Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drain cherries, reserving 1/2 cup juice. Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt.
Combine cherry juice, food coloring, almond extract and lemon juice.Add to dry ingredients, mixing well.
Add cherries and mix well again. Add butter and let stand for 15 minutes.Pour cherry mixture into pie crust and finish top with second pie crust. Be certain to create a few small slices around the top of the pie crust for vents. I always sprinkle a teaspoon of sugar on top just like mother did. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes.
~ Miss Helen, Vicksburg, MS.