There must be something about cherries in the air today. First I noticed this great post from Adam Roberts involving his secret stash of sour cherries. Then the other half handed me a bowl of granola with dried tart cherries in it for breakfast. These things both happened as I wanted to announce a recipe contest with Choose Cherries because as you know I’m in love with tart cherries. LOVE. Sure, there are those health benefits like antioxidants (they contain about the same amount as blueberries, did you know?) but most importantly the biggest health benefit is the smile you get on your face when you eat a real piece of tart cherry pie.
(I’m sure some legal department will come after me for making that last claim but whatever, try eating a piece of cherry pie right now and see if you don’t smile. I’m sure Mr. Roberts is grinning from ear-to-ear…him and his damn February sour cherries! Am I jealous? Absolutely.)
Last year I visited Traverse City, Michigan for the annual Cherry Festival and when they asked if I’d help get the word out about this contest I had to say yes. It’s open to everyone, just submit your original cherry recipe via the website for a chance to win $500, a set of high-performance cookware in Cherry Red as well as the chance to have your entry photographed professionally for their site. The great news is that there will be three winners this year but you better hurry as the contest is only open until February 20th, 2011. Winners will be announced March 1, 2011.
Check out Choose Cherries’ web site for full contest information and good luck!