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.
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!