Do You Love Rhubarb?

April 29th, 2009 by admin Leave a reply »

We are excited to have rhubarb plants in our new back yard!  Our family has a favorite rhubarb cake recipe and we enjoy eating cooked rhubarb as sauce for lunchtime dessert or over ice cream for a special treat.

My friend brought me a wonderful rhubarb recipe I can’t wait to share with you.  It is simple and inexpensive to create!  If you don’t have rhubarb in your yard, ask around.  People often have more than they can use and will be happy to share.  That maximizes savings!

LeOta’s Rhubarb Jam

4 cups cut rhubarb

4 cups sugar

1 small – flat – can crushed pineapple

1 pkg raspberry, strawberry, or cherry gelatin dessert

Cook rhubarb and sugar for 12 minutes, stirring constantly.  Add pineapple, juice and all, and cook 3 more minutes.  Add gelating, stirring until dissolved.

NOTE: This recipe is quite old.  LeOta had written it on an old form and it was well worn, indicating to me that it was a family favorite or she would not have used it so much! 

We have an overnight guest coming this week…it will be great to have something special for her breakfast toast!

Thanks, LeOta!

Some of you who are clients of the SNAP program, using food stamps, food commodities and food pantries have graciously emailed the Food Stamps Cooking Club to let us know how much you are enjoying the “daisylions” and tulips, as well as the violets. You seem to be as delighted as we are that the food budget is getting some great, nutritious help and it makes for interesting meals.  WE GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR TAKING THE TIME TO SEND YOUR MESSAGES TO US!

For those of you who have planted gardens or are participating in gardening programs in your area…we would love to hear about your successes!  Don’t hold back!  Share your stories by sending them to!  Tell us what you are cooking, too!

Food is such an integral part of family life and the memories we carry.  Wherever people gather, the subject of food inevitably comes up.  If you are looking for help beyond what the Food Stamps Cooking Club offers, you are more than welcome to visit our partners:  Saving Dinner can help you with your food planning and prep; if you need help bringing some extra money for food or other expenses, you might really benefit from  Rapid Cash Marketing!

Connie Baum



  1. Imee says:

    Hi Connie! Loved this post. I’m learning more and more once again! I have no clue what rhubarbs are so I googled it, and saw that it’s one of those strange looking plants that vary from green to reddish. My family isn’t much into making jams and stuff (we usually use store-bought ones, hehe), so this would be something new… That is, if we find rhubarbs here!

  2. admin says:

    Thank you so much, Imee! I think rhubarb grows in temperate climates. I’ll swap you some rhubarb for that lettuce you mentioned the other day! Would that be a fair trade? HA

    So great to have comments. I hope I’m giving you some good ideas and some real HELP.

    You have cheered my heart!

    Mother Connie