Braised Duck Legs with Figs Lime and Honey

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
4 duck legs, trimmed of excess fat
Salt
12 large shallots, peeled and left whole, roots trimmed
12 dried figs
2 branches fresh rosemary
4 tablespoons honey
4 quarter-size slices fresh ginger
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1-2 cups duck stock
DIRECTIONS
Season the duck with ¾ teaspoon salt per pound. Refrigerate 1-2 days. Pat dry.
Brown [...]

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Cornmeal Crust Ricotta Fig Tartlets

Makes 6 Tartlets
Ingredients
1 batch cornmeal crust, refrigerated
1 pound fresh ricotta cheese
2 eggs¼ cup raw sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
Pinch of cinnamon
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 pint of fresh figs, cut in half
½  teaspoon lavender flowers (optional)
Directions
Make sure the batch of cornmeal crust if cold and in the refrigerator.
Pre heat the oven to 375° [...]

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Fig Compote

Ingredients
1 pound fresh black figs, ripe & sweet, de-stemmed & chopped
1 cup simple syrup
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine (optional)
Directions
Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring often for about 1 hour. Remove from [...]

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Fontina Prosciutto Panini with Caramelized Onions & Fig Compote on Dark Wheat

Ingredients
2 sliced of Dark Whole Wheat bread
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
2 slices fontina cheese, sliced semi thick
2 slices prosciutto
2 tablespoons red caramelized onions (recipe follows)
1 tablespoon fig compote (recipe follows)
Directions

On the insides of the bread slices place on one side fontina cheese and on the other the fig compote, lay the prosciutto in-between and cook [...]

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Grilled Herbal Pomegranate Lamb Sausage with Figs and Green Salad

Serves 6-9 (makes 6-9 sausages)
INGREDIENTS
For the Sausage
2 pounds lamb, cubed into ½-inch cubes
½ pound pork fat or lamb fat
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup red wine
1⁄3 cup fresh mint leaves
1⁄3 cup feta cheese, crumbled and par frozen
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1⁄3 cup pomegranate seeds, [...]

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Honey Crème Fig Energy Bars

Makes 18-20 bars
INGREDIENTS
2 cups rolled oats
½ cup chopped dried figs
¼ cup chopped almonds
¼ cup flax seeds
¾ cup whey or soy protein powder
½ cup heavy cream
½ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup almond oil
¼ cup wheat bran
¼ cup brown rice syrup
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ cup honey
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Prepare a half [...]

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Honey Lavender Fritters With Fig Compote

Makes about 20 -25 fritters
Ingredients
1 pound fresh ricotta, drained
3 eggs, beaten
1 vanilla bean scraped, bean scrapings reserved
¼ cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons lavender flowers (fresh or dried)
Oil for frying
Lavender Powder *1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers crushed and mixed with ½ cup powdered sugar
Fig Compote (recipe follows)
Directions
In a large bowl whisk together the [...]

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Honey Roasted Onion Tart with Thyme and Topped with Fresh Fig (or Plum)

Serves about 48
Wine Pairing: Tournant Rosé
Ingredients
1 sheet frozen puff pastry (half of 17.3-ounce package), thawed
3 bacon slices, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
¼ cup honey
¼ cup dry white wine
2 large sweet yellow onions (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
¾ cup crème fraîche
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 [...]

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Lavender Fig Compote

Makes 1 cup
Ingredients
1 pound fresh black figs, ripe & sweet, de-stemmed & chopped
1 cup lavender syrup
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine
Directions
Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring often for about 1 hour. [...]

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Roasted Spicy Moroccan Chicken with Figs & Carrots in Spicy Brown Butter Sauce

Serves 4
Ingredients
6-8 pieces of chicken, drumsticks, wings, legs or breasts
Salt
2 tablespoons ros al hanout, traditional or modern recipe, plus 1 tablespoon
6 medium carrots, cut in half
12-16 dried figs
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium red onion, chopped large
1 tablespoon orange zest
½ tablespoon lemon zest
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 orange
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
½ tablespoon turbinado sugar
2 cups [...]

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Roasted Spicy Moroccan Chicken with Figs & Carrots in Spicy Brown Butter Sauce

Serves 4
Ingredients
6-8 pieces of chicken, drumsticks, wings, legs or breasts
Salt
2 tablespoons ros al hanout, traditional or modern recipe, plus 1 tablespoon
6 medium carrots, cut in half
12-16 dried figs
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium red onion, chopped large
1 tablespoon orange zest
½ tablespoon lemon zest
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 orange
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
½ tablespoon turbinado sugar
2 cups [...]

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Spicy Figs & Honey Sparkling Wine

Ingredients
1 ounce Spicy Bourbon Fig Honey (recipe follows)
Sparkling wine
Black Peppercorn Garnish
Directions
In a champagne glass place 1 ounce of the syrup and fill with sparkling wine. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg dust and a dried fig.
Spicy Bourbon Figs Honey
Makes 2 cups
Ingredients
½ cup bourbon
½ cup dried figs, chopped
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons black peppercorns, cracked
1 teaspoon freshly grated [...]

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