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rhubarb and strawberries

Hi friends,

I just made the most DELICIOUS and EASY recipe, I'm dying to share it
it with you.  It came for a SAD cookbook I have that is not too bad
actually: The New Basics by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins.  It was
given to me as a housewarming gift, and I use it mostly as a
reference -- how long to cook vegetables I'm not familiar with, etc.
I have tried to make some of their recipes, converting to nonfat in
the usual ways, and it usually works.

Anyway, this recipe is completely vegan.  I saw some rhubarb in the
store and I LOVE it, so I decided to bring it home and see what I 
could do.  I had no idea how to cook it, but found this DELISH recipe:

Rhubarb Strawberry Sauce

10 large stalks rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 1" lengths
4 cups hulled, halved strawberries
1 cup sugar
1 cup fresh orange juice
finely grated zest of 1 orange
finely grated zest of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise

Combine all ingredients in a heavy saucepan.  Stir well and bring to
a boil over medium heat.  Reduce heat and simmer, stirring once and
skimming off any foam that forms on top, until the rhubarb is just
tender, 10-12 minutes.  Remove the vanilla bean and let the mixture
cool to room temperature.  Cover and refridgerate.  It will keep
for 2 days.

My hints:
1) The recipe is very tolerant.  I 1/4'd the recipe, then halved the
   sugar from that, my OJ was not fresh, I had no zest of anything so
   just used lemon juice.  It was still delicious.
2) I do suggest cutting down the sugar for those watching calories.
   I cut sugar always, sometimes leaving it off altogether.  Rhubarb
   is tart though, so you can experiment and find your happy medium.
3) FOR INDIVIDUALS: this recipe lends itself well to being made in
   a small batch.  I quartered it by using 3 small rhubarb stalks, about
   a cup of strawberries (I didn't measure, just dropped them right into
   the pan), etc and it came out great.  It made enough for a
   2 rhubarb/strawberries crepes 2 days in a row.
4) CREPES: this is GREAT in crepes.  For those in the Bay Area, I
   bought some ready-made crepes at Andronico's.  These are NOT lowfat
   or vegan.  They have 20% fat.  However, each crepe is 25 calories with
   5 from fat; for me, having 2 crepes with 10 calories from fat is
   acceptable given the way I eat the rest of the time.
5) They suggest putting it on gingerbread.  I think it would be great on
   anything you normally but jam on.



Ellen M. Sentovich			
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