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Written by Darci Tomky   

I pledge my head, heart, hands and health to delicious recipes!

I was in 4-H for a few years as a kid. The Better Beef Makers 4-H Club to be exact.

Country line dance routines, a “Home Improvement” parody skit and lunch bag relay races at our Christmas parties are just a few things I’ll never forget.

And while those line dances made me into the exceptional dancer I am today (that was sarcasm, by the way), 4-H impacted me way more than I realized.

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization. According to research at, the structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that young people receive through 4-H plays a vital role in helping them achieve success in life.

4-H’ers are:

—nearly four times more likely to make contributions to their communities.

—about two times more likely to be civically active.

—nearly two times more likely to participate in science programs during out-of-school time.

—nearly two times more likely to make healthier choices.

My character, skills and academics not only benefited from 4-H, but my taste buds did, too!

My older sister was in cooking in 4-H, and for her Unit 3 on quick breads, she discovered this cherry nut bread recipe from the Pillsbury Holiday Cookbook No. IX.

Like other rewards of 4-H, this recipe has stuck around for years and years so we can now reap the benefits as adults, as well!

I’m usually not a big fruit-in-my-bread type of person, but I guess I make an exception for this recipe! You can leave the almonds out entirely if you prefer, and I’d suggest eating this bread warm with a healthy supply of butter. Enjoy!

Cherry Nut Bread

2 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup margarine or butter, melted
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 10-ounce jar (3/4 cup) maraschino cherries, drained, chopped

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom only of 8x4 or 9x5-inch loaf pan. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup, level off. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; mix well. In small bowl, combine milk, margarine, almond extract and eggs; blend well. Add to flour mixture in large bowl; stir by hand just until dry particles are moistened. Stir in almonds and cherries. Pour into greased pan. For 8x4-inch pan, bake at 350 degrees for 65 to 75 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. For 9x5-inch pan, bake for 60 to 70 minutes. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely.

Holyoke Enterprise January 2, 2014