Cherry Jam

Cherry Jam is really versatile.  It works well in lots of desserts (spooned on top of cheesecake or ice cream for example) as well as savory concoctions.  Last week I made pork chops with cherry sauce.  Broil the pork chops (or cook however you prefer).  While they are cooking prepare the sauce:  in a small sauce pan mix 3/4 cup cherry jam, 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar (balsamic vinegar is also good), 2 Tablespoons brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.**  Bring to a boil stirring frequently.  Turn the heat down and the simmer the sauce for about 7 minutes – stirring occasionally. 

**Check and adjust flavor to your taste.    

Here’s how they turned out:

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In keeping with a Cherry theme, last night I made Cherry Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies.  Cherry and Chocolate are delicious together!  These cookies are similar in taste and texture to a brownie, but even better with Cherry Jam!

Cherry Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

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