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Condiments add a nice homemade touch to gift-giving

The hustle and bustle of Christmas is here and we are cooking our little hearts out. The schools have their turkey lunches and we are nearing the end of the rush. The focus becomes more about the intimate gatherings and gifts for loved ones.
I love making food as gifts – as anyone who has been looking at our gift baskets will have noticed. Among the favourites are those special little condiments that add pizzazz to your cheese or dinner entrees, and jams made with local berries.
One gentleman who will remain nameless bought 20 jars of “Grandma Silvers Christmas Marmalade,” the same marmalade my mother made over the holidays. I have never forgotten it. This was by far a small thing compared to all the other tasks that need to be done over Christmas, but sometimes it is the little touches that stick with you.
Christmas presents come in all shapes, sizes and budgets. Enjoy the holidays and make a gift or two if you are able to find the time. Happy holidays!

Cranberry Apple Chutney

1 bag of cranberries
1 large diced apple
Half an onion, diced
2 cups of sugar
1-3/4 cups of red vinegar
1/4 cup red wine
1 cinnamon stick
1 clove
1 bay leaf
5 pepper corns

Place apple, onion, cranberries, wine, vinegar and sugar in pot.
In cheesecloth, place the spices and tie tightly with string. Put spice bag in the pot and bring to a simmer.
You will hear the popping of the cranberries, if you listen closely. Simmer for about 25 minutes until the onion and apples are soft.
Place in prewashed hot jars and seal with lids. Put jars in boiling water for 12-15 minutes and allow to seal.
Serve with chicken, pork, or on top of brie or cream cheese. Yum!

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