Sunday, May 14, 2017

May, Rhubarb & Beekman Boys

Happy May, Happy Mother's Day. A friend shared these beautiful lilacs with me, and I just can't get enough of all the beautiful spring blooms. 
Each spring I look forward to seeing this rhubarb sign, it's self service with a cash jar on the table. $1.50 per bunch, just picked from her chemical-free garden. She happened to be pulling out of her driveway when we stopped to make our rhubarb purchase. Her smile was ear to ear. If you enjoy rhubarb, I have a couple recipes I enjoy mini pies  and rhubarb apple pandowdy.
When I was offered this beautiful Farm-to-Table Desserts book by chef Lei Shishak who grew up in rural Pennsylvania, I jumped at the offer to let my blog friends know about this new book with 80 seasonal, organic recipes. Go back to the earth, back to basics whenever you can. Back to a time when it was easy to find whole, chemical-free foods in your own community, to support local farmers. Lei demonstrates how baking with locally sourced, organic ingredients is so satisfying. This book is divided by seasons which I love since I try to use local ingredients at their prime. 

I made her Rhubarb Cardamon Cake which was lovely. "The texture and shape of this cake is similar to a pound cake, but what makes it so much more is the gorgeous red sweet-tart rhubarb on top and the hidden layers of soft rhubarb in the middle. This cake is lightly flavored with cardamon, ginger and orange liquor."

Ooh, what is in that mini Courtly Check loaf is a lavender poppyseed mini tea loaf that is the perfect size for two of us. It's from a gift set that comes with soap, lotion and a mini baking dish.  MacKenzie- Childs entered a regional-based collaboration with Beekman 1802 from Upstate NY. The "Beekman Boys" Josh and Brent were at MKC and we popped in to see them.  I have been to the Beekman Farm which is used for goat milk soap and cheese production. These are a couple perks of living in Central New York. Don't ask me in the winter why we live here. 

You may recall that in 2012 the "boys" won $1 million on the CBS show "The Amazing Race". They invested the money in the business. I found out about them several years ago when they had their own TV show on Planet Green and later on the Cooking Channel. They worked with Martha Stewart at one time.

I rarely make a pie because we can't eat more than two slices, so my sisters and nieces and I are enjoying the mini pies from the Breville pie maker that I dusted off. I bought it in 2012, and am enjoying it again. All it took was La Table de Nana to post a pic on Instagram to jog my memory. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Good morning, Debbie. I have never tried rhubarb, but you sure make it sound good, esp. the way you look forward to sourcing it from your local provider. I do remember the Beekman Boys on Amazing Race (we rooted for them as underdogs to win). I also bought that 'Love thy Neighbor' set. I have another small bundt pan sourced from a local potter and find those smaller sizes are perfect for two! I can't wait to try to the lavender poppyseed - I just snipped my first seasonal bouquet of lavender buds yesterday. Your mini pies look great too.
    Hope your week is off to a good start.

  2. Your desserts look tasty. Love the pic of you and the boys....and I think I could smell the lilacs!!

  3. I'm like Rita, Debbie, and have never had rhubarb! You'd think since I was born in Pennsylvania that I would have. Maybe my mom didn't like it? Your desserts all look fabulous and I wish I could try each one, and get a whiff of that bouquet of lilacs. I loved seeing you and Joe with the Beekman Boys. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day.
    P. S. Love that mini MC loaf pan!!

  4. S beautiful post..Lilacs look amazing in MC..

    Everything looks so good..all of you too!

  5. I guess we just don't have rhubarb in the South, I've never had it either! I have seen it in the produce dept., just haven't ever had it! Your recipes sound lovely, especially the lavender tea bread. I will check out those mini pies, I love minis! Hope you had a lovely Mother's Day Debbie!

  6. Hello Debbie... first of all, I am going to go straight over MC and order a beautiful pitcher like yours! We have lots of Lilacs growing in our yard and love them. My Mom always loved rhubarb and would make the best rhubarb pie. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day.

  7. Debbie, I'm late so hope there are some of these goodies left. I've never eaten much rhubarb because it's not grown much here in Texas. I do remember eating it for the first time at an aunt's home in Maryland. She made a rhubarb pie.
    The lilacs are so pretty, but that's another thing we don't have here in Texas. We have a few that mimic it, but nothing like yours. They look so perfect in the CC pitcher.
    I haven't made anything in my little CC mini pan, but plan to soon. Enjoy the day!

  8. Looks like a great cookbook, Debbie! You know how much I love rhubarb and that loaf cake looks amazing. What fun to meet "The Boys" ;)

  9. I love rhubarb, though I have seldom baked with it. When I was a kid growing up in Westchester County NY we had it growing in our backyard. My favorite thing was to break off a stalk and chomp on it.

  10. Great post Debbie. The rhubarb looks fantastic. The cookbook looks awesome too. Love the pitcher with the fresh lilacs. Always a pleasure to see your MK dishware. I want more! Happy Memorial Day weekend.

  11. The lilacs are beautiful, I can imagine the fragrance they filled your home with. I really haven't seen rhubarb here in Florida…I don't know why.

  12. Thank you so much for mentioning my new cookbook Farm to Table Desserts! I'm so glad you enjoyed my Rhubarb Cardamom Cake, too! I wish you all the best xo

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