Celebrate National Cherry Day

Life really is a bowl of cherries if you want it to be. Why not enjoy everything that this delicious fruit has to offer? One cup of cherries has just 77 calories, and is packed with Vitamins A and C. And did you know that the Romans discovered cherries all the way back in 70 BC? Since then, people around the world have been developing new recipes to take advantage of this amazing little delight. Here are some for you to try.

Cherry Salsa


  • 2 cups cherries, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 small red onion, rough chopped
  • ¼ fresh basil, rough chopped
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve chilled over fish such as tilapia.

Frozen Cherrytini


  • 6 cherries, pitted
  • 2 ounces vodka, chilled
  • ice

Blend all the ingredients together and serve in a martini glass. Garnish with maraschino cherry, if desired.

Cherry Cheesecake


  • 3 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cherries, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk

In a stand mixer, mix the cream cheese, cherries, sugar, and flour until thoroughly blended. Turn the mixer to a low speed and add the vanilla extract, eggs, and milk.

Pour into a graham cracker crust and bake for 45 minutes in a 375 degree oven. Add extra time if the center does not appear to be set. Chill before serving.

Cherry-Almond Cookies


  • 1 cup cherries, pitted and chopped
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

In large mixing bowl, beat butter with both sugars until smooth and creamy. Turn to low speed and add egg and almond extract until smooth. Add the flour baking powder and salt until a dough is formed. Stir in cherries and almonds. Form the dough into two rolls. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for one hour.

Heat oven to 375°F. Slice the dough rolls into ¼ inch slices. Bake in 375 degree oven for 7-9 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet. When the edges start to turn brown, they are done. Allow cookies to cool before removing from cookie sheet.

Cherry-Walnut Bread


  • 1 cup cherries, pitted and chopped
  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped

In large mixing bowl, mix 1 cup of the flour, all the sugar, the baking powder, baking soda and the salt until thoroughly blended. Turn the speed to low and add the butter, the milk and the cherries. Add the eggs and the rest of the flour until blended. Finally, add the nuts. Bake in a greased 8 x 4 x 2 loaf pan for 55 minutes in a 350 degree oven. It’s done when an inserted toothpick in the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool before removing from the loaf pan.

Now you have several cherry recipes from which to choose from. So next time you want your life to be a bowl of cherries, or at least have a beautiful bowl of cherries on your kitchen counter, you’ll have your pick of uses.

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