey-Roasted Rhubarb


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  1. * Gail says:

    I am soo amazed at the idea of a solar oven–will you post a picture of it for us all to see? Very cool–I think Levi would love it! The food looks yummy!

    Posted 8 years, 11 months ago
  2. * manhattandoula says:

    Sure — comin’ right up! 🙂 I think it would be so much fun to use with kids. You could borrow ours sometime, if you want to.

    Posted 8 years, 11 months ago
  3. * Gail says:

    I think you should have a solar oven party and invite us!!!

    Posted 8 years, 11 months ago

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