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tablespoons lemon juice
2 3/4 pounds Sickle pears (about 10 whole) -
1 (750-milliliter) bottle Merlot or other red
1/2 cup sugar
5 orange rind strips (3 × 1-inch)
1/2 cup orange juice
2 x 3-inch cinnamon sticks
1 star anise (optional)
5 teaspoons chopped crystallized ginger
lemon juice over pears; drain.
wine and next 4 ingredients (wine through cinnamon)
in a large non-aluminum Dutch oven. Add star
anise, if desired; bring to a boil. Reduce heat,
and cook, covered, 10 minutes.
pears; simmer for 10 minutes or until tender,
turning pears occasionally.
pears from wine mixture using a slotted spoon.
Place in a shallow bowl; set aside.
wine mixture to a boil over high heat; cook
10 minutes or until reduced to about 2 cups.
Discard solids. Spoon reduced wine mixture over
pears; sprinkle with ginger.
size: 1 pear, 3 tablespoons wine sauce, and