Chutneys are part sweet and part savory. This recipe combines huckleberry sweetness, the heat of crushed red pepper and the bright spicy notes of ginger into a delicious and versatile reduction that can be used like jam on bread, as stuffing for chicken breasts or as a sauce for venison, rabbit or pork.
Granita, or Italian Ice, is a simple and delicious dessert made with only 4 ingredients. One of them is often the traditional, beloved Cherokee fruit, strawberries. June is strawberry season. Use locally grown strawberries or pick-yourself strawberries for the best flavor. Large supermarket strawberries have only a hint of strawberry flavor and often have a grainy texture because their natural sugar transforms to starch as soon as they are picked.
It doesn't get any better than huckleberries, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg (my mama's secret ingredient), all wrapped in a golden crust. Its a labor of love but well worth it.