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Cooking with Fruit: Everyday Sauces

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Peach SalsaZesty Fruit Salsa

This is one of the easiest ways to add a little fruit into your meal.  The sweetness of the fruit pairs well with the tangy Salsa.

Simply puree ½ cup of canned or cooked fruit and combine it with your favorite homemade or store bought salsa. The ratio should be about 1:6. So, about ½ cup for 3 cups of salsa or to suit your taste. Peach, Raspberry, Cranberry, Mango, Peach, Pineapple, and Cherry are popular fruit choices.

You can also try this recipe with a tangy BBQ sauce.

Delicious Meat Sauce

This sauce is a wonderful red cherry recipe and tastes great with any kind of store domestic poultry or game bird and especially with lighter meats such as lamb or pork.


2 cups of stock or broth
2 cups red wine (cabernet sauvignon or merlot)
1 shallot (chopped fine)
1 cup bing or tart cherries fresh or canned


Start with stock or broth from cooking the meat. Add in the cherries (take out the pits if you are trying to get the fresh cherry benefits), wine and the shallot. Bring the sauce to a boil until it has reduced to about 2 cups and thickened a bit. This will usually take about 45 minutes to an hour. Boil the sauce until it is thickened and reduced to about 2 cups.

Using a fresh or dried herb rub on the meat will bring out the flavor of both the meat and the fruit. Try bay laurel leaves, rosemary, sage,  and English thyme with balsamic vinegar.

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