Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Inland Northwest, High Desert

February, 2004
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Flower Ideas
Just in time for Valentine's Day, a visit to Flowers. Alive With Possibilities is full of cut flower ideas. Blooming with easy-to-follow how-to's, this site will help you learn what to do with fresh flowers. Even if you're all thumbs, you'll learn how to gather up a bouquet in your hand, then finish it off for a grand presentation to your sweetie. You'll learn, too, that "if it can hold water, it can hold flowers."


Cherries Jubilee
An elegant finale to a romantic dinner.

1 16-ounce can dark, sweet, pitted cherries
1/4 cup apple juice
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons brandy or rum
3 cups vanilla ice cream (or ice milk, to save a calorie)

Drain syrup from the cherries and mix with the apple juice. In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of juice until no lumps remain.

In a small saucepan over high heat, bring remaining liquid to a boil and reduce heat to medium. Add cornstarch mixture, stirring constantly. Let mixture return to a boil and cook about one minute, or until thickened. Add brandy, stir in cherries and ignite.

Pour over individual portions of ice cream. Serve immediately.

Serves 4.