September 24th National Cherries Jubilee Day

Now here is a sweet day, National Cherries Jubilee Day. Yum! If you like cherries, and jubilee, this is your day! Supposedly the dish was created by Auguste Escoffier for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. I am certainly glad they did not decide to use diamonds, they might be a little tough to chew.

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It’s ingredients are very simple. Cherry pie filling, Vanilla ice cream and Cognac (Or brandy). The alcohol is added to allow the dessert to be lit on fire, it burns off pretty quickly so it doesn’t leave a lot of flavor to the dish. (Of course, if you like that flavoring then just don’t set it on fire!)

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Cherries are an interesting fruit. Generally people love them, but like anything else… too much of a good thing can be bad for you. In the American Civil War, things were going on well for the Confederates until their invasion of Pennsylvania.  The tide turned at Gettysburg where it happened to be cherry season. The Confederates, not having fresh fruit most of the time, gorged themselves on the cherries and ate too many, making them sick. Did this effect the battle and turn the tide of the war? We may never know.

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It’s a good dessert, if you burn off the brandy you can even serve it to children, or just leave the alcohol off of it entirely. After-all, the kids don’t need the alcohol and giving them something burning may not be the brightest idea of all.

Summer Cherries Jubilee

Jubilee basically means a celebration, festival or party. Well, cherries jubilee lives up to it’s name because it is a party happening in your mouth with every bite! It’s a day we can actually enjoy in so many ways. So whether you want to celebrate Queen Victoria, the saving of the Union or just having a good time… today is a good day to do it!

How to celebrate – Have a bowl of cherries jubilee! If you are having a bad day, forget the ice cream and cherries and just use the other ingredients. Eat sparingly.

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