The late Wade Hall was an acclaimed author, dedicated professor, and a friend to many. In memory of his passing three years ago today (September 26th, 2015), here is what he termed “the granddaddy of all fig recipes” in SAVORY MEMORIES.
6 cups of stemmed and chopped figs
1 thinly sliced lemon
3 cups of sugar
Combine the figs, lemon, and sugar in a heavy stainless-steel pot and let stand for three hours. Then bring to a boil and simmer until thick, about one hour. Seal in hot sterilized jars. Yield: six to seven half-pints.
Hall follows the recipe with the tongue-in-cheek promise, “If you eat enough of these fig preserves, you will soon be writing like Eudora Welty! I guarantee it”. Throughout the chapter, Hall discusses the legendary author who was a friend and mentor to him. He describes one particular memory after they had spent the afternoon chatting about her work. “I rushed out to get a jar of fig preserves and a camera. She agreed to sign a couple of books before we left and allowed me to take several pictures of her in her chair…holding my ‘lovely’ gift”. Pick up a copy of SAVORY MEMORIES for more of Hall’s deliciously creative fig recipes!