Grandma’s Rhubarb Cobbler

In celebrating the upcoming release of my latest novel and the first book in my Men of Gilead series, THE RHUBARB PATCH, I thought I’d share a family recipe with rhubarb.
After all, you can’t just curl up with your e-reader and fall in love with Phin and Scott without a cup of coffee and some rhubarb confection, right?
Here is the original card my late Grandma Helen gave me after I got married twenty years ago. Cobbler, crumble, I’m sure there is a difference, but either way this was always a family favorite! I know here writing is hard to read LOL Don’t worry, I’ll translate!


Grandma Helen’s Rhubarb Crumble


Preheat oven to 350

For crust:

1 1/2 cup oats

1 cup brown sugar1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour, 1 cup shortening (I use coconut oil), 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt1 1/2 cup all purpose flour, 1 cup shortening (I use coconut oil), 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour1 cup shortening (I use coconut oil), 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup shortening (I use coconut oil)1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Combine until crumbly then pat half of mixture into 13×9 pan


For filling

5 cups rhubarb

1/2 cup sugar

3 Tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 cup water

Combine in a pan and cook until clear then add 1 teaspoon vanilla

Pour over crust and sprinkle the other half of the crumbly crust on top.

Bake 20 to 25 min



Well, I hope that has your mouth watering! Make some this weekend after you pick up your copy of THE RHUBARB PATCH.



A Men of Gilead Novel

City boy, sci-fi novelist, and recovering pushover Scott Howe doesn’t know what to expect when he inherits his grandmother’s house outside the quaint village of Gilead, Ohio—but it isn’t an enormous bald man in nothing but tighty-whities and orange rubber boots shouting at him to keep his weed whacker away from the rhubarb patch.

Scott has never met anyone like Phineas Robertson: homesteader, recluse… Republican. A tender—if unlikely—friendship grows over the summer while Phin and his schnauzer, Sister Mary Katherine, teach Scott about life in the country and the grandmother he never knew. Opposites attract, but widower Phin worries his secret will send Scott running faster than his politics, and Phin isn’t convinced he deserves a second chance at romance.

Scott is convinced—rural life, and his one-of-a-kind older neighbor, is the future he wants. Before he can settle in, his mother drops a bombshell that strains their already tenuous relationship, and a cousin who believes he is the rightful heir to the property puts Scott in danger. It’ll take a lot of compromises, and even dodging a few bullets before they’re out of the weeds, but nurturing something as special as true love always takes hard work.

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