The Detroit Free Press found out my secret that adding dried cherries to a recipe of traditional bread stuffing upgrades it and makes it “cool”. I like to add a handful of dried cherries to my grazed carrots too. Looks great and tastes even better! Happy Thanksgiving! Betsy and the crew
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Start with a lb of asparagus. Rinse thoroughly. Cut about an inch from woody ends, and toss them into a cup or so of chicken broth. Simmer while you do the rest. Cut the tips off and simmer just until tender (you can put ‘em in with the ends, then remove and set aside). Cut up the stems into roughly 1″ pieces. Saute with a diced sweet onion until onion is the way you like it. Add the broth from the woody ends, plus a little more if necessary. Add dill weed (plenty!), thyme, and black pepper to your liking. When the asparagus is very, very tender, blend it with an immersion blender (or the regular blender, whichever you have handy!). In a little pan, bring about 1/2 cup heavy cream to a boil and reduce it slightly. Stir this and the tips into the
soup. Add a little sea salt & pepper if you want it. People will covet your lunch.”
New to drinking cherry juice? Here is a brief introduction to mixing and enjoying delicious 100% Montmorency tart cherry juice.
Cherry juice concentrate should be refrigerated upon arrival. You can store it for 6 months in the refrigerator or 12 months in the freezer. King Orchards cherry juice concentrate is concentrated to 68 brix; It won’t freeze solid or expand in the freezer.
Mixing cherry juice:
For a single glass of cherry juice, we recommend a mix of 7 parts water to 1 part concentrate. That’s 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) of concentrate for an 8 ounce glass of juice.
Another easy recipe is to mix 1/2 cup of cherry juice concentrate with 3 1/2 cups of water. This makes 1 quart of juice. We suggest making no more than a quart in advance, to minimize the possibility of spoilage.
King Orchards tart cherry juice concentrate is 100% Montmorency cherries. That means it’s pure fruit, so feel free to experiment! Try mixing with club soda, orange or apple juice. A bit of tart cherry juice adds a nice flavor twist to summer lemonade, and is also a great cocktail mixer. We have many customers who add cherry juice concentrate to their yogurt and oatmeal, too. It’s a sweet and sour delight over ice cream. Tart cherry juice concentrate gives everything a boost of natural cherry pie flavor.
Do you have a great cherry juice recipe?
If you have your own tart cherry juice recipes or serving suggestions, we’d love to hear and share them. Jot us a note in the comment section, or give us a call toll-free at 877-937-5464.
Cheers! and as always, thank you for supporting Michigan cherry growers!
Powered by Red Contest Winner -Jaime Brown-Miller, Napa, CA
1/4 cup tart cherry juice
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons chili paste (sirracha)
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
4 tuna fillets (ahi, albacore or similar)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup dried tart cherries
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 cups shredded red cabbage
2 cups whole grain rice
2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped
In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, chili sauce, garlic, soy sauce, mustard, tart cherry juice and green onions.
Heat a large skillet to high heat. Sprinkle the tuna with salt and pepper, spray with cooking spray, then sear for 90 seconds per side for rare (or until desired doneness). Remove from heat, cool slightly, and slice.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the honey and rice wine vinegar. Toss with the dried tart cherries and cabbage.
Prepare rice according to package directions.
To assemble, place equal amounts of rice onto the center of four plates. Push down the center of each mound to create a well and fill each well with equal amounts of dressed cabbage. Add slices of tuna, drizzle with sauce and sprinkle with parsley.
Courtesy of Powered by Red Contest Winner (Novice) -Jaime Brown-Miller, Napa, CA and the Cherry Marketing Institute
1- 12-inch Pre-baked pizza crust
1/2 cup Dried tart cherries
1 1/2 cups Onion, sliced thin
2 1/2 cups Baby portobello mushrooms, sliced thin
1 tablespoon Olive oil
1 1/2 cups Beef (any tender cut), cooked medium-rare and sliced thin
1 1/2 cups Blue cheese, crumbled
Sauté onions in butter until caramelized; let cool.
Sauté portobello mushrooms in butter until tender; let cool.
Brush olive oil evenly over pre-baked pizza crust. Spread onions and mushrooms over pizza crust. Arrange slices of beef and cherries over onions and mushrooms. Sprinkle blue cheese over all.
Bake at 450°F in a standard oven 7 to 9 minutes, or until cheese has melted. Serve as an appetizer or main course.
Start the New Year off right with a delicious, healthy breakfast shake, featuring frozen tart cherries. Montmorency and Balaton tart cherries would both be wonderful in this recipe.
4 large or 8 small ice cubes
1 1/2 cups frozen tart cherries
1 large banana, cut into 1-inch chunks
3/4 cup vanilla soy or lowfat milk
2/3 cup orange juice
2 scoops unflavored whey protein drink mix powder (about 42 grams protein total)
1 to 2 tablespoons sugar
Place ice cubes, frozen cherries, banana, milk, orange juice, protein powder and sugar in blender container. Cover and blend on high speed about 30 seconds or until smooth. To serve, pour into glasses. Serve immediately.
