Monthly Archives: June 2011

Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries…

Summer is in full swing and that means stone fruit!  Cherries, peaches, plums, etc. are all in season now and there is nothing like biting into a perfectly ripe peach, juice running down your chin, face lifted to the sky & sunshine warming your cheeks. 
However, taking that fruit and turning it into a cobbler or crisp isn’t a bad option either…  especially since it requires little effort and that is what most of us with hectic lives and schedules need.

In honor of the Cherry Festival held in Traverse City, Michigan I thought I’d give a nod to the Wolverine state with a Cherry Crisp.

Cherries are so beautiful with their glossy, dark ruby skin and I love the snap of it breaking open when you bite into it.  Their season is short, so when they are around get them while the gettin’s good!

farm-stand cherries
 

Channel your Inner Fat Kid

Consider yourself warned:  This recipe is not for the faint of heart.  It is not low-fat, low in calories, low in sugar OR low in taste.  Once in a while, we need a splurge and this is a really good one.

If we’re being perfectly honest here,  my “inner fat kid” doesn’t exactly need to be channeled.  She happily resides within & unfortunately can be pretty demanding most of the time.
I have had a love affair with Nutella for as long as I can remember.  There is just something about that smooth, chocolately, nutty yumminess that makes me smile whenever I have it and luckily for me there is usually a jar in the cupboard.

My favorite combination of flavors is salty & sweet, so when I was thinking about doing a dessert, I wanted to add in a salty element somewhere and the crust just seemed the natural way to go.  Pretzels are my go-to snack so they are always on hand and thus, a dessert was born…

The slight saltiness and crunch of the crust balances out the smooth richness of the filling and it all works very nicely together.

Note: this tart is so decadently delicious, you may want to consider turning the lights down low and putting on some Barry White before eating it…

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Cocktails Anyone?

If you are anything like most of the people I know, you enjoy the occasional libation… I bought a watermelon a few days ago and my first thought aside from devouring that ice cold coral flesh (with a little sprinkle of kosher salt) was cocktails!  A watermelon mojito is the perfect thing to have in hand when it is blazing hot outside.   It is fruity, light and refreshing.

For my watermelon mojito I use a watermelon rum,  but if you can’t find that just use a plain light rum or experiment with whatever sounds good to you. (Bacardi makes a red peach rum or a dragonfruit rum that would be delicious).
What’s the worst thing that can happen?  If you don’t like it, pour it out and crack open a beer…

The inspiration for the drink came from a recipe for Watermelon Daquiris by the Domestic Goddess herself, Nigella Lawson.

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