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Arden Offline
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Cherry Challenge
February is National Cherry Month!
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article...tml?cat=70


I love cherries, and they are SO good for you, too!! They are rich in antioxidants, an anti-inflammatory, they reduce cholesterol, they are rich in vitamin C, fiber and even melatonin ...
http://www.whole-food-supplements-guide....rries.html

SO, here's the challenge ... create at least one menu item (or an entire menu) featuring cherries (either for your Valentine's day dinner, or for another occasion during February), and post your recipe and results here. Sweet or savory, dessert, appetizer, main course, or beverage ... you make the call!


Here's a link to some recipes to get you started thinking ...
http://www.choosecherries.com/index.aspx

I think starting the meal with a cherry sparkler would be nice ...

and maybe a whole grain nice pilaf featuring some nuts and dried cherries ...

there are SO many options for dessert - cherry cakes, pies, tarts, etc.
Right now, I think I'm leaning towards a baked cherry pudding ...
http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Baked-Cherry-Pudding

Anybody else wanna join me in the February Cherry challenge? Smile
02-04-2011 01:13 PM
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Anjil Offline
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RE: Cherry Challenge
(02-04-2011 01:13 PM)Arden Wrote:  February is National Cherry Month!
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article...tml?cat=70

I love cherries, and they are SO good for you, too!!
SO, here's the challenge ... create at least one menu item (or an entire menu) featuring cherries (either for your Valentine's day dinner, or for another occasion during February), and post your recipe and results here. Sweet or savory, dessert, appetizer, main course, or beverage ... you make the call!

Anybody else wanna join me in the February Cherry challenge? Smile

Sounds delicious, Arden !! I'm thinking Cherry Creme Bruleé, iced fresh cherry vodka cocktails, cherries stuffed with goat cheese, Amish Slaw with cherries, cherries swimming in hot chocolate sauce, Butternut Squash stuffed with garlicky veggies n' cherries, Mac n' Cheese with Cherry sprinkles AND grilled Tofu with a glistening thick smokey cherry glaze.Huh

(Sorry, I shoulda put that menu in order. The Bruleé & chocolate pool dip are s'posed to be at the end, ha !!!!) Tongue

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02-04-2011 10:32 PM
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RE: Cherry Challenge
yum, yum, yum, yum, yum, yum YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!
forget the challenge, Wink
can I PLEASE just come eat at YOUR house, instead??? Big Grin
OH MY WORD, that sounds WONderful!!!

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02-05-2011 12:05 AM
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RE: Cherry Challenge
(02-05-2011 12:05 AM)Arden Wrote:  yum, yum, yum, yum, yum, yum YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!
forget the challenge, Wink
can I PLEASE just come eat at YOUR house, instead??? Big Grin
OH MY WORD, that sounds WONderful!!!

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Sounds GREAT! Save me the seat next to Arden Big Grin.
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02-05-2011 02:52 PM
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RE: Cherry Challenge
THIS sounds very delicious!!
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/528187
(scroll down to the last letter on the pageSmile)
02-05-2011 02:55 PM
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RE: Cherry Challenge
So, Anjil, you inspired me ... mmmm, I've been looking up recipes for sweet and spicy cherry glaze ...
I'd have mine on tofu, hubby said he'd have his on pork chops ...
http://www.glensplace.com/files/Pork/Por...Glaze.html

He wants to go out on Valentine's Day, so I guess I'll do my cherry-themed dinner on Feb 21. (my next day off after valentine's day ...)

this is what I'm thinkin' for my menu so far ...

cherry spritzer
cold cherry soup
sweet and spicy cherry glazed tofu
multi-grain pilaf with pecans and cherries
warm spinach salad with black pepper/cherry vinaigrette
baked cherry pudding
02-05-2011 08:47 PM
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RE: Cherry Challenge
(02-05-2011 08:47 PM)Arden Wrote:  So, Anjil, you inspired me ... mmmm, I've been looking up recipes for sweet and spicy cherry glaze ...
I'd have mine on tofu, hubby said he'd have his on pork chops ...
http://www.glensplace.com/files/Pork/Por...Glaze.html

He wants to go out on Valentine's Day, so I guess I'll do my cherry-themed dinner on Feb 21. (my next day off after valentine's day ...)

this is what I'm thinkin' for my menu so far ...

cherry spritzer
cold cherry soup
sweet and spicy cherry glazed tofu
multi-grain pilaf with pecans and cherries
warm spinach salad with black pepper/cherry vinaigrette
baked cherry pudding

Ooooh, that's a very ROMANTIC menu !!!Smile

I just looked @ the link for the glazed tofu. It looks better than any of the others I've seen so far. Think I'd leave out the curry & cinnamon... But what to add instead ???HuhHuhHuh

Hey, how 'bout some Sriracha sauce ?Idea

I'm gonna put some in my peanut sauce 2nite, on advice of you...

Okay, better finish cooking my dindin b4 it bcomes midnite snackie, ha !!!

Hmmmm, would cilantro go goood with cherries ? Never tried it...

