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Fresh Fig & Oatmeal Muffins

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When’s the last time you sank your teeth into the fuchsia-colored flesh of a fresh fig? No, Fig Newtons don’t count. Unless you’re a fig aficionado, it’s probably been awhile, hasn’t it? If you live in California, odds are favorable that there’s an old fig tree growing somewhere in your neighborhood, along a creek, or maybe at your own home. Go out and harvest some or visit your farmer’s market this weekend. If you have never had a fresh fig, for the love of Pete, go get some. Then bake these fig muffins. You might just fall in love…
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Spicy Summer Peach Home-Canned Salsa

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Quick quiz.

1. How do you preserve the fresh summer flavor of ripe peaches all year long?
a. Freeze them
b. Let the birds eat them off the tree
c. Make Spicy Summer Peach Home-Canned Salsa

2. What topping goes well with pork tacos, chicken tacos, AND shrimp tacos?
a. Cilantro and lime
b. Salsa verde and sour cream
c. Spicy Summer Peach Home-Canned Salsa

3. What makes a great homemade gift all year long?
a. 4th of July cupcakes
b. Gingerbread cookies
c. Spicy Summer Peach Home-Canned Salsa

If you answered C to all three questions, you might be a genius.

I think it’s appropriate to post a home canning recipe for the 4th of July, don’t you? I mean, what better way to celebrate your independence than by preserving your own harvest? Home canning and preserving in general are quickly becoming a disappearing art form. Hell, it’s a lot of work. Why should I can it myself when I can drive down to the grocery store and pick it up for about the same price? Why should I spend an hour dicing jalapeños, peaches, peppers, garlic and onions? I’ll tell you why…

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