Sour cherries meet their soul mates, tart beach plums. The beach plum jelly base thinkens the cherry jam. The cherries are left whole for a delux presentation. Low sugar pectin keeps things from getting too tame. It's good.
Classic bread and butter pickles get a spicy upgrade with the addition of sliced jalapenos. This is a subversive pickle -- the heat is masked by the sugar and vinegar at first, but soon the secret comes out. Hot Stuff Baby Tonight!
Letting the cream go sour adds a welcome, mild funkiness to this homemade butter. This recipe hearkens to European-style butters where flavor is something to be desired, not obliterated as it is under USDA guidelines.
Giardiniera, the beautiful Italian pickled veggies, is made all the more lovely with Romanesco broccoli, Mexican ground cucumbers and that Spectacularly Delicious signature touch, feather carrot curls.
TangO peaches are the paler, sourer sister of the sweet and lovely donut peach. No matter, they make a fine spicy jam enlivened with honey and lemon. And not too much sugar now, TangO jam isn't tangled up with lots of sticky sweetness. Clean, sharp.
There can't be beach plums in Oregon because otherwise there'd already be an episode of Portlandia dedicated to cult of Beach Plum Jelly: foraged locally, strictly seasonal, old-timey recipe for an odd yet nonthreatening jelly, now with reduced sugar
Fresh sour cherries are somewhat rare as they don't travel as well as the sweet red and yellow versions. So when Lady Luck hands you a couple of pints do yourself a favor and put up this sweet and tangy low-sugar Sour Cherry jam.
Red currant jelly: frequently specified in recipes, rarely seen on store shelves. But all you need are some red currants, a jelly bag and a dream. And some sugar and a little no sugar pectin. (Ponder that koan while you cook the jelly...)