Maple Fig Shortbread Bars

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There is a definite seasonal urgency to cooking, especially this time of year. One minute you’re on top of the game, the next Mother Nature snatches away your favorite ingredients without warning. Removing her wrench from my plans is where you will currently find me.

Originally conceived to capture the final harvest of fresh figs, our tree took an early holiday, and has since been put to bed. But I’m a sucker for fig cookies, and darned if this setback was going to impede my weekly baking therapy — dried, it is!

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Salt-Baking a Whole Fish

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As with many topics of culinary history, the origin of cooking foods encased in salt is up for debate. Several cultures lay claim to the invention — from the Iberian Spaniards and Portuguese, to the Mediterranean Italians and Greeks, and further east to the ancient Persians and Chinese.

Whatever the truth, salt-baking, or salt-roasting, has stood the test of time. Similar to tagines and clay pots, this centuries-old method traps steam heat to infuse moisture, amplify flavor and retain nutrients. So remarkably tender and succulent are the foods cooked inside these paradoxical salt igloos, that this otherwise humble technique has even been likened to the light-years-more-high-tech magic of sous vide.

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Yogurt Cloud Cake

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Showstopping desserts don’t have to mean fancy techniques or expensive ingredients or even butter and chocolate. Sometimes it’s more about a willingness to change the way we think about every-day food items we keep. Sometimes favoring simplicity + ingenuity wins the day.

A small mountain of fresh figs doesn’t hurt either.

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Winter Salad with Yellow Beet, Blood Orange, Fennel and Chèvre

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After what seems like months of celebrations and travelling, we crave meals that are both hearty and light. Menus formed around fresh winter produce are vibrant and healthful, and keep us from feeling sluggish.

I’ve written about non-traditional salads in several previous posts, so I won’t go on too long about my appreciation of seasonal ingredients before sharing the recipe, but this stunner has everything to make any wintry day brighter.

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Citrus Medley Marmalade

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The entrance to 2015 brought the first doses of winter to our stretch of coastline in North Carolina. A shock after the near-80-degree highs on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

With mornings now breaking cold and windy comes a desire to linger over steaming mugs of milky coffee and crumpets we baked over the weekend. Just right to spread on top — a tangy, tart trio of pink grapefruit, orange and lemon.

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