Makes 2 (1 3/4-cups) servings.
Nutrition Facts per 1 3/4 cup serving: 129 calories, 8 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 12 g carbohydrate, 0 mg cholesterol, 2 g protein, 2 g fiber, 5 mg sodium; Daily Values: 20% vitamin A, 80% vitamin C, 35% calcium, 6% iron.
Here’s my favorite apple cake recipe. I really generally don’t care for baked apple products, but this one is . . . oh good lord. . . you gotta try it. My mom got the recipe from Emma Ellison in Eastport, way back in the 70′s. Mom used to make it for dad’s birthday every year. Sometimes I still do. It’s stupid easy – great recipe for the kids to try out their baking skills.
I’ve added some spices, and I use both brown and granulated sugars. You can doll it up to your liking. I’ve used oil or butter; both are delicious. If you use butter, you may need to adjust the amount of salt you add (unless, of course, you’re using unsalted butter). I’m guessing you could even use applesauce or bananas for some of the sweet / fat ingredients.
This recipe yields one 9×13 glass baking pan. You can also use it as a muffin batter, or dress it up with a crumb topping. Once it’s cooled, sifting powdered sugar through a doily is a cutesy old fashioned thing to do.
The cake is best about 15 minutes out of the oven. The edges will be crusty and chewy, and the cake is moist and dense. It’s also great for the next few days, if there’s any left. Just cover pan with foil or film wrap.
Bake at 350 for approximately 50 minutes. Kinda depends on exactly how many apples you use, and how much moisture they contain. Cake is done when it’s deep golden brown, the edges start to pull away from the pan, and the center has puffed up and is set.
4 cups diced apples – I usually quarter them or cut in 8ths, depending upon size of apples, then slice. Don’t peel!
1 c granulated sugar
1 c brown sugar, loosely packed
3/4 c oil
2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 tsp vanilla
2 c all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt (I like a high quality sea salt best)
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
sprinkle ground cloves
sprinkle ground nutmeg
couple sprinkles ground coriander
1 c chopped walnuts or pecans (optional, of course)
I suggest you use a large mixing bowl and do this by hand with a big ol’ wooden spoon or rubber spatula; I’ve never bothered with a mixer for this cake. The batter is dense and lumpy and it will look like there is absolutely NO way it’s going to turn out. . . but it will.
Stir together flour, sugars, spices, soda and salt.
Slice apples and stir into dry ingredients to coat them.
Add the eggs, oil, and vanilla at once, and stir gently just until combined.
Bake, eat, and feel the love.
Just read a wonderful article on delectable Michigan peaches in The Detroit News, along with a simple recipe for Peach Berry Crisp using Michigan peaches and berries. You can also use blackberries or strawberries along with the peaches, or use nectarines in place of peaches.
From The Detroit News:
3 large peaches, peeled, pitted, chopped (about 3 cups)
2 cups blueberries
2 cups raspberries
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons plus 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup oatmeal (not instant)
1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
Vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 8-inch square or oval baking dish. Toss fruit, sugar and 2 tablespoons flour in large bowl to combine. Transfer to prepared baking dish. Bake fruit until juices bubble, stirring occasionally, about 40 minutes. Bake without stirring another 5 minutes. Remove from oven. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees.
Meanwhile, whisk remaining 3/4 cup flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and salt in medium bowl to blend. Add butter and rub in with fingertips until small moist clumps form. Sprinkle topping evenly over hot fruit in dish.
Bake crisp until topping is golden brown, about 20 minutes. Cool slightly. Serve warm with ice cream. Serves 8.
Per serving (without ice cream): 339 calories; 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat; 27 percent calories from fat); 62 g carbohydrates; 25 mg cholesterol; 82 mg sodium; 4 g protein; 7 g fiber
20 minutes to make
60 minutes to bake
From The Detroit News
Put 1 quart of Michigan blueberries in a deep dish pie crust.
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 8 ounce container of whipping cream
Pour over blueberries
Bake in 400 degree oven for 45 minutes
(recommend a drip pan – may spill over in oven!)
8 c. (2 lbs.) fresh tart cherries, unpitted
2 c. sugar or 1 lb. sugar cubes
4 c. vodka or brandy or bourbon
1 1/2 tsp whole allspice (optional)
1 1/2 tsp whole cloves (optional
2″ stick cinnamon (optional)
Wash and stem cherries. Alternate layers of cherries, sugar and spices, if desired in a sterilized 2-quart jar. Cover with liquor. Store covered in cool dark place. Shake or stir once a day the first week, then once a week for two months. Strain the liqueur, setting cherries aside. Let liqueur stand for 2 hours, pour clear liqueur into sterilized glass containers, being careful not to disturb sediment. Make second batch.
Traditionally, the first batch of Cherry Bounce is served during the Christmas season; the second is served at Easter.
You can make the second batch by adding more sugar and bourbon to the cherries, but traditionally sauterne is used rather than bourbon. Cover the cherries with 4/5 quart of sauterne. Follow the same stirring and storing procedure as in the first batch.