George Washington's birthday is this month (happy 278th,
George!). And so it seems only fitting that we pay tribute to the
little fruit that, thanks to a story taught in every elementary
school in America, is inextricably linked to the founding
Here are a few simple cherry recipes to get you started. For
more, head over to choosecherries.com.
Miniature Chocolate-Cherry Cheesecake
These little gems are perfect for little hands - and so easy to
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat the cups of 18
miniature muffin tin with cooking spray. Place a vanilla wafer in
the bottom of each cup; set aside.
Step 2: Make the filling. Beat together cream cheese, sugar,
eggs and vanilla until smooth; stir in the grated chocolate.
Step 3: Fill and Bake. Fill each wafer-lined muffin cup 2/3 full
of cream cheese filling. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25
minutes, or until lightly golden. Cool.
Step 4: Add topping and serve. Makes 18 cheesecakes.
Chunky Chocolate & Cherry Oatmeal
These chewy cookies are loaded with oats and dried cherries.
Step 1: Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat 2 cookie sheets with cooking
spray; set aside.
Step 2: Mix together flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon in a
medium bowl; set aside.
Step 3: Beat together butter and sugars until creamy. Beat in
egg and vanilla.
Step 3: Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture; stir well.
Stir in oats, cherries, chocolate and almonds until evenly
Step 4: Drop dough by heaping tablespoons onto prepared pans;
space about 2 inches apart. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12
minutes, or until golden. Cool on racks. Makes 2 dozen cookies.
Cook's Note: Dried cranberries make a delicious substitution
Cherry Almond Milk
Here's a delicious way to get the kids to drink more milk.
Place cherries, extract and milk in a blender. Process until
pureed. Enjoy. Makes two servings.
Besides her two favorite jobs of wife and mom, Michelle Ann
Anderson home schools her children is a freelance writer, enjoys
public speaking, writing cookbooks and sharing her love of food
with those around her. You can find her blog at MichelleAnnAnderson.com.
See more of Michelle's stories here.
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