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Win our Cherry Fest Basket

CONGRATULATIONS TO KEN MARSHALL OF ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI! People often use the catchphrase “Life is just a bowl of cherries” to mean that life is going well, but we don’t want to stop at just a bowl; we want to bring you a big basket full of cherry goodness! A yummy cherry pie—especially one spotted cooling on a windowsill—has come to signal summer and its sweet flavors, and this basket features all the ingredients you’ll need to bring your own very special cherry pie into fruition. This isn’t just (cherry) pie in the sky! Enter a comment by July 12th telling us about your favorite way to enjoy cherries and you’ll have a chance to win the Cherry Fest Basket filled with pie making supplies and other special cherry goodies. One winner will be selected at random to receive our Cherry Fest Basket, a $100 value, plus a $50 gift card for you to pick up other important Cherry Fest items like a few pounds of juicy cherries and some ice cream to serve your pie à la mode. Here’s what you’ll find in the basket:
  • 6 Washable Produce Bags
  • Good Grips 3.5" Paring Knife
  • Pie Server
  • 1 bag of Just Fruit Munchies (includes freeze-dried cherries, pineapples, raspberries, etc)
  • Santa Cruz Organic Cherry Lemonade
  • 2 Black Cherry Almond Clif Bars
  • 2 Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew Kind Plus Bars
  • Whole Food Market Cherry Almond Bath Bomb
  • Celestial Seasonings Black Cherry Berry Herbal Tea
  • 365 Everyday Value Black Cherry Soda
  • Ceramic Pie Weights
  • 365 Everyday Value Vegan Cane Sugar
  • 365 Everyday Value Organic 100% Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • Ceramic Pie Tray
Do you love making cherry preserves? Adding cherries to salads? Baking cobblers? Tell us how you enjoy cherries by July 12th for a chance to win our Cherry Fest Basket. Enjoy this cherry season — three cheers for cherries! CONGRATULATIONS TO KEN MARSHALL OF ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI!

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Emily M says …

Personally, I love my cherries best straight out of the bag (and preferably on the beach;). A simple cherry cobbler is next best!

Sandy says …

I grew up in Michigan near Traverse City (cherry capital) my parents used to pickle cherries and they were great. Cherries are my favorite and would eat them every chance I got.

Kathy Hubbard says …

I love cherries fresh dried in a salad in a dessert in my rice ... I guess I just really love cherries ....they just keep me a sweet ole soul

Judy Huth says …

Back in the 60's my neighbors had a cherry tree in their back yard. We were told that we could pick all the cherries we could reach. I think I ate more then I put in the basket. My favorite way to eat cherries is right off the tree.

Ginny says …

I love them fresh! They don't stick around long enough at my house to make anything with them -- they're eaten right away! I do think they'd be delicious on top of vanilla ice cream, though!

Tracie Reynolds says …

I made my husband a cherry pie for Father's Day and it turned out wonderful! It was my first attempt and a great one! I would love to make another one.

Leigh Ann says …

I'm a minimalist--I like cherries plain, straight from the farmer's market.

Kristie Belding says …

Cherries in the buff are the best, but in a dish nothing beats a homemade chicken salad! The key is NOT to put in too much dressing and balance the chicken with the fruit (semi-tart apples, Bing cherries, plump seedless grapes, and/or celery). Marinate the chicken then bake/boil them in chicken stock to really bring out the flavor or else everything else overwhelms it.

Ashley says …

I like to add dried cherries to my overnight oatmeal.

Cheryl says …

I like to eat fresh cherries from a big bowl, with friends!!!

cj says …

pluck from tree, hold by stem over mouth, nibble a bit to burst the juice into mouth, continue nibbling while juices release sweetness onto palate. Oh, and then there is this: cherry clafitou, mixed quick, served immediately with a mix of cream and creme fraiche that has been steeped in fresh spearmint for an hour.

susan erdman says …

I love dried cherries! I have never made a pie, but sure would love to try.

Amy says …

We love to pop the cherries straight in our mouths and fish out the pit with our tongues!

Cindy Workman says …

I just love cherries fresh from the produce stand or store...I love dried cherries with chocolate bits in my trail mix, especially in the winter...but most of all, I love fresh cherry pie!

Ariana says …

Mixed into my vanilla coconut-milk ice cream. You're making me hungry.

Lee Brocius says …

There's nothing better than fresh cherry pie with a hint of lemon. My uncle made the best flaky pie crusts. His secret ingredient? Vinegar. He was a cook in the Navy and that's where he learned his craft.

BARBARA RUBIN says …

A GREAT RECIPE USING CHERRY PIE FILLING CHERRY NOODLE PUDDING 1 PACKAGE MEDIUM NOODLES 4 EGGS BEATEN 2 TEASPOONS VANILLA CINNAMON TO TASTE 1 POUND APPLESAUCE 1/4 POUND MELTED BUTTER OR MARGERINE 1/4 CUP SUGAR 1 CAN CHERRY PIE FILLING COOK NOODLES ACCORDING TO PACKAGE DIRECTIONS. MIX ALL INGREDIENTS TOGETHER, EXCEPT CHERRY PIE FILLING. BAKE IN LARGE GREASED BAKING DISH 45 MINUTES OR UNTIL DONE IN A 350 DEGREE OVEN. COOL. TOP WITH PIE FILLING.

Jeanette Nelson says …

I use dried cherries in salads and just for snacking. I love several of the products in this gift basket and buy them often, looks great!

Cathy Phifer says …

My favorite way to enjoy cherries is raw..straight from the Whole foods fruit bin after being washed...YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMYYY!!!

