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Quick & Easy Cherry Jam

A quick & easy cherry jam, no pectin, just cherries, sugar and lemon juice |


Very seldom do I get a special request to make something, but last week Bobby came home with 2 pounds of fresh cherries and asked “Will you make me a cherry jam?”.  How could I refuse?  The 2 pounds gave us enough cherries for a pint of jam, plus a few to snack on.

The recipe below is one of my quick & easy jams made with fruit and no pectin.  It makes one jar of cherry jam that is intended to be refrigerated and eaten, not sealed and stored for the winter.  There are three ingredients – cherries, sugar and lemon juice.  The process requires no large pots of boiling jars and lids, and only about 20 minutes of stirring.  The most time consuming part is pitting the cherries.  The result of about 45 minutes of work? … a pint of cherry heaven!

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Cornmeal Ricotta Pancakes

Cornmeal ricotta pancakes with bananas and strawberries

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Sometimes missing the main ingredient for a dish leads to something even better.  That was the case with these Cornmeal Ricotta Pancakes.  I woke up one Saturday morning with a craving for buttermilk pancakes but no buttermilk.  In the dark recesses of the refrigerator I did have some ricotta cheese that needed to be used, so I decided to substitute the buttermilk with ricotta. But you know how it goes; once you substitute one ingredient it opens the recipe up for substituting other ingredients.  Eventually you end up with a completely different recipe.  Man, I’m glad I didn’t have any buttermilk!

Update October, 2013

Since I first came up with this cornmeal ricotta pancake recipe back in 2011 it has been the only pancakes I’ve been making.  Every time I ask Bobby if he wants pancakes the response is “Absolutely, as long as it’s the Cornmeal Ricotta Pancakes“. 🙂 I have only added a couple of suggested adjustments/substitutions/variations since, to the original recipe. One is, if you do have buttermilk, you can use buttermilk in place of regular milk or use a combination of the two.  The second variation came about the morning I didn’t have any lemon, so I substituted orange zest.  It was just as delicious.

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