Figgy Faves from
the Girl & the Fig
life is full of recipes everywhere I look," says Sondra
Bernstein, proprietor of The
Girl & The Fig in Sonoma. And thanks to her, our
kitchen is full of delicious fig-based products such as
a jar of spiced fig chocolate, spiced fig caramel and apricot
fig chutney, all from Bernstein’s fig food product
"girl" met her first fig in Florence in 1979,
and though she's explored a lot of other fun fruits while
building her small foodie empire in the Sonoma wine country,
which includes two restaurants (she also has The
Fig Café), a radio show, a book
and more recently the Salon de Fromage, figs are still her
recommends the spiced fig chocolate to bake little tartlets.
Or you can drizzle it on vanilla ice cream (and, we imagine,
some Asian pears, for a unique twist on Poire Hélène)
or serve it as a fondue with fruit, poundcake and marshmallows.
However, we, having grown up on Nutella, have discovered
a more sophisticated adult version in it. It’s to-die-for
on a rustic piece of sourdough bread with a nice crust!
Suggested retail prices are $8.95 for Spiced Fig Chocolate
and $8.25 for Spiced Fig Caramel. Fig Food products available
at specialty markets throughout the country and from the
Joie de Figue catalogue at www.thegirlandthefig.com.