Cherries have started popping up locally, and it’s practically our patriotic duty to devour them. Cherries are a small stone fruit (think peaches and nectarines) that pack a healthful punch. Tart cherries are high in melatonin, which helps you calm down and settle into a deep sleep at night. Tart cherry juice has also been proven to reduce post-workout soreness. Sweet cherries contain lots of antioxidants; the darker the cherry, the more antioxidants it packs in. One cup of sweet cherries contains about the same amount of potassium as a small banana. So get going on these recipes!
Worried about pits? You can get a fancy cherry pitter, but I normally just halve the cherries with a paring knife and then pop out the pits. It’s slow-going work but also oddly therapeutic. Enjoy your cherries with these 25 ideas. In no particular order:
- Peaches With Balsamic Cherries (pictured above) — it’s like dessert, but easier to fit into your swimsuit after eating.
- Don’t forget to pit the cherries for Emeril’s sweet ice cream topping, Cherries Jubilee.
- Alex Guarnaschelli tops lemon sorbet with Sauteed Cherries With Grappa and Almonds.
- Nadia G. stews sour cherries with orange bitters for her Cherry Pie Inspired by an “Old Fashioned” Cocktail.
- Healthy breakfasts don’t have to mean boring breakfasts; start your day with Cherry Vanilla Oatmeal.
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It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.
For some, summer is all about lying out by the pool. For others, it’s about long and relaxing vacations at the beach. But for me, and I’m sure for many others, it’s about sun-dappled, fire-up-the-grill backyard cookouts. And one important component for any outdoor party is the frosty, iced drinks that will help keep you and your guests cool.
It’s time to break out the blender for a grown-up slushie spiked with smoky bourbon. Orange juice, lemonade, cherry juice and bourbon are blended with ice for a pretty, pink-hued beverage that’s just sweet enough.
Bottoms up, folks.
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For a festive way to kick off the holidays, try this decadent and celebratory White Chocolate Cherry Martini. White chocolate liqueur, maraschino liqueur and Irish cream come together in a wintry concoction, and are then mixed with vanilla vodka for a thick, rich and dessert-like cocktail that’s perfect for a holiday party. The literal “cherry on top” is a sweet garnish of chocolate-covered cherries. Guests will go crazy for this winter wonderland cocktail.
Just a tip: You might want to make extra chocolate-covered cherries. It’s the holidays after all.
Here’s to some holiday cheer. Bottoms up, folks.
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Week four of our season-long garden party Summer Fest 2011 welcomes food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll help you to enjoy all that this season has to offer. So far, we’ve delved into eggplant, peaches and cucumbers. Now we’re chowing down on cherries.
In season summer fruit is so sweet and juicy, you don’t even need to think about adding sugar to your favorite drinks, you can just add succulent fruit. One of the best ways to drink cherries this summer is in a classic fruity cocktail: sangria.
No matter how you make your sangria (there are so many options), I’d advise skipping the simple syrup and relying solely on the flavor of your fruit. Pick from white sangria that’s chock full of lemons, limes, peaches and white Spanish wine or red sangria that’s filled with apples, oranges and a dry red wine. Sangria is great for masking cheaper wines or serving drinks to a large crowd. Me, I’ll just sip it on a Wednesday evening.
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Sour cherries, fresh from the tree
I can’t get enough of sour cherries. Growing up in Ohio, I’d spend the first half of June up in the cherry tree, reaching for every last can’t-help-but-pucker gem. Even with my “one for the bucket, two for me” mentality, my family ended up with loads of cherries that would find their way into pies, jam, cobblers, muffins and more.
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