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!
Happy Labor Day… happy September! Did you know that peaches and nectarines are the same species?!? Late night science here: while peaches are characterized by a fuzzy skin, nectarines are characterized as a fuzz-less fruit. “Genetic studies suggest nectarines are produced due to a recessive allele, whereas peaches are produced from a dominant allele for fuzzy skin.”
Smack dab in the middle of peach season here in New Hampshire and I’ve had a pretty hard time resisting stopping at every farm stand labeled PYO peaches that I come across. There is nothing worse (OK, maybe there’s a few worse things) than splurging on a ripe’ish peach to find an un-sweet and mealy fruit. But a great peach… a great peach is stopping by a roadside stand, buying the biggest and juiciest fruit possible, and then slicing off peach pieces in just the right way. As a matter of fact, just last night I led a previous peach naysayer towards peach enlightenment with just one bite of a locally picked peach. When it came time to put up this peach and corn combo., I was having a hard time deciding, if not deciphering the difference, between a corn salsa and a corn relish. I ended up going the salsa route as I didn’t think adding sugar was necessary with the sweet peach flavors.
Except for the bell peppers, the rest of the produce used in this salsa came from a cornucopia (can you tell I’m ready for fall?) of local sources: peaches (Applecrest Farm Orchards), corn (Barker’s Farm), jalapeños (Wake Robin Farm), tomatoes (beau’s garden), and white onions (Black Kettle Farm). Stay tuned for more peach’tastic recipes.