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5 Facts About Cherries

It’s July and cherries are at their sweetest!

We know few things can top enjoying a perfectly ripe cherry in its peak season, but how about enjoying that same cherry while impressing your friends and family with your extensive knowledge of cherries? Read on to discover five interesting facts about cherries.

  1. Cherries are a good source of potassium, vitamin C, and fiber, but their real nutritional benefit of cherries are the many polyphenol antioxidants, like anthocyanin, quercetin, and hydroxycinnamates (write them on your hand for reference while sharing) they contain. These polyphenols have been linked to cardiovascular health specifically and may provide other benefits through their antioxidant effects. Tart cherry concentrates (like juices or supplements) have also been linked to improved recovery following strenuous exercise and improve sleep.
  2. Cherry pits were excavated from prehistoric caves, evidence that cherries have been a dietary staple for thousands of years. That makes cherries one of the sweetest paleo-friendly foods, perfect for replenishing muscle glycogen after the day’s CrossFit workout. (Insert inside joke about your most stereotypical paleo friend here).
  3. Almonds are more closely related to cherries than cashews and other nuts. Both almond and cherry trees are members of the Prunus genus which includes other popular stone fruit trees like the plum, peach, apricot and nectarine. While almonds are also a stone fruit (or drupe if you want to really show off that science vernacular) it’s the rebel of the group, with a tough mesocarp (instead of the sweet flesh of a cherry) and an edible endocarp (compared with the inedible cherry pit).
  4. While we’re talking pits (no, not the double-T Brad type, but yes we loved Mr. and Mrs. Smith too) as with the stone in most stone fruits, contains amygdalin, a compound that is converted into toxic cyanide in the body. Don’t panic! Swallowing a few pits won’t harm you. The pit is actually composed of two parts, an outer protective shell designed to pass through your digestive system intact and the inner seed where the amygdalin is found. But do avoid cracking open the shell of cherry pits and eating their seeds.
  5. Utah is the second largest producer of tart cherries and fifth largest producer of sweet cherries. While this was a primary contributor to Utah officially naming the cherry as the state fruit in 1997, another was the cherry trees surrounding the state capitol. A gift from the Japanese following World War II, the trees not only honor reconciliation and friendship following the war but are a symbol of the cycle of life, of death and the beautiful blossoming rebirth we enjoy each spring.

5-Ingredient Chipotle-Honey Salmon Skewers

Try these fun and easy 5-ingredient chipotle honey salmon skewers!

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Prep: 15 minutes plus soaking   Grill: 6 minutes   Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 8 (6-inch) wooden skewers
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1¼ pounds skinless salmon fillets, cut into 1¼-inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro plus additional for garnish (optional)

Recipe

  1. Prepare outdoor grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat; soak skewers in water 20 minutes. In medium bowl, whisk honey, oil, chipotle powder, ½ teaspoon kosher salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper; fold in salmon and cilantro. Thread salmon onto skewers; reduce grill heat to medium.
  2. Place kabobs on hot grill rack; cover and cook 6 minutes or until salmon turns opaque throughout and internal temperature reaches 145°, turning once. Serve kabobs sprinkled with cilantro, if desired.

Chef Tip

You can substitute ½ teaspoon chili powder and ½ teaspoon smoked paprika for the 1 teaspoon chipotle powder.

Nutrition

Approximate nutritional values per serving (2 kabobs): 322 Calories, 17g Fat (3g Saturated), 90mg Cholesterol, 331mg Sodium, 9g Carbohydrates, 0g Fiber, 9g Sugars, 32g Protein

July Produce Guide

July is the perfect season for backyard BBQs, pool parties and everything else fun in the sun. We have put together a list full of perfect snacking and fresh fruits and veggies that will be ripe all month long.

Cherries

Cherries are the superfood of summer. They contain vitamin c and a ton of fiber with no fat or cholesterol. Use them in your favorite cherry pie recipe or snack on them all by themselves.

Blueberries

Blueberries are low in calories and high in nutrients to keep you feeling great all summer long! For delicious blueberry pancakes, follow this recipe.

Watermelon

Did you know that watermelons come in 1200 different varieties??? These sweet summertime fruits are a perfect snack for any occasion!

Corn

Corn is grown on every continent but one, Antarctica. It is an excellent source of vitamin C, magnesium, and vitamin B. Put corn right on the grill or add them into your favorite salsa.

Broccoli

Broccoli might have originated in Italy, but today most of the broccoli we eat here in the US are grown in California. This great vegetable is full of vitamins and nutrients that make your meals healthy and delicious!

watermelon, blueberry and feta salad

Patriotic Fruit Salad

Nothing is quite as refreshing on a hot summer day as a watermelon salad. For a simple and quick salad, follow the instructions below.

Ingredients:

1/2 large watermlon

4 oz. blueberries

4 oz. feta

1 cup lime juice

Instructions:

Add watermelon, blueberries, and feta into a large bowl. Toss with lime juice and serve cold.

DIY Patriotic Candy Poppers

A great activity for this patriotic week–everyone is sure to have a blast making these patriotic candy poppers.

