Prosciutto with Figs and Balsamic Vinegar

Prosciutto Fig Balsamic

When you mention figs, many people hesitate to answer. There’s this pause, a long trying-to-find-the-most-non-offensive-thing-to-say pause. And then, there’s an “Eh … ” Except most often, when you press those same hesitant people, they admit that their exposure to figs has been limited to a certain cookie and other baked goods. They haven’t experienced a…

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Summer Fruit Cocktail with Lime-Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup

For a long, long time I have avoided any recipes that fall into the fruit salad or fruit cup or fruit cocktail genre. As much as I love these delightful sweet salads, I just didn’t see the point in offering recipes for them. The reason was simple: fruit salad is ridiculously easy and adaptable, and…

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Apple Berry Crumble

You never know when inspiration may strike. Today, it happened when I was checking up on a few blogs. Healthy Eating for Ordinary People had an amazing looking Whole Grain Fruit Crisp that reminded me of my Brown Butter Apple Crumble from this fall. Suddenly it was like a little bell went off in my…

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Spiced Pear Apple Sauce

This is not your grandmother’s apple (or pear!) sauce. This sassy, sweet concoction is enhanced with ginger and nutmeg — an unlikely combination that totally works. The creating of this recipe was totally by necessity. I just couldn’t let the fruit in my fridge down … See, when I opened my refrigerator this morning, I…

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Heirloom Tomato and Nectarine Salad

At a family party this weekend, my cousin made a beautiful salad of heirloom tomatoes, red onions, herbs, nectarines and a light vinaigrette from a local farm. It was brilliant. The sweetness of the nectarines are a lovely contrast to the onions and tomatoes. And the vinaigrette really brought it all together. It was absolutely…

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Apple Turnovers Recipe

Flaky. Sweet. A little tart. Oh, so good. Somehow, I imagine that to most people apple turnovers are a dessert – a tasty, homey, delicious dessert. But me? I like quiche for breakfast and easily give in to requests for breakfast for dinner. So, these turnovers weren’t dessert. They weren’t a special afternoon snack. They…

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Watermelon Granita

Mmm, what’s better than a cool, refreshing and fruity dessert? One that costs next to nothing to make! Get the watermelon on sale and whip up a batch of this. (This recipe is part of The $7 Dinner Challenge.) Watermelon Granita serves 8 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup water 3 lbs watermelon, cut into chunks…

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