Southern Fig Preserves

Spring is here. And that means all sorts of good things from the garden, and the market. Fresh veggies. Artichokes (some of my favorite things) Fresh Fruits straight from the tree. Figs!  I love figs, fresh, dried (I used them in cookies and cakes) and fig preserves. This Southern Fig Preserves recipe has been in my recipe box for forever, and though I can’t remember where it came from  exactly, I remember the first taste of these like it was yesterday.  I’m sure you’ll love these as much as I do!

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Southern Fig Preserves
 
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Simple and Delicious
Recipe type: Main
Ingredients
  • 8 cups small, firm but ripe figs
  • 2 cups unrefined sugar
  • 1-inch knob of fresh ginger, peeled and diced
  • 1 small lemon, thinly sliced
  • juice of 1 additional lemon
  • 1 cup of water
Instructions
  1. In a wide, heavy-bottomed, nonreactive pot, layer the figs with the lemon slices, sugar, sliced ginger, and lemon juice.
  2. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
  3. The next day, add the cup of water and cover the pot with a lid .
  4. Bring the fig mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Turn the figs down to low and slow cook covered for 1 hour. (watch carefully)
  5. After the figs have cooked covered for 1 hour, vent the lid and cook for another ½ hour with the lid vented. ( or until the figs are translucent and the syrup has thickened.)
  6. Transfer the fig mixture(with the lemon and ginger) to sterilized jars and refrigerate
  7. or process for 5 minutes in a water-bath canner to store on the shelf.
Notes
This makes 4 to 6 pint jars. Leave the lemon and ginger in the mixture when you load up your jars. They will add flavor as time goes and have a wonderful ‘candied’ flavor.

Serve  with warm biscuits and butter.

GranMa’s Skillet Biscuits

Welcome! Its Day 4 of our Birthday Celebration here at Simple Plate. Read on to enter and don’t forget to enter the first three days giveaways here, here and here.

TGIF!!!  I’m looking forward to the weekend! How about you? Weekends in THIS southern home bring all sorts of great breakfast treats. Sundays bring on the biscuits, gravy, bacon and eggs, and occasionally a side of hashbrowns.  And no, as much as I’d like to say someone else gets the joy of whipping this up, a la Waffle House, it is I who brings on the bacon! I bring home a little too!

We’ve changed our eating habits significantly (shhhhhh don’t tell anyone  here).  Uncured bacon, organic eggs  and veggies have replaced the hormel and standard fare we were used to. But the flavors? They’re even more yummy! What has not been replaced are the staples of a southern breakfast.  Biscuits. I have such warm memories of my GranMa making homemade bread and biscuits. And I’ve taken her skillet biscuits recipe and updated it for today’s cook.

I challenge you to make these super easy, homemade biscuits  and to tell me they’re not the BEST you’ve ever tasted.  I promise you’ll not ever reach for the doughboy variety again!  Go Ahead, grab a print and let me know how MUCH you love these!

 

GranMa’s Sunday Biscuits
 
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Deep South Goodness
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 cups organic white wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoons organic sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 tablespoons butter (cold)
  • 1 cup buttermilk, chilled
  • 3 tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Using your fingertips, rub butter and shortening into dry ingredients until mixture looks like crumbs or cornmeal. (The faster the better, you don’t want the fats to melt.)
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the chilled buttermilk. Stir with wooden spoon just until the dough comes together. The dough will be Very sticky.
  4. Turn dough onto floured surface, dust top with flour and gently fold dough over on itself 5 or 6 times.
  5. Press with your floured hands into a 1-inch thick round.
  6. Cut out biscuits with a 2-inch cutter, being sure to push straight down through the dough.
  7. Place scrupulously clean iron skillet into oven and preheat to 450 degrees. Once preheated, melt 3 tablespoons butter in skillet
  8. Place biscuits into hot buttered skillet so that they just touch. (use a potholder or mitt to remove skillet from oven its gonna be HOT)
  9. Reform scrap dough, working it as little as possible and continue cutting if necessary.
  10. Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown (they’ll be kinda high) (watch closely so that the bottoms don’t burn!)
  11. Allow biscuits to cool slightly in the skillet then remove with a flat spatula to serving plate or basket.
Notes
I use Bob’s Red Mill Organic Unbleached Flour and Domino Organic Sugar both are available at Fresh Markets, Whole Foods and online. If you need a Gluten Free Biscuit, look at Bobs Red Mill Recipes.

