Homemade chutneys are a terrific way to amp up either a snack or a meal without adding too many extra calories or salt. Making chutney is easier than most jam recipes, and are a nice alternative to a bottle of wine for your host/hostess gift.
Serve it with cheese, like a crumbly aged cheddar or something rich such as Cowgirl Creamery's Mt. Tam or Red Hawk. It's also great on grilled cheese sandwiches or with any dish that requires a brisk, sweet-sour accompaniment.
Michael Dominic had tasted someone else's pickled figs at a party that week, and knew he could do it himself. He promptly scored a five-pound bag of figs, researched some recipes online, added his own flavor -- and won a prize.