I found this recipe, which I chose because it could be used as a topping or just eaten, kind of like applesauce, which is how Colby's dad ate it as a kid.
Here's the link: rhubarb sauce
And here's the recipe, if you don't feel like clicking over:
3 large servings
- 4 cups rhubarb, chopped in 1/2 inch pieces
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 Tb water (really, that's all! I was incredulous, but it was fine--the rhubarb's moisture comes out as it cooks.)
- Wash rhubarb and chop into 1/2" pieces.
- In a sauce pan, add rhubarb, sugar, and water. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Reduce to a simmer. Simmer until rhubarb is soft and slightly thickened (about 10 minutes), stirring occasionally. If rhubarb is not the desired intensity of color, add only a few drops of red food coloring to enhance the red appearance. (I did not do this, even though my sauce wasn't very red.)
- Remove from heat and cool. Serve warm or refrigerate and serve.
It was SO EASY. And I thought it tasted good, although I haven't heard the verdict yet on whether it lives up to Lillie Copeland's sauce.
So, after it was done, I put it in a jar I had around, and then needed to cover up the old label that was on the jar. I made one out of felt, and used puff paint to write "Rhubarb Sauce." But then I felt like I couldn't just hand my dad a plain-old tomato plant, so I embroidered the name of the plant variety onto a felt tomato that I tied to the plant. I don't have a picture of it on the actual plant, but it looked pretty cute.
|The embroidery on the tomato could refer to the plant variety, or as my dad preferred to assume,|
the identity of the recipient.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, Colby got a porch swing. I did not make it, but watch for an upcoming post regarding a cushion for it! That is all.