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cherry trinity ...

4 cups dry red wine

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 pounds red cherries, stemmed, pitted

1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel

1/8 teaspoon almond extract

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Stir wine and sugar in heavy large saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Add cherries. Bring to boil. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer cherries to medium bowl.

Boil cooking liquid until reduced to 2 cups, about 25 minutes. Mix in orange peel, almond extract and nutmeg. Cool. Pour syrup over cherries; toss. Cover; chill until cold. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled.) Spoon cherry mixture into bowls and serve.


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Taken on January 29, 2008