Much Better than Ribbie and Roobarb

Many thanks to ChefMom for giving me a second turn at the controls.  She was a tough sell, but since she’s off schmoozing for work I’m in for the night.  I may not be as practiced a writer/blogger as mom, but I am an economist, which means I know a bit about the misuse of statistics. Note the steady uptick in blog traffic following my one and only post. (Mom is lovingly rolling her eyes. ;) )

Ribbie and Roobarb

Today’s recipe is Strawberry and Rhubarb Risotto, adapted from Cooking Light, May 2010; and I’m happy to report it was much better than the ex-White Sox Mascots Ribbie and Roobarb. Wikipedia notes: “Fans openly mocked Ribbie and Roobarb, with even children gleefully attacking them.” Readers should feel free to mock the White Sox, but I don’t think anyone will be mocking this rhubarb recipe.

Preparation is fairly straightforward–sugar the strawberries and set them aside. A saucepan gets the rhubarb port mixture, a dutch oven gets the risotto. None of it is hard, though if you’re going to make something to go alongside the risotto (we didn’t) it can be a lot to manage at once as the risotto requires constant attention. A dollop of mascarpone on top of the risotto at the end is especially good. When the risotto is done, top it with the rhubarb-port mix and the strawberries and enjoy.

I always like making risotto because it never seems like it’s going to turn out right until the very end.

This one turned out perfectly and was a big hit with all of us. Even the kids ate their whole bowls. Four spoons all around!

Print this recipe: Strawberry and Rhubarb Risotto

28 comments on “Much Better than Ribbie and Roobarb

  1. […] plant whose raw stalks are used in cooking and most often in dessert. (Although we recommend it in risotto too!) While we were making the pie Mr. N asked me if rhubarb was a vegetable or fruit and I must […]

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  3. You’re hilarious!! :)
    Risotto and strawberries… have never had that combo, but it sounds simple and yummy good!

  4. joshuafagans says:

    Wow, this is an excellent idea!

  5. What a really nice post. I can certainly see why the spike happened because this blog is one of the best in my opinion. And the strawberry risotto looks wonderful.

    • ChefDad says:

      Glad you like it–it’s been fun for us to do, though mostly all I do is get to eat. And cook a little bit.

  6. Amy says:

    Seems like I should leave a comment so that your post can be credited with the highest number of comments or something. Out of sibling loyalty. Is this a meal, or a dessert, or a side dish, or what?

  7. Caroline says:

    YUM! I love the strawberry and rhubarb combo. Looks delicious. :)

    • ChefDad says:

      It was–I don’t think we have another rhubarb recipe that we make but I can’t think of much else I’d rather match it with than strawberries.

  8. Linda says:

    Mmmm this sounds delish! A warm rice pudding, creamy risotto, sounds like comfort food to me! And such a pretty presentation!

    • ChefDad says:

      Risotto makes for good comfort food no matter what we put with it. We do pumpkin and shrimp sometimes that are both so different from this and different from each other but all good.

  9. wow, so pretty and looks delicious! :)

  10. Sue says:

    Great job ‘dad’! Your post is hilarious… especially the graph! :) This recipe sounds super delicious. Keep up the great work you four!

  11. Great Post! Congrats on your blog traffic steadily increasing. I agree with Rufus, another traffic spike is coming soon. You guys have a great site with lot’s of love and food adventures! I’ll have to try this recipe out, looks like my kids will like it. Great photo’s as well! :)

    • ChefDad says:

      Thanks, but sadly I can’t take credit for the pictures. She may let me touch the blog, but I’m a long way from getting to touch the camera.

  12. Great job! I love this recipe and the photos are wonderful. Hold on though I sense another traffic spike coming!

  13. Charles says:

    Nice – I’ve always found that smaller children didn’t like rhubarb at all so it’s great that yours did – I love it myself.

  14. Laura says:

    This is my type of dessert! It looks and sounds great. Thanks for sharing!

  15. sallybr says:

    Priceless post! Loved it!

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