It is true, I am someone who strikes up conversation with strangers in the check-out line at the grocery store (no, I am not limited to just check-out lines, either). I met a lovely young mom who was buying a four huge jars of gorgeous looking cherries at Trader Joe’s. I had to know what she was making with them (although it looked like eating them out of the jar might be just fine, too).

Her name is Anya and she kindly shared her family tradition of making Cherry Crisp for President’s Day. What a lovely tradition and a wonderful recipe! Thanks, Anya!

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Enjoy and Happy President’s Day!

Cherry Crisp for President’s Day

1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. flour
4 jars Trader Joes dark cherries, drained
1 c. dried tart cherries (can also get from TJs)
2 tsp. vanilla
1 c sugar
2 tbsp. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
Whipping Cream, sugar and vanilla
Preheat at the oven to 375 degrees.  Butter a 9 x 13 baking dish..
To make the topping, mix the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and flour together with a fork.  Refrigerate while you make the filling.
To make the filling, stir together the drained and dried cherries, sugar, flour, and salt.  Place in the baking dish and crumble topping on top.  Bake for 30-35 minutes, then let cool in the dish for 20 minutes
Serve warm or cold with whipped cream on top.

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