There is a whole chapter in the book devoted to pickling, which makes me so happy. I love pickles and all things vinegary! The idea of a sweet cherry with the vinegar and spices was genius! I am so glad Joanne chose this now, when cherries are at their peak of flavor and availability (and lowest prices).
I made my cherries about two weeks ago, and left them in a jar in the fridge. I knew I wasn't going to make duck, so I had to try to figure out how to modify this week's selection. As I read Chef Symon's explanation of the cherries, he mentioned they pair well with blue cheese. I instantly thought some toasted bruchetta with a crumble of Maytag blue cheese, some chopped pickled cherries and fresh rosemary would be the perfect appetizer!
Both Joanne and Natashya chose to pair their cherries with Five-Spice Chinese Chicken, which also is a phenomenal idea. Please check out Joanne's blog for the recipe and her interpretation of the dish!