Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Ingredient Spotlight: Cherries & Pomegranates

Today’s Ingredient Spotlight focuses on cherries – sweet black and tart/sour or pie cherries.  We love them all.  We’re also featuring pomegranates, but I have no recipes here using these red beauties! 

Our love of cherries began when we lived in the mitten state and visited the National Cherry Festival (yes, there is such a thing).  Since then you can count on two things: (1) Every trip back to the mitten state means a cooler full of frozen tart cherries, and (2) Monthly deliveries from the Grand Traverse Fruit Co. of dried cherries. 

Here are some of our favorite recipes & tips for working with cherries:

Best Cherry Pitting Tip – We love cherries, but hate pitting them.  Here’s a easy and no-mess approach to pitting cherries.  Get directions here


Homemade Cherry Pie Filling – Delicious and free of food dyes.  Love this pie filling. Get the recipe here

Sweetheart Cake  - this cherry and chocolate cake would be perfect for your Valentine’s Day!  Get the recipe here

Cherry BBQ Sauce – Made with sweet or tart cherries, this BBQ sauce is excellent through and through.  Get the recipe here

Cherry Bars – These bars are delicious and while the original recipe racked up 240 calories and 9 grams of fat.  The better-for-you version uses white whole wheat flour and takes the calorie count down to 100 cals and 1 gram of fat.  Get the recipe here

Soft-Baked Oatmeal Cherry CookiesGet the recipe here

Chocolate Cherry Bark – This stuff is good.  And addicting.  Get the recipe here.

Dark Chocolate Cherry Granola BarsGet the recipe here

Cherry Balsamic SkilletGet the recipe here.

Cherry Coffee Cake – A family favorite.  Get the recipe here.

Do you like cherries?  Black & sweet or red & tart? 

If you want to link up a cherry recipe, stop by Eat at Home and link up!

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