Breakfast buffet: National fig week
November 1st, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Get figgy with it! November 1 officially kicks off National Fig Week.

As the season for fresh figs wanes, hurry and grab up a basket of this ripe, juicy fruit before it disappears. You've got all week to explore fun ways to enjoy figs before fall ends.

The unique texture and sweetness of figs provide plenty of creative culinary opportunities for you to get to know this fascinating fruit a little bit better. Serve them with goat cheese and prosciutto for a refreshing appetizer, toss them in a salad or use them to accent a tart.

They also pair well with veal, turkey, lamb and swirled into a pasta dish. For dessert, try them as a zesty topping for ice cream or as these sassy uptown figs with cream cheese and orange liqueur.

Like kiwis, a ripe fig isn't mushy but gives a little when pressed. They can lose their freshness fast, so store them in the fridge to keep them from bruising.

And if you can't put your hands on some fresh figs, dried or brandied figs are a sweet, chewy alternative that works well in a whole different set of culinary creations. Cooking Light shares nine different ways to cook with figs, fresh and dried.

As for fig leaves ... well, Halloween's over, folks!

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  1. DNA

    Who thought to put fig week in Novemeber? pfffftt!

    November 2, 2011 at 4:18 am |
  2. jillmarie

    I haven't been able to buy figs in weeks- too bad, I love them! I can't find them anywhere anymore.

    November 1, 2011 at 10:24 am |
    • jillmarie

      I wish I could see the video! When I get my power back at home, I'll try top watch it from there. What's the video about?

      November 1, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
      • Truth@Jillmarie

        It is a very hokey commercial for Fig Newtons from the 1970s. A man is dressed up as a fig while singing and dancing.

        November 1, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
      • jillmarie

        I love retro commercials! Now I want a fig newton, lol. Thanks for the laughs :)

        November 2, 2011 at 11:36 am |
  3. Truth

    Well in that case, enjoy this little bit of nastalgia. I am surprised that this was not today's video of choice. And you already have my apologies when this gets stuck in your head...:)

    November 1, 2011 at 9:37 am |
  4. Siva Prahkash

    What week is it? I don't give a f ... oh ... right. Never mind.

    November 1, 2011 at 9:34 am |
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