Life on Regal-Hill: Feb. 13, 2008

It seems that any Presidents’ Day menu needs to include cherries in at least one of the recipes one prepares for this special meal. As expected, there were plenty of cherry desserts like pie, but I also found these recipes as well.

Chicken with Cherry Sauce
1 pound fresh or frozen pitted sweet cherries
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger or 2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
Set aside 3/4 cup cherries. In a blender, combine orange juice, and remaining cherries. Cover and process until smooth. Add soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, lemon juice, garlic and ginger; set aside.
In a large skillet over medium heat, brown chicken on all sides in butter. Place chicken skin side down in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Top with cherry sauce. Bake uncovered, at 350 degrees for 20 minutes; turn chicken. Top with reserved cherries. Bake, uncovered, 25-30 minutes longer until chicken juices run clear.
Yield: 4-6 servings
2004 Taste of Home Annual Recipes

Cherry Gelatin Supreme
This could also be served as a salad.
2 cups water, divided
1 package (3 ounces) cherry gelatin
1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
1 package (3 ounces) lemon gelatin
1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
2 tablespoons chopped pecans
In a large saucepan, bring 1 cup water to a boil. Stir in cherry gelatin until dissolved. Add pie filling; mix well. Pour into an 11-in. x 7-in. x 2-in. dish. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until set.
In a saucepan, bring remaining water to a boil. Stir in lemon gelatin until dissolved. In a small mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth. Beat in lemon gelatin and pineapple. Cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes.
Fold in the marshmallows and whipped cream. Spoon over cherry layer; sprinkle with pecans. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until set.
Yield: 12 servings
2008 Taste of Home Annual Recipes

Cherry Cheese Torte
2 packages (3 ounces each) ladyfingers
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar, divided
2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
2 cups whipping cream
1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
Place a layer of ladyfingers on the bottom and around the sides of an ungreased 9-in. springform pan. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, 1 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla until smooth. Add lemon juice and peel; mix well.
In a small mixing bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add remaining sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form. Fold into cream cheese mixture. Spread half over crust. Arrange remaining ladyfingers in a spoke pattern over top. Evenly spread with the remaining cream cheese mixture. Top with pie filling. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan just before serving.
Yield: 12 servings
2003 Taste of Home Annual Recipes

Presidents’ Week is the time to do a pop quiz to see if we know the history of the U.S. Presidents.

Match the president with his first lady.
First ladies:
___a. Anna Tuthill Symes
___b. Hannah Hoes
___c. Julia Gardiner
___d. Abigail Powers
___e. Martha Wayles Skelton
___f. Elizabeth Kortright
___g. Rachel Donelson
___h. Mamie Doud
___i. Martha Dandridge Custis
___j. Dolly Payne
1. George Washington
2. James Monroe
3. James Madison
4. Andrew Jackson
5. Martin Van Buren
6. Millard Fillmore
7. Thomas Jefferson
8. John Tyler’s second wife
9. Dwight D. Eisenhower
10. William H. Harrison

Answers: 10, 5, 8, 6, 7, 2, 4, 9, 1, 3.

1. Name the five presidents who came from New York State.
2. Which of the five did not serve as governor before becoming president?

Answer: 1. Grover Cleveland, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Martin Van Buren and Millard Fillmore.
2. Millard Fillmore.

Match the president with the statement that describes him best:
___a. Initiated the Louisiana Purchase
___b. In 1965 ordered the bombing of North Vietnam
___c. Was U.S. representative, senator and governor from Tennessee
___d. Was speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
___e. Published Profiles In Courage to win the Pulitzer Prize
___f. Was U.S. Representative and Governor of Ohio
___g. Was born in Cayuga County, NY
___h. Won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1920
___i. Only president from Pennsylvania
___j. Was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court after being president
1. James Polk
2. John Kennedy
3. Millard Fillmore
4. Lyndon B. Johnson
5. William H. Taft
6. Woodrow Wilson
7. James Buchanan
8. Rutherford Hayes
9. Andrew Johnson
10. Thomas Jefferson.

Answers: 10, 4, 9, 1, 2, 8, 3, 6, 7, 5.

I hope you enjoyed the fun. Happy Presidents’ Week!