Rosemary Cherry Compote

Hello my sweet darlin’s!

Basically my life the last week has looked a little like this:

Study for finals, work, study more for finals, work, write final essays, work, stay up all night studying for finals, take finals, fly to LA for best friends graduation, drink a lot of liquor in celebration, SLEEP.

Yesterday was the first day I actually felt somewhat rested. It’s been great.

Now that I am at my parents house for a week I have time to try some new recipes. When I made dinner last night though, we had yet to go shopping and my folks got into town the same day as me, so ingredients for dinner were slim pickin’s.

There were a couple items that caught my eye: roasted turkey, sourdough bread, onions, and fresh cherries. I could work with that.

A roasted turkey sandwich with rosemary cherry compote and crispy onions. Yea, that sounds tasty.

Lucky for me, the turkey was already roasted, the bread was already baked, and we will get to those crispy onions a little later. Right now, I’m gonna show you how to make some seriously phenomenal cherry compote.

Recipe adapted from YumSugar

What you’ll need:

2 cups rinsed, stemmed and pitted cherries

2 1/2 Tbs. Sugar

1 tsp. Fresh Rosemary, finely chopped

1 tsp. Balsamic Vinegar

1/2 Tbs. Water

Salt

Pepper

What to do with it:

1. Place cherries, sugar, rosemary, and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil

2. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and allow to simmer until cherries are nice and soft and the sauce has thickened. It will take 15-17 minutes. (I helped it along by taking the back of a wooden spoon and slightly mashing the cherries against the side of the pan)

3. Once they are at the consistency you prefer, take them off the heat, add the balsamic and allow to cool

4. Serve hot or cold

I would liken this compote to the summer version of cranberry sauce, its a little tart, not too sweet and goes great smothered on turkey. Which is exactly what I did.

For the sandwich:

Sourdough loaf, cut into hearty slices

Cream Cheese

Dijon Mustard

Roasted Turkey

Cherry Compote

Spiced Crispy Onions

I think sandwich assembly is pretty easy, but here’s what I did

Slather one piece of bread with cream cheese, and the other with Dijon

Layer about 3 slices of roasted turkey on one side – you can do more, but my bread was on the small side

Spoon a generous heaping of cherries on top of the turkey, take the wooden spoon and get the sauce in crevices of the turkey layers

Take a big ol’ handful of the crispy onions and place that on top and cover with the other piece of bread

This sandwich was so divine. It pretty much felt like a Thanksgiving leftover sandwich…and who says I have to wait for November to get on that?!

Nobody, that’s who.

So go ahead, indulge and enjoy in this delightful slice of heaven.

Btw, my parents have an entire hillside of rosemary growing wild in their backyard.

Any ideas for what to do with some of it?

Red’s Java House

Do you ever just crave an honest to goodness burger?

No fancy extra toppings, no crazy sauces (though I love to get down on a spectacular burger like that every once in a while).

But sometimes, I just want a straight up burger, with cheese.

This is why I get on my knees and thank God for places like Red’s Java House.

This place is a no frills, back to the basics old school burger joint right on the water at the Embarcadero at Pier 28.

The menu options go a little something like this:

 

My favorite part of the menu – “We Don’t Serve Lettuce or Tomato”

Red’s is just so sassy.

This place hasn’t seen a renovation in quite some time, ain’t it just grand.

The menu is already extremely simple, but Matt and I came here for 2 reasons, a cheeseburger, and fries.

So that’s exactly what we got

These burgers were special however because instead of a sesame bun, these babies were served on a sourdough roll.

WOW!

What a concept. Way better than a traditional bun, in my opinion. But then again, I loveeee sourdough, and think everything tastes better with it.

Pretty much the cheeseburger consisted of:

Beef

Cheddar Cheese

Chopped Onions

Mustard

Pickles

So, yea, it erred on the tangy side with the mustard, pickles, and sourdough.

My fav.

Literally right as we sat down with our food, the lunch rush came. A testament to how good this place is. Soo glad we didn’t have to wait though cause we were starving!

The back of the restaurant opens up to a waterfront patio area, and covered outdoor bar with fun music and lively patrons. Every seat in the back was taken so we headed back inside and enjoyed the padded bar stools.

Still fine by me!

When it comes to a good burger, I’m like a momma tiger protecting her cub

Matt chose to be an adult while he ate

I chose to be a child and play

Like my wonky eye?

Overall, this place is perfect to stop for a quick bite to eat while walking along the waterfront. If you’re sitting outside though, the fun drunken atmosphere begs you to sit back and relax for a while. Inside, the service is friendly and the decor will encourage you to reminisce over the generations past. The food is straightforward, unadulterated, and a combo (burger, fries and a drink) is under $10, which is exactly what you need sometimes.

Red’s Java House, I’ll see ya again soon!