Tagged: ‘Santa Clara Valley’

Culinary Traveler: Valley of Fruit

I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately, which happened in a flash last week when I drove south on El Camino Real, passing the land that used to be Olson’s cherry orchards. The aging cherry trees have been pulled out to make way for more shopping centers and apartments, which is also the fate for Brentwood, west of Stockton, where much of our California fruit has been coming from in the last decade.

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Deborah Olson’s Amazing Cherry Crisp

Wow! You can’t imagine how FAST, EASY, and DELICIOUS this fresh cherry crisp is!

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Deborah Olson’s Amazing Cherry Crisp

Wow! You can’t imagine how FAST, EASY, and DELICIOUS this is! Use a cherry pitter or small paring knife to remove the pits. Be sure to wear an apron or pit the cherries with your hands inside a gallon plastic bag to deter the inevitable splattering. Serve warm or cold and top it off with vanilla ice cream. It is great for a crowd ( you can double, triple, whatever, just use a larger pan). Deborah Olson’s family owned the last cherry orchard in the Santa Clara Valley and are famous for their cherries and cherry honey. Deborah still markets her cherries by mail.

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Small Batch Fresh Apricot Jam (Made in the Bread Machine)

I grew up in the Santa Clara Valley in Northern California, the home of the finest apricots grown in America because of it’s wonderful climate. Unfortunately, the trees were gradually pulled out and houses built to create Silicon Valley, but dotted around backyards and vacant lots are a few precious apricot trees. Apricot jam is just part of the legacy of living here and for good reason; it is luscious. Look for roadside stands and at farmer’s markets. The season is very short. Making jam was never so easy and no boiling of jars.

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