Beth Siegalkoff

Today is a sweet day. It is National Cherry Popover Day, always celebrated on Sept. 1. Cherry popovers are tasty treats made from an egg batter and flour mix. This doughy muffin is filled with cherries, and then baked. It is baked in either a muffin tin, or a special popover tin; either way, it is totally delicious!

Popovers might be considered an American version of the British classic, Yorkshire pudding. Yorkshire pudding is served as a bread side dish to roasted meat. Fruit popovers were first mentioned in an 1876 cookbook called “Practical Cooking”, written by M.N. Henderson. And, although popovers might have been a bit niche and difficult to find, the popularity of this delicacy has been steadily rising.

Popover earned its name for the way the dough pops over the muffin pans and steadily rises and expands with fluffy baked dough. Popovers are traditionally made with fruit mixture in the United States. Cherry popovers are considered to be the most popular flavor of popover and should, of course be served with coffee or tea as any delicious dessert might be.

Enjoy a cherry popover today and don’t forget to share. Don’t you just love food holidays? And we are just on the cusp of great holiday food coming our way.

Also coming our way is Labor Day this next Monday.

The celebration of the day is often thought of as summer’s last hurrah. The 3-day weekend usually offers a chance to spend time relaxing with friends and family, and enjoying delicious grilling recipes and summery drinks.

In order to enjoy this time, we must pay tribute to the American workers and all of their many contributions and achievements through the years.

Created by the labor movements in the late 19th century, Labor Day honors the men and women who fought tirelessly for workers’ rights, especially the eight-hour workday we have now.

So, when your Labor Day 2021 celebration is in full swing, be sure to take some time out to reflect and pay respect to all the workers, past and present, who have made America the country it is today.

Happy Birthday to granddaughter Grace. She will celebrate her 18th year on Monday, Sept 6. It has been a tumultuous year with the pandemic, senior year of high school, first job, car payments, graduation, and an eventful summer. Hope you have a memorable day as much as you have had a memorable year. We love you, baby girl.

There are 61 days until Halloween, 86 days until Thanksgiving, and 115 shopping days until Christmas. If you haven’t started your shopping, maybe you should take advantage of the Labor Day sales and see what you can accomplish before time flies by and you are buying batteries, jerky and a bag of plastic toys at an all-night mini mart on Christmas Eve. Just sayin’.

Flower of the day: Cherry red roses

Recipe of the day: Cherry Popovers

Dates to remember:

Sept. 6 – Labor Day

Sept. 11 – Patriots Day

Sept. 12 – Grandparents Day

Sept. 14 – Election Day

Sept. 22 – Autumnal Equinox

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous and make a memory.