Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Cherry Juice!

This was a really busy day.  First of all, a walk, of course, though M. and I did the short one, just a mile and a half, because of a threat of rain.  It had rained during the night, again, and the weather was very cool, with a high of just +11 (about 52F). That made it a good day for picking.

S. picked almost three gallons of Nanking Cherries today, and I got five quarts of juice from them, using the steam juicer.  That'll be delicious next winter!

Also on the docket for today: a home perm for Jim, which turned out just great.  He looks so cute with curls!  Too bad I don't have a picture.

Baked five batches of brownies.  One for us, and four for the harp and fiddle concert that Arts Alive is sponsoring this Thursday evening.  Last year the harpist gave a concert here in the Arboretum.  It was a beautiful setting.  But the storms of this past weekend have caused so much damage to the trees there, that it's not safe for anyone to be there.  It will be two weeks before the damage is sufficiently cleared up for people to visit again.  We've moved the concert venue to the Baptist church hall.

Last year I made brownies for the same concert, and used a recipe from Epicurious.  This year I'm using a mix, and enriching it with butter.  Last year's brownies were truly sensational, but each batch of nine (3" x 3" each) used, among other things: 4 large eggs, 8 ounces of bittersweet chocolate, a cup of butter and two cups of sugar.  No wonder they were so terrific!  Tomorrow: another four batches of brownies.

1 comment:

  1. I have been cooking with tart cherries for the past six months. They are a great addition to any of the recipes I have used them. They add a good zing to the taste. I recently discovered a free tart cherry book (with tart cherry recipes). It is a good book and best of all it is free. It is called Tart Cherry Health Report. You can get it from Traverse Bay Farms. It has a number of cherry juice , fresh cherry recipes and more. Best all it is free.