A Cherry Recipe Jubilee

Life is very much a bowl of cherries–well, actually many bowls of cherries, if you live in Northern Michigan, the self-proclaimed Tart Cherry Capital of the World. I just spent a long weekend there (above, my shot of the Leland Harbor), and it was a veritable cherries jubilee, from cherry compote to cherry fudge to cherry ice cream to the traditional cherry pie. There were cherry-shaped Petoskey stone necklaces, potholders, dish towels, cutting boards, and muffin tins. Traverse City even has an annual cherry festival in July, attended by thousands. And, with claims that tart cherries help reduce inflammation due to the antioxidant anthocyanin, I felt it was my duty to throw fresh cherries into every dish I ate for four days. Here are the best cherry recipes we tried, broken down by course: Breakfast Cherry-Apricot Yogurt Sundaes Quick Chunky Plum and Cherry Jam Lunch Arugula, Golden Cherries, Marcona Almonds and Parmigiano-Reggiano Cherry Chipotle Chili Dinner Butter Lettuce, Chicken, and Cherry Salad Grilled Pork Chops with Cherry Relish Classic Sour Cherry Pie with Lattice Crust PS: If you want to bake a cherry pie, but are a novice or nervous baker, check out our pie videos, which show you how to make pie dough by hand, or dough in a food processor, how to roll out and transfer the dough, make a top crust, blind bake a crust, or make a lattice top crust.

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