 

 

Guess What I’m giving away today? I love my iron skillets, I’ve begged for a variety of them at Christmas, Mother’s Day and my birthday. I’ve lucked on to a number of them at estate sales, garage sales and flea markets (most in pretty poor condition, I’ll post more about those soon and teach you to clean cast iron) . I want YOU to experience the ONE tool that EVERY southern cook must have in her arsenal. A cast iron skillet! So today I’m giving  away this

The perfect size for scrambled eggs, cornbread or for getting a great sear on a chicken breast or 2. This 6″ preseasoned beauty will be a welcome addition to your cookware. No need for weeks of seasoning, (its already done for you). And this small wonder is from the folks at Lodge Cast Iron Cookware in Tennessee.

So here are the Rules. Yes we have to have rules, ‘yall!

1. Leave A Comment On This Post telling me about your Weekend Breakfast Traditions.

2. See #1

Of course I’d love it if ‘yall would pin this post and folllow me there. And I’d love it even more if you’d tweet and facebook this post and follow me there too! But those aren’t mandatory.

And don’t forget to enter the first three days giveaways here, here and here. Oh and there are some great recipes on those pages too!

This contest will end on April 17, 2012 at midnight and I’ll draw a random comment number and announce the winner on April 18th. Good luck ‘yall!

disclaimer: I have no material relationship with the folks at Bob’s Redmill or at Lodge Cookware (even though I’d love to)  I simply use these products and I want you to fall in love with them as I have.

THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED

Simple Homemade Granola Recipe

Welcome ‘Yall to day three of our party! Read on to enter and don’t forget to enter the first two days giveaways here and here.

 

I love oatmeal. Yep, I said it. Not everyone does, admittedly. For all of my childhood I  equated oatmeal to wallpaper paste. Thick, and gooey and not very tasty unless it was laden with brown sugar and cinnamon or a pat of butter and regular old table sugar. Not too appetizing at the least. But that is what it was. Fast forward to my own kitchen and grocery buying habits.

I discovered McCanns Irish Steel Cut Oatmeal. And I loved it!  No more mush, it actually had flavor, minus the traditional condiments! I was elated. One drawback, however, it wasn’t a fast breakfast for a growing, working family. We mostly ate it on the weekends when there was time to prepare.  Fast forward again to experimenting with cooking in a crockpot. Got it done and we could have oatmeal mid week if we thought far enough ahead.

One more fast forward to today and  we have Rolled Irish Oats… same flavor, same tooth..much easier to work with! I’m happy as a kid in a candy store!

And now I can make my granola with the best, non GMO oats. I’m a happy camper. I want you to be happy too! So here’s the recipe for today. Load up your own print of it then read on for today’s giveaway!

Homemade Granola
 
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A Simple Healthy Snack or Hearty Breakfast
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole roasted almonds
  • 1 cup pecans
  • ¾ cup shredded fresh coconut
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons Tupelo honey
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1cup dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine honey, oil, and salt. Combine both mixtures and pour onto 2 sheet pans. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even color.
  4. Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl. Add raisins and mix until evenly distributed.
Notes
Substitute slivered almonds, cashews or any nut you like for the nuts in this recipe. Dark Raisins or Yellow Raisins work equally well. Add in or takeaway ingredients according to your family’s tastes.

 

 

Today, while I’m celebrating my  Southern Roots, I want to introduce you all to a friend,  another small business owner, cohort, and the definition of “Southernness” Ben South. We met almost 14 years ago, after he’d developed his line of Southernness products, which I believe sprang from the research he did on defining Southernness. Ben South, was the first person to fully define the distinctiveness of the American South with his trademarked “Seven Signs of Southernness” which he drafted after leading a $2.3 million study of “The South in the 21st Century.” I fell in love with Ben back then (and his 7 signs) and I’ve shopped his items for gifts ever since.

Today, one lucky commenter will win this  kitchen apron from Ben South’s Southernness Collection:

One of but many products in Ben’s store that adequately express the sassiness of THIS southern bell!  ‘Yall should click over to his online shoppe and check out his new candle fragrance “Hissy Fit” and get the story behind all his delightful  “Southernness”! You can find him irreverently posting on Facebook (not for the faint of heart or those lacking a   funny bone) and look for his products in your local specialty stores .

So here are the Rules. Yes we have to have rules, ‘yall! [donotprint]

1. Leave A Comment On This Post telling me about your ‘inner Southern Belle’ and why she would love to have this darling apron.

2. See #1

Of course I’d love it if ‘yall would pin this post and folllow me there. And I’d love it even more if you’d tweet and facebook this post and follow me there too! But those aren’t mandatory. And don’t forget to enter the first two days giveaways here and here. Oh and there are some great recipes on those pages too!

This contest will end on April 17, 2012 at midnight and I’ll draw a random comment number and announce the winner on April 18th. Good luck ‘yall!  CONTEST CLOSED

 disclaimer: I have a non-material relationship with the company (Southernness). Lawdy knows he’d have a hissy fit if he heard elsewise.  ‘Yall just go visit his store