Archive for May, 2009

How good is it to bring sweet and savory together?  That will become one perfect world.

I found a really good recipe on I did make some alterations after reviewing the comments online. This is one great easy recipe to try if you got a little bit too excited and bought too much delicious strawberries from the farmer’s market. Brown sugar compliments well with the balsamic vinegar while the cracked black pepper adds some kick to it. Serve this strawberry preserves with goat cheese on crackers or crostini and you will be in heaven.


Strawberry Preserves with Balsamic Vinegar & Black Pepper

1 pint ripe strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 cup brown sugar
3-1/2 Tb balsamic vinegar
1-1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper

In a small heavy saucepan bring all ingredients to a boil. Mash the strawberries slightly and stir frequently as the balsamic vinegar will caramelize at the bottom of the pan easily. Skim foam occasionally. Simmer mixture in low to medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until the consistency to your liking. Remove pan from heat and cool preserves completely in a heat proof container.

Preserves will slightly thicken when it cools down. You can drop a dollop of preserves on a chilled plate to check consistency.

(adapted from recipe on,

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