Life is just a bowl of cherries

When you purchase cherries, look for those that feel firm and plump and seem heavy for their size. They should be free of spots and soft areas and the stems should be firmly attached to the fruit.

Pitting cherries is an art. You can cut them in half and remove the pit with your fingers, but I like using a cherry pitter, making absolutely sure that each cherry is freed from its pit. You’ll get into a rhythm, so enjoy the feel of the fruits, the wine-sweet aroma, the sound of the pit plunking into the bowl, and of course, your cook’s treat is to snack on a cherry from time to time.

Enjoy the fruit of summer: the fresh cherry. Eat as many of them as you can

CalCherry has a great collection of recipes read more

This is an easy and tasty recipe from David Lebovitz
No-Recipe Cherry Jam
It starts Buy as many cherries as you feel like pitting.
Usually I have the patience for about 3 pounds, but it’s up to you. Figure one pound of cherries will make one good-sized jar of jam. Plump, dark Bing cherries work really well, although Burlats are good, and if you can find sour cherries, your jam will rock……

You can find cherry pitters at

Hardisty’s Homewares
1565 Farmer’s Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.545.0534.

Oliver’s Market
560 Montecito Court, Santa Rosa. 707.537.7123.
546 E. Cotati Ave., Cotati. 707.795.9501.

G & G Supermarket
1211 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.546.6877.
7001 Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Petaluma. 707.765.6877.

Sebastopol Hardware Center
660 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. 707.823.7688.

Garrett’s Ace Hardware
1340 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.5593.
10540 Old Redwood Hwy., Windsor. 707.433.6590.