My seven year old is at that obnoxious age where if I say something like, “I love July,” while shoving a handful of fresh, juicy cherries into my mouth, she counters quickly with, “Why don’t you marry it then?” I remember saying the same thing, of course, when I was seven too. It’s part of the age, but even though it makes me roll my eyes, it almost always makes me grin too. Also, I’m not above saying something back like, “Fine, I will then.” I might even stick out my tongue sometimes too.
Fact of the matter: The only way I would consider getting married again is if July asked me. I’d totally marry July. I might also marry September if it asked nicely and brought ripe tomatoes.
But right now, the cherries have stolen my heart. Sweet, juicy cherries! We’ve been eating them by the handfuls, tossing them into every smoothie we make, and spending far too much time thinking about all the desserts we can put them into. I even put it out to my Some the Wiser Facebook followers, but I’ll be honest, you guys weren’t very helpful. I was trying to decide between a cobbler, a pie, a cheesecake. But my lovely facebook fans only added frozen yogurt, galettes, turnovers, and cherry dump pies into the mix. There are just way too many delicious things to make with fresh cherries. Way too many.
I have the most delicious cherries to work with right now too. A few days ago, I received my first curated box of fruit from Stemilt Growers, delivered right to my doorstep. We’ve been enjoying the tasty Lil’ Snappers Apples they sent (perfect size for the kids!), and oh my, those dark sweet cherries!
The cherries are HUGE! Double the size of any of the cherries I’ve seen around here and so incredibly delicious. Forget about marrying July, I’ll just marry these cherries and live happily ever after.
This curated box service is new to Stemilt Growers, but the family owned business has been growing and sharing delicious fruit since the 1960’s. Clearly, they’ve perfected the cherries! It’s all non-GMO and they have organic options too. I’m a fan. (And this is not a sponsored post).
So for my first in what I expect will be a round of cherry recipes, I am offering up this perfect summer Cherry Blackberry Cobbler recipe. There is a hint of marjoram in it, which only adds to the flavors of summer. The Vanilla Bean biscuits, sweetened lightly with honey, are the perfect topping for the sweet berries and cherries. It’s quick, once you’ve got all those cherries pitted (beware the pink fingers you’ll be sporting afterwards) and though I do hate to turn on the oven in July, this Cherry Blackberry Cobbler is worth it, really worth it.
We served ours with ice cream, good creamy Tillamook ice cream, but freshly whipped cream is lovely too. Enjoy the last few days of July, wonderful July. This cobbler will send it out with a bang. Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/blackberry-cherry-cobbler-with-honey-whipped-cream
For the Filling
For the biscuits
This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. I did receive a complimentary box of fruit as part of Stemilt Grower’s new curated box service for review purposes.
Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/blackberry-cherry-cobbler-with-honey-whipped-cream