A Cherry Contest from ChooseCherries.com!

by Matt on February 7, 2011

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!

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Kaitlin February 7, 2011 at 9:43 am

I am SO happy to live in Michigan and have easy access to Traverse City Cherries. YUM! I’ve never been to the festival but I really hope to go some day.

Thanks for the link to the contest!

Matt February 7, 2011 at 11:32 am

Kaitlin, have you ANY IDEA how lucky you? First, it’s such a beautiful part of the country… I MEAN GORGEOUS! And then those cherries? Man oh man I am officially jealous now. Please head to Traverse City this summer for me and eat plenty of cherries, ok?

Sally February 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I too am hooked on tart cherries, Matt. I have family in Traverse City and know how addicting Michigan cherries can be. I ship dried cherries from there as they are the best. As always, great photos. Thanks. May have to look at that contest.

Alex February 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I love, love cherries! As a kid we even had a cherry tree in our yard, right in the heart of Chicago. I always had little pink stained fingers from plucking the fruit off the tree..ah food memories. I’m working on a recipe right now. It’s sure to please..

michelle schoeps February 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Hi Matt,
I am new to this blogging thing, but I love your posts so much and have recently started my own blog documenting what I cook for my family (we live in the easturn suburbs of sydney, Australia), manly around my kids and trying to show people how easy it is to feed your kids/baby’s nutritious delicious organic food. I would really love your feed back on it.
Keep up the great work!!
Michelle x

Yolande Lacan February 7, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Thanks for spreading the word! Love tart cherries, but never more than in Intoxicated Cherries or my Americanized version of French Griottes a l’eau de vie. Good for medicinal purposes too. Submitting thanks to you!

Alexandra February 8, 2011 at 2:20 am

This is all sorts of weird. Something in the air about cherries, you say? Early this morning I dreamt about picking big, luscious, juicy cherries at my childhood home in the South of Germany. I cannot recall ever dreaming of cherries before…
And here’s your post… very, very strange.

Telma Guedes February 8, 2011 at 2:22 am

how beautiful…hugs from Sao Paulo, Brasil

laurelbud February 8, 2011 at 7:41 am

CHERRIES!!! My absolute favourite fruit, I love them, can’t get enough of them. Whether its plain old cherries with good vanilla ice cream, cherry pie or a lovely fat cherry scone with clotted cream, there’s nothing that says ‘happy fruit’ more than a cherry. I love cherry jam on toast, check out a recipe from a blog I follow…

http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2005/06/norecipe-yikes/

If I was Homer I’d be saying “hmmmmmmmm…. cherries!”

AnaVar February 9, 2011 at 3:32 am

Cherries are great. Love your pictures too, wish they were ripe now. I just remembered why I hate winter.

Christina February 10, 2011 at 10:47 am

Cherries are great, and this sounds like an awesome contest!

marla {family fresh cooking} February 13, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I just baked up my entry & I will be submitting soon. Love this contest & the thought of that cheery, cherry pie. *smiles* indeed!!

Keen@TheGourmetTraveller February 23, 2011 at 7:05 am

Hmm, nothing like picking your own cherries…In Australia, when you pick them we tend to eat more than we actually pick and take home…

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