Lime Basil No Churn Ice Cream

lime basil

It’s September now, and that, for some, is a sign of summer’s end. I know that for me, I am starting to think about putting away the patio chairs and mowing the grass once or twice more before the snow comes. Also my closet is starting to shift from capris and light t-shirts, to long sleeves, pants and back into boots. But summer isn’t completely over yet and that’s why I am pushing out one more summer recipe; one being this awesome lime basil no churn ice cream.

After this post Chews and Brews is going to take a little break. I will still be working hard behind the scenes with recipe creation, food photography and content development, but you won’t hear much from me until late fall. I am 18 months into building this little food blog and now want to move into the next steps making it bigger and better than ever! I’ll keep active on all my social media accounts, sharing sneak peeks of what is to come; and I will be reworking some old posts, but other than that, it will be a little silent from Chews and Brews. So without further ado, here is the last summer post! See you in the late fall!

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Rhubarb Hibiscus Gin and Tonic

Rhubarb Hibiscus Gin

Instead of an August Craft Beer review I am sticking with the Rhubarb theme and using the Rhubarb Shrub I made at the beginning of the month to create this Rhubarb Hibiscus Gin and Tonic. I originally was going to review as many rhubarb beers that there were out there… and found only one… the Jackline Rhubarb Grisette by Lighthouse Brewing and I already made mention if it in my Alberta Rhubarb Cake post last spring! So a cocktail is what you will get instead of a Craft Beer Review, and what a cocktail this Rhubarb Hibiscus Gin and Tonic is! If you enjoy a tart, botanical, herbal tasting drink, then this is the drink for you! If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, replace the gin for vodka and tonic for club soda. I personally prefer the punchy pucker up version of this! 

Rhubarb Hibiscus Gin

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Rhubarb Fig Ginger Marmalade

Rhubarb Fig Ginger Marmalade

Not everything you make with rhubarb has to be sweet, such as in a rhubarb barbecue sauce like this. This rhubarb fig ginger marmalade I have created is sweet, but not the dessert type of sweet. It goes great on grilled pork or chicken, but I like it best with goat cheese on a crostini. It’s very simple to make and you can preserve it in mason jars to keep it on your shelf for a long time. 

Rhubarb Fig Ginger Marmalade

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Rhubarb Strawberry Crumble with a Twist

Rhubarb Strawberry Crumble

It’s part two of my rhubarb month-long blogging event and today is a dessert of rhubarb strawberry crumble with a twist! I’ve eaten a lot of rhubarb in my life and have had it a few different ways. A staple summer cake for me is the Alberta rhubarb cake, which my mom makes for me every year. Once I even made it myself too, but it’s much better when mom makes it! I’ve also used rhubarb in my easy Greek yogurt rhubarb muffins, which are great for breakfast or an on the go snack. Last week on the blog we had a rhubarb shrub (you may be familiar with my new addiction to making shrubs if you also read the kiwi shrub I recently made) and next week will be a rhubarb fig ginger relish. 

Rhubarb Strawberry Crumble

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Rhubarb Shrub

rhubarb shrub

It’s rhubarb month! Okay, it’s not actually, but it is for Chews and Brews. Every post for the month of August will feature the amazing vegetable (yeah, that’s right, it’s a veggie!) rhubarb! I am kicking off the series with a rhubarb shrub, but before we go into those details, let’s discuss rhubarb first. 

Rhubarb comes in a stalk similar looking to celery, but is very sour and must be sweetened. The leaves are actually poisonous and should not be eaten. The stalks are very pretty being a bright pearly red and green. It’s a hardy perennial which is why I think every Canadian I know has either used it in cooking or ate it in something someone baked for them; it is a plant that can stand up to our harsh winters. 

rhubarb shrub

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July Craft Beer Review

July Craft Beer

Summer beers are out in full force with hefeweizens and witbiers, IPAs, and now I find new sour beers everywhere. My July Craft Beer Review is shorter than my usual beer reviews. I wrote a huge review of 12 beers in the June Craft Beer Review, so I thought I would give you a little reading break! So with that being said, here is my July Craft Beer Review; a review of four very different beers. All can be enjoyed during any of the summer weather you get, even if it is a rainy day or a steaming hot one. 

July Craft Beer

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