Celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival — Cherry Recipes!

Smashed Cherry Chocolate Panini
Smashed Cherry Chocolate Panini

Spring is in the air and it’s almost time to celebrate the 2011 Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC. I went to college in DC and always loved visiting the Tidal Basin to see the bright pink cherry blossoms in bloom. So I’ll be celebrating with a few of my favorite cherry recipes…

The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC takes place March 26th – April 10th 2011. And this year, with all the recent earthquake devastation in Japan, the festival has even more significance since the trees which rim the Tidal Basin were gifted from Japan in 1912.From the official site, “In 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC.”

If you’re in DC be aware of Bloom Watch 2011:
Average Peak Bloom Date: April 4
2011 Peak Bloom Date Forecast: March 29 April 3
2011 Blooming Period Forecast: March 26 April 7

So to get you in a Cherry Blossom Mood for spring, here are my fave healthy Cherry Recipes!

1. Spring Cherry Blossom Salad with Creamy Dijon Dressing

2. Smashed Chocolate Cherry Dessert Panini

3. Tart Cherry Pudding Parfait with Cherry Sauce

4. Cherry Fizz Punch

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