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How to Make Rhubarb Jam & Rhubarb Jelly

When my sister and I were girls, on hot June days, our mom would send us with a bowl of sugar to the back step where her rhubarb patch was within arms' reach. Ruby stalk by ruby stalk, we'd wipe off the most evident dirt with our fingers, then dip -- and dip and dip -- the rhubarb into the bowl to sweeten each tart biteful. When I was home last summer, I rescued the last bits of Mom's Roundup-ravaged rhubarb from the back step and planted it in my own garden. Some years must pass before my rhubarb plants will qualify as a patch but someday, I'll sugar my very own rhubarb. It’s oh-so-easy to make rhubarb jam and jelly. Allow only an hour to make both of these at the same time. And when the jars are lined up so pretty on the counter, how proud you’ll feel!Collect six to eight half-pint canning jars, lids and rims. It’s fine to reuse good-condition jars and rims but the lids must be new. This time of year, grocery stores and hardware stores sell jars (along with lids and …

Strawberry Banana Chocolate Crumble

Local strawberries arrive soon! Here are three simple ways to enjoy their ruby sweetness.First, a crumble made with a magical combination of strawberry, chocolate, banana. So good! Next, a '"fool" made with strawberries, that an old English strawberries 'n' cream combination. Mine version is plumped up with the tang of Greek yogurt and a touch of orange. Finally, just wait until you taste a most elegant strawberry dessert, oh-so-simple strawberries in wine. My house backs up to a park. Well, that’s what I call it. The neighbors who live there call it their back yard.Saturdays, the "park" gets mowed and trimmed by a man or two and a boy or two. From their friendly waves and hallos across the fence, it’s no stretch to surmise they may have been born elsewhere.Last year, during the height of the Congressional immigration storm, one of Mother Nature’s blew through town, littering the park with sticks and branches and limbs.(Ever picked up two acres of sticks…