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02-05-2011 09:04 PM
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RE: Cherry Challenge
(02-05-2011 09:04 PM)Anjil Wrote:  Ooooh, that's a very ROMANTIC menu !!!Smile

I just looked @ the link for the glazed tofu. It looks better than any of the others I've seen so far. Think I'd leave out the curry & cinnamon... But what to add instead ???HuhHuhHuh

Hey, how 'bout some Sriracha sauce ?Idea

I'm gonna put some in my peanut sauce 2nite, on advice of you...

Okay, better finish cooking my dindin b4 it bcomes midnite snackie, ha !!!

Hmmmm, would cilantro go goood with cherries ? Never tried it...

I dunno about romance, I just wanna eat! Wink Wink Wink

I wondered about the curry, too, but the cinnamon sounds really good to me. I actually thought about sriracha, but I use it a lot, hubby doesn't want it in EVerything, hahaha. Tongue

I actually did see an asian-style sweet and sour cherry glaze with sriracha and hot chinese mustard earlier ... here it is ... http://agoodappetite.blogspot.com/2008/0...-hens.html
(just ignore the meat, I always do Rolleyes )

yes, it is go-o-o-o-d in peanut sauce ... Smile

did I already mention a friend of mine just published a sriracha cookbook? Huh
http://www.thesrirachacookbook.com/


I think if you wanted to do cherries and cilantro together, it'd be a fresh cherry salsa ... mmm, mmm Smile
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02-05-2011 09:40 PM
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Anjil Offline
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RE: Cherry Challenge
I noticed that the Choose Cherries website is having a contest:

http://www.choosecherries.com/recipes/re...ntest.aspx

Looks like fun !!! They gotta be TART cherries for the contest though...

Hmmmm... well I found this out about cherries so far:

"Cherries were brought to America by ship with early settlers in the 1600s.
Michigan is the leader in producing tart cherries. They produce 200-250 million pounds of tart cherries per year !!

In 1852, Peter Dougherty, a Presbyterian missionary living in northern Michigan, planted cherry trees on Old Mission Peninsula (near Traverse City, Michigan). Much to the surprise of the other farmers and Indians who lived in the area, Dougherty's cherry trees flourished and soon other residents of the area planted trees. The area proved to be ideal for growing cherries because Lake Michigan tempers Arctic winds in winter and cools the orchards in summer.

There are 7,000 cherries on an average tart cherry tree and it takes 250 cherries to make a cherry pie.
The third week of July is usually the peak of cherry harvest in the US.
Cherry pie filling is the number one pie filling sold in the US.
Tart cherries contain 19 times the of beta carotene of blueberries and strawberries.
They are also rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E and also provide potassium, magnesium, folate, iron, and fiber.
Tart cherries are one of the few known food sources of melatonin. Melatonin is an antioxidant that helps regulate our circadian rhythms and natural sleep patterns.
A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that tart cherries ranked 14 in the top 50 foods for highest antioxidant content per serving size—surpassing red wine, prunes, dark chocolate and orange juice !!!"

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02-06-2011 09:03 PM
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RE: Cherry Challenge
I'm gona go check out this contest in a minute ... sounds good!

I did know that almost all the cherries in the US are grown in Michigan, but I didn't know the interesting history of how they got there!
That minister was Peter Cherryseed (hahahahaa) - y'know, like Johnny Appleseed? Wink

I knew all the great nutritional news about cherries!! Big Grin

hmmm, 7,000 cherries per tree, 250 cherries per pie =28 pies per tree! Big Grin

btw, this is the BEST brand of sugar free (fruit juice sweetened) black cherry conserves EVER.
https://secure.stdalfour.us/Market.cfm/category/1/
02-07-2011 10:06 PM
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RE: Cherry Challenge
OMG, Anjil, what a great link! Big Grin
Lots of inspiration there!!
02-07-2011 10:08 PM
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Anjil Offline
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RE: Cherry Challenge
(02-07-2011 10:06 PM)Arden Wrote:  I'm gona go check out this contest in a minute ... sounds good!

btw, this is the BEST brand of sugar free (fruit juice sweetened) black cherry conserves EVER.
https://secure.stdalfour.us/Market.cfm/category/1/

Oh yeah !! I LOVE St. Dalfour !!!!!!

Sometimes Grocery Outlet has closeouts of their stuff. That's when Anjil swooops in n' buys it all up, ha !!!!! (well, I try to leave SOME for other foodies ;-)

A wonderful company they are. SmileSmileSmile

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02-07-2011 10:19 PM
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RE: Cherry Challenge
Big Grin

Anjil, I think if we were neighbors, we'd hafta start a dinner club! Smile
02-07-2011 10:22 PM
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RE: Cherry Challenge
oooooo, this Cherry Crunch Cake sounds goood, too ... whole grain!!

http://www.choosecherries.com/recipes/Ve...e_930.aspx

and, I could replace the turbinado with brown sugar splenda ... and instead of cherries and blackberries, do a mix of red cherries and black cherries ...

mmmm ...
02-07-2011 10:33 PM
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RE: Cherry Challenge
(02-07-2011 10:22 PM)Arden Wrote:  Big Grin

Anjil, I think if we were neighbors, we'd hafta start a dinner club! Smile

That would be SO MUCH FUN !!! SmileTongueSmile

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02-08-2011 08:38 PM
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