Sure you could follow TV comedy Portlandia's advice and "put a bird on it". But cherry season (now in full swing) has inspired us to create a much juicier spin off—put a cherry on it! And we don't mean the scary squishy maraschino kind you suspect has been pickling in its jar for eons. We mean the crisp-sweet fresh-off-the-tree variety you pluck from your local farmer's market (or from our web site). So while the usual cherry fare is still fabulous—cherry pie, cherry cobbler—why not nosh on the wild side this summer?
Top off the ice cream sundae you just scooped into that vente-sized cappuccino mug—batta bing cherry! (Sorry we couldn't help ourselves.) Sink a juicy red one into a glass of ginger ale and taste the bubbly nostalgia of your Shirley Temple youth. Or serve up some cherry-garnished lemonade or iced tea at your next picnic. Or what the heck, you're all grown up now, so why not plop one into your martini? We're sure 007 would approve—shaken but not stirred, with a cherry on top (it sounds classier if you say it with a British accent). Or get even more crazy delicious and put a dipped cherry on it! Toss a swizzled stem onto a birthday cupcake. Or waffles, pancakes, cheesecake, cereal, yogurt, milkshakes, cakes (deep breath)— what about earrings! Start a new fashion trend! Imagine yourself, a vision in a white frock, ripe cherries elegantly dangling from your ears. You'd be the belle of every summer soiree! And for you men, cherry cuff links! Or... maybe just stick to sundaes. We'll blame that last bunch on a mild case of heat stroke—or cherry fever.