Brie cheese smothered with fresh figs cooked with brown sugar, vanilla, and almonds, then baked until almost melted. Serve warm with water crackers as a wonderful holiday appetizer or special treat during fig season. Canned figs in syrup may be substituted for fresh by reducing the brown sugar to 1/4 cup and replacing the water with syrup.

Brie cheese smothered with fresh figs cooked with brown sugar, vanilla, and almonds, then baked until almost melted. Serve warm with water crackers as a wonderful holiday appetizer or special treat during fig season. Canned figs in syrup may be substituted for fresh by reducing the brown sugar to 1/4 cup and replacing the water with syrup.

Chicken breast is baked in a tomato-based sauce and served atop a bed of spinach leaves in this simple salad. Black beans, cheese, sour cream, and salsa toppings provide a Mexican flair.

Chicken breast is baked in a tomato-based sauce and served atop a bed of spinach leaves in this simple salad. Black beans, cheese, sour cream, and salsa toppings provide a Mexican flair.