There is something about cherries that is utterly addictive. Its a combination of factors, the size - that enables you to scarf down a whole fruit at a time, The childish delight that invariably suffuses you when you sit outside on a balmy summer evening with a big bowl of freshly washed cherries spitting out the pits, one by one (Yes, its summer companion, the watermelon allows for that as well, but the seeds just do not have the size and shape that allows for a good projectile), and of course the fact that the season is so short and fleeting simply means that cherries get their rightful priority.
OXO and NorthWest Cherries sponsored a cherry challenge where they invited bloggers to host a Cherry party with friends and blog about the experience. Each participating blogger received a set of nested mixing bowls with colanders, a weighing scale & cherry pitters from OXO and 10 lbs of the best cherries that you could ever find from the cherry growers association. They were wonderfully accommodating in allowing me to do a solo cherry marathon and it was a wonderful experience indeed. In my true style, I could not decide on any one recipe to work on and before I knew it, the recipes began piling up.
Here's the list.
1. Cherry Compote for an Indian style Cheesecake.
2. Basil infused Cherry-Lime Granita.
3. Summer veggie Cous cous salad with a smoky Cherry Chipotle dressing.
4. Boozy Cherries! (Cherries in Bourbon with basil simple syrup).
5. Cherry Buckle cake.
6. Cherry Jam with Lemon zest & Mace.
Just click on the Tab on the top of the page to access the recipes. Bon appetit!