Chicken with Cherries in a Red Wine Pan Sauce

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“Love doesn’t make the world go round.  Love makes the ride worthwhile.” Franklin P. Jones

February is often associated with cherry dishes in America yet cherries are not in season.  Why is that?  Well February is also when we celebrate Presidents Day and it is rumored that America’s first president, George Washington, cut down his parents’ cherry tree.  This story is nothing but a fable perpetuated by Parson Weem, a family friend and author, who thought the story would be a good moral tale to inspire the country’s young to tell the truth:  “I cannot tell a lie, I did it with my little hatchet.” is the myth that has been oft repeated about George Washington.  American painter, Grant Wood immortalized Parson Weem’s Fable in his 1939 work of art of the same name.  The parson is in front of the curtain framing the unfolding moral tale.

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The myth of President Washington loving cherries endures and cherry recipes appear every February.  When Tasting Table published this chicken recipe from Iowa Girl Eats recently, I was smitten.   Continue reading