Strawberry Rhubarb Preserves Evoke Memories

A couple of days ago my  friend Roberta was cleaning out her archives and she sent me the link to this May 28, 2014 post about Strawberry Rhubarb Preserves Evokes Memories- and they still do.

Ruth E. Hendricks Photography

A bolt of lightning knocked out the internet so blogging from my phone
Rhubarb says Spring to me.
When the three kids were younger, we’d pile in the car and drive 7 hours to New York City to visit my sister. I’d park in the lot by the pier on the Hudson and we’d make our way up the five floor walk-up to her apartment. Everyone would be asleep on the floor camping out and in the early morning, Aunt Mary would walk to Zito’s Bakery on Bleecker Street, come home with warm loaves. She’d have the butter out and a jar of her homemade strawberry rhubarb preserves. She’d slice the bread on a wooden board. That’s what the kids woke up to – warm bread and butter and strawberry rhubarb preserves-

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Berenice Abbott took this photo of Zito’s in 1937.

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Today I went to the Farmer’s market on the…

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6 thoughts on “Strawberry Rhubarb Preserves Evoke Memories

  1. Isn’t it wonderful to be able to recall these wonderful memories. Love rhubarb. Have some growing in the backyard.

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  2. Dear Ruth. As you know your blogs bring back memories for mebas well. My father was from Brooklyn. Joe and family lived in Mahattan. That said, the Village just might be my favorite place in NYC. I was 12 years old in 1960 when I first started listening to folk music so MacDougal come to mind. Remembering The Gaslight Club, Kettle of Fish, Dave Von Ronk, Dylan, PP&M, Richie Havens (for Matt), Washington Square Park, NYU (the NYU students always seemed so cool), the peace movements, and on and on. Hello to Mary. How fortunate you are to have a fantastic sister. The children are fortunate to have a loving Aunt as well. I guess I better stop. Comments on Bleecker and Rhubarb jam and warm bread on hold for now. Thanks Ruth.

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  3. Don’t think I ever had rhubarb but I remember my mom and grandmother making strawberry jelly and peach jelly – the aroma lasted for days.

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