I found this recipe in a Marsha Adams cookbook and adapted it to suit my family's taste. It is perfect cold-weather food. My husband loves to come home to the aroma of this stew cooking! Don't let the long list of ingredients fool you, it is really easy to throw together.
I make these every year for Christmas goodies and my husband hides them from everybody! They take about two weeks for the centers to get soft. This is a Southern Living recipe that's at least 20 years old. When you buy the cherries check the servings in the jar. You need 50 cherries, give or take a few.