Homemade Cherry Garcia Frozen Yogurt


Angela is a junior in high school, which means that she will be applying to college this fall.  According to all the parents that I know who have gone through the college application process, it promises to be one of the most harrowing times in their lives. It seems that being a great student and a great child is simply not enough.  Apparently, the children nowadays need bios that include so many accomplishments that a college education would seem completely redundant.

While browsing the bookstore for a book about college application, I came upon a letter from a 21-year-old Andy Warhol answering Harper’s editor Russell Lynes’s request for biographical information:

Hello mr. lynes

thank you very much

biographical information

my life couldn’t fill a penny post card i was born in pittsburgh in 1928 (like everybody else – in a steel mill)

i graduated from carnegie tech now i’m in NY city moving from one roach infested apartment to another.

Andy Warhol.

The letter made me smile.  He didn’t bother to use punctuation or capitalization, except when it comes to his own name, but later that year Lynes gave Warhol one of his first jobs — to illustrate a John Cheever short story for Harper’s.  He would go on to establish himself as the pop icon of 20th century.

Warhol wouldn’t get into any college with that bio if he lived today.  Or maybe he would.  I’m sure the fatigued essay reader at Harvard or Princeton would appreciate very much the brevity of his essay.

It was fortunate that Andy Warhol’s mother didn’t read the letter before it was sent out.  Things might turn out differently, i.e. not as favorably, if she had decided to improve his biographical information.

So all I can do to help Angela is to make the best after school snacks.  I am confident that the healthy and delicious snacks I make will mean something in the process.

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Homemade Cherry Garcia Frozen Yogurt


1 1/2 cups fat free plain Fage or yogurt of choice

A pinch of salt

4 packs Stevia

2 tbsp milk of choice

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp instant coffee

1/4 packed cup dried cherries, soaked and chopped or 3/4 fresh or frozen pitted cherries

4 tbsp shaved 86% dark chocolate bar



Soak the dried cherries in about 1/4 cup warm water for about 30 minutes.  Chop the cherries and keep the water.

Chop or shave the chocolate.

Blend everything except chocolate and cherries in a blender.

In either an ice cream machine or a large airtight container, combine the first 5 ingredients. (For optimal creaminess and best texture, use the ice cream machine. However, it does work—and still tastes delicious—if you don’t have a machine.)

As the machine churns, add the shaved chocolate and chopped cherries.  Let churn until the ice cream is desired consistency.

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Adapted from:  chocolatecoveredkatie.com

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