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Omaha-World Herald -COOKBOOK SHOWCASE
The Joy of series now includes cherries
By Sue Story Traux
WORLD-HEARLD STAFF WRITER
Veteran cookbook author Theresa Milking of Kearney, Neb., has another single-topic gem on the market. This time, she celebrates "The Joy of Cherries." subtitled "The Taste-Topping Fruit."
"Cherries" is the fifth in her "The Joy of" series on fruit.
After a few pages about the history of cherries and how they are produced, Millang details their health benefits and offers some tips, such as how to remove a cherry pit.
Then the recipes begin.
This is a bare-bones, paper- covered, spiral-bound recipe book no photos and no index. The table of contents lists 16 chapter headings and the recipe titles in each chapter.
The book offers an amazing variety of recipes, from Fresh Cherry Soup to Turkey Cherry Roll to Kolaches With Cherry Filling to Apricot-Cherry Chili Chutney.
Many of the recipes call for the fruit -- both tart and sweet - in season.
Fresh cherries are pretty much out of the stores now, but that's no problem for Millang.
She has recipes for dried (Chicken Cherry Pasta Salad), candied (Fruit Cake Bars), frozen sweet (Terri's Cherry Pretzel Salad), frozen tart (Tart & Tasty Stuffing), canned tart (Cookie Crust Cherry Crisp), canned sweet (Cherry Mascarpone Torte), pie filling (Cherry-Rhubarb Jelly) and maraschino cherries (Ruby Scones).