Happy holidays to all you cooks (and eaters) out there. Here is a brightly colored relish
that will brighten your festive table and act as a sweet and savory accompaniment to
a cornucopia of seasonal treats. It also makes a great hostess or holiday gift when
packaged in a small, decorative glass jar and topped with a bow!

11/2 cups sugar

1 cup water

1 teaspoon (tsp) salt

1/8 tsp ground cloves

2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks

1 (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries

2 cups chopped and peeled Bosc pears (about 3 medium pears)

1 cup chopped and peeled Granny Smith apple (1 small apple)

3/4 cup golden raisins

1/3 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Combine first 6 ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until cranberries begin to pop. Add in pears, apple, raisins, onion and ginger, and cook 20 minutes or until all fruit is tender. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Cool to room temperature, and discard cinnamon sticks. Cover and chill. Makes 43/4 cups (serving size: 1/4 cup).

Per serving: 107 calories; 0.2 gram (g) fat; 0.4 g protein; 27.8 g carbs; 1.6 g fiber; 0 milligrams (mg) cholesterol; 125 mg sodium; 0.3 mg iron; 9 mg calcium.

Source: November 2004 Cooking Light.