This was one of my original posts in 2012 but is making a comeback with updates for your Valentine’s planning.
right from the start/you were a thief you stole my heart/and I/your willing victim -pink/nate ruess
It is fruitless for a Catholic to speak of love and the heart without ultimately needing to refer to the Sacred Heart. I mean, if you want to find a soul with perfect purity, it isn’t going to be your fellow human. No, I am not a pessimist, quite the contrary.
Catholics love our devotions to saints but even moreso to certain attributes of Jesus. The Holy Face, Sacred Blood, Jesus the Child are but a few of the many attributes one can relate to and take on as a specific devotion. For some reason, a blood red heart pierced to the core, burning with an inconsumable love and dripping with blood is one resonates within my soul more than any. Pessimist, no, but I might be weird.
No surprises here I am sure.
It wasn’t until I started photographing these cherries I picked up on a whim in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, that I realized they look strikingly like a heart when sliced in half.
I had never seen this simple yet profound beauty in a cherry until I was faced with pitting a pound of these totally out of season blood red bing cherries just because I need some red in my life. The orange and vanilla complement the cherry and give it a bit of depth that elevates simple yogurt to a sweet and creamy dessert.
This dessert, brimming with symbolism is perfect for the upcoming holiday of love. Cognac soaked cherries are a nice adult version of a parfait. Share it with the one who stole your heart.
- 1 pound organic Bing cherries, reserving 4-6 for decoration
- 5 Tbsp Gran Marnier, cognac or liquor of choice
- 4 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 4 Tbsp organic cane sugar
- whole milk yogurt
- one vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped out and reserved
- Mix yogurt and vanilla bean seeds. Set in refrigerator.
- Wash and rinse the cherries. Remove stems. Using a small paring knife, make a slice going all around each cherry. Twist and pull off one side, placing in bowl with cognac, vanilla and sugar. With a finger nail or small knife, pop out pit, twisting as you go.
- Toss gently until covered.
- Place in refrigerator for 2-3 hours until sugar has dissolved and cherries have given off a light syrup.
- Layer cherries, yogurt, cherries, yogurt and pop a cherry on top just for kicks. If you wish to make this a breakfast treat, omit the cognac and add more vanilla and some freshly squeezed OJ to macerate (soak).
P.S. For the over 21, kiddos.