Meet the Cook: While searching for something to enhance the taste of fowl years ago, I discovered this recipe. I revised it a little, and I've since served it at Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings (it's a hit with either poultry or pork) plus used it as a food-basket gift. It's been popular besides at church bazaars I've taken it to.
I grew up on a farm, and my husband (he's a cattle buyer) and I farmed for 20 years before moving to town. We have four children, all grown.
-Joyce Vivian, Mitchell, Ontario
This simple-to-prepare compote is a tasty way to get fruit into your meal when fresh fruit is not plentiful. Perfect with ham, pork, chicken or turkey, this dish can also help to stretch a meal when guests pop in.
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
This tart relish combines a powerhouse of nutrients with cranberries and pomegranate. It captures the flavor of the holiday season and adds a beautiful ruby-red color to any meal. —Arlene Rakoczy, Gilbert, Arizona
"My grandmother gave me the recipe for this tangy cranberry dish more than 30 years ago," says Jill Alpert of Kansas, Missouri. "It's a nice accompaniment to a traditional turkey dinner, but it also goes well with pork. I save a portion to make the cranberry gelatin salad for the next day."
The pairing of sweet and tart fruits makes this chutney a wonderful accompaniment for pork. Not only is it a consistent blue-ribbon winner at fairs, it's a natural way to capture the best of autumn's harvest in a jar.