Fig and Anise Bread (Overnight Method)

Fig and Anise Bread

FIG AND ANISE BREAD Baking yeasted bread is easy, but it can be one of the most intimidating things to tackle if you've never done it. My first time, I almost convinced myself I couldn't do it at all. I was in culinary school, in my early 50's, struggling to keep up with all the much younger students in my class. I shoved baggy sleeves of an ill-fitting chef's jacket up past my elbows, only to have them immediately slump back down over my knuckles, as I re-read for what felt like the 11th ...

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Fig Crostata

Fig Crostata: The Wimpy Vegetarian

Buttery crust with hints of apple cider sweetness, filled with figs simmered in orange juice, apple cider syrup, and cardamom. About a year ago, I was sitting in my Italian class and our teacher asked us all to express to the class (in Italian) a favorite Italian dessert.  We were working with the verb piacere, translated ‘to be pleasing’, used when you want to say you like something. It’s a tricky little verb in how the sentence ...

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Fig, Ricotta and Honey Tart

Fig, Ricotta, Honey Tart enh 400 : The Wimpy Vegetarian

Gorgeous tart of fresh figs, goat/ricotta cheeses, honey, and proscuitto, all presented on a puff pastry sheet. I know my limits better these days than in my youth, although some who know me may beg to differ.  I’ve always liked to push myself as far as I could– both physically and mentally, and have learned best by my own mistakes. It’s something I’m hard-wired for, and changing that ...

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Brandied Figs with Orange Mascarpone

Honeyed Fig with Orange Mascarpone

Brandied figs poached in honey, orange juice and anise, served with a scoop of orange zested mascarpone.                                              Some foods were born to be together. Some examples of 1 + 1 = 3 are: Chocolate chip cookies & milk Peanut butter & jelly Apples & cheddar cheese The combination of their flavors elevates each food component to a level it can't get to on its own. They bring out the best in each other, like a trusted best friend. For ...

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Fig Apple Jam

fig apple jam

Fig and apple jam with flavors of brown sugar, cinnamon, and orange. Figs are such a sensuous fruit, I think. When I eat them, I feel like I should be reclining on a divan with long lustrous hair spilling down my back; and lots of young muscular men fanning me with large palm fronds. And I should be Egyptian. OK, so none of that even remotely resembles my life. But I can still eat figs this time of year. And there is an abundance to choose from in the farmer’s markets now. There are ...

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Grilled Pear, Fig and Endive Flatbread

grilled pear, fig, and endive flatbread

Hearty appetizer of grilled pears, figs and endive arranged on flatbread and topped with ricotta and blue cheese. At least once a month here, I'll be showcasing a farm or ranch where I've been lucky enough to get a behind-the-scenes tour,  along with a recipe I've created to highlight their "product". Thanks to being in the San Francisco Professional Food Society (and on their Board), and volunteering and doing ...

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