I bought a 2-lb. container of fresh figs from Trader Joe’s because I couldn’t resist the great price. I knew I had fig recipes tucked away somewhere. A quick search of my collection from magazines and library books turned up this recipe from the cookbook Piatto Unico by Toni Lydecker. “This elegant dish makes a lovely lunch or light dinner.
This is a good warm-weather salad for when you don’t feel like cooking. If your walnuts are already toasted,* all you have to do to get this salad ready is some quick chopping.
I love summer salads, especially this pasta salad. The flavors seem perfectly matched: salty but slightly sweet ham, pungent blue cheese, fragrant rosemary, crunchy pecans.
Every now and then I like to play with purchased sugar-cookie dough. See Jazz Up That Roll of Sugar Cookie Dough. It’s nice to have a few quick recipes up your sleeve; I try to keep one or two rolls of the dough on hand. This jam version turned out even better than I hoped. The jam didn’t make the cookies fall apart, and its flavor did penetrate the whole cookie.