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Fig Jam with Fennel Pollen

Fig jam with fennel pollen, yogurt cheese, pickled figs.

Abundance is the mother of preservation. My friend Amy found herself in possession of a very large quantity of figs, more than any rational human could possibly manage to consume, so I happily took a few flats off her hands. Fig jam, after all, is my absolute favorite.

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Fall Fest: How ‘Bout Them Apples?

Tyler's Ultimate Caramel Apple Pie

Fall Fest 2010We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

Let’s face it, apples go a long way in making up for the fact that there are no more strawberries, no more zucchini or corn and no more tank tops and flip flops. During this week of Fall Fest 2010, we’re talking about apples, the generous fruits that see us through the transition of summer-to-fall. An apple, dusted with cinnamon and simply baked, tucked under a buttery crust or a thick layer of spiced crumb topping, or cooked down into a sweet applesauce is quite possibly the most comforting food of all. Forget meat loaf and mac and cheese, nothing conveys warmth and coziness like a an apple pie, like Tyler Florence’s Ultimate Caramel Apple Pie, above. Here’s a roundup of some of the most tempting apple desserts out there — some of yours, some of ours — that are sure to escort you into the colder months, and will make you forget about your flip flips for another year.

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Matt Entertains: Queso Fundido

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Matt Armendariz's Queso Fundido

Two words: melted cheese. That intersection of cheesy, oozy meltability and crunchy toasted corners can throw us over the edge and for good reason. It’s what can make or break a great slice of pizza. It’s what we enjoy most about grilled cheese sandwiches. It’s what makes saganaki and haloumi so fun to eat. And where I grew up queso fundido is about as delicious and indulgent as you can get.

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Summer Fest: Peck of Perfect Peppers

Spice Goddess Bal Arneson's Red Pepper Soup - Indian Style

Spice Goddess Bal Arneson's Red Pepper Soup - Indian Style

Summer Fest 2010We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

In celebration of Summer Fest: pepper week, I decided I’d like to pick a peck of peppers, Peter Piper-style. But my peck would be a virtual one, a peck of the best peppers on the web. To do this, I’d first need to figure out what a peck is. Some quick research proved to me that a peck is a customary unit of dry volume, equivalent to 2 gallons, 8 dry quarts, or 16 dry pints.  (And 4 pecks make a bushel.) Turns out that a measure of dry volume doesn’t translate as well online as I’d hoped, but in the spirit of a peck, I’ll pick 8 of my favorite pepper recipes out there — one for each gallon. Try to top that, Peter Piper.

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TV Dinner: Chicken and Orzo Frittata

TV Dinner:  Chicken and Orzo Frittata

Today's TV Dinner: Giada's Chicken and Orzo Frittata

Breakfast for dinner is still hot in the world of food trends but I like that you can enjoy this for dinner and still have great leftovers for breakfast (and lunch if you’re feeling lazy)…

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Brown Bagging: What’s in Your Lunchbox?

Bal's Spiced Okra will brighten things up.

Bal's Spiced Okra will brighten things up at lunch time.

The kids are back in school, but why should they be the only ones to enjoy a homemade packed lunch?

Spice Goddess Bal Arneson to the rescue with a colorful Spiced Okra that’s perfect for packing. Watch her make it this morning at 11:00am ET, along with savory Paneer Fish Cakes with Apple and Fig Chutney and a fresh Coconut Bean Salad. Don’t leave out the sweet Lentil (!) Cookies.

If sandwiches are what you crave for lunch, Emeril covers breads and spreads this afternoon at 4:30pm ET. Watch him make a Tuna Melt; a Pressed Roast Turkey, Pesto, and Provolone Sandwich; and a Prosciutto and Mozzarella Panini. Sandwiches like these will surely make you the envy of all your coworkers.

Pack Emeril up in your lunch bag.

Pack Emeril up in your lunch bag.

Flip through all our favorite lunchbox recipes right here.

Canning: Pickles, Relish and Jam

The Finished Product Cucumber Jam, Pickled Squash and Hot Pickle Relish

I’ve always been intrigued, if a bit intimidated, by the canning process. My parents stopped canning when I was about waist-high, so while I dreamed of having a root-cellar (yes, I live in an apartment, but, hey, it’s my dream) full of canned goods, I’d never actually canned anything.

So when my friend (and canning aficionado) Margaret came home from a vacation to a two-wheelbarrow crop of cucumber and squash, I was thrilled to help her put it all up (and get half the results).

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Solving: The Okra Situation

Fresh Okra - Photo Courtesy Souvlaki for the Soul

Fresh Okra - Photo Courtesy Souvlaki for the Soul

I love having a CSA. Every week, my farmer delivers fresh-picked tomatoes, peaches, herbs and as many squash as I can carry. But then, there’s the okra situation. For the last month, my CSA box has included a big bag of okra. “I hope you’re not tired of okra,” my farmer says each week.  I vaguely smile.  I’m not tired of okra — I’m stumped by it.

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Pix Potluck: Fresh Berry Pavlova

Pix Potluck:  Mixed Berry Pavlova with Lemon Curd - Elisabeth Panettiere Palatiello

Pix Potluck: Mixed Berry Pavlova with Lemon Curd - Elisabeth Panettiere Palatiello

It’s still summer, kids, and blueberries could not be sweeter.  If you’ve already made the pie, poured on the cream, dressed up the cereal and hit your blueberry hill, fear not.  Facebooker Elisabeth shared a sinful sanctuary for your best berries…

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Sifted: Creative Crostata, Port Blueberry Jam, Wino Cows

Cardamom Apricot Pistachio Crostata by Faycat, *The Passionfruit*

Cardamom Apricot Pistachio Crostata by Faycat of *The Passionfruit*

Linkage we’re liking:

* Apricot, Pistachio, Cardamom Crostata Heaven [*The Passionfruit*]
* Blackberry, Blueberry Port Wine Jam — Sip, Savor or Spread? [ShowFood Chef]
* Tipsy, Vino-Loving Cows = Better Steaks??! [The Vancouver Sun]

What are you preserving, jamming or pickling right now?  Share below…

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