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Up North Blog

Toasted Goat Cheese and Cherry Fig Jam Crostini

Posted by bob on 13th Mar 2015

Crostini can regularly be found on most restaurant menus (including ours!) and at any friend/family gathering. Its versatility and ease of preparation lends itself to an infinite amount of tasty toppings and variations. Tony Finnestad, our Corporate Chef, paired our new Savory Cherry Fig Jam with tart Goat Cheese and a bag of our Cherry Ambassador Mix to create this tempting handheld appetizer. Total Time: 10 mins Difficulty: Very Easy Serves: As many as you'd like! Ingredients: ...

Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread

Posted by Sara B on 22nd Dec 2014

This banana bread recipe is an adaptation of a recipe I grew up with as a kid! My mom would always split the batches into two parts – one with nuts and one without (for me). The recipe is delicious. It's just the way I think banana bread should be: moist, dense, and intensely flavorful. In the past, I've used this for banana bread French toast, I've cut it into small cubes and used it as "croutons" with yogurt and granola, and I've seared it on the flat-top grill and served it with che ...

Cherry Honey-Glazed Carrots

Posted by Sara B on 16th Dec 2014

These carrots are a favorite treat of mine! Very easy to prepare, these carrots are snackable for days after making. My friends and family often find these on the table on or around the holidays (for example, accompanying this delicious pork recipe), but they are a great, easy snack to have on hand year round! As a side dish, they are the perfect partner for these creamy, horseradish mashed potatoes. Ingredients Salt – 2 t. Baby Carrots – 1 C. Chicken Stock – ½ C. Butter – 2 T ...

Cider-Brined Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Posted by Sara B on 16th Dec 2014

This cider-brined roasted pork tenderloin recipe is very simple and easy to follow. Brining of proteins helps them to retain their moisture and size, and is an easy and quick first step in the process. It's a simple recipe that is great for entertaining or at any time you're wanting to make a great tasting, impressive meal with minimal fuss. This dish is perfect when paired with our creamy, horseradish mashed potatoes, honey-glazed carrots, and homemade cherry chutney. Ingredients ...

Cherry Peanut Butter-Stuffed French Toast

Posted by Sara B on 26th Nov 2014

A delicious breakfast treat for the holidays: Cherry Peanut Butter-Stuffed French Toast For me, french toast evokes memories of my childhood. It’s what I always asked for when my Mom would make me breakfast in bed for my birthday. (Love you Mom!) A young Tony Finnestad tucks into some birthday french toast. While my Mom’s recipe didn’t include stuffing it with White Chocolate Cherry Peanut Butter and topping it with Cherry Preserves and Cherry Granola, it was still one of my childhood ...

Roasted Squash and Apple Soup

Posted by Sara B on 20th Nov 2014

Roasted Squash Apple Soup is a delicious seasonal favorite. The perfect holiday appetizer! This is another seasonal favorite of mine. The sweetness of the apples and brown sugar are offset by the slight tartness and acidity of the dried cherries, and the warming spices round the soup out very well! You can also serve this as a mashed potato style of dish by omitting some of the heavy cream or chicken stock. Don’t be tempted to use frozen or pre-cooked squash for this recipe. Although cutt ...

Cherry Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

Posted by Sara B on 20th Nov 2014

Fluffy, creamy, and absolutely delicious, these Cherry Horseradish Mashed Potatoes are a hit with a variety of dishes This recipe is a twist on classic mashed potatoes. The end result is a creamy, buttery, fluffy mashed potato with just a little kick from the Cherry Horseradish Sauce. True horseradish lovers will probably want to add just a bit more Cherry Horseradish Sauce, but the recipe is approachable for all people just as is. Enjoy! Serves 4 Ingredients Russet Potatoes – 2 Lbs. ...

Bourbon Cherry BBQ Pork Ribs

Posted by bob on 29th Aug 2014

Yield: 6 servings Time: 2 hr 10 min (on top of 12-24 hours for marinating Ingredients: 4 to 5 lbs pork ribs Your favorite dry rub (or create your own!) 2 jars Cherry Republic Spicy (or original!) Barbecue Sauce 4 tablespoons of your favorite bourbon Directions Preheat your oven to 290 degrees F. Liberally season your ribs with your favorite dry rub (or have some fun and create your own!) or salt and pepper on both sides and place in a deep roasting pan. Mix Ch ...

