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Friday Fridgg Favorites

{photo credit: Mary @ Blossom to Stem}

a few of my favorite things on Fridgg this week:

all about these chicken kebabs {Homemade Hooplah}

would love one of these s’mores milkshakes {Worth Whisking}

these indian snacks sound fabulous {Priya Kitchenette}

ready for frozen yogurt all summer long! {Eatwell 101}

totally into these tofu fries {Create Mindfully}

love this indian take on scotch eggs {Pepper Garlic Chicken}

yam fries? yes, please! {Estalystic}

a delicious spin on inari sushi {A_Boleyn}

still a few weeks early, but you should totally make these for the fourth of july! {Frosting and a Smile}

i would gobble these korean quesadillas up so fast… {Mantitlement}

pretty photo styling {Blossom to Stem}

love the idea of this root-to-leaf (heh) carrot dish {Blossom to Stem}

the chocolatiest chocolate doughnuts! {Sugarhero!}

tasty tasty tacos {Shrinking Single}

absolutely love the styling of this photo {Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen}

i would eat the heck out of this dish {Homemade Hooplah}

such a beautiful blueberry cream cheese pie {Sweet2eat Baking}

curry ramen makes me happy {The Spiced Life}

this veggie dip sounds wonderful {Use Real Butter}

a great summer drink! {Love Bakes Good Cakes}

these baked beans look amazing {Vanilla and Bean}

love the sound of this soup {CaliZona}

crunchy, cheesy foods are the way to my heart! {Shockingly Delicious}

i made something tasty too this week!

my Friday Fridgg Favorites are a very small selection of the photos and recipes on Fridgg that I’ve loved in the past week. this is by no means an all-encompassing list of what’s awesome on Fridgg this week. take a look, and find your favorites!

do you have a favorite that I didn’t mention? let me know in the comments!

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Bars

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Bars


Food bloggers FLIP OUT about rhubarb season every year, but I never really understood why.

Tart red celery, in desserts… er… yum?

I tried rhubarb for the first time on our Europe trip last year… and absolutely hated it. -_-

At that point, I figured rhubarb to be one of those things that you’re *supposed* to be totally into, but is really kind of gross.

Like kale.

(Heh. Please don’t kick me out of California for that. ;))

Then we got to go to Gjelina with a client, and they decided to order the warm strawberry and rhubarb crisp with almond gelato. I was not even a little bit expecting to like it, and got my MIND. BLOWN.

Rhubarb! I totally get it now. 😀

So now that I’m a new rhubarb convert, I decided this was the year to try actually cooking with it.


Since coming back from our Europe trip last year, I’ve been trying to reproduce all of the tasty things we ate on that trip. (This is also why it’s taken me so long to get around to blogging about the trip.)

I imagine the rhubarb dish we had shouldn’t have been *that* awful… so I ordered a little bit of rhubarb in one of my weekly Farm Fresh to You CSA boxes, with the intent of attempting a better version of it.

Turns out, I waaaaaaay mis-estimated the amount of rhubarb I should order… and ended up with a refrigerator chock full of rhubarb stalks.


However, in a wonderful coincidence, I also had about a quarter-flat of strawberries in the fridge that desperately needed to be used up.

Strawberries and rhubarb! Classic combination, right?

I thought about trying to reproduce the Gjelina crisp, but then realized I wanted something that would be easier to share.

These strawberry rhubarb crisp bars from Smitten Kitchen fit the bill perfectly.

I made a few changes, mostly because I wanted to use up all the leftover strawberries and rhubarb I had (so I upped the amount of filling, and doubled the recipe), and I am very pro-crumble (moar crumble!!!).

But these bars have put the strawberry-rhubarb flavor combination solidly in my list of favorites. Sweet strawberries mix with tart rhubarb to keep these from being so sweet your teeth hurt, and all the crumble (ALL the crumble!) adds a nice crunchy heartiness to it.

Plus, it’s fruit and oatmeal… so totally healthy, right? 😉

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Bars

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble bars, adapted from Smitten Kitchen.


