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Each month we offer a new fruit and veggie to focus on in your kitchen. We encourage you to find new recipes with them and enjoy old family favorites. This month, we focus on cherries and okra and will show you a few new ways to enjoy them.

Cherries

Cherries are such a wonderful summer fruit. Many fruits require peeling or slicing but cherries can be easily enjoyed with no work – a Mom plus! Just wash them and throw them in a bowl. Adventurous families might enjoy a pit spitting competition in the front yard on a beautiful day!

While cherries are great for all ages, we do caution you to remove the pit before offering to younger children. You can run your knife all around the cherry and then give it a twist to separate one half from the pit and then pick it out of the other side. It’s also recommended to remove the pit before cooking with the cherries, as well.

Normally when you think of cooking with cherries you think of pies and tarts and sweet treats. We want to offer a different take on cherries. Cherries can be made into a lovely sauce to pair with meats. Try the below cherry sauce recipe with chicken.

Cherry Sauce

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup water

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients until blended and heat to boiling.
  • Add 1 cup of halved, pitted cherries.
  • Boil for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Serve over grilled chicken.

Okra

There are so many ways to prepare okra and each is unique. To discount okra because you tried it once is really unfair. You should try making it different ways and find the one that you prefer best. Boiled, fried, grilled, even pickled! Okra is great stewed with tomatoes or in soups but perhaps is best known for its role in gumbo recipes. So many options!

For a new take on okra, try the below recipe for Okra Chips!

 

Okra Chips

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb fresh okra
  • 2 tbls olive oil
  • Sea Salt

Directions:

  • Slice fresh okra in half lengthwise.
  • Toss okra with drizzled olive oil and sea salt.
  • Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 500 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
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