Day 252–A Figgy Pizza


Our figgy pizza before baking! Yum!

I’ve already written of my love of figs, so I was understandably excited to hear about a pizza with figs. Yum! And who in the world doesn’t like caramelized onions??? We are fortunate that at this time of year, we can find fresh figs, artisanal goat cheese and onions at the farmer’s market! This is really a lovely pizza and very tasty, too. Great for a Meatless Monday! Ellie picked the figs off, but she liked the goat cheese and onions together. And I was happy to eat her figs!

Fig, Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza

  • 1 pizza crust (my whole wheat recipe is HERE)
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 3 yellow onions, sliced thin
  • 1 quart fresh figs
  • 2 oz. chevre goat cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Make the pizza dough and let rise.
  3. While pizza dough is rising, heat 4 Tbsp. of olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add onions. Cook until translucent.
  4. Lower heat to medium low, sprinkle onions with salt and pepper to taste and continue cooking about 15 minutes until onions are browned (not burned) and caramelized. Add a tablespoon or so of olive oil during cooking if you need it.
  5. Add balsamic vinegar to the onions, stir and keep warm.
  6. When dough is ready, punch down and shape into a pizza round (for the record, mine are never round–more of a free form organic shape).
  7. Brush olive oil on the pizza round. Spread onions all over dough, leaving 1″ on the edge for the crust.
  8. Arrange fig quarters on top of the onions. Sprinkle the goat cheese on top.
  9. Bake pizza for about 12 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is soft and melty.

Day 31–Hillsborough Cheese Company


Not sure which cheese you would love? You can try 'em before you buy 'em!

My child is in love. With a cheese.

Really, it could be worse, right? This sweet infatuation began at the Western Wake Farmer’s Market, where we visited the booth of artisanal cheese makers The Hillsborough Cheese Company ( We had been looking for a local cheese source, and were thrilled to find the cheese booth, complete with tasting opportunities. We sampled a few and ended up purchasing some Eno Sharp for grilled cheese and some fresh mozzarella for pizza.

Then, we tried the Bloomin’ Sweet Ash, an aged goat cheese that gets its ashy exterior from the application of a food grade vegetable ash. Really! They describe the cheese this way: ‘The result is a creamy, gooey layer surrounding a delicious, chevre-like spreadable center that alternates between notes of sweetness and bitterness.” My child believes this is the best cheese. Ever. I heard about the virtues and superior quality of this cheese all the way home. Apparently, I am going to be adding this to my list next week.

Hillsborough Cheese Company offers a nice range of cow and goat milk cheeses made with locally produced milk. Their cow milk comes from Maple View Farm in Orange County, which sets the standard in our area for high quality, no growth hormone milk from pasture raised cows. Their goat milk comes from similar high quality goat dairies in the area. Cheesemaker Cindy West focuses on crafting European style cheeses and it appears that they have some standard offerings as well as some seasonal varieties that take advantage of available local ingredients.

So how was the cheese? We tried the Eno Sharp in our grilled cheese last night and all of us agreed it was amazing. It had perfect melting qualities and a wonderful milky taste that was not overly sharp, but had enough flavor that we could really taste the cheese. Hard to describe (I’m not a cheese expert by any means). We would definitely do this again.

The mozzarella is a fresh, hand stretched mozzarella that we used on our homemade pizzas. It was so much more flavorful than store-bought pizza cheese that I don’t think we’ll ever go back to shredded cheese in a bag. A $4.00 round of cheese made enough grated cheese for two pizzas, so that’s $2.00 a pizza–definitely within our budget.

Hillsborough Cheese Company cheese is available at some farmer’s markets in the area–check their website for specific information. As for me, I’ll be heading out Saturday to purchase some Bloomin’ Sweet Ash for my bloomin’ sweetie.