Serve ice cream slightly softened along with the fresh cherries. In the center of the table, have a basket of cherries and a bowl of cool water. Everyone dips the cherries in the water to rinse them before eating.
Lemon and Cherry Tips: Organic lemons are especially important here since you're using the zest as well as the juice.
With cherries, always taste before buying, and buy organic if at all possible. The best-flavored and most readily available cherries I've found over the past couple of years have been Royal Anns and Lamberts. Morellos are tart and great for pies.
Thoughts on Cherries: http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/souptonuts/farmstand_cherries.html
Tree Ripened Cherries and Other Fruit: http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/gourmetguide/source_treeripened.shtml
2. Cover and freeze about an hour, or until mushy. Stir with a fork, freeze another hour or so until mushy, and stir again. Repeat this one more time and freeze until firm.
3. Transfer the ice cream to soften in the refrigerator about an hour before serving. Then spoon into individual bowls. Serve with the cherries on the side.
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