K E Carlson says …

In my summer salads, I place any variety of greens, and mix in julienned carrots, plus onion celery slices. Mix and place in individual serving bowls. On top, add 1/4 cup in-season cherries, 2 T. blue cheese, or any bold, chunky cheese of choice. Mix your favorite bold balsamic salad dressing and drizzle 2 T. over the top of cherries and cheese. This is so good and so many great comments from guests!

carrie says …

I love cherries plain as a dessert snack, and also dried cherries are great mixed into salads and also mixed into homemade cornbread batter. Yumo. Also love cherry preserves, and Ben & Jerry Cherry Garcia.

cynthia says …

I love eating cherries plain. (They're even better when you pick them yourself!) They're also great in pie.

Angela Johnson says …

Fresh cherries are the best!

shelly aka allysmama says …

There is no better way for me to eat cherries than to wash them and eat them straight! Healthy and delicious!!

Debbie says …

Fresh cherries, right off the stem at my desk in the morning. Makes for a great breakfast, and adds sweetness and virtue to the morning work grind. :-)

Marie says …

I love fresh cherries but the dried ones are great in a salad with a bit of goat cheese. And the preserves and juice are fabulous too. I live in WI so we occasionally get up to Door County. Mmm mmm mmm!!!!

Maryam says …

I love sour cherries made into a jam and mixed with rice and meatballs.

Alexandra says …

Fresh cherries!

Haley says …

Cherries always remind me of summers with my Grandparents--to this day enjoying a bowl of cherries right off the stem make me have fond memories of listening to stories and spending time with the two best people I know. Today my grandpa is 93! I hope I win so I can make him a sweet cherry pie :)

Donna Perdue says …

When I was younger, my Mother and I would pick cherries by the pound! We loved to oooo and ahhhh over their beauty and their deliciously fresh tart taste. We would pit them for hours, then make delightfully tart cherry pies with a beautiful lattus top crust that my Mom taught me to make. She wanted me to take a picture of a bowl of the cherries so we could remember how gorgeous they were. What a colorful sweet memory this is!!! Thank you, Donna Perdue, Sand Springs, Ok

Jenna M says …

I tend to enjoy cherries with my mouth. Basically, I like them best when they are in there- in my mouth- and then I appreciate them in my stomach. I guess my favorite way to enjoy them is with my taste buds and secondly with the microvilli that carpet the interior of my stomach. So nice.

debbie says …

layer chopped cherries,blueberries, and honey flavored greek yogurt in a stemmed glass for a parfait !

Jamie F says …

I love fresh cherries as they are. also cherry pie,turnovers,strudel... dried in granola,on a sundae....

Darr says …

Cherry pie. Takes me back to when I was young and my mom would be found in the kitchen making her wonderful foods and pies. The lattace tops were always so beautiful with sugar sprinkled on the crust. Very few things can top the taste of cherries when we had cherry jam on pancakes and fresh cream. Takes me back to when the family was all home when I have cherries.

Jennifer says …

Fresh. Plain. With my mouth.

Kathy says …

Buying them fresh and eating them outside on a hot summer day! My seven year old and I just did this and ate a whole pint. Her face and hands wer covered in cherry juice - she just could'nt get enough of them!

Evonne says …

I love fresh cherries straight out of the container, especially when they're on sale! I also love them in homemade granola with almonds and in homemade cherry cookies. WOW!

Michael says …

I love cherries in pies, dried in my salads, and especially love fresh, raw cherries when they are in season.

tisa marie says …

my favorite way to eat cherries is on a hot summer day in a ice cold smoothie!!!

Debby Griffis says …

I love them fresh, and mixed with other fruit in fruit salad - they really add an extra special something!

Shirley Hodge says …

When I was a girl growing up we had a big sour cherry tree in the back yard and the first year we lived there the birds got all the cherries before they were quite ripe and my Dad was so angry. All winter he sought a solution and when I went out back one April morning right after the tree finished blossoming I found it compeletly shrouded in cheese cloth. It worked. The cherries ripened and we went under the cloth and picked the ripe cherries. My grandmother made such great cherry pies from that tree. I just wish I had a picture. It looked sort of like a giant vanilla ice cream cone. I remember seeing some birds approach the tree and fly around it a couple of times then leave in frustration. Very funny.

Dianna Smeal says …

Cherries make a wonderful sauce for certain meats and poultry. One of the most surprisingly delicious cherry sauces I made was with venison. My husband, who was turning up his nose at eating venison, just gobbled it up. We had no leftovers from that meal. It was such a great paring.

carolyn pomykala says …

PIE but no top crust... i was to see all the goodness

Sheila says …

Each year I look forward to summer and the arrival of cherries...This is one pleasure that does not always have to be guilty. For breakfast cherries in some low fat Greek yogurt... Lunch cherry fruit bowl over low fat cottage cheese..... Snacks....nothing like chilled cherries or even frozen to cool things off.... Cool Salads with fresh cherries Dinner desert....Cherries Jubilee. or homemade cherry ice cream..... After dinner...Wine, cheese and Cherries to tempt your special someone..... Cherries and summer fun just go together...anyway you look at it! Enjoy! Sheila

Deborah Rosen says …

Aaahhhh cherries. I love cherry vanilla ice cream. I love, love warm cherry pie with or without ice cream. I love, love, love chocolate-covered cherries. But of all things cherry, I love fresh cherries best.

Terri Cole says …

my grandma's cherry custard pie

Patrice says …

Cherries have always been a favorite of mine. Eat them fresh or can make many wonderful treats with them.

georgie casson says …

cherries chopped and in a syrup Over fresh baked home made cake with whipped cream on top

Jane says …

Fresh cherries are irresistible. Love them.

Lysha Chamberlain says …

I have always enjoyed dried cherries in my green salad. The sweetness counteracts the bitterness of the greens.

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