It's not truly spring until you have that first bite of rhubarb. One of my most favorite things ever. I love how tart it is.
I have two little rhubarb plants and I can say that is definitely not enough. They yield me about 3 pies, I could eat 20!
I picked mine a little late this year so today I'm being lazy and made these rhubarb squares instead. It's very easy and nearly as good as pie....nearly. And remember if you don't have a plant, usually the local grocery stores carry rhubarb when in season.
Rhubarb Crisp Squares
5-6 cups rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3/4 cups sugar
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups old fashioned oats (not instant)
2 cups flour
1 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 sticks butter, softened
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Set rack in the center of the oven.
Mix rhubarb, sugar and flour together. Add in the egg and combine completely. Set aside.
Mix together oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Add butter and mix until combined. Spray or butter a 13" by 9" baking dish. Pour half the mixture in and press lightly for bottom crust. Spoon rhubarb filling over this. Take the rest of the crust mixture and spread evenly over rhubarb, lightly patting it.
Bake until fruit is bubbly and the
top is golden brown, approximately 35 to 40 minutes.
Allow to cool completely and cut into squares. Serve by themselves or a little a la mode ~ delightful!
One of my great loves is pizza. I don't know if it had anything to
do with my mom craving it while carrying me, but I think there must be
There is a local pizza shop around here called "The Corner Store" that makes buffalo chicken ranch pizza. They call it a "BCR" and it makes us very happy! We really could eat it every day. Since it's a specialty pizza, aka "fancy more expensive pizza", we don't eat it everyday.
Yesterday I decided to try and recreate the "BCR". It ended up being very good and easy to make. We ate the entire pizza!! Imagine that? lol
It's best to make your own pizza dough. You can use store bought if you want, but please don't feel threatened by the crust. When someone mentions yeast, people cringe. This is very simple and always works out for us, so give it a try.
Combine 1 teaspoon active dry yeast and 3/4 cup warm water. Let sit for about 10 minutes. In a large bowl, mix 2 cups all-purpose flour and 3/4 teaspoon salt together. Drizzle 3 tablespoons olive oil on top and mix with fork. Pour in yeast mixture and combine until everything comes together. Knead a few times and then transfer to a bowl that has been lightly sprayed with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm spot for 1 hour. (On cooler days, I usually turn my oven on low while preparing this and then turn it off and let the dough sit in there for an hour while it rises.)
Buffalo Chicken Ranch Pizza
2-3 boneless skinless Chicken Breast, cut up in small pieces.
1 cup plus 2-3 tbsp Franks Red Hot Sauce (or your favorite wing sauce)
3 TBSP Butter
3/4 Cup Ranch Dressing
12 oz (or more if you like) Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, sliced thin or grated
1 recipe Pizza Dough
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Place chicken in bowl with 1 cup buffalo wing sauce and toss to coat chicken. Let marinate at least 15 minutes. I left mine in there while pizza dough was rising, about 45 minutes.
Melt butter in a skillet and stir-fry your chicken. (Note: I think it would even be better if you grill your chicken first and
then cut up in pieces, but our grill was out of gas so I did it this
While this is cooking, roll out the pizza dough and place on a large pizza stone or baking sheet that's been lightly sprayed. Place baking sheet in preheated oven. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until
crust just begins to brown. Remove crust from oven and set aside.
Spread ranch dressing over pizza. Arrange chicken on top of the ranch. Lay the mozzarella slices over the chicken. Lastly drizzle a little more hot sauce over entire pizza.
Place pizza in oven on center rack for 12 - 15 minutes, or until crust golden brown and cheese is
melted. Serve hot. Makes 12 - 16 pieces.
Hello everyone! I wanted to share some photo's from this past Saturday's show at 1824 Antiques. The weather was beautiful and the customers a delight! We really do have the best customers...more like friends. I think we are all in agreement that when you visit David and Audrey, you never want to leave!
Wishing you all lots of sunshine and happiness for the week ahead. Thank you kindly for visiting!