Pickled Cherry Tomatoes
Serve these piquant tomatoes as an hors d’oeuvre, or drop one into a martini.
1. Bring vinegar, 3/4 cup water, sugar, salt, chiles, allspice, and cayenne to a simmer in saucepan. Stir to dissolve sugar, then remove from heat. Cool 30 minutes.
2. Put garlic and bay leaf in bottom of 1-qt. glass jar. Add tomatoes, and tuck thyme sprigs along sides. Pour vinegar mixture over tomatoes, and marinate 1 hour. Store up to 1 day in refrigerator.