Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Fig-a-licious

Today is absolutely gorgeous and it has put me in a fantastic mood!  The sun is shining and there is a slight breeze helping me stay cool. 

On my way home from the gym this morning I stopped at one of my favorite places in Albany, Cardona's Market.  This is an adorable, little family run Italian market that has everything a girl could ask for, and more.  Seeing as how this hidden treasure is right around the corner from my house, I like to treat myself with a trip to Cardona's at least once a week.  

Today I came across some delightful looking figs and automatically decided I had to bring some  of those sweet goodies home with me.  I've never actually bought figs before, but have had them numerous times while eating out.  I guess its time to start experimenting!

Take a look, aren't they just delectable?



Now, obviously my first thought was, What can I eat these with?! And then it came to me... goat cheese! I am a mega goat cheese lover and will try to put it on just about everything!
Fresh fig with goat cheese and a drizzle of honey

Mouth-watering

After this little decadent treat I knew I needed / wanted MORE! So, I paired some figs with a slice of my new creamy Havarti cheese I bought at Cardona's. 

Fresh fig with Creamy Havarti cheese, a drizzle of honey, on a Carr's table water cracker.







Just as I thought, pure decadence! I didn't feel guilty eating a couple of these bad boys because each fig is only 21 calories and they are full of fiber, Vitamin K, and antioxidants! Go Figs!

I finished enjoying these treats outside as I watched my pup run around and play in the sunshine. 

Meet Barley:

Barley all tuckered out and ready to nap!

Tell me...what do you like to pair figs with? 

4 comments:

  1. Some cracked black pepper goes nicely over whatever cheese you use. You can even add a basil leaf for some added herbal flavor.

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    1. Oh and I also like to wrap them with prosciutto.

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    2. Mmmm... I wanted to try them with prosciutto but I forgot to grab some. Next time! Thanks for the tips, Matthew Jay!!

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  2. really, really mold-tastic blue cheese! paired at table, or you can tuck the cheese inside and bake them for a few minutes, then drizzle with honey or with balsamic reduction

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