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Cherry Fest: The Sweet Taste of Summer

By Jennifer Cheng, June 28, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Jennifer Cheng
Plump, sweet and juicy, there’s so much to love about cherries! Cherry Fest is our way of celebrating all things cherry, so our stores will have plenty of cherries for all of your cherry needs. Summer is the best time to buy cherries because that’s when they’re at their seasonal best so you’re sure to find the sweetest fruits and the sweetest prices! How will you celebrate Cherry Fest? Personally, I like to keep a large stock of cherries around because I find that I tend to eat them by the handful. This summer I think I’ll buy a little extra and instead of gobbling ALL of them up and spitting out the pits willy-nilly as usual, I’m going to try and explore cherry’s flavor potential. I’m excited to see how cherries will lend their deep sweetness to more than just desserts! Here are some really delicious recipes that caught my eye. Fresh Cherry Compote with Orange-Scented Mascarpone I’ll start with a fresh and easy dessert that I can prepare ahead of time and spoon together when I have friends over for dinner. I bet the compote would also be tasty served over ice cream or cake. Wilted Kale with Cherries I’m always trying to get more greens in my diet and this savory-sweet side dish sounds really flavorful. I also really like the idea of using apple juice as a cooking liquid. Scallops with Cherry-Tarragon Sauce If I’m looking to impress some guests, I’ll pair cherries with tarragon to make a delicious sauce to pour over seared scallops. Cherry Crostata A little less structured than traditional cherry pie, wedges of this free-form pie would be great to serve at brunch as well as for dessert. Cherry Skillet Jam This jam recipe makes about one cup and keeps for five days—that means I can have five days of spreading onto biscuits, adding to peanut butter sandwiches, serving with pancakes…. Goat Cheese Bruschetta with Cherries and Mint An appetizer with no heat needed further than toasting some bread. That’s my kind of summer entertaining! You’ll still probably catch me hanging out in my hammock with a big bowl of chilled cherries this summer! How are you celebrating Cherry Fest? Have any awesome cherry recipes you’d like to share?

 

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JoAnn Praught says ...
To be perfectly honest with you..I love fresh cherries...just the way God made them ! thank you very much
06/30/2011 1:14:33 PM CDT
Steven Menlow says ...
Yeah cheribundi!!! I love tart cherry juice!!
06/29/2011 5:03:00 PM CDT
mary vancura says ...
It would be great to freeze them to enjoy later. When I lived in Florida, I loved picking up frozen cherries at Publix Mkts. Haven't seen frozen cherries in NV or CA.
06/30/2011 6:04:47 PM CDT
virginia says ...
I saw that cherries were in season and started thinking about black forest cupcakes!
06/29/2011 10:42:30 AM CDT
Kelly Furlong-Rezac says ...
I love cherries bought a bunch at Whole Foods Omaha last year when on special and just ate alone and used recipes on the W.F. site. I love these new recipies and will have to try them...
06/29/2011 8:38:40 PM CDT
Kemborllay says ...
I love cherries by the handful. also, raw cherry desert with coconut, pecans, and cacao
06/29/2011 10:08:13 PM CDT
Heather says ...
I just love cherries! I grew up on an organic cherry farm and have always loved raw organic cherries and organic cherry pie. I was so excited to see that the South Pacific region has introduced a new canned organic tart cherry in water. I am so excited to try them in my mom's famous pie recipe.
07/01/2011 5:14:43 PM CDT
BL says ...
Just coming back from National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan!! Making Cherry Hand Pies from the July 2011 Bon appetit magazine! Yum, yum, can't wait to get home and eat the 29 pounds of cherries we picked!
07/06/2011 5:43:42 PM CDT
judy says ...
Wish recipes were for 'tart cherries' not sweet cherries. Hard to get tart cherries in CA, but can order from Michigan, wish Whole Foods would carry them....
07/07/2011 6:44:19 PM CDT