Rhubarb Strawberry Peach Crisp


Nothing says summer like a crisp and there is no better crisp then a rhubarb one (especially when it is loaded with other summery fruits as well).  Rhubarb has gotten a ton of action lately and it is only around for a short period of time between April and mid-June, so you really have to jump on it or miss out on the most colorful addition to “healthy summer eating”.  Where, oh where is the rhubarb?  I finally came across it during the farmer’s market expedition.  As I was hoarding the snap peas — probably taking out small children while doing so — I spotted the magenta-colored stalks and was ecstatic!  FINALLY!  The last time only other time I had rhubarb was 4 years ago in the BEST pie ever.  I was introduced to rhubarb by my Swiss family friends and I was forewarned that it is not for everyone and has a very interesting flavor.  But since I eat everything and definitely do not have novaphobia (fear of new foods — that would be some psychology terminology.  Your welcome), I ate it and LOVED IT.  Moral of the story: Sarah loves sugar, new food, and pie.  I know.  Your mind is blown.

I knew I was going to make a crisp and I knew it was going to be delicious so I referenced my new favorite food blogger to get inspired.  I love summer fruit and had a few extra peaches I had picked up from the farmer’s market last week, just sliced ’em up and threw them into the mix.  Go big or go home, as Johnny Tsunami would say.  And I went big.  SO BIG.  Crisps are super easy; one of those add-more-if-you-want-to experiences.  But can you ever go wrong with brown sugar, butter, and fruit?  I’ll give you a hint.  NO YOU CAN NOT.  Onto the recipe:


Rhubarb Strawberry Peach Crisp
*adapted from Eat, Live, Run
8 servings

Ingredients:
2 cups diced rhubarb (about three stalks)
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 diced peach delicious apple, diced
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp flour
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2ish Tbsp cold butter, cut into chunks

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Toss the diced rhubarb, strawberries and apple in a large bowl with the tbsp. of flour and granulated sugar.
Spray an eight inch square dish with cooking spray and pour in the fruit.
In the same bowl you tossed the fruit it, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon.
Using your fingers, work the butter in until it resembles coarse sand and is just crumbly.
Pour the topping on the fruit and bake for 45 minutes, or until golden.

Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Ice cream in summer needs no explanation.  It’s essential and necessary.  My new ice cream recipe book is extensive and amazing.  But due to the fact that I didn’t have one of the ingredients listed (and ice cream recipes need to be followed closely), I opted for this recipe.  It was requested that I incorporate blueberries, so made a blueberry compote to be added.  Adding mix-ins to the ice cream maker is super easy, and now I have purple-colored ice cream (and a VERY happy blueberry-loving boyfriend).  

Super simple.  Super delicious.  It’s summer.  Eat ice cream.  Everyday.

Blueberry Compote

  • Blueberries (at least ¼ cup)
  • Sugar, to taste

Directions

– crush blueberries

– heat blueberries and sugar in small saucepan until a thin liquid forms

– pour in ice cream half way through mixing (also AMAZING on waffles)




Crisis Averted

I live in an incredible city, with an incredible boyfriend, and have a great job, but I can easily forget these facts when I am preoccupied with thoughts of moving up in the professional world and the end of my lifelong journey.  In the culmination of my quarter-life crisis, two things were brought to my attention: (1) I have tons of time for everything I want out of life, (2) embracing my time in DC means more adventures to experience.  In my attempt to embrace the nation’s capital (and life in the present) , my boyfriend and I trekked to The National Mall to picnic by The Lincoln Memorial and just enjoy the amazing city we live in.  Nighttime strolls, followed by lime popsicles, make for a great way to live in the moment.  Quarter-life crisi averted.  For now.  Because I am restless and live for adventure.

Lincoln Memorial, side view

World War II Memorial

Washington Monument

Lime Margarita Sorbet

I love summer and all that goes along with it.  Including the HEAT.  I live in Washington DC, which is BASICALLY the south, and it gets hot here.  Not an enjoyable summer sun with a cool breeze in the afternoons.  It is HOT, as in delirium-causing, sticky heat.  But I will honestly take that over the winter ANY DAY.  The moment the air conditioning stays on around the clock and summer pool parties need to be an everyday occurance, are the moments I live for.

This heat also means that you need something cool to keep your body from overheating and melting a la Wicked Witch of the West.  Which brings me to another reason that I LOVE SUMMER: ICE CREAM!  I love the cold delicacy that IS summer.  You always end up over paying for it but it is so worth it.  Pinkberry has made it’s way out here, but not yogurtland.  I am waiting for the day and hoping I won’t have to indulge in that only in California.  I received an ice cream maker for Christmas last year and have decided that it will become a staple in the kitchen over the next several months.  That baby will live in my freezer so ice cream concoctions can always be a reality.  I also purchased The Perfect Scoop to ensure I never run out of ice cream ideas!

