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Sweet Cherry & Vanilla Cheesecake Popsicles

Sweet Cherry & Vanilla Cheesecake Popsicles Kitchen CouncilSally from our Kitchen Council is sharing a simple, kid-friendly cherry recipe with you that’s perfect for making on a hot summer day. Enjoy! Does anything say ‘summer’ more than a sweet, drippy popsicle? It’s my boys’ favorite warm-weather treat, one that gets them running to the kitchen with excitement. It’s also a perfect dessert for backyard parties and cookouts, sure to please the little and big people around your table. I like to make my own ice pops. Not only is it less expensive than buying a box, but I can also control what all goes in. So I know we won’t be getting any artificial colors, high fructose corn syrup, or other ingredients I’m not wild about. In fact, I actually use homemade ice pops to add extra nutrition to our diets. These Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Popsicles

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Classic Cherry Clafouti

Classic Cherry Clafouti Kitchen CouncilCoryanne from our Kitchen Council is celebrating the start of summer with a classic French brunch or dessert recipe, clafouti, which has been made even sweeter with delicious Stemilt cherries. Enjoy! I’m anything but a French baker, but if there is one thing I can bake it is custard, or a Clafouti as the French call it.  Springy and sweet like a pancake, but thick and dense like a flan, it blends everything I love about brunch into one bite.  But really, why reserve this for brunch alone?  It is so simple to make that you can whip it up just before you sit down to dinner, and have it warm and ready by the time the plates are clean, and dessert is on everyone’s mind. In the summer, I love using fresh Stemilt cherries and embracing the traditional ingredients of a Clafouti, but

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How to Select & Store Cherries

How to Select & Store Cherries BriannaIt can be quite tricky to know what to look for sweet cherries when picking out fresh fruits and vegetables at the grocery store, and sweet cherries are no exception! It’s important to know how to select the best cherries of the bunch at the store, and store cherries properly at home, so that you enjoy the very best eating experience. Use these tips when picking out your cherries the next time you’re at the market: Color Matters: Cherry color fluctuates depending on the varietal, but make sure to always select cherries that are dark for their variety. The glossiest, darkest reds with dark saturation and the greenest stems typically ensure the freshest quality, so pick a bunch that is vibrant in color. The Bigger, The Better: Plump, firm cherries are tastier! Also, choose cherries

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Grilled Sweet Cherry, Sausage, and Goat Cheese Appetizer Bites

Grilled Sweet Cherry, Sausage, and Goat Cheese Appetizer Bites Kitchen CouncilCherries are often thought of in sweet recipes (and rightfully so) but Holley from our Kitchen Council proves in this summer appetizer recipe that cherries can work just as well with savory flavors. Enjoy the latest from Holley’s kitchen! Though not officially so, it feels like summer has started and that means it’s time to break out the grill and enjoy all the wonderful flavors popping up around us. Fresh and ripe summer produce makes every recipe so special, especially when it includes dark sweet Stemilt cherries. Cherries are such great little fruits for snacking and I often find myself mindlessly popping one after another into my mouth because I can’t get enough of them! While cherries are an addictively tasty snack, they’re also versatile because they work well in both sweet

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How Cherries Get from Farm to Table

How Cherries Get from Farm to Table TateIt’s cherry season in beautiful Washington State! I’ve written before about how much I enjoy the hustle and bustle that comes with each cherry season, and this year is no exception. To me, one of the best kept secrets about sweet cherries is how much care goes into growing, harvesting, and packing each one so that you can enjoy the freshest cherries from your grocery store. In this post, I’m going to show you through pictures our process for getting cherries from our farms to your table. For growers of sweet cherries, farming is a 365 day-a-year job.There are slow parts to the season (like winter) but the worry never fades, and caring for trees is constant. Springtime is the time when farmer’s get to start making predictions about their upcoming crop, as cherry

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Butter Lettuce and Sweet Cherry Salad

Butter Lettuce and Sweet Cherry Salad LorieComposed salads are wonderful on so many fronts. First, they let your inner artist out to play…with the plate as your canvas and fresh greens, fruits and produce as your paints. They are super easy to compose, whether you are making two or twenty, it’s simply a line up of plates and a layering of ingredients. They make a lovely presentation, especially if you are beginning your service with a salad… or, if your salad will be served as the “star” of your show. Whenever I think of a composed salad there’s always a starting point…the impetus that sets my direction. In this plating, it was the thought of how lovely (and yummy) Stemilt’s ruby red, fresh cherries would be if set amongst a handful of ethereally dusted walnuts laid atop a pillowed bed of delicate Butter

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5 Cheese and Fruit Pairings for Summer

5 Cheese and Fruit Pairings for Summer BriannaToday is National Cheese Day! I’m a big cheese lover, and one of my favorite ways to enjoy the variety of cheeses available is to pair them up with fresh fruits. Whether it’s choosing from one of the many types of apples available, or a sweet, ripe pear, or a more seasonal fruit like cherries or peaches come summer, pairing cheese with fruit is a great way to explore new flavors of food. Cheese and fruit pairings also make for an easy snack, appetizer recipe, or even light dinner. To celebrate this cheesy food holiday (pun intended), I’ve rounded up 5 delicious cheese and fruit pairings that are perfect for enjoying this summer season. Read through my suggestions, and please share your own in the comments below. We also have a handy tool, Pairology, that is great for matching up your

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Introducing Skylar Rae® Cherries

Introducing Skylar Rae® Cherries BriannaThe sweetest cherry you’ll ever eat is coming soon to select supermarkets, and if that’s not enough to get you to try this new, Stemilt exclusive cherry variety, then allow me to formally introduce you to it and the very special story of its discovery. Meet Skylar Rae® brand Tip Top cherries, a new, bi-colored cherry variety that has the highest sugar levels of any cherry grown commercially (between 23-25 Brix compared to Rainier cherries 19-23 Brix), and a firm, crisp bite. It’s a a rare and sweet summertime treat that we are lucky enough to get to grow, and hopefully, a cherry that you’ll be able to try this summer or in the very near future. The story of how Skylar Rae® cherries came to be is as special as the cherry itself. It was discovered growing by chance

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Simple Sweet Cherry Syrup Recipe

Simple Sweet Cherry Syrup Recipe Kitchen CouncilOur favorite season – cherry season – is here again! Coryanne from our Kitchen Council is kicking off a summer of cherry-centric posts with a simple cherry syrup recipe using our delicious California-grown Stemilt cherries (which you can find in stores now). Enjoy! Juicy, sweet, tangy and crisp, cherries welcome in the summer months in a way that no other fruit can.  I’m a sucker for the first cherry of the season.  The moment I see them in the grocery store I start dreaming of all the things I will make, and those fabulous red stained fingertips that emerge once we start snacking on them. Cherry syrup is almost always the first thing we make because it offers so many options.  It is such a simple recipe that it practically cooks itself making it easy to put away those sugary

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How Sweet Cherries Help with Arthritis Pain

How Sweet Cherries Help with Arthritis Pain BriannaThe sweetness of Stemilt cherries goes beyond their great flavor. These tasty summer fruits are equally sweet when it comes to promoting good health and nutrition, and especially valuable for the estimated 53 million adults and 300,000 children that suffer from joint pain or joint disease in the United States. Arthritis is the well-known term for more than 100 different types of joint pain or disease, and according to the Arthritis Foundation, is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. The various types of arthritis are generally broken out into four categories: degenerative arthritis, inflammatory arthritis, infectious arthritis, and metabolic arthritis. Treatments vary for each specific type and should be closely monitored by a healthcare provider. However, in this post,

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