Chocolate + Cherries

How is summer treating you? I’m having a great time enjoying the season’s slower pace, writing my next book and continuing my work with clients. Oh, and hanging out with my family. In fact, one of the highlights of my summer has been driving from my home in NYC to Ludington, MI (on the Western shores of Lake Michigan). I’ve got family in Michigan—every year we go, stay on the lake and sample the local foods. One of our Michigan favorites? Cherries!

In Michigan, folks use this gorgeous stone fruit in everything from burgers to smoothies. Whether the sour variety or sweet, the light Queen Anne types to the deeply colored Bing varieties, you’ll get fiber, minerals, and antioxidants (such as anthocyanins, flavonoids thought to protect against cancer and improve heart and brain function).But I’ve got to admit, one of my favorite ways to enjoy the fruit is this elegant recipe.

CHOCOLATE CHERRIES

Chocolate Cherries is a take on two confectionary favorites: candy-box cordials and dipped strawberries. Use fruit that still has its stems for easier dipping. If you can’t stand the thought of pits, feel free to pit the cherries first: The finished product won’t be as elegant, but it will make for easier eating.

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups sweet cherries
  • 1.5 ounces melted organic dark chocolate (feel free to use milk chocolate, though you won’t get the hit of antioxidants you would with dark chocolate)

Directions

1. Dip the lower half of each cherry in chocolate. Allow excess chocolate drip off.
2. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and refrigerate about 20 minutes.

Enjoy!

Much love,

 

P.S. In celebration of Kale: The Complete Guide To The World’s Most Powerful Superfood I have gathered up some of my favorite superfood cookbook and health authors. I am hard at work creating an online learning event with these superfood rockstars where you can learn everything you want to know about using superfoods to get and keep you slim and healthy. Look for announcements in upcoming newsletters.

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