Spring and summer are the perfect time for simplicity. Time for relaxation over long, lazy meals al fresco and good conversation. And dessert should be equally simple and fresh. So during these months, I like to emphasize fresh fruit and unfussy pastries and rustic desserts.

If you're a lemon fan, you’ve probably already discovered Ina Garten’s Lemon Yogurt Cake. It’s a luscious cake with great lemon flavor and a beautiful crumb, a recipe that works for lots of different applications. It’s delicious all by itself or alongside your favorite fruit. Here I reach for the new delivery of bright red cherries, among the very best gems at the market. Let's hope this year provides us with a bountiful crop.


The cherries this season are terrific. Here I’ve prepared them with some sugar, orange zest and a splash of balsamic to lend a note of acidity and brightness. A quick simmer on the stove softens them to a tender juicy bite.

Lemons and cherries, definitely a winning combination. Happy spring!


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