Cherry Salsa
Cherry Salsa- Putting Up with ErinCherry Salsa- Putting Up with Erin

There’s no hiding how much I like spicy, salty, saucy things. When it comes to everyday hot sauce, I’m a 80% Sriracha kinda girl; 20% chunky fresh salsa kinda girl. A lot of people are tempted by sweet treats. My absolute biggest weakness is chips and salsa. They’ve ruined many a diet and stained many a white shirts… Alas, the first step is admitting my salsa addiction, right? Finishing up the last of my bounty from the Northwest Cherry Growers, I pulled out my good ol’ handy copy of Marisa McClellan’s Food In Jars for a little bit of inspiration. Not needing any more jams, jellies, or pickled cherries, I thumbed my way to the salsa and relish section. !!Bam!! peach salsa. Knowing I couldn’t hold out for my shipment of peaches later this summer, I decided to modify the recipe and substitute in 4 pounds of fresh cherries.

The result? A mildly tart and sweet cherry salsa, and a creative way to use up the rest of my stone fruit. I swore the beau off of buying any MORE jars of classic tomato salsa until we go through these 4 pints, which in reality will be next week… I’d be shocked if I actually get much of my share of salsa as it appears that afternoon chips and salsa has become quite the norm around here. I’m going to try dousing some of my grilled chicken nachos with a jar of this ASAP! For those of you that don’t own a copy of Food in Jars (gasp!), I have summarized up the recipe modification below. Salud!

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Maraschino Cocktail CherriesMaraschino Cocktail Cherries-Putting Up with ErinMaraschino Cocktail Cherries-Putting Up with Erin

Every June I receive the best FedEx shipment ever: 18lbs of fresh cherries. For the past three years I have participated as a canbassador for the Washington State Fruit Commission. Free fresh fruit… multiple blog posts… duh!? I deem the next few cherry posts CherryPalooza!

Up first: boozie cherries! Specifically, Luxardo Maraschino liquor soaked cherries. You’ve probably seen canned Luxardo “original” Maraschino Cherries in your local liquor store before. Like the store bought cocktail cherries, these are cherries are sweet, booze soaked, and oh so good. Unlike store bought maraschino cherries, these cherries only contain cherries, booze, sugar, lemon, and a few spices. No citric acid, no glucose, no other flavors! I slightly modified a recipe I found over at the Will Cook for Friends blog.  I plan on using these cocktail cherries plus their liquid in homemade cocktails.

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