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Luscious WV Cherry Blossom Manhattan

Our own West Virginia Fruit and Berry twist on the classic Manhattan!


2 oz. WV Fruit and Berry Cherry Blossom Wine
1 oz. Your favorite whiskey or bourbon
½ oz. Simple syrup
Dash Bitters (optional)
3 Maraschino cherries
1 Ice sphere/cube
1 Orange twist

1.  Pour all liquids in a shaker with ice
2.  Add ice to rocks glass and rub orange peel around the rim
3.  STIR liquids in shaker
4.  Strain contents of shaker into rocks glass and add one cherry
5.  Pierce two cherries with a twig or garnish stick and place over rim

Enjoy this amazing twist to our favorite classic!

TIP:  Try our other wine flavors as well:  Elderberry, Blackberry and Raspberry.

Hot Pepper Jam Cheese Ball

16 oz. cream cheese, softenedpepper-jam-cheese-ball

1/3 cup Hot Pepper Jam (Original Jalapeno, Cherry Jalapeno or Strawberry Jalapeno)

8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (or your favorite cheese)

1 T. chopped onion

1 T. chopped jalapeno

½ cup chopped pecans

In a mixer or food processor, cream together the cream cheese, pepper jam, onion and jalapeno. Chill for at least an hour, then form into a ball. Roll in chopped pecans and chill until ready to use. Serve with crackers.

English Muffin Bread

5 1/2 cups warm water english-muffin-9

3 packages active dry yeast

2 tbsp. salt

3 tbsp. sugar

11 cups bread flour or all purpose flour

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until incorporated. Leave it to rise until doubled in size. Divide dough between 4 bread pans and let rise until it reaches the top of the pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Brush tops with melted butter. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Allow to cool. Best enjoyed toasted. This recipe makes four loaves, which freeze well.

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Raspberry Chocolate Brownies

Use your favorite brownie mix, with or without nuts.raspberry-brownies

You’ll need oil, water and egg to complete the mix.

1/4 cup WV Fruit and Berry Red Raspberry Preserves

Use your favorite brownie mix and prepare the mix according to the package instructions. Pour the mixture into an  8 x 8 or 9 x 9 inch baking pan.

Before you bake the brownies, warm 1/4 cup slightly and pour over the mix in three lines. Take a toothpick and swirl the lines of raspberry preserves into the mix. Bake according to package instructions.

Thumbprint Cookies

1 1/4 cup butter, softened thumbprint-cookies

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla

4 cups flour

Combine brown sugar and butter, add eggs one at a time. Stir in vanilla. Combine salt and flour, then add flour mixture 1 cup at a time.

Roll dough into 1 inch balls, place on cookie sheet and make a thumbprint in the center of the cookie. Fill with your favorite WV Fruit and Berry Preserves and bake 8 to 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from baking sheet and cool on wire rack.

Mexican Cornbread

1 cup yellow cornmeal mexican-cornbread

1/2 cup flour

1 tsp. hot pepper seeds

1/2 tsp. soda

1 tsp. salt

1/4 cup sugar

1 cup creamed corn

1 small green pepper, diced

1 small onion, diced

1/2 lb. sharp cheddar cheese

1/2 cup oil

2 eggs

1 cup buttermilk

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, then pour into a greased 9 x 9 inch pan for thick cornbread, or a 9 x 13 inch pan for a thinner cornbread. Bake 35 to 50 minutes at 400 degrees, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

This is delicious served with one of our Hot Pepper Jams. Great served with potato soup, a ham dinner or soup beans.

Ham and Turkey Sandwich with Cherry Jalapeno Pepper Jam

Leftover ham and/or turkey

Gouda or Swiss cheese

Honey mustard or spicy mustard

WV Fruit and Berry Cherry Jalapeno Pepper Jam

Use a white or wheat Bolillo roll or your favorite sandwich bread

ham-turkey-gouda-sandwichSlice the roll and lay open flat on a baking pan. Spread on your favorite mustard on the bread, then add the ham and turkey. Place the cheese on top and bake in the broiler on low, until the cheese is melted. Take the sandwich out of the broiler and add the Cherry Jalapeno Pepper Jam on top. Put the sandwich halves together, cut and serve.

French Toast with Blueberry Jam

10 slices of good Italian bread french-toast

1 ½ to 2 cups of milk

3 eggs, beaten

1 large envelope of cook and serve vanilla pudding

1 Tbsp. of cinnamon

1 tsp. vanilla

10 oz. of WV Fruit and Berry Blueberry Preserves


Mix the milk, eggs, pudding, cinnamon and vanilla. Start with 1 cup of milk. After you add the pudding, if the mixture is too thick, add more milk. You want the mixture to be heavy, but not too heavy.  Dip the bread into the mix, and then fry on the pre-heated and oiled griddle until brown and completely done through.  Heat the Blueberry Preserves (or Black Raspberry) in the microwave or in a saucepan and serve as a topping.

Baked Salmon Filets with Cherry Jalapeno Pepper Jam

4 salmon filets, about 1 inch thick glazed-salmon

½ cup grated onion

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. paprika

4 Tbs. butter (optional, can use olive oil or spray)

Salt to taste

WV Fruit and Berry Cherry Jalapeno Pepper Jam, to pour over the finished filets

Place the salmon filets in a 9 X 13 baking pan. Melt the butter in a small skillet and sauté the onion and Worcestershire sauce until the onions become transparent.

Brush the onion mixture lightly over the filets and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Heat the Cherry Jalapeno Pepper Jam, or any one of our three flavors of pepper jam, for 15 seconds in a microwave safe dish, stir and pour over the finished filets. You can use our Cherry Preserves instead, if you don’t like the heat in the Jalapeno. The sweet sauce adds so much to the taste of the salmon.

Grilled Cheese with Cherry Jalapeno Pepper Jam

Who doesn’t like a good grilled cheese sandwich? grilled-cheese

This is our favorite:

USE GOOD ITALIAN BREAD. We like our local Italian Breads.

Make a grilled cheese the way you would normally do, adding any one of our three Jalapeno Pepper Jams, or try Strawberry Jam or Cherry Preserves.  Spread one side of the bread with jam, assemble the sandwich and grill.

We love them all! 


Bob and Becky