I'll let this be a short post today as I am sad. For about the past 4 or 5 days now I have not seen any cherries neither in my store on the other store I tend to frequent. I fear that they are gone for the year. The cherries this year have been so very, very good.
I will miss the tarts, cobblers, crisps, pies, galettes, and clafoutis that I have made with them this year. I will miss the demi-glaces and port wine reductions, the braising liquids and sauces. But most of all I will miss grabbing a handful and eating them plain, gnawing the pit like a bone so that I can get every last bit of flesh from it.
On more than one occasion my martial arts instructor and I sat down after our morning training and would consume an entire 1lb. bag of Hood River, Oregon cherries. You have my word that it makes a great post-workout snack. It really helps wash the taste of the Nasty Green Drink out of our mouths, too.
In the not to distant future we will begin seeing cherries from Chile but they pale in comparison so I never bother with them. Until next year...