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Vanilla Honey’d Rhubarb Sauce

Do you ever find yourself absolutely lusting after one particular ingredient or dish or flavor or texture?

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It happens to me all too often. I’ll be sitting around, minding my own business – you know, sipping my bourbon (John calls me “Kristy 5 Fingers” because I have a habit of pouring more than what would be a respectable amount of booze for one person into my cup – which sounds way dirtier than it clearly is), reading a book and generally being awesome – and then BAM! The idea for something thrusts itself into my head and all I want to do from that moment forward is put it in my mouth!

…Again, that sounds dirtier than it is.

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These kind of cravings often happen with pasta which is why I make my own so often – store bought never really soothes the craving beast. I need that tender, hand crafted texture wrapped up in something incredibly delicious like the incredible smokey Italian Bolognese I made the other day or a homemade demi glace and fresh roasted or grilled seasonal farm fresh vegetables. Or even better, some kind of slow braised pastured meat like my Balsamic Slow Braised Grass Fed Short Ribs atop Sweet Potato infused Pasta. That, is my heaven.

Great. Now I have a craving.

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Some women get cravings when they’re pregnant because the babies need something…. I get cravings because my FOOD BABIES need something. Which… sounds a bit like poop. But I swear that’s not what I mean when I say “food babies”. What I really mean is my belly is full. Of food. Hence, food babies. Like a pregnant woman’s belly is full. But with a mass of protoplasm human type stuff. Gross. This isn’t going where I want it to.

Let’s move on shall we?


So what was it that smacked me in the face this weekend and was like “Bitch! You want this! NOW!”? Cheesecake. It’s my new obsession. And what was I to do with the fresh rhubarb Farm City Co-Op gave me in the CSA last week? Easy. Make cheesecake and top it off with Vanilla Honey’d Rhubarb Sauce. Because what else is a girl to do but eat a crap ton of cheesecake slathered in tangy, sweet fruit sauce when a craving hits?

Food babies. Real babies. Who cares? I had a craving. Gimme.

Vanilla Honey'd Rhubarb Sauce




Yield 1 cup


  • 4 C Rhubarb, washed, dried & chopped.
  • 1/4 C Local Organic Honey.
  • 1 Vanilla Bean, sliced in half and seeds spooned out (save seeds for another project).
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon.
  • Zest of 1 Lemon.
  • Pinch of Coarse Sea Salt.
  • 1/4 C Water.
  • If desired to serve, 1 9" Cheesecake.


  1. Dump all the contents (except for the cheesecake, obviously) into a heavy based sauce pan, cover and place over medium heat, stirring often to ensure nothing burns.
  2. Simmer for up to 10 minutes or until rhubarb is soft and mushy. Remove from the heat, carefully dump into a food processor and process until smooth.
  3. Serve warm (or cold - whatever you prefer) with incredible homemade cheesecake or spoon atop ice cream. Makes approx 1 C.
  4. Eat.


What are your food cravings? Or ANY cravings? What can’t you get enough of?

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  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    July 14, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    You can call it whatever baby you wants so long as you remember to share.

    • Kristy Gardner
      July 15, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      Always Meghan! Anytime you swing by, I will always share with you 🙂

  • Tara @ Rovin' Rambler
    July 15, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    I almost exclusively have nacho cravings. Especially living in the land of no tortilla chips, no salsa and an awful cheese selection. But necessity is the mother of invention, and I’ve come up with some pretty good substitutes.
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    • Kristy Gardner
      July 15, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      Oh geez. Tara that’s awful! How do you make do??? It figures that you’d crave something you can’t get your paws on, doesn’t it? Balls!

  • Yum Girl
    July 15, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    We love your Vanilla Honey’d Rhubarb Sauce photos over here at Yum Goggle and would love for you to submit your photos to our site! Our policy is that if you took the time to bake and photograph it, we should feature it!
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    • Kristy Gardner
      July 16, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      Thank you so much! I’ll take a look at your website Yum Girl.

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz
    July 17, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Oh there is that word again: Bourbon. BTW your cocktail is ready so come on over.

    And I happen to be a big fan of rhubarb and awesome recipes with them in it. Loving this sauce so much. Adding it to the must do list!
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    • Kristy Gardner
      July 17, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      Funny how that happens, isn’t it Evelyne? Bourbon just infiltrates my day even when I don’t mean for it to! 😉

      PS. Be right over!

  • Diane Balch
    July 23, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Bourbon inspired cooking.. that’s a new one to me.. but hey if it works for you: awesome. This is a fantastic sauce I wouldn’t have thought of it.. I must be drinking the wrong thing… hmm. Well, I am so glad to see you around the blogosphere again. Pinned this and can’t wait to hear more from you.
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    • Kristy Gardner
      July 24, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      hahaha – thanks Diane! I agree – you need to up your poison 😉 That being said, not everything turns out delicious when it’s bourbon inspired 😉

      Great to see you – xoxo!

  • Diane Balch
    July 25, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Feeling the need to embarrass you a little. I am featuring this recipe on my Foodie Friday party today. It is wonderful. I will be pinning and tweeting it this week too.
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