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1 lb. dried Kalamata Figs

                  Press each fig into shape so it will stand upright after stuffing. Make a small X shaped cut in the bottom of each fig (the side opposite the stem). Use a spoon handle or your fingers to open the middle of the fig. Line a tray with wax paper and make room for it in the fridge or freezer.

Chocolate Stuffing

¼ cup heavy cream

4 oz. semisweet or bittersweet chocolate

1 tbs. butter

1 egg yolk (optional)

Any flavorings—We used a small tbs. of Kahlua Coffee Liquor

Chop or smash the chocolate into small pieces. Place the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until it just reaches a boil. Add the chocolate to the cream and stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Add the butter and stir till melted. Let stand to cool. If using the egg yolk or any flavoring, wait a couple minutes and then incorporate it into the filling. Stir until smooth.

Transfer filling to a small mixing bowl and place in the fridge to let cool until it stiffens a bit.

Cut the corner off of a freezer bag or use a piping bag. Load the bag with the filling and pipe into the figs. It doesn’t have to be perfect, remember we will be dipping the bottom of the fig in a chocolate glaze. This will cover any imperfections. Place the stuffed figs in the fridge to cool. The figs must be cold in order to dip in the glaze.

Chocolate Glaze

6 oz. semisweet or bittersweet chocolate

1 tbs. shortening

Chop or smash the chocolate and melt with the shortening in a double boiler (If you don’t have one, you can use a metal mixing bowl set over a pot of boiling water). Once the chocolate is melted, remove from the heat. Now you are ready to dip the chilled figs. Hold the stems and dip halfway into the chocolate. Wipe any excess chocolate off and refrigerate till the glaze is completely set. These stuffed figs are best stored in the fridge or eaten immediately, although they can be frozen. Enjoy!

-Kelley Grady, adapted from a recipe by  Maida Heatter

 

From PFI Customer Sarah

Ingredients:
Bella Donna Olive mix (1 cup)
Cherry Tomatoes (1.5 cups quartered)
Capers (a couple tablespoons)
Tomato sauce/paste (whatever is handy, 1/4-1/3 cup)
Lemon Juice (a squirt)
Garlic (3 cloves)
Red Wine (1 cup)
Olive oil
Noodles
Parmesan, feta
 
Pit the olives and chop them up. Quarter the cherry tomatoes. Mince 3 cloves of garlic. 
 
Heat olive oil in a pan on medium. Add garlic, simmer for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, olives, tomato sauce or paste. Cook for 2-3 minutes on medium. Add red wine sauce. Add capers. Simmer for 7-10 minutes, until the red wine sauce reduces into a thicker sauce. 
 
Put sauce on top of noodles. Top with parmesan, a squirt of lemon juice, feta if you feel like it. YUM.
 
A note from Daniel: This recipe sounds yummy, indeed.  It does stray away from traditional  Puttanesca in a number of ways.  For instance, Sugo alla Puttanesca usually contains chili peppers and anchovies.  And parsley is the simple, but typical garnish.  This recipe would be vegetarian/vegan if you omitted the Parmesan and/or feta.  But Sarah’s is, I think, more family friendly.  Enjoy!

6 eggs
4 Tbsp cream
Salt
freshly ground pepper
3 Tbsp butter
4 slices buttered toast, crusts removed and cut into 8 triangles
2 Tbsp anchovy paste
8 anchovy fillets
1 small bunch watercress

Beat the eggs lightly and add in the cream, salt and pepper. Spread the toast with anchovy paste and arrange on a serving dish. Melt the butter in a heavy-bottom saucepan over low heat. Pour in the eggs and cook very slowly over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Be careful not to over cook as the will continue to cook after you remove them from the heat. Take them off the heat while they are still on the runny side. Divide the eggs into equal portions on to the toasts, garnish with rolled anchovy fillets and watercress and serve right away with a nice cup of tea.

(from Great British Cooking by Jane Garmey)

2 1/2 cups grated good cheddar cheese
1 ounce butter
1/2 cup strong ale
2 tsp Colman dry mustard
Salt and pepper
buttered toast points

Melt the cheese and butter in the ale in a small pan. Stir over low heat until the cheese is completely melted. Stir in the mustard salt and pepper. Arrange the toast points in an oven proof dish, pour the cheese mixture over the toast and broil until the cheese is bubbling and brown. For a not very traditional version use steamed cauliflower in place of the toast.

This is also sometimes called Welsh Rabbit.

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