recipe for cranberry-pear relish
This is recipe that my parents found in, IIRC, a 1980's Gourmet Christmas special magazine. Our family has been making this relish for Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey dinner every since. I generally prepare this one or two days before the big meal, so it doesn't add to the burden of preparing everything else.
In a big soup pot bring 1 1/4 cup sugar, 1 cup water and 1/4 cup lemon juice to boil. Simmer for 5 minutes.
Add 5 pears (peeled, cored and cubed into about 1cm cubes). Simmer for 5 minutes.
Add 3 cups cranberries. Boil at med-high heat, stirring occasionally until most of the cranberries pop -- usually about 5-10 minutes. "Three cups cranberries" is basically just the entire bag of frozen cranberries that are commonly available at supermarkets around Thanksgiving and Christmas time.
Remove from heat and stir in 1 1/2 tsp lemon rind (optional), 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp allspice.
Let cool and store in the fridge.