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Egg Free Cherry Ice Cream Recipe

Egg Free Cherry Ice Cream Recipe BriannaA particularly hot summer in Washington State means we can’t get enough ice cream! This recipe by Coryanne of our Kitchen Council is particularly great because it relies on the sweet flavors of Stemilt cherries, comes together in no time at all and, because it is egg-free, is the perfect homemade ice cream for those with egg allergies or diet restrictions. Enjoy! On a hot summer day the last thing I want to do is wait around for homemade ice cream. Yes, frozen custard is amazing, so creamy, so rich, but really, on a hot day with three children eager for a scoop of ice cream, I need a no-cook option that will allow us dive into fresh homemade ice cream in minutes. The biggest difference with an egg-free ice cream, apart from the no cook prep time, is the consistency. Egg-free ice

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Grilled Cherry Shortcake Kabobs

Grilled Cherry Shortcake Kabobs Kitchen CouncilSummer is the season for grilling anything and everything. In this post, Holley from our Kitchen Council shares a simple and light dessert recipe using Stemilt’s sweet cherries and homemade shortcake. Enjoy! Cherry season is only here for a short time which means I find myself washing tiny cherry-stained hands, mouths, and shirts daily (and not minding one bit!) because my girls (and myself) have been eating our fill. While I love to just pop individual cherries as a super sweet snack, I’ve been using them in other applications as well. Here are a few of my favorites: Topped on oatmeal or yogurt with chopped pistachios and grated dark chocolate Stirred into chicken salad with toasted pecans and chopped celery Blended into vanilla-cherry smoothies Frozen into fruity pops Baked into

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Homemade Ice Cream with Peaches

Homemade Ice Cream with Peaches BriannaStone fruit season is here again, and what better way to celebrate it’s arrival than with a tasty homemade ice cream recipe in honor of today’s National Peach Ice Cream Day? At Stemilt, all of our peaches and nectarines are grown organically (and certified organic too) and this week marked the start of our harvest for these delicious, Washington-grown summer fruits. It’s fitting that organic peaches are being picked fresh from our trees right now because July 17th is National Peach Ice Cream Day in the United States! To help you celebrate this peachy event, grab some Artisan Organics peaches from your store and give this easy recipe for homemade peach ice cream a try! Missing an ice cream maker or churner? No problem! I followed a simple, no-churn ice cream

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How We Protect Cherries from Birds

How We Protect Cherries from Birds TateBelieve it or not, birds are one of the biggest threats to sweet cherries during the harvest season. They love cherries just as much as we do and like to frequent orchards right before harvest to snack on ripe, sweet cherries. I can’t say I blame them as I too, love red and Rainier cherries, but the problem with these pesky cherry-eating birds is that they don’t eat the entire cherry…they peck a hole or two in several and can ruin an entire bunch of great tasting cherries in no time at all. Because of this fact, bird control must be part of every cherry grower’s plan. At Stemilt, we have a few creative and natural approaches that we deploy to politely ask birds to leave the orchard and find a new treat to snack on. In this post, I’ll share one of those

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Rainier Cherry and Chocolate Baked Oatmeal

Rainier Cherry and Chocolate Baked Oatmeal Kitchen CouncilEvery July 11th, we cherry lovers celebrate National Rainier Cherry Day and the beloved Rainier cherry variety. We’ve shared our love for Rainier cherries on The Stem blog in the past (see this post and this post), so this year we changed it up a bit and invited our Kitchen Council to help out with a new Rainier cherry recipe. Sally from Real Mom Nutrition was up to the task and is here to share a Rainier Cherry and Chocolate Baked Oatmeal recipe with you – the perfect healthy and nourishing breakfast to celebrate the sweet and special Rainier cherry on this very special day! If you haven’t tried Rainier cherries, be warned that they may just become your favorite summer fruit. They’re named after Mount Rainier, the highest peak in Washington, and are a cross between two

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How to Pit Cherries

How to Pit Cherries BriannaWhether you are prepping to make a delicious cherry recipe or feeding a snack of fresh cherries to little ones, the actual process of pitting a cherry can be, well, the pits! That’s because there are a variety of cherry pitting techniques out there and it’s hard to know which works and the one to use. The following one-minute video shows the step-by-step process for pitting a cherry with three different (and proven to work!) methods. Now, you can feel comfortable pitting cherries with a paperclip, using a chopstick and bottle to remove the pit of a cherry, or that fun kitchen tool known as a cherry pitter that effortlessly pops the pit out everytime. No matter which cherry pitting method you end up using, we hope it leads to the creation of tasty recipes with fresh Stemilt

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4 Red, White & Blue Cherry Recipes

4 Red, White & Blue Cherry Recipes BriannaThe Fourth of July holiday and celebration is happening this week, and what better way to celebrate than with a blog post filled with red, white, and blue themed recipes made with sweet Stemilt cherries, which are undoubtedly one of America’s favorite fruits! The deep, ruby red color of red cherries (like the Bing cherry) make them stand out in recipes, while their sweet flavor is perfect for adding natural sugars to a dessert or balancing out savory bites. Whether you are cooking for a crowd on the Fourth of July or enjoying a relaxing day at home, these delicious cherry recipes will make celebrating this patriotic day even sweeter! Red, White & Blue Sweet Cherry Bites:  Chocolate covered cherries make for a simple dessert recipe, and these patriotic themed white chocolate

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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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