Fig, Rosemary, & Goat Cheese Tartines

Fig, Rosemary, & Goat Cheese Tartines | Will Cook For Friends

Figs are a rare indulgence here in the midwest. Their season is short, just late summer and early fall, and their delicate nature makes them difficult to ship, so they are especially scarce in areas outside of where they are grown.

When T-Hubs and I were on our honeymoon last year, on the coast of Oregon, I was lucky enough to taste some of the first figs of the season. They were without a doubt the sweetest figs I had ever had, grown just a stones throw away from where we were staying. Here in Michigan, I’m always keeping my eye out for figs even close to that fresh and sweet. And when I find them, I snatch them up, because I know they won’t be here for long.

Fig, Rosemary, & Goat Cheese Tartines | Will Cook For Friends

Figs have always felt like a good omen, to me. A sign of the changing of seasons, sweet like summer, tender like fall, and only available for those fleeting weeks between the two when the days start getting shorter and the nights cooler. The smell of figs is the smell of change.

This is one of my favorite times of year, and I always find myself inspired to make changes in my own life. Kind of like spring cleaning, early fall feels like an open door to new and better things.

Fig, Rosemary, & Goat Cheese Tartines | Will Cook For Friends

Fig, Rosemary, & Goat Cheese Tartines | Will Cook For Friends

The first change I knew I wanted to make this season was right here on the blog. Did you notice a difference? I owe the new design to the insanely talented Melissa, of Fine Lime Designs. This blog is my baby, and making changes to it isn’t something I would entrust to just anybody. Melissa brought so much to the new look — you probably already noticed the fresh fonts and cleaner layout — but there’s so much more! Like the all new “Recipe Index” at the top of the page (that’s been a long time coming), or the revamped “About” page (where you can get to know more about yours truly), or the freshly minted “Print” button on each recipe (I know a lot of you have been asking for an easy way to print my recipes, and now you finally can). And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Honestly, I cannot express how happy this makes me. This is what I had in mind when I switched my site from blogger to wordpress at the beginning of this year. Making that switch, and then spending the next few months in the hospital with my dad, made this place look like a teenager’s bedroom that hadn’t been cleaned since… ever. I had no idea what I was doing, and no real time to figure it out. There was no organization, and very little functionality. I cannot thank Melissa enough for the help she’s given me in cleaning up this space, and making it something I could be proud of again.

Fig, Rosemary, & Goat Cheese Tartines | Will Cook For Friends

Ah… change is good. So are figs. Please feel free to click around the site and explore. Oh, and make these fig & goat cheese tartines (they’ve been my lunch the past few days) and let me know what you think!

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Fig, Rosemary, & Goat Cheese Tartines
Recipe type: Appetizer, Snack
Serves: 4
  • 4 slices crusty french bread
  • 4 oz. goat cheese, room temperature
  • 4-5 large figs, sliced (I used black mission figs, but you can use whatever looks good)
  • 1-2 tsp. fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • Honey, to taste
  1. Slice the bread, and lightly toast it, either in a toaster or on a baking sheet in the oven, to desired darkness.
  2. Spread each slice of bread with goat cheese.
  3. Wash the figs, and remove the stems if they are attached. Slice thinly, and spread across the tartines.
  4. Sprinkle chopped rosemary over the top, and drizzle with honey, to taste.
  5. Enjoy!


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22 Responses to Fig, Rosemary, & Goat Cheese Tartines

  1. ines oliveira September 16, 2014 at 8:40 am #

    Hi! I also love fall and figs!
    this year I really miss them, because I used to eat plenty of scrumptious figs straight from my backyard in Portugal, but those one can find here in Germany are not even worth buying 🙁
    I really like your new design, great change!
    Have a nice week,

    • Willow Arlen September 16, 2014 at 8:43 am #

      Thanks, Inês! I know what you mean. Figs here in Michigan are pretty sad, usually. We’re lucky to get any that aren’t hard as rocks, or complete mush. There’s nothing like real, fresh figs straight from the tree!

  2. Vijay @ NoshOnIt September 16, 2014 at 9:33 am #

    Loving the new design Willow!

  3. movita beaucoup September 18, 2014 at 7:53 am #

    Melissa is a goddess. Love the new look!

    • Willow Arlen September 18, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

      Thanks! Isn’t she just? She should add that to her resume, right after “wordpress wizard.”

  4. mellissa @ ibreatheimhungry September 19, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    Not only does this recipe contain some of my all time favorite ingredients in the same place, the photos are RIDICULOUS! You have really outdone yourself with this one! And the new blog design – so perfect! I love everything about it – and I’m totally stealing that other work page idea for my redesign, what a great way to see all of your other projects in one place! Genius! Can’t wait to check out your holiday cover for GGF!

    • Willow Arlen September 22, 2014 at 8:59 am #

      Thanks so much, Mellissa! I can’t get over the shiny new site. Sometimes I find myself just staring at it, haha. Can’t wait to see your redesign, I know you’re putting a lot of work into it!

  5. shannon September 28, 2014 at 7:05 am #

    Do you barely ever get figs up there? We barely ever get figs down here; a midwest thing, for certain, as i watch everyone from california figging it out for months on end. And they’re so sexy, too…just look at them sitting there on that toast, and then all that honey…seriously. I could eat these for DAYS. I miss figs: i saw a few fresh ones the other day, didn’t grab them, and poof: gone.
    i LOVE THE NEW SITE!!! I knew i recognized the designer’s name – is that the one Movita used? Beautiful work: it looks lovely. i haven’t had a chance to really go through it but everything i see is just perfectly lovely. yay! It’s on my list of things to do but sheesh…the time. 🙂

    • Willow Arlen September 30, 2014 at 10:34 am #

      We get figs here, but we barely ever get figs that are any good. We get battered up mushy figs, or rock hard figs that never ripen quite right, or figs that look deceptively good but are low on flavor. It’s rare to find any that are quite like the ones you can get in warmer areas, but I was lucky enough to find good ones for these toasts. You could, however, get a similar flavor effect by schmearing a little bit of fig preserves over the goat cheese, because fig preserves be delicious no matter where you live, or what season it is. (Man, do I love me some fig preserves!)

      And YES, it is the same designer who did Movita’s site! That’s how I heard about her, and she was absolutely wonderful to work with. I contacted a bunch of other designers and did a lot of hemming and hawing before finally taking the plunge, and of all the ones I talked to she was by far the most professional. I’m really glad I went with her, and would recommend her in a heartbeat if you’re ever in need of a design guru. Seriously, I can’t say enough good things. 🙂

  6. Gabriel October 14, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

    all figs all day everyday!! lovely shots!

  7. Amy January 9, 2015 at 7:35 pm #

    I am totally craving goat cheese right now and this looks divine! Rosemary is my favorite herb.


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