December 2013 Fig Focus

Cookies Make the Season Bright!

When we think of baking during the holidays, we often think of cookies. We give them as gifts, exchange them with friends, and bake them with children. Two of our classic favorites, Chewy Ginger Molasses Fig Cookies and Chocolate Fig Crinkles, celebrate the season with style and tradition. Made with Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice and Sun-Maid Mission and Golden Figs, these cherished recipes deliver delicious results every time.

Picture Perfect Holidays with California Dried Figs Contest

‘Tis the season to share with us a photo of how Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice and Sun-Maid Golden and Mission Figs brighten your holidays. Top three photos with the most votes win a prize bundle valued at over $100.00 from Valley Fig Growers.

Check out all the contest details at Picture Perfect Holidays with California Dried Figs. Good luck!

Healthy Tips and Counting

This year we highlighted one new lifestyle tip each month. As the year comes to a close, we hope you’ve found 12 new ways to enjoy a healthy, happy, and active lifestyle.

Tip #1 for January—Vegetarian for a day…or two…or three

Tip #2 for February—Focus on fiber

Tip #3 for March—Be a breakfast believer

Tip #4 for April—Add a smart snack or mini-meal

Tip #5 for May–Get Moving

Tip #6 for June–Size Matters

Tip #7 for July–Reduce, Don’t Eliminate Your Favorite Food

Tip #8 for August–Grill Safe

Tip #9 for September–Shop with a List and a Healthy Recipe

Tip #10 for October—Enjoy California figs

Tip #11 for November—Healthy Holidays

Tip #12 for December–Food Gifts that Keep on Giving

Friends and family love receiving homemade food gifts because they’re such a special and personal way of saying happy holidays. When creating your gifts, share recipes that give a nod to healthier ingredients. Here are some festive ideas featuring sweet, chewy California Dried Figs.

Happy Holiday Pack. Make a batch of Homemade Fig Energy Bars—one of our new recipes from America’s Test Kitchen. Wrap the bars in colorful cellophane and tie with bright ribbons. Sew (or buy) a small lightweight daypack. Fill it with your homemade energy bars, the recipe, a pedometer, a book on local hikes, and a fun water bottle for a terrific present that delivers a festive and healthy holiday message.

Say Cheese…and Figs. Our classic Fig & Toasted Nut Roll is the perfect holiday partner for cheese. Create a hostess gift that keeps on giving. Wrap together on a cheese board: a wedge of cheese, one of our Fig & Toasted Nut Rolls (in sparkling cellophane tied with ribbon), some artisan whole grain crackers, and the ingredients to make another Fig & Toasted Nut Roll—two packages of our delicious California Dried Figs, a fresh lemon or orange, a bag of nuts, and some fresh rosemary. Don’t forget to include the recipe!

For more holiday recipe ideas and a wonderful assortment of beautifully packaged California Dried Figs for holiday gift giving, visit www.valleyfig.com and our Fig Store.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and tag us @valleyfig —we’d love to see what you’re cooking on Instagram and Facebook!

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