Even with my endless battles against dough the sweat and tears always seem to disappear the second a pie or pastry comes out of the oven. There is nothing more beautiful than a brown, flaky crust with seeping juice bubbling from the seams. Which is why I absolutely love this recipe and why I plan on making it over and over again this summer - the dough is just too simple. 

So simple in fact that I warned my mom before we sat down.

"Ok, so this dough was really easy. I'm a little worried that its going to bland and chewy. We're probably going to need to modify this."

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Well this is why you trust the experts. In this case Laurie Colwin and James Beard. The crust is a modified biscuit dough, which adds a great crispy texture to the vegetables. 
 
 
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Since I had rhubarb on the mind and a few pounds of it in my refrigerator I took memorial day to covet my blissful desire for all things sweet and tart. It also goes along with my competitive streak in the never-ending Marin vs. Pie Dough battle. 

The Contenders
Marin
Pros: Enjoys a challenge, Likes pihhhhh (insert Paula Deen accent here)
Cons: Equipped with a 90 degree sauna she likes to call a kitchen, and an extreme lack of patience

Pie Dough
Pros: Delicate physique, Cold-tempered
Cons: Delicious, Delicious, Delicious

This battle has raged since Fall of 2010 when I managed to bake 12 apple pies in 2 months using the exact same recipe and never came out with 2 pies that looked at all similar. Luckily for you this is not one of those posts. This instead is the story of blooming love. Of a sweet, crunchy, chewy, empanada filled with a dripping hot strawberry and rhubarb and his ever serving girlfriend. Me. Add a little whipped cream and we have a menage-a-trois that could rival a teenage-boys fantasy. Hmmm did I just go there? Ok, lets move on... 
 
 
There's nothing quite like listening to A Prairie Home Companion Sunday mornings with a fresh cup of coffee and a stack of buttermilk pancakes. When this Sunday's jingle came beeboping into the kitchen there was only one thing on my mind - Rhubarb. This strawberry-rhubarb crumble is the first of many recipes that will find itself stumbling into your dreams.
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Don't let the elusiveness of rhubarb get to you. This Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble is easy for beginners but the perfect mix of sweetness with a slight tang of rhubarb.