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
"This was the first 'country' recipe I received after moving away from the city—a farm wife neighbor shared it. I've made a few additions to it and gotten quite a few compliments," writes Jean Peterson of Mulliken, Michigan. "It's wonderful made with garden-fresh ingredients. Serve it with your favorite meat."
Tart and tempting, this relish is a traditional part of Kathie Theis' holiday menu. "It's pleasant with both poultry and pork," she notes from Monticello, Minnesota. "My husband, children and grandkids like the pairing of fall fruits and the hint of ginger and cinnamon. It tastes just like autumn."
As a descendant of Myles Standish, I sponsored a dinner at my bed-and-breakfast a few years back to offer folks some holiday history and a taste of the foods offered at the first Thanksgiving. This relish was one of the menu items.—Standish House, Norman Standish, Lanark, Illinois
The reputation of this tasty relish goes way beyond your Thanksgiving dinner plate. It’s great with poultry and pork, and will even perk up a ho-hum deli sandwich on-the-fly. —Melode Weiner, Plymouth, California
My grandparents originated this recipe that's been treasured in our family for four generations. It's named after a dance hall they ran in rural Iowa. Whenever I bite into a hot dog or hamburger dressed up with this taste bud-tingling relish, I think of them and their delicious country cooking.