What you’ll need:

  • toilet paper tubes
  • scrapbook or cardstock paper
  • tissue paper
  • ribbon/string
  • candy and confetti
  • adhesive-hot glue gun, glue sticks, double stick tap, glue dots or tape runner
  • scissors

Steps:

1.Measure the length of your toilet paper tubes and cut a strip of scrapbook or cardstock paper to wrap around it. Use adhesive to secure.

2. Cut a piece of tissue paper that will fit inside the toilet paper tube–the circumference. Line the bottom inside edge of the tube with adhesive. Press the tissue paper on adhesive all around the inside circumference. This will the be the tail of your popper.

3. Gather the tissue paper together once adhered to tube and tie with ribbon or string. Cut off excess tissue paper. You only need a few inches of tissue paper below where the ribbon/string is tied.

4. Cut a large half circle out of scrapbook/cardstock paper and roll into a cone. Trim to desired length.

5. Fill tubes with candy and confetti. Line the top edge of toilet paper tube with adhesive and secure cone top onto the tube.

6. When you are ready to celebrate hold the toilet paper tube and pull the tied tissue paper section and POP to get your sweet surprise!

Cherry Pie

Easy Food Club® Cherry Cream Pie

Cherry cream pie

Cherry yourself up with this no-bake cherry cream pie. This pie is very simple, but packs a punch with the best backyard BBQ flavors around.

Ingredients:

1 Food Club® graham cracker pie crust

1 can Food Club® sweetened condensed milk

1/3 cup lemon juice

1 cup Food Club® whipped topping

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. almond extract

Large can of cherry pie filling

Instructions:

Mix sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and whipped topping in a large bowl until smooth. Add vanilla and almond extract. Pour mixture into pie crust and smooth. Top with cherry pie filling. Chill for 2-4 hours and serve cold. Enjoy!

Beer-Crust Pizza

Beer-Crust Pizza

This quick and easy pizza is fun to make and tastes great!

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Prep: 15 minutes   Bake: 20 minutes   Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 bottle or can (12 ounces) beer such as lager, pale ale or IPA, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup pizza sauce
  • 2 cups favorite shredded cheese
  • Optional toppings: chopped/sliced bell pepper, black olives, cooked bacon, mushrooms, onion, pickled jalapeños, roasted red peppers and/or tomato; pepperoni

Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 450°; brush 2 cookie sheets with oil. In large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, sugar and salt; gradually add beer to flour mixture, stirring after each addition until incorporated.
  2. On lightly floured work surface, knead dough 1 minute or until smooth and elastic. Divide dough into 2 equal pieces; with rolling pin, roll out each into a 10-inch circle and transfer to prepared cookie sheets.
  3. Bake crusts 5 minutes; top with sauce, cheese and optional toppings, if desired. Bake pizzas 15 minutes or until cheese melts and crust is golden brown. Cut each pizza into 8 slices.

Chef Tip

Prepared dough can be frozen by individually wrapping each dough piece with plastic wrap and freezing for up to 2 months; thaw dough in refrigerator overnight and bring to room temperature before rolling out, topping and baking.

Nutrition

Approximate nutritional values per serving (2 slices): 342 Calories, 10g Fat (4g Saturated), 22mg Cholesterol, 735mg Sodium, 46g Carbohydrates, 2g Fiber, 2g Sugars, 1g Added Sugars, 12g Protein

watermelon and blueberry star shaped skewers

Fruit Sparklers

watermelon and blueberry star shaped skewers

These fruit sparklers are sure to be the star of your 4th of July festivities. They’re easy to make, and even easier to enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 whole watermelon

16 oz fresh blueberries

Skewers

Instructions:

Slice watermelon into 1 inch thick, vertical slices. Then use a small star shaped cookie cutter to make your shapes. This is possible to achieve from making a star out of a knife, which we wish you luck on this endeavor!

Add about 10 blueberries onto your skewers, and leave a bit of room at the bottom for room to hold.

Add your watermelon star to the top of the skewer and your fruit sparklers are ready to go. Cover and refrigerate for a later snack. Enjoy!

Tin Foil S’mores

You’ll be wanting s’more of these tin-foil s’mores! Perfecly toast your marshmallows and melt your chocolate with this easy over-the-coals cooking method.

Ingredients:

8 Graham cracker sheets

8 Marshmallows

4 Chocolate bars

Directions:

Lay a 12inch x 18 inch sheet of foil on a flat surface. Place 4 graham crackers in a line and top with chocolate bars, marshmallows and top with remaining graham crackers. Cover with another 12inch x 18inch piece of foil and crimp the edges to seal.

Place on hot coals near flames for 4-5 minutes on each side. Enjoy!

Culinary Tours Grilled Harissa Chicken Glaze

Ingredients: 

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves 

2 tablespoons Culinary Tours Harissa Sauce, plus more for serving 

¼ cup honey 

1 teaspoon white vinegar 

1 garlic clove minced 

Culinary Tours Tunisian Olive Oil 

¼ cup Cilantro, optional  

Directions: 

In a small saucepan add Culinary Tours Harissa Sauce, honey, vinegar and garlic. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Whisk until sauce thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Heat grill over medium high heat. Brush chicken with Tunisian Olive Oil. Season with salt and pepper. Grill chicken 5 minutes on the first side. Flip chicken and cook another 4 minutes or until cooked through, and brush cooked side with glaze. Flip and cook a few seconds on the glaze side. Brush chicken with remaining glaze and serve topped with optional cilantro.