It is hot and I will make ice cream once a week.  I know, I suffer so much.  Oh, I just love summer.  Other things I love in the summer?  LIME.  Tons and tons and tons of lime.  Not just for mexican-themed cocktails, but even basic limeaid is so refreshing, although margaritas just scream summer.  Seriously.  If those devilish little drinks had a voice all they would say is summer, summer, summer.  And maybe spic-aay.  So the first freezing cold delicacy to be concocted (and consumed) is yummy yummy Margarita Sorbet.  Honestly the best of both incredible worlds.

I had 3 bites and it was amazing.  Perfectly tart with a hint of margarita flavor.  Sorbet is also supereasy to make because it’s made of sugar, water, and the flavors you want.  That’s it!  If you want it slushier, add more water.  I brought it over to my friend’s house for a Sunday pool party and never saw it again.  But I know that my friends will definitely love it as much as I loved making it.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups water

1 cup sugar

2/3 cup fresh lime juice (I love using key limes)

6 tablespoons triple sec

6 tablespoons tequila

teaspoon grated lime peel

 

How to make:

Stir water and sugar in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat and bring to boil. Pour into medium bowl and chill until very cold (about 3 hours). Mix in lime juice, triple sec, tequila and lime peel.

Transfer sorbet mixture to ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer sorbet to container; cover and freeze until firm, about 3-5 hours.

(NOTE: when using an ice cream maker, anytime, you don’t want to mix it more than 30 minutes, or it will get too icy when you freeze it and you will lose the creamy consistency.  It will still be like very VERY soft frozen yogurt when the mixing is done.  Put it in the freezer and wait for it to harden up.) 

June Is Busting Out All Over


So it is FINALLY Summer.  It’s about freakin’ time.  Actually I really would like it to be summer every day.  All year.  Once again, the west coast in me will not shut up.  I have a feeling the bicoastal war that is brewing inside me will reach a conclusion.  The peace talks for the final result will probably go smoothly, especially if it means I get to see the sunshine everyday for the rest of my life.  Although I know my mom wants me to stay in the east coast forever.  Obviously because she hates me and wishes me many years of unhappiness.  Mom’s suck the fun out of life.  And by that I mean mom’s are pretty alright.  Even though I am not in school anymore I can feel the lazy days of summer and want desperately to go on summer vacation for 3 months.  Apparently when you have a real job and are being a “real” grownup there is no such thing as summer vacation.  Serriously?  Why did I ever agree to this?  It must be the regular paycheck that provides me with money for shopping  living.  But man, I miss summer.  Since I have a fairly regular schedule this summer — no babysitting, no research til all hours of the night, and no life guarding — I am aiming to actually experience things that have been on the list for awhile.  So here is my Summer List for 2012:

  • New York adventures
    • I lived there for 5 years and met my amazing, superawesome boyfriend there.  I love New York.  I fully plan to explore THE city again complete with tickets to this show and drinks at this bar

  • take walks through DC in the summer
    • living in the nation’s capital is pretty awesome.  Especially when I am 15-20 min. walking distance to everything historical and important.  Time to get cultured/educated.
  • grill & eat outside
    • I love food (obviously) and when your boyfriend is the greatest grilling chef EVER — stay tuned for rum-infused pineapple — you take advantage of this.  Who doesn’t live the smeall of charcoal?  I really do, actually.
  • go camping (at least once)
    • Montauk, here I come.
  • go to the beach at least 3 times
    • I’m from California but the nearest beach is 3 hours away.  UNACCEPTABLE.  But I guess that’s what I have to settle for.  And nothing says summer like beach.
  • take sailing lessons
    • I have a big part of New England in me and that includes snobby sailer.  I can sail a sunfish, no problem, but a bigger boat is the key.  You can look forward to some sort of sailing post in the future.  On a boat, absolutely.
  • take rowing lessons
    • otherwise known as “crew.”  This comes back to my obsession with New England.  How else can I be a snobby northerner?  Actually I was on the rowing club in college and loved it.  I have massive muscular legs and arms and am actually really good at it.  And where is a better place to partake than Georgetown?  Well, maybe Boston, but I can settle for 2nd this time.
  • enjoy champagne cocktails with friends
    • have you ever had Elderflower liqueur?  Everyone do it.  It is AMAZING.  Prosecco + St. Germaine = Summer in a sip
  • picnic. . .EVERYWHERE
    • it’s sunny.  I like to bake bread.  And eat meat and cheese.  And drink summer vino.  Done and DONE.

 

P.S. I have always been a musical theater junkie.  Thank you, Rogers & Hammerstein for this very-fitting song: 

I’m slowly making the boy a convert, but I’m not sure if he’s ready for this.  For now, we can settle for Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon.