Friday, March 06, 2009

Cherry Festival dishes

Cherry Festival Delights
With cherry blossoms in the air, now is the time to make cherry delights for the family.
Food for Thought: You (God) feed them with blessings from your own table and let them drink from your Rivers of Delight...Psalm 36:8 LB

Lazy Woman Cherry Treat
4 cups pitted cherries
1 t. red food color
1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 box cake mix
1 stick margarine or butter
Spray 9x13" casserole dish with baking spray or may melt butter and pour off. Mix food color, if desired, flour and sugar. Melt butter and mix with dry cake mix. Pour cherry mixture into baking dish. Crumble cake mixture on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream.
Easy Cherry Candy

1 pkg. chocolate chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup pitted cherries
1/2 t. red food color
1/2 c. sugar
Mix cherries, food color, if desired, and sugar. Drain. Melt chocolate chips and milk in microwave for 2-3 minutes. Stir in cherries and drop by teaspoons on wax paper.
Chill.
Cherry Salad
2 cups pitted cherries
1 t. red food color
1 c. sugar
1 pkg. red jello
1 c. boiling water
1 pkg. cream cheese
1/2 c. mayonnaise
lettuce leaves
Mix cherries, food color sugar. make jello with boiling water. Mix cherries and jello and chill until firm. Cut into cubes. Mix cream cheese and mayonnaise. Toss cream cheese mixture with cubes and serve on a lettuce leaves.
Cherry Cream Pie
1 graham cracker crust
2 cups pitted cherries
1 cup sugar
1 t. red food color
1\4 cup cornstarch
1 pkg. cream cheese
1 tub of whipped topping
1 cup confection sugar
Mix cherries, sugar, food color and corn starch. Stir in 1/4 cup cherry juice or water. Cook until thickened. Set aside to cool. Blend cream cheese and confection sugar. Beat in a tub of topping.
Place cream cheese mixture into the graham cracker shell. Top with cooled cherries. Serve chilled.
Cherry Bars
1 cup all purpose flour
3 T. confection sugar
1/2 cup butter
filling:
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/4 c. all purpose flour
1/4 t. baking powder
1/4 c. pecans
1/2 c. coconut
1/2 c. sweetened cherries
1 t. almond flavoring
1/4 t. salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make crust with flour, confection sugar and melted butter. Mix well. spray an 8" square baking dish with baking oil and press crust into bottom. Bake 20 minutes until golden brown. prepare filling. Beat eggs. Combine eggs with sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in chopped sweetened cherries and flavoring. When crust is cooked, pour cherry topping over crust. Sprinkle coconut and nuts. Bake 20 more minutes. Cool completely before cutting into bars.
From nutritionist: Cherries are an excellent source of vitamins A and C. Home grown cherries are often not the red color that people desire, therefore, I suggest adding food color. Cherries may be preserved, canned or frozen for future use. Take advantage of cherry season and stock up for many cherry delights!



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