In which I have a small culinary triumph and use up cherries

I'm not much of a cook, honestly. My only real claim to cooking fame is a variety of soups entitled "Once in a Lifetime Soups" because the ingredients are entirely dependent on what looks good at the fresh market.

I have discovered in years of soup making that it's hard to mess up soup if you start with nice fresh ingredients* and have a friend or two cheerfully helping with the chopping parts
* however, too much cayenne pepper added to a batch of soup can make it more interesting than you planned. Sigh.

When Jim suggested that I use some of our cherries to make a cherry salsa, I told him to find me a recipe. He knows me, bless his little heart, and found a bunch of recipes. I looked at all that he send me, hmmmmmed over their measurements and stuff, and then left them all behind when I went to the fresh market and found some nice ingredients to put with the cherries.

Tah-dah! "Once in a Lifetime Cherry Salsa"!

I did take pictures of the process, so I can approximate what was in it. If you make some for yourself, I'd love to hear what you put in yours.

In a big mixing-bowl:

about 2 cups coursely chopped freshly-picked cherries
2 or 3 tomatoes, coursely chopped
1/4 cup or so of finely chopped red onion
chunk of yellow pepper, coursely chopped
chunk of green pepper, coursely chopped
leetle-bitty chunk of serano pepper, finely chopped
cilantro to taste, finely chopped

generously doused with
fresh lime juice

Let it chill for an hour or two to allow flavors to mingle.

serve with
favorite tortilla chips



  1. I'm a decent cook, but most especially the master of "fridge soup" which is a special variation on "once in a lifetime soup" that uses all iffy looking things in the fridge. I've only failed epically once in this pursuit.

  2. PS - I will be using this recipe, as we are also overrun with cherries (I have several pits sitting on my chest as I type)

  3. dp! Jim is making cherry wine RIGHT THIS INSTANT!!!

    It'll be ready in December.

    Uh, December 2010.

  4. I will definitely try the cherry salsa. I have a few ideas to change it a bit, I'll let you no if it's a yay or nay! Did you get my email re: visiting San Antonio?

  5. I have my leg of the virtual trail ride complete. I figure you'll probably visit Mindy in San Antonio before you head up this way. Let me know how and when to post, and how we're all going to link up.

  6. Mmmmmm! Fabulous idea and recipe!

    Alas! No cherries around here, though :(

    We'll be hip deep in peaches soon, though.
    Ask that terrific man of yours to find me some peach salsa recipes! :)



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