Today’s Secret Ingredient for Friday Foodie Fix is cherries. I’ve had a love affair with cherries since I was a kid. I have memories of walking through the farmers market eating an entire bag of cherries. I like to use them in ice cream, smoothies, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Yesterday I decided to melt some Enjoy Life Chocolate and dip the cherries into it. The cherries I got from the farmers market didn’t have stems so I had to add toothpick so I could dip them and then pick up. These were so addicting, I had to leave the house to stop eating them.
Cherries are said to date back as far as 300 B.C and were named after the Turkish town of Cerasus. Cherry trees are known for their beauty and if you come to visit me in early April, you can attend the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. There are so many things to share about cherries that you have to grab your Food Lover’s Companion for the rest. I’ll leave you with this last tip from the book: “… almond extract makes cherries taste more like cherries in baked desserts like pies, cobblers and cheesecakes…”
What are your tips for cherries? What recipes can you share that use cherries? I’m hoping someone will share some savory recipes besides all of the sweet ones I’m sure we’ll get. I can’t wait to try them all. Please use Mr. Linky to share and the comments section. For all of the rules please visit our Friday Foodie Fix page. Thank you for mentioning and linking to this page on your recipe page on your blog.