No. 1 : Quick Recipe
Cast Iron Chicken with Cherry Salsa
- 3 Chicken Breasts or 6 Chicken Thighs
- 1 Tsp Ground Coriander
- 1 Tsp Ground Cumin
- Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
- 3 TB Avocado or Grapeseed Oil, divided
- *Cherry Salsa
(If you are using chicken breasts, cut them in half horizontally to make two even-sized thin filets.) Put the chicken breasts or thighs in a zip lock bag and add the coriander, cumin, sea salt, pepper and 1 TB of oil. Massage the chicken until it is well coated. Preheat a cast iron pan on the stove top or the grill. Add the oil and then the chicken. Cook over medium high heat to get a good sear on the chicken on one side, then flip the chicken. breasts If you are using chicken thighs, they should require about 10 minutes, if you are using breasts it may take up to 15 minutes. The internal temperature of the chicken should be 165F when done.
- 1 LB Dark Sweet Cherries, pitted and chopped
- Zest and Juice of 1 Lime
- ½ Cup Cherry Jam, (my favorite)
- 2 TB Red Onion, minced
- 1 Jalapeño, seeded and minced
- 2 TB Cilantro, chopped
Combine all ingredients in medium bowl and stir to blend. Cover and chill 1-2 hours to blend flavors.
No. 2 : Kitchen Scoop
Loaded with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, cherries are much more than just sweet, they’re a powerful, bite-size health boost. Cherries contain anthrocyanins, the red pigment in berries. Anthrocyanins are potent antioxidants under active research for a variety of potential health benefits.
No. 3 : Clever Idea
Who says this salsa has to be used just for pork? Try it with chicken, as a spread for a turkey burger or all by itself with chips. If you’re not eating meat try stuffing a grilled Portabella with it. Or top goat cheese with the yummy salsa, and serve it with crunchy crackers.
Grove Mill Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is the red wine grape of the Burgundy region in France, now grown successfully in many places – including the Wairau Valley in New Zealand. Grove Mill winery is sustainable and ecologically committed and its wines reflect that care. A great price for a luscious wine, it can be served lightly chilled for summer sipping. You’ll smell cherries and taste them too in this awesome “cherry pairing”.