Serves 6 to 8.

Note: My friend Cindy Jurgenson lent me one of her old cookbooks from "the good cooks of Litchville, N.D.," which was full of rhubarb recipes. Most were familiar, but one was a variation on the savory Yorkshire puddings served with roast beef. If you don't have an oven-safe pan, pour the bacon renderings into a similarly sized baking dish, then proceed with the recipe as directed.

• 2 eggs

• 3/4 c. milk

• 3/4 c. flour

• 1/2 tsp. salt

• 1/2 tsp. dried thyme, or 1 tsp. fresh

• 2 slices bacon, cut in half-inch pieces (see Note)

• 11/2 c. rhubarb, cut in half-inch pieces

• 1/4 c. packed light brown sugar


In a blender, combine eggs, milk, flour, salt and thyme. Process until smooth. Set aside for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Slowly fry bacon in a 10-inch oven-safe pan (cast iron is ideal, but see Note). Remove bacon from pan and drain on paper towels. Reheat the rendered bacon fat until sizzling, then pour the batter into the pan. Scatter rhubarb over the batter, then sprinkle with brown sugar and bacon.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until crust is nicely browned. Cut in wedges and serve alongside any roasted meat or poultry.

Nutrition information per each of 8 servings:

Calories 135 Fat 5 g Sodium 226 mg

Carbohydrates 18 g Saturated fat 2 g Calcium 62 mg

Protein 4 g Cholesterol 53 mg Dietary fiber 1 g

Diabetic exchanges per serving: 1 other carb, 1/2 medium-fat meat, 1/2 fat.


Serves 6 to 8.

Note: My daughter, Mimi, came up with the idea for this pie, thinking to blend one of her favorite flavor combinations with my need for a new rhubarb recipe. She was spot-on. A bit of salt in the caramel is a final touch.

• Pastry for single-crust pie

• 1/3 c. walnut pieces

• 6 Granny Smith apples (about 21/4 lb.), peeled, cored and thickly sliced

• 1 tbsp. lemon juice

• 1 tsp. cinnamon

• 1 tbsp. unsalted butter

• 1/2 c. honey

• 1 c. packed brown sugar, divided

• 2 c. rhubarb, cut in 1-in. pieces

• 1/4 c. instant tapioca

• 1/2 tsp. kosher or sea salt

• 1/2 c. flour

• 4 tbsp. cold butter, cut in small cubes


Line a pie plate with crust and place in refrigerator while you prepare the filling. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread walnuts on a baking sheet and toast in oven about 5 minutes, until there's a warm, nutty aroma. Cool, then chop coarsely and set aside.

Toss apple slices with lemon juice and cinnamon. Set aside.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter with honey and 1/2 cup brown sugar in a large heavy saucepan and heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a rolling boil. Add apples, stirring to coat them with caramel. Reduce heat and cook uncovered no more than 5 minutes. Do not overcook them to mushiness.

Place rhubarb in a bowl. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the hot apples into the bowl with the rhubarb. Add tapioca and stir to combine. Let sit for 15 minutes. In the meantime, add salt to the caramel remaining in the pan and cook, stirring often, a few minutes more to reduce it to a thick syrup. Do not let it scorch. Remove from heat and set aside.

Combine streusel ingredients (flour, remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar and 4 tablespoons cold butter), pinching the butter with your fingers until it's evenly distributed. Stir in the toasted walnuts.

Scrape the apple-rhubarb mixture into the chilled pie shell and drizzle with 3 tablespoons caramel. Spread streusel mixture over pie and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool on wire rack at least 30 minutes.

Just before serving, drizzle the remaining caramel (reheating if necessary) over the pie.

Nutrition information per each of 8 servings:

Calories 407 Fat 16 g Sodium 260 mg

Carbohydrates 67 g Saturated fat 7 g Calcium 58 mg

Protein 4 g Cholesterol 19 mg Dietary fiber 3 g

Diabetic exchanges per serving: 1 fruit, 1 bread/starch, 2 1/2 other carb, 3 fat.


Serves 6.

Note: I love this salad. It's gorgeous, but it also makes you feel like a superhero with all of its vitamins! Lacinato kale -- a dark green variety often called dinosaur kale -- provides the best color contrast for the ruby bits of rhubarb and golden batons of cheese. The liquid from the pickled rhubarb helps make the vinaigrette. Prepare the rhubarb at least three hours before serving.

Pickled Rhubarb:

• 1 c. rhubarb, cut in 1/4-in. pieces

• 1/3 c. sugar

• 1/2 c. white balsamic vinegar

• 1/2 tsp. salt

• 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds


• 1 bunch (12 to 15 leaves) lacinato kale

• 3 tbsp. pickling liquid from rhubarb

• 3 tbsp. walnut oil

• Hefty pinch salt

• Several grinds pepper

• 4 oz. aged Gouda, cut in fat matchsticks (about 1 c.)

• 1 tbsp. butter

• 1/2 c. fresh bread crumbs, preferably sourdough

•1/2 c. candied walnuts (see below), roughly chopped


To make pickled rhubarb: Place rhubarb in a shallow heat-proof bowl. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and mustard seeds, and bring to a boil; cook until sugar dissolves. Pour mixture over the rhubarb and let sit at room temperature for at least 3 hours before using. The pickles' flavor improves if refrigerated overnight. Any leftover pickling liquid can be refrigerated for future use.

To make salad: Remove center rib from kale leaves, stack several pieces, then slice crosswise into a fine julienne. You should end up with about 5 cups. Rinse kale and pat dry between paper towels or use a salad spinner.

Whisk together pickling liquid and walnut oil. Season with salt and pepper. Toss kale with dressing, then gently fold in the cheese and drained rhubarb. Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes so the kale softens a bit; it can chill for up to 3 hours.

Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, then add bread crumbs, stirring to coat. Cook, stirring, until crumbs are golden and crisp. Set aside.

Before serving, toss salad again, add bread crumbs and walnuts, and toss once more.

To make candied walnuts: Place a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet and set aside. Combine 1/4 cup water and 1/2 cup packed brown sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add 1 cup walnut halves and continue to stir for about 5 minutes, until mixture begins to thicken. Pour out onto parchment paper, separating walnuts with a fork. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cool completely. Store in airtight container at room temperature for up to a month.

Nutrition information per serving:

Calories 310 Fat 20 g Sodium 430 mg

Carbohydrates 26 g Saturated fat 6 g Calcium 270 mg

Protein 9 g Cholesterol 27 mg Dietary fiber 3 g

Diabetic exchanges per serving: 2 vegetable, 1 other carb, 1 high-fat meat, 2 1/2 fat.