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Super Bowl Sundae


Lighting cherries and kirsch for Super Bowl Sundaes.

The highlight of the Super Bowl for me was listening to Renée Fleming perform the best version of the National Anthem at a football game EVER.

The Seahawks decimated the Broncos, 43 – 8, and it was all about Beratin’ Manning.

The game was more or less a snoozefest, except for the very first play when the Seahawks posted the fastest score in Super Bowl history — just 12 seconds in with a two-point safety, the result of an errant snap that sailed over poor Peyton Manning’s dazed and confused head.

I had no intention of watching the game. Being a New England Patriots fan, I had no horse in the race, so I wasn’t thrilled about the Super Bowl this year.

My initial plan was to watch Ms. Fleming, tune into the Kitten Bowl on the Hallmark channel, maybe zig over to the Puppy Bowl, and then watch Chopped on the Food Network because it featured a special guest judge — a pizza chef I interviewed for my newspaper’s radio podcast.

But that safety kept me toggling back and forth in the first half to see what was going on. A waste of time.

I also caught a few of the overdone, overpriced commercials. I remember a silly one for Doritos about a boy riding a dog, and an even sillier one about a fake breed of mutant dog, featuring Sarah McLachlan mocking her animal cruelty commercials. The product being advertised, I believe was a …. car…?  Yes, Super Bowl commercials have gone to the dogs.

The Kitten Bowl, which was new this year and featured play-by-play by New York Yankees sportscaster John Sterling, was rather dull and not up to scratch. I did like some of the players’ names though – Tomcat Brady and Feline Manning. The Puppy Bowl wasn’t much to bark about either. The Animal Planet’s Too Cute! series is better. O.K., yes I just admitted I’ve watched Too cute! Like you haven’t!

Before the game, my husband Jerry’s parents came over for dinner and we played a few rounds of our favorite card game — double deck Pinochle. In honor of the pending gridiron game I made Super Bowl Sundaes for dessert: Sour cherries, sugar and orange rind, flambéed with a pony of Kirsch then spooned over melty vanilla ice cream. Also known as Cherries Jubilee.

It turned out to be a great Super Bowl for Jerry. He had the seemingly lousy numbers 8 and 0 in his office’s football pool, and sure enough, they were good enough for him to win the first quarter. Thank you Mr. Safety!

Super Bowl Sundaes

Cherries Jubilee, our Super Bowl Sundaes

Cherries Jubilee

• Sour cherries – I used a 24-ounce jar of Marco Polo pitted sour cherries. You can fresh or frozen cherries that are thawed.
• 1/4 – 1/2 cup juice from the cherries, or the same amount of fresh-squeezed orange juice
• 1 Tablespoon sugar, or more depending on sourness of cherries. The Marco Polo cherries are rather sweet.
• a few grates of fresh orange rind, or to taste
• 2 Tablespoons Kirschwasser
Vanilla Ice Cream


1. Scoop vanilla ice cream into 4 or 5 serving bowls.
2. Heat cherries, sugar, juice, and orange rind in a 12″ skillet over medium-high heat, and cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves in the juices, about 3 minutes.
3. Remove pan from heat and add kirsch; return to heat and ignite with a match.
4. Using a spoon, baste cherries with liqueur and juices until flame dies out. Spoon immediately over vanilla ice cream and serve.

Thickening option: If you want a slightly thicker sauce, dissolve one teaspoon of cornstarch in two tablespoons of cherry or orange  juice and mix in to the cherries before adding the kirsch. Bring to a boil just to thicken.

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