We are all looking for the perfect gift for the holiday season, something from the heart, something handmade. Chef Robert Lyford of Patina Green Home and Market in McKinney, Texas has an idea for all of us exasperated gifters, Pickled Apples. Chef Lyford teaches classes at the market in the spring and summer using local ingredients, including classes on canning, to help teach his fellow Texans how to enjoy their summer harvest all year long, and he incorporates his own canned provisions into the dishes at the restaurant. He knows a thing or two about canning. Don’t shirk at the thought of canning because his recipe for Pickled Apples does not require a lot of canning know-how or equipment. Finely diced apples are transformed into petite quick pickles in no time, and are a tasty addition to a cheese board or charcuterie plate. Heading to a holiday party? Just add a pot of pâté and a baguette to delight your hostess.