If you’ve never eaten fresh figs, now is your chance to give them a taste.  Whether you try Mission, Brown Turkey or any of the other varieties you will find at your grocery or Farmers’ market, they are a decidedly luscious fruit.  I am lucky enough to have a friend with a tree full of figs (our own tree is still young so maybe no figs until next year) so she gave me a basketful and tonight we baked some.  It’s a very easy dish, you just rinse the figs, cut off the stems, cut them in half and then nestle them into a baking dish cut side up.  Snuggle some walnut, pecans or pistachios into the soft flesh and then crumble on a nice layer of blue cheese– Roquefort is my favorite.  If everything is room temperature you can just broil, otherwise put in a 450+ oven until everything looks toasty. (This is not a pretty dish so I’ve included a nice shot of a fig on the tree.) Best served with a piece of toast drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt.  Sweet, salt and nutty all in one bite, what could be better?  Well, you could add a sprinkling of chopped ham or Proscuitto for another layer of flavor, it’s all up to you.  Enjoy.

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