Lucky #7 Almond Heaven Cake + Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce

Almond meal is a dear, dear friend of mine. If you haven’t met her, please introduce yourself immediately. It can act a lot like flower but is inherently moist to the benefit of any cake. For someone like me who gets bogged down by reading recipes [Read: I like to RIFF, baby!] and following them to a T (this can be a real problem when I attempt to bake), it is a very forgiving ingredient.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce

Not just for pie, people! Rhubarb is an awesome and weird vegetable (?fruit?root?) It grows prolifically in direct sun as my husband and I found out when we were tending to his uncle’s urban garden. He would come home from watering an harvesting with some rainbow beans, basil, a few strawberries and a bushel of rhubarb. Over the course of a two weeks I had multiple bushels of rhubarb. I made this sauce multiple times and ended up with all sorts of jars and containers of this lovely versatile sauce. The thing is, when it is in sauce form, there is so much you can do with it. I put it over my Lucky #7 Almond Heaven Cake¬†with a dollop of sour cream, you can put it over grilled pork tenderloin, put it on toast, drizzle on ice cream or riff with it and use as, yes, a pie filling.

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