Cherry Horseradish Coleslaw

Posted by bob on 10th Jul 2014

Yield: 8-10 servings Ingredients: 5 cups shredded green cabbage 5 cups shredded red cabbage 2 cups shredded carrots 1/4 cup finely sliced green onions 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch cubes 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 cup cider vinegar 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground balk pepper 1 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup sour cream 6 tablespoons of Cherry Republic Cherry Horseradish Sauc ...

Cherry Chicken Enchiladas

Posted by bob on 27th Jun 2014

Ingredients: 16 oz sour cream 7 oz can diced green chilies 1 green onion, chopped 2 cup sharp cheddar shredded 8 oz cream cheese “brick” cut into 8 equal slices 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro 11/2 tsp cumin 2 cup diced cooked chicken breast 8, 8-in flour or corn tortillas 24 oz Cherry Republic Original Cherry Salsa Directions: Butter 9x13 pan. Mix in sour cream, chilies, green onion, cilantro & cumin in bowl. Mix in chicken and 1 cup of shredded cheese. Salt and pepper ...

AJ's BBQ Chicken Pizza

Posted by bob on 29th May 2014

Created by AJ, one of Cherry Republic's talented Grand Cafe chefs, this personal pizza recipe is as classic as it is delicious. Gooey melted Havarti and Feta cheeses cover a bed of sautéed chicken, red onion and Cherry Republic Cherry BBQ sauce on top of toasted pita bread. If you're lucky, you might happen to visit the Grand Cafe on the day AJ is making this specialty, but if you aren't, no worries - you can do it at home!   Recipe Yield: 1 personal pizza Ingredients: Round ...

The Perfect Cherry Pie: Mamma Mary's Cherry Pie

Posted by bob on 28th May 2014

Mamma Mary's Cherry Pie Nothing better represents Cherry Republic than Mamma Mary's Cherry Pie. After all, she's been perfecting the recipe for years. Below, you will find Mamma Mary's Cherry Pie recipe. We ask that you keep this between you, your family and friends, and us. Sharing this recipe with frisky competitors will lead to years worth of bad cherry pie-making karma. So without further ado, Mamma Mary's Cherry Pie. Ingredients: 1 1/4 C all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp salt 1 ...

Spicy Cherry BBQ Meatballs

Posted by bob on 28th May 2014

Here's one of our simplest, oldest and delicious BBQ recipes. We serve our Spicy Cherry BBQ Meatballs in our stores as much as we can because it's easy to make and always a crowd pleaser. They're perfect for summer evenings spent grilling with the family, feeding a hungry group of teenagers at a graduation party or simply making after a long day at work. And if you prefer your food a little less spicy, substitute our Original BBQ Sauce for our Spicy BBQ Sauce! Ingredients: 1 17o ...

Snappin' Turtle Cherry Ice Cream

Posted by bob on 28th May 2014

Ahhh, Snappin' Turtle Cherry Ice Cream. Aside from an ice cold pitcher of sangria or a warm slice of cherry pie, ice cream is the flavor of summer. This recipe for Snappin' Turtle Cherry Ice Cream will quickly become a family summer staple for generations to come.  Made with a vanilla custard base making it extra rich and creamy, this is one of the best cherry ice cream recipes out there. A rich vanilla bean custard base is swirled with caramel, cherry turtle brownies and topped with a Super ...

Savory Cherry Strudel

Posted by bob on 1st Apr 2014

Savory Cherry Strudel This Savory Cherry Strudel recipe was developed by one of Cherry Republic's own, Gene Kovacs and his partner Craig (the true chef, by Gene's own admission!). He brought this dish to an office brunch and it stole the show. Full of chicken, goat cheese, Cherry Republic Dried Cherries, sundried tomatoes, Poblano peppers, bacon and more, it's a savory appetizer or main dish that your family and friends will request again and again.   Savory Cherry Strudel Yield: Three Str ...