Red Wine poached pears


4-8 pears, you want them to not be too soft. Not rock hard, but you need them firm enough to withstand their winey jacuzzi. Peel them with a potato peeler. Use a small paring knife to cure the pears from underneath. If necessary cut a sliver so that the pears can stand upright.

about 2/3 a bottle of wine (your basic soft red that goes for about 10$ a pop, will do perfectly here)

1 cup white sugar

1 sliced lemon

2-3 cinnamon sticks, 3-4 cloves, and about a quarter of a nutmeg(I lay the nutmeg on my cutting board and whack it with a small heavy saucepan.)

Combine everything in a saucepan. bring to the boil, Lower the heat and occasionally turn the pears so that they get equal color on all sides.  After about 10 minutes, remove the pears with a slotted spoon and set aside. Remove the spices and citrus and allow the wine to cook down into a syrup.  When you have about 1/2 cup of winy syrup(which I think I might use as the name of my mid life crisis, punk rock group) drizzle it over your pears. Serve at room temp.  Accept the applause graciously!

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