Cherry Orchards

Cherry Orchards

br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2NvNyg4w2Ug/T-xt9LLOV6I/AAAAAAAAH1w/sm86-Q7P0S4/s1600/74607924248b1d640aed.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2NvNyg4w2Ug/T-xt9LLOV6I/AAAAAAAAH1w/sm86-Q7P0S4/s400/74607924248b1d640aed.jpg" width="300" //a/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divspan style="background-color: white;"Up until last week, the closest I had ever gotten to a cherry orchard was reading Anton Chekhov's masterpiece, /spani style="background-color: white;"a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TheCherryOrchard"The Cherry Orchard/a./ispan style="background-color: white;" And if you're familiar with that play/spani style="background-color: white;",/ispan style="background-color: white;" you know it doesn't end happily for the family or the cherry trees./spanbr /br /Thankfully, life is much happier in the state of Washington, especially the Leavenworth region, where scores of cherry orchards heavy with fruit line the highways. A fully fruited cherry tree is gorgeous — the span style="background-color: white;"clusters of cherries are dramatically suspended from branches, like firework starbursts./spanbr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zzihFmtP-Gw/T-xtqqV8N4I/AAAAAAAAH1o/Hc3Ewq7635k/s1600/746079314275a563e521.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zzihFmtP-Gw/T-xtqqV8N4I/AAAAAAAAH1o/Hc3Ewq7635k/s400/746079314275a563e521.jpg" width="400" //a/divbr /span style="background-color: white;"Despite having eaten over three pounds of cherries in three days while we were in Washington, we're still craving them. So last night  I made Smashed Cherries, Amaretti and Ricotta, a delightful, n/spanspan style="background-color: white;"o-cook summer dessert from Cheryl Sterman-Rule's new cookbook, ia href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0762440244/ref=aslitftl?ie=UTF8&tag=oneforthetab-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0762440244"Ripe: A Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables./a/i I had tested this recipe for Cheryl last year and have made it numerous times since. No doubt, you will too. /spanbr /span style="background-color: white;"br //spanbr /span style="background-color: white;"If you'd like to learn more about Cheryl's book, then please see /spana href="http://www.oneforthetable.com/Fresh-and-Seasonal/ripe-a-fresh-colorful-approach-to-fruits-and-vegetables.html"my full review/aspan style="background-color: white;" at One For The Table, which also includes a tasty recipe for Radish and Olive Crostini. /spanbr /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yovd2GDHwxM/T-oDRmBiJ9I/AAAAAAAAH1c/hUEYLuWmqj8/s1600/webcherriesPPP1305.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yovd2GDHwxM/T-oDRmBiJ9I/AAAAAAAAH1c/hUEYLuWmqj8/s400/webcherries_PPP1305.jpg" width="400" //a/divi style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"br class="Apple-interchange-newline" //ib style="background-color: white;"span style="font-size: large;"Smashed Cherries, Amaretti and Ricotta /span/bbr /A no-cook summer dessert.br /Serves 4br /a href="http://foodbloggaprintrecipes.blogspot.com/2012/06/smashed-cherries-amaretti-and-ricotta.html"Printable recipe./abr /br /4 cups (1 to 1 1/4 pounds)br /3/4 cup whole milk ricottabr /2 teaspoon sugarbr /4 teaspoons milkbr /span style="background-color: white;"1/2 teaspoon almond extract/spanbr /4 amaretti cookiesbr /1 teaspoon cacao nibs or mini chocolate chipsbr /br /Thwack the cherries with the flat side of a heavy knife so they flatten. Discard the pits. Divide the cherries among 4 pretty, clear glasses.br /br /In a small bowl, stir together the ricotta, sugar, milk, and almond extract. Spoon pillows of ricotta over the cherries in equal proportions. Crumble one amaretti cookie over each serving and sprinkle with the cacao nibs. Serve immediately.br /br /Tip: You'll find amaretti cookies (Italian macaroons) in larger supermarkets or Italian grocery stores, though you may substitute toasted, chopped almonds if you like.br /br /iThird photo credit: /ii style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"Photography/ispan style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /spanspan style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 16px;"i©/i/spanspan style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /spani style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"2012 by Paulette Phlipot/ibr /bbr //b

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