My grandma had a reputation of being a good cook, and we've been able to gather some of her recipes. But somehow they never tasted quite the same as what Grandma made — until my cousin stumbled across the secret ingredient: brown sugar. It went in everything!
In fact, here's one of her favorites (perhaps not mine, however...):
Danish Red Cabbage
1 small head of red cabbage
1/3 cup of cider vinegar
1 small jar red currant jelly
1/2 cup brown sugar (see?)
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbs butter
Finely chop the cabbage. Simmer in covered pan with a small amount of water. Add other ingredients. Simmer one-half hour with the lid on. Remove the lid and continue to simmer until moisture is cooked off. Better if left to sit in juices overnight.
There you have it. My grandma's secret is out.