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Cherry Blossom Festival: Celebrate Spring with 5 Cherry-Inspired Recipes!

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The National Cherry Blossom Festival starts this weekend in the nation’s capitol, and that means one thing: spring is really here! Celebrating the friendship between the US and Japan, this year’s festival is especially poignant with all the devastation in Japan. To learn more about how to enjoy the cherry blossoms and help those in need, head over to the National Cherry Blossom Festival site.

Here in New York, cherry blossoms are still a few weeks away, and actual cherries are even further, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to enjoy cherries now, or dream of enjoying them later in the spring. Here are 5 great cherry-inspired recipes to get your mouth watering.

Vibrant and tangy old-fashioned oatmeal with dried cherries and oranges.

Rich, buttery whole-wheat pancakes with dried cherries.

Speaking of buttery, Jaime has a fantastic recipe for cherry lemon scones–just right for teatime!

Moving on to dessert, Julie has a dreamy recipe for brie and fresh cherry tartlettes.

Over on Brooklyn Super, we’ve got a recipe for an amazing sour cherry and cornmeal upside-down cake. I think I just drooled a little on the keyboard.

Looking for more cherry-inspired recipes? Check out this great Babble Food slide show.

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