This recipe produces zippy little pickles and preserves my green beans for months to come…if they last that long. I crank up the heat a bit with cayenne pepper. —Marisa McClellan, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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.
As soon as the spring Vidalia onions hit the market, this is one of the first recipes I make. I use it on hot dogs, bruschetta, cream cheese and crackers. It is so versatile. —Pat Hockett, Ocala, Florida
With gorgeous color and three kinds of tangy fruit, this ruby-red relish is always a highlight of holiday menus. Enjoy it straight from the stove or chilled, whichever your family prefers.—B. J. Reimer, Fowler, Kansas
Feature this no-fuss relish alongside your bird or roast and just wait for compliments. "One year I brought this to a church Thanksgiving dinner," recalls Cathy Rogers of Ashewille, North Carolina. "Several people asked what spices I used to make it so terrific.
"THIS IS my favorite of Auntie Ann's dishes, and one that I enjoy making, too! Only difference is, my aunt likes to serve it cold, as relish, and I prefer to serve it warm. On a piece of garlic toast, it makes a wonderful appetizer!"
Meet the Cook: My two grown sons (I have two granddaughters) actually eat this as a salad, but that's a bit too hot for me! The recipe's from my late husband's mother, and I haven't varied it over the years. I usually make a batch as soon as the first tomatoes of the season are ready. It will keep for months in the freezer.
I like to crochet and sew, and I'm active in my church. Three times every month, I cook for Wednesday suppers at church - 40 to 50 people each time.
-Lela Baskins, Windsor, Missouri
When I was raising my big family, I'd make dill pickles toward the end of the growing season for winter's keeping. Crushed red pepper flakes gives them a bit of bite.— Lillian Julow, Gainesville, Florida
I cook for a local middle school and have been making this relish more than 25 years. Whenever I take it to a dinner or picnic, it is sure to go fast, and I get lots of requests for the recipe. Sometimes I put it into gift baskets with other homemade goodies.
Salem, West Virginia