Joy of Pickling describes it as an old fashioned stand in for salad when served chilled, or it can be mixed with cooked rice for a side dish. I've tasted corn relish before - it's sweet and tangy... it's one of those things everyone's grandma used to put by. I can't wait to crack into a jar come January!
Linda's recipe omits the usual turmeric and powdered mustard typically found in corn relish recipes, like this one from the National Center for Home Food Preservation or this one from Ball. It usually makes the brine cloudy. My suggested tweaks to her recipe is to use hot peppers instead of the mild peppers for something a little different, and use honey instead of the brown sugar if you like.
Corn Relish - Sweet or Spicy
2 qts. (18 ears) fresh corn kernels
2 c. diced green bell peppers (3 large) or a mix of mild and hot
2 c. diced red bell peppers (3 large) or a mix of mild and hot
2 cups chopped onions (4 medium)
1/4 c. chopped garlic (1 head)
1 T. pickling salt
2 T. whole yellow mustard seeds
1 qt. cider vinegar
2/3 c. firmly packed light brown sugar or honey
Bring all ingredients to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Pack relish in jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Process for 15 minutes in a boiling water bath. I think it is time for corn relish to make a comeback, along with another old timey relish called piccalilli (or chow chow). I am going to give those a try in the coming weeks.