Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet, Blogger CLUE

It has been one hot month,  but our summers are usually hot and dry....very hot and dry. It is highly irregular if there are any clouds in the sky, rain, or humidity in our area.  The changing weather patterns have been providing new experiences.  Remnants of some storms from Mexico have been moving into the area.  While we are in the midst of an unbelievable drought and having to cut our water usage by one third (not an easy task), our temperatures peaked at 109° F.  AND we had a week of amazing thunderstorms!  (I haven't experienced those kinds of thunderstorms since a child in Pennsylvania.)  Sadly, not enough water to impact the drought.

The most intense of the storms brought thunder, lightning and HUMIDITY....I have a very low opinion of humidity.  There was a lightning strike a few houses away...a roof fire and numerous neighbors with home electrical systems fried.  It was a very exciting night.

So, you can imagine how thrilled I was for this month's Blogger CLUE Society.  This is a group of bloggers where each month we are paired with another food blogger, given a theme, and set off to explore our assigned blog. Our objective is to track down a recipe that matches the month's theme and that we are excited about making. For August the Blogger CLUE theme is Beat the Heat! That is just what I needed, something to beat this heat!  I was assigned Lisa's blog, Authentic Suburban Gourmet.  Lisa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and has easy access to the wine country, farmers markets and specialized gourmet cooking stores.  What a wonderful playground for Lisa's creativity and cooking adventures!

My intent was to make three of Lisa's frozen desserts, as I was having a very difficult time focusing on just one.  Being a lover of rhubarb, the Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet had a very high appeal, with the Rhubarb Ice Cream and the Strawberry Balsamic Ice Cream making a close tie for second.

I ran into a bit of a snag after making the sorbet.  My mom fell and broke her hip so there was very little time spent at home in the kitchen and lots of time spent at the hospital.  As the week progressed we learned that she wasn't a candidate for surgery.  It was a fracture and skilled nursing and therapy were the next steps.  She is progressing in therapy and has a great attitude, so that is a plus!  When things settle down, I will make my way to the kitchen once again and make more ice cream!

The Sorbet was so refreshing.  We enjoyed every bite of this great treat.  While I had expected a little more of the tartness reminiscent of rhubarb in the flavor, I wasn't disappointed at all.  This was a great sorbet and one that I will definitely make again.


Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet
adapted from David Lebovitz and Lisa at Authentic Suburban Gourmet

12 oz. fresh rhubarb
2/3 cup water
3/4 cup granulated sugar
10 oz. fresh strawberries, rinsed, hulled and quartered
1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

Rinse, trim the ends of the rhubarb stalks and chop each stalk into 1/2-inch pieces.  Place the rhubarb, sugar and water in a medium pot and bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer and cook for five minutes, until the rhubarb is tender and cooked through.  Remove the heat.  Allow the rhubarb to cool to room temperature.

Place the strawberry quarters into a blender.  Add the cooled rhubarb mixture and lemon juice.  Puree until very smooth.  Chill the mixture in the refrigerator until very cold - about 2 to 3 hours or overnight.  


Process the mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturers instructions.

PRINTABLE RECIPE



13 comments:

  1. Wow, between your mom's fall and the fires, your life sounds like it's been hectic. There's nothing like a lovely bowl of sorbet to cool you off and help escape the humidity. Hope your mom continues to do well. A good attitude goes a long way in the healing process - I know.
    Sam

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  2. I hope your mom is well on her way to recovery! I'm a huge rhubarb fan, too, and your sorbet sounds marvelous!!

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  3. I'm so sorry to hear about your mom's fall, and hope recovery is going well! Thank you for sharing this beautiful, fresh summery treat today; it looks wonderful!

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  4. I am sorry to hear about your mom. I hope she is on the mend. I, too, have a very low opinion of humidity--LOL. When I lived in CA one of my neighbors, who was from Iowa, had a rhubarb party every summer. Everyone brought a rhubarb dessert. It was fun.

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  5. WOW, I'm always on the hunt for new rhubarb recipes so I can share them with my husband who is a huge rhubarb fan - this is fantastic! what an intriguing flavor for sorbet!

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  6. I'm sorry to hear about your mom too, but am glad that she's healing and won't have to undergo surgery. If the two ice creams are even close to as delicious as that sorbet looks, you'll have scored big this month!

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  7. Sorry to hear about your mom's fall - us old folks don't bounce as well as we used to. The sorbet looks refreshing and delicious and as a big fan of strawberry rhubarb pie, I'm sure I would enjoy the sorbet.

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  8. What a beautiful color for a refreshing sorbet! I'll take a bowl (or two).

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  9. I love anything with rhubarb! I need to try this. Hope your mom recovers soon!

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  10. Hope your Mom is doing okay! Glad that you picked this recipe - it is so simple and tasty! Thank you for the kind words about my blog.

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  11. So sorry about your Mom, I hope she continues to do well. Hand her a bowl of this beautiful sorbet. It won't make her hip better but I bet it brings a smile to her face.

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  12. Not a lot we can do about humidity here. But some sorbet would help!

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  13. I love your little cool down sign. And this recipe sounds so refreshing. I've never cooked with rhubarb... I have no idea why.

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