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TIP OF THE DAY: Deep Freeze Cherry Pie


Chukar Cherrie’s Triple Cherry Cobbler & Pie
Filling. Photo by Corey Lugg | THE NIBBLE.

Love cherry pie? Most people make it from any old canned supermarket cherry goop, which tastes as much of cloying sugar as it does of cherries.

You can make a much more flavorful cherry pie with frozen tart cherries, or with a specialty brand of cherry pie filling.

Keep in mind: Sweet cherries like the Bing and Royal Anne are snacking cherries. Tart cherries like the Montmorency yield the best results in cooking and baking.


CHERRY TIP OF THE DAY: “Instant” Cherry Cake With Dried Cherries


Turn your favorite cake into a cherry cake
with dried cherries. Photo by Melody Lan |

Turn your favorite cake recipe—chocolate cake, pound cake, even carrot cake—into a cherry cake, just by mixing a cup of dried cherries into the batter.

Or, stir 1/4 cup of died cherries into the filling or frosting.

Instead of making cherry cheesecake with a cherry topping, stir dried cherries into the batter.

Any way, you’ve got a new variation on a favorite recipe, with no more effort than measuring out the cherries.

While you’re at it, sprinkle some dried cherries atop the icing of other cakes and cupcakes. They make a pretty, tasty and healthy garnish. Montmorency (tart) cherries are among the highest-antioxidant foods.

Read our review of Chukar dried cherries: Dried Bing, Columbia River Tart (Montmorency) and Rainier Cherries. They’re certified kosher by KOF-K.


TIP OF THE DAY: Savory Cherries


Spiced cherries with wine and vinegar. Photo
courtesy 34° Foods With Attitude.

Leading up to next Monday, we begin a week of cherry tips in honor of our first president, George Washington. The Father of our Country was born on February 22, 1732 on his family estate off the south bank of the Potomac River in Westmoreland County, Virginia. (When he was 3-1/2 the family moved to Mount Vernon.) No cherry trees were cut down to create these tips!

If your cherry repertoire is limited to pies, preserves and chocolate-covered cherries, you’re missing out on savory expressions of the cherry.

Try savory cherry condiments available from cherry specialist Chukar Cherries. You can buy (or make your own) cherry balsamic vinaigrette, cherry chipotle barbecue sauce, cherry salsa and curried cherry chutney.

And try this recipe for spiced cherries. Serve them as a condiment with cheese or with charcuterie and pâté instead of—or along with—gherkins (make enough for gifts).

The spiced cherries work as both a savory condiment with hot and cold meats and sandwiches as well as a dessert sauce on ice cream or sorbet. Or, add them to a pound cake with some whipped cream to celebrate George Washington’s Birthday on February 22. Don’t forget the candle!

You may have to wait until June, though, for fresh cherries to begin to arrive. When Washington’s biographer, Parson Mason Weems, made up the “Father, I cannot tell a lie” myth about young George chopping down the treasured cherry tree, he should have thought ahead and picked a fruit that would be available in February!



TIP OF THE DAY: Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies For Your Valentine

Our previous post is a recipe for Valentine shortbread cookies. But don’t stop there—make Cherry Chocolate Chip cookies as well.

February is National Cherry Month. Even though fresh cherry season is in July, you can guess that National Cherry Month honors George Washington, born February 22, 1732 and immortalized for his honesty in the legend of the cherry tree (he ‘fessed up to his father that he cut down the precious tree).

This chocolate chip cookie recipe uses delicious dried cherries, made from last summer’s harvest.

And don’t stop with cookies: Enjoy the dried cherries in everything from breakfast yogurt, cereal and pancakes; to luncheon salads; to sauces for meats and poultry at dinner. For snacks, make cherry caramel corn by tossing hot popcorn with sweet butter and adding dried cherries and honey-roasted pecans; then drizzle with caramel. Or, make a cherry trail mix.


Cherry chocolate chip cookies: a yummy twist. Photo courtesy Cherry Marketing Institute.

  • Get fun cherry facts and the history of cherries. (By the way, George Washington did not cut down a cherry tree—his biographer made up the story!)



TIP OF THE DAY: Holiday “Mocktail”


Photo by M. Gillow | IST.

For an alcohol-free cocktail for adults and minors during holiday celebrations, mix equal parts of cranberry juice, apple cider and club soda (or ginger ale for a sweeter drink for the kids). Serve the “mocktail” in a wine goblet with an optional cinnamon stick.

You can turn the drink into a real cocktail by substituting an ounce of vodka and a 1/2 ounce of Calvados (apple brandy) for the club soda or ginger ale.


FOOD TIP OF THE DAY: Raising The [Chocolate] Bar

Chocolove Cherry Almond Chocolate BarChocolate, cherries, nuts.   Yesterday may have been George Washington’s actual birthday, but why not extend the celebration one more day and treat yourself to Chocolove’s Cherries and Almonds bar? It’s 55% cacao Belgian chocolate—a semisweet chocolate not far over the borderline between milk and dark, so milk chocolate lovers can enjoy it too. It’s available at many fine retailers; or you can buy them online. Get enough to share—you’ll be very popular. Read our review of Chocolove. The Orange Peel, Raspberry and Crystallized Ginger chocolate bars also rock.


RECIPE: Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Addictively good cherry chocolate chip cookies. We thank George Washington for the inspiration.


Our tip of the day today is a tasty tip indeed: Make a cherry version of your favorite chocolate chip cookies to celebrate George Washington’s birthday. The Father of our Country was born February 22, 1732.

Look for cherry baking chips in baking supply stores or online. Then, make your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, dividing the chip quantity between chocolate chips (or white chocolate chips) and cherry chips.

Another variation on the theme is to add an extra half cup of dried cherries to your recipe (with or without the cherry chips).

You also can sprinkle the cherry chips on cupcakes, use them to decorate cakes and puddings, garnish ice cream and add them to muffin and pancake batter.

  • Use this recipe to make the cookies.
  • Try the delicious Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream from Graeter’s. If you can’t find it locally, they’ll ship it to you.



    TODAY IN FOOD: It’s National Cherry Pie Day

    Do you love cherry pie…but know that you would love it even more if you could get a top-quality pie filling? Wish no more: Chukar Cherries, a purveyor of the finest cherries and cherry products made from Washington State cherries, makes the best cherry pie and cobbler fillings we’ve ever seen commercially (all natural and certified kosher). Cherry Blueberry filling is made from tart Montmorency cherries plus blueberries (think of it as the high-antioxidant pie filling). Triple Cherry filling combines Bing, Rainier and Montmorency cherries. You can these high-quality toppers on muffins, ice cream, puddings and other desserts. Since George Washington’s actual birth date is February 22nd, bake a pie or cobbler in his honor*—you’ll save so much time with these cherries that you can make a homemade crust. When you order the cherry pie filling, check out the delicious preserves, toppings and barbecue sauces—and the scrumptious dried cherries, far finer than much of what is available.- Read our review of Chukar Cherries pie fillings and other baking products.

    Read our review of Chukar’s premium dried cherries.
    Finish with a look at their cherry preserves and dessert toppings.

      Cherry Pie
    Can she bake a cherry pie, Billy Boy? Anyone can bake one, easily, with Chukar Cherries gourmet pie and cobbler fillings.
    *Historical note: George Washington did not chop down a cherry tree in his youth and then say, “Father, I cannot tell a lie.” This story and others, like throwing the silver dollar all the way across the Delaware River, were fabricated by an earlier biographer. Learn more cherry facts.


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