A bag of pears is a lot to get through before they spoil. So, I decided to simply can them, in a light sugar syrup, with a few pear-loving spices thrown in for good measure. It's an easy way to preserve the fruit when it's at its ripest.
When you find perfect Rainier cherries, no small feat, eat as many as you can out of hand, and preserve the rest right away. These cherries in a light rum syrup will add a sophisticated kick to any ice cream sundae.