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By Lynn Andriani
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Pears Poached in Red Wine
This showstopper of a dessert is a sophisticated, savory way to end a winter dinner party. You can cook the pears three days ahead. When you're ready to serve them, pour the poaching liquid into a saucepan, boil until syrupy (five to 10 minutes) and then spoon over the fruit.