  • 2 cups (160g) rolled oats
  • 1.5 cups (190g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (190g) light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 12 tbsp (170g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1.5 tsp cornstarch
  • 1.5 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1.5 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1.5 cups (190g) diced rhubarb (about 2-3 stalks)
  • 1.5 cups (230g) diced strawberries

Cooking Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Line an 8×8″ square baking pan with parchment paper, so they’ll be easy to remove.
  2. Mix oats, flour, brown sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Add melted butter, and stir until medium-sized clumps form. (Mine ranged from pea-sized to grape-sized, and that worked wonderfully.) Press half of the crumble mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan.
  3. Spread the fruit over the crust. Make sure both types of fruit are spread evenly, so every bite gets a bit of each. Sprinkle evenly with the cornstarch, lemon juice, and granulated sugar.
  4. Spread the remaining crumble evenly over the fruit, and bake bars for 30-40 minutes, until the fruit is bubbly and the crumble is golden and smells delicious.
  5. Let cool in pan; Deb recommends doing this in the fridge, so they’ll become crisp once chilled, and that worked out great for me. Cut into squares to serve. Store leftovers in fridge.
  6. Enjoy!

Weekly Wanderings {week 16}

A (very quiet) week in my life… aka this is what happens when I don’t step away from the computer all week.

Strawberry. Rhubarb. Crumble. Bar. Coming to the blog soon!

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Bar


After more than a year of wearing my “temporary” (heh) engagement ring every day, it had gotten very tarnished… but after a ketchup soak and a few coats of clear nail polish, it’s as good as new!

Cleaned engagement ring


This biker with a big teddy bear in his backseat made my day.

Biker with a bear in the backseat


Links I’ve loved lately:

A comprehensive guide to the regional ramen of Japan.

The best thing I’ve read all week: How (Not) to Make Gushers


Weekly Wanderings posts may include affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

Friday Fridgg Favorites

{photo credit: halal home cooking}

a few of my favorite things on Fridgg this week:

these savory crepes sound so satisfying! {MC^2 Creative Living}

i love the styling of these applesauce waffles {SlimSanity}

as we all know, i pretty much love anything peanut butter and chocolate {Bake. Eat. Repeat.}

who else is ready for a vacation? {Cooks with Cocktails}

today is national doughnut day! {Simply Stacie}

totally want to try this treacle tart when the holidays come around {Jane’s Adventures in Dinner}

there’s something about a good almond cake that is just so satisfying {Primavera Kitchen}

pretty little blackberry bread pudding cups {Local Savour}

salted caramel + brownies + pistachios = <3 {Eva in the Kitchen}

the ice cream sandwich to beat all other ice cream sandwiches {Sugarhero!}

cinnamon rolls seem to be a theme today (see: ice cream sandwiches, above), and this version sounds excellent! {Halal Home Cooking}

how to turn me into a granola-lover {Worth Whisking}

the most snackable sweet treat {The Culinary Jumble}

such a pretty apricot galette {The Zestful Kitchen}

the perfect party appetizer {Simply Stacie}

sweet savory sticky sesame chicken {Twisted Tastes}

strawberry cheesecake crumb bars – so perfectly pretty {Words of Deliciousness}

bring on the flames! {Krumpli}

delicate little thyme shortbread {Toot Sweet}

pretty purple popsicles {Simply Healthy Family}

the ultimate in chocolate-peanut butter decadence {Frosting and a Smile}

chocolate + chocolate + chocolate + strawberry mousse (the foodie version of duck duck goose?) {Bake. Eat. Repeat.}

southern california can’t seem to decide if it wants to be sunny and warm or gloomy and cold… and i am a-okay with it being both soup season and popsicle season at the same time 😀 {Kitchen Sanctuary}

summery salad {A Dash of Megnut}

this bread version of spanokopita is fun! {Jane’s Adventures in Dinner}

this strawberry pavlova is perfect for summer dinner parties {This Little Home}

totally want to try these taco tarts! {No Spoon Necessary}

fruity brownies need to happen more often {Stetted}

love everything about these caramel apple enchiladas {Worth Whisking}

there’s something so beautiful about this photo {Kitchen Sanctuary}

adore these pretty dessert crepes {Heavenly Home Cooking}

fun photo styling {a la Place Clichy}

such a summery dessert {Love Bakes Good Cakes}

if you’re a doctor who fan, you’ll get a kick out of this! {Tikkido}

i’d love a slice of this peaches and cream sweet babka bread any time of the day! {Southern Fatty}

this honey mug cake sounds amazing, and dangerously easy to make {Sweet2eat Baking}

smoked paprika and potatoes are an excellent combination {The Endless Meal}

loving all the different takes on pesto, especially this dill version! {The Endless Meal}

my Friday Fridgg Favorites are a very small selection of the photos and recipes on Fridgg that I’ve loved in the past week. this is by no means an all-encompassing list of what’s awesome on Fridgg this week. take a look, and find your favorites!

do you have a favorite that I didn’t mention? let me know in the comments!