I've been living in Chicago for the last 12 years and have grown to love the spicy giardiniera served at restaurants. So, I developed my own to use at home. We love it on everything from eggs to sandwiches and even pizza! —Andrea Quiroz, Chicago, Illinois
I'm 95, and I still remember my grandmother from Germany making this lovely, delicious conserve for the holidays. She'd give it to family members and friends. It tastes great served as a relish alongside meat or even spread on biscuits.
-Mildred Marsh Banker, Austin, Texas
My mom's delicious pickles, a Christmas tradition, are quick and easy to make since they start with a jar of purchased dill pickles and then are just "dressed up." They would make a nice gift from the kitchen in a pretty glass jar.—Denise Bitner, Reedsville, Pennsylvania
This recipe came from my aunt, who for many years invited our family to her home for Christmas dinner. I took great delight in helping myself to this relish because she always served it in one of her fancy dishes, used only on the holidays.
-Ruth Collins, Blossvale, New York
With its festive color and refreshing citrus-cranberry flavor, this lovely relish works well at large holiday gatherings. It’s also convenient because you can make it in advance.
North Prairie, Wisconsin
These dilled spears are really popular with my family. My granddaughter always says, "Oh, Grammy, these are soooo good!" They're easy to prepare and turn out perfect every time. My husband loves it when I add a dried hot pepper to each jar.
Fenelon Falls, Ontario
My son is a strawberry fanatic—anything with strawberries in it is a must-have in his book. I'll always remember the look on his face the first time he tried this. It was love! — Karen Wilkes, Lakewood, California
Now you can have all the goodness of crunchy sweet-sour pickles without going to the trouble of canning them. A batch of these puckery slices can keep in the freezer for up to 6 weeks—but they never last that long at my house!
— Jean Vance
Charlotte, North Carolina
These pickles are a great last-minute gift because they are so easy to make-a little horseradish adds zip to a jar of purchased pickles. They're in hot demand at Christmas! My husband and three grown sons can't get enough of them.