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September 24, 2010
Well, you know.
And as Ira Gershwin pointed out, "Life is (also) one long jubilee."
Amazing how today's subject is a recipe for...life.
In case you didn't know, it's National Cherries Jubilee Day.
A little known food holiday and a too little known dessert.
Though it wasn’t always that way.
Auguste Escoffier is generally credited with preparing this dramatic dish for either Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee of 1887 or the Diamond Jubilee in 1897.
So how do you make it?
Flambé, meaning "flamed" in French, is a cooking procedure in which warmed alcohol is added to a hot pan to create a burst of flames that usually changes the chemistry of the dish itself.
No need to use fresh cherries, since they're not in season anyway.
Bing cherries in a can are fine. Since after the kirsch or brandy hits them they really don't know who they are.
Anyway, this entire concoction of flamed alcohol, juice, sugar, and cornstarch is served over vanilla ice cream.
What could be bad?
Once you perfect your flambé, (and do read these safety precautions) without setting fire to the house or setting off your smoke alarm, there will be no end of flaming desserts in your repertoire from Bananas Foster, flamed in dark rum to Pêches Louis, flamed in whiskey.
So where do cherries come from?
Yes, cherry trees are the correct answer.
Originally found all over Europe and in Rome as early as 72 BC — eventually brought to America by ship with early settlers in the 1600s.
Cherry trees, and there are many varieties, flourished along the Saint Lawrence River and into the Great Lakes area, and later wound up in George Washington’s backyard.
Where little George told his father, who was eyeing the remains of a small cherry tree, "I cannot tell a lie, father, you know I cannot tell a lie!"
Even thought the story may have been fabricated entirely by author, Mason Locke Weems in his “Life and Memorable Actions of George Washington,” cherries do teach us valuable lessons.
Wise, also, to remember that life is a jubilee, whether you add cherries or not.
What is Flambé? wisegeek.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
The extraordinary history of cherries foodreference.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
History of Desserts lovetoknow.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Favorite cherry dish?