Pears Poached in Spiced Port
4 pears, peeled, stems left intact
1/2 orange, cut into 4 pieces
2 cups ruby port
2 cups cranberry juice cocktail
1/2 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
Combine liquids, orange pieces and spices in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove core of pear from the botton with a melon baller or small spoon. Put pears into poaching liquid and simmer for about 25 minutes or until pears are just tender. Remove from heat and allow pears to sit in liquid for 2 hours.
Remove pears from poaching liquid; strain it, then bring it back to a boil and boil until it is reduced to about half its original volume. Put each pear in a bowl and spoon some poaching liquid over it. Serve plain or with vanilla ice cream.