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Fig Newtons, an old favorite!

Monday, August 11th, 2014

A guest blog from a Site Coordinator in Montana,  Devannie.

I saw a post for homemade fig newtons on a Facebook page and once I got my basket I decided the recipe looked easy enough so I tried it and am very glad I did.  I had two clam shells of figs which was the perfect amount for making the recipe.  I boiled the figs per recipe and stored in fridge overnight as the temperature outside was warming up fast and didn’t want to use oven.  I made the dough the next morning and it was all so easy.  Had the cookies done by 8am (I’m an early riser) and house smelled wonderful after baking them.  I did see a post where someone cut the sugar in half and I think that would’ve been fine, you drain the figs once cooked anyway and I think the figs have enough sweetness that it would’ve been fine.  Will try that and make with wheat flour or 1/2 wheat and 1/2 white next time I make them.  The recipe is definitely a keeper!!    Devannie

 

Fig Newtons, an old favorite!

Fig Newtons, an old favorite!

Ingredients

  • 1 pint fresh or preserved figs or 12 ounces dried figs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

Instructions

    If you are using:
    Fresh Figs:
  1. Remove stems and boil figs with a cinnamon stick and 2 cups of sugar in 1 cup of water for 45 minutes. Drain and cool.
  2. Dried Figs:
  3. In a bowl, pour boiling water over figs (stems removed) and let rest 10 minutes. Drain all but 2 tablespoons water and stir in 2 tablespoons corn syrup + ¼ teaspoon cinnamon.
  4. Preserved Figs:
  5. Drain syrup. (Find a recipe for preserved figs here.)
  6. Then:
  7. Puree figs in food processor until a thick paste forms (if too thick or thin to spread evenly, add a little water or flour until spreadable consistency is reached).
  8. Combine flour, baking powder and salt together and set aside.
  9. Cream butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.
  10. Add egg, vanilla, orange juice and combined dry ingredients to bowl and mix until dough forms.
  11. Roll dough out on a floured surface into a 8”x14” rectangle about ¼” thick.
  12. Cut rectangle in half lengthwise.
  13. Spread fig paste onto half of each rectangle, lengthwise.
  14. Fold dough in half lengthwise to cover fig paste and pinch edges to seal.
  15. Cut each log in half and transfer onto a greased baking sheet.
  16. Bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees until crust begins to brown.
  17. Slice into cookie-sized segments and cool.

Broccoli Bites

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Most days, I look in the mirror and don’t even recognize this person I have become. I look at the old me and the person I am now and feel like they are 2 separate yet equally important parts of me. That old version showed me what I didn’t want to be. And this new one…well, this is a whole new adventure! (more…)

Wheat Berry Snacks

Saturday, January 25th, 2014


A few months ago, I contributed for the soft white wheat berries on a whim.  I had never ground my own wheat and didn’t even own a device that would do it.  I read that you could eat it like oatmeal in the morning or in tabbouleh salad so I was convinced that I would find fabulous things to do with them. (more…)

Ham Pinwheels

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Wrap pinwheel recipes are quick and fun to make.  You can include your family in the assembly of these yummy pinwheels!  I make them when I know I have lots of family and visitors coming.  They are easy to eat and don’t require a lot of work.  You can wrap a variety of ingredients to make great pinwheel appetizers.  They are also a quick addition to a lunchtime salad or just to eat for lunch. I like to use the spinach or herb wraps to make these.
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Mini-Chimis

Friday, January 17th, 2014

My family loves chimichangas.  They can be made with chicken, beef, pork, or just veggie. These are great to make with the wrap pack add-on.  Use the spicy wraps as your base.  If you have leftover chicken, roast, or hamburger, these are easy to assemble and have for dinner. These can also be made and frozen for  later.  They are spicy, warm, and delicious, if you are craving chimis!
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Hummus Wraps

Friday, January 10th, 2014

I love using hummus in wraps!  Spreading hummus on the spinach or herb wraps makes a tasty base for any add ons.  You can add turkey or ham slices or just make them veggie.  I like to spread on the hummus and add chopped black olives.  You can be inventive and add your own ingredients to these!  Enjoy!
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Apple Nachos

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Close up of this naughty apple goodness!

I think I am in LOVE! I know I am on a sugar high/rush since I haven’t had much over the last few weeks. My friend Lizabeth was talking to me the other day and I’m not sure how we got on the topic of food since we are both doing this “Biggest Losers” challenge but we did. She told that she had seen this apple nacho thing on Pinterest and told me that I needed to try it. (I think she was trying to get back at me since I am always telling her that I am going to bring her naughty baked goods from my kitchen.)
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Jamie’s Hummus

Saturday, October 26th, 2013


We had some Hatch Chile’s left and I wanted to try them in a humus. So here’s the result!
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Celery Root Chips

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Get a celery root in your organic basket this week? Have no idea what to do with it!? I didn’t get an organic basket but was lucky enough to have a friend who didn’t want to make an attempt with it, so kindly gave it to me….I again haven’t tried this before but what I do know is that in our home, my husband and I have “the secret ingredient” it’s a term we lovingly use for celery seed. It is one of our favorite things to cook with! So, the chance to try something fun with the root sounded exciting to me!!!
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You need to CHILL out… With cantaloupe!

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

An oldie but goodie. We always had cantaloupe in the house growing up. My favorite was cantaloupe smoothies or cantaloupe chillers, one with cream, one without! Here’s my recipe for a cool summer treat with one of my favorite summer melons!
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