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Cherry Season

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Cherry Season

One tablespoon butter…one tablespoon vanilla extract…six eggs…

My feet were on an upper rung of a wooden ladder, my arms in the upper branches of a cherry tree. The day was not so much warm as infernally hot. I wore a harness attached to a cherry picking bucket to leave both hands free. I’d climbed the ladder as high as I dared, but clusters of cherries still hung just beyond my reach.

Six tablespoons sugar…1 1/4 cups milk…two tablespoons kirsch…

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