I made this and it was a huge hit at Thanksgiving. Even the guests who don't typically like stuffing tried it (interested by the bacon and dried fruit), loved it, and asked for the recipe. I substituted dried cranberries for the cherries (still used half a cup)....they were much cheaper than the dried cherries and still seemed festive for Thanksgiving. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly (though I may have reserved a bit more than a tsp of the bacon drippings) and it was absolutely delicious...the only downside was it was the only thing we did not have any leftovers of!!!
This was a definite hit at our Thanksgiving dinner! I used half of the celery called for and it didn't seem to make a difference. I also shredded rather than diced the carrots so the little kids wouldn't notice the "healthy" food as much, and used a bit more cherries. The cherries added a lot of flavor and interest--and not one turned-up nose from the kids!