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“Fig Jam & Other Silliness”

I’ve decided that I might be insane. For example, I drove up to Dallas last night after attending a very important pumpkin carving party where I ate ribs and chicken legs like a cave woman.

I couldn’t tell how fast I was going because for some reason the speedometer on my car changed to kilometers so basically I feel like a race car driver at all times now. 125 baby!

When I arrived to my hotel, there was a very large turkey waiting for me in my room.

It was actually cooked.

By Whole Foods.

So at 1 a.m., I slipped under the covers of my very lumpy bed and dozed off to the smell of a 20 pound cooked turkey.

I woke up every hour too, because I kept thinking I was oversleeping even though it was clearly pitch black out.

Are you wondering how this transpired?

So am I.

I’ve been doing the morning show circuit a bit lately, cooking up various recipes.

One time, I walked in at 5 a.m. to this one station where it was pitch black except for a weather woman putting on her makeup at her weather station. So next time you see someone reporting the weather very earnestly think about how they were probably just applying mascara in a large glowing magnifying mirror a few minutes earlier.

But on these shows I cook things. Like turkeys and jam and pizza.

Sometimes I prep ahead of time. One time, the prep kitchen at Whole Foods let me prep things there.

Also, here is my tip of the day: If you’re in a rush or need something prepped for you and delivered for you ahead of time, like a 20 pound turkey at 1 a.m. in Dallas, Texas…for example… Whole Foods really is a great resource. I imagine they would be especially useful during the holidays if you need them to shop for you and have the groceries ready to just dip in and pick up from the desk.

Or if you need to slice a turkey for all the lovely folks in Dallas for a Thanksgiving special. Just a handy tip of the day my friends.

Here is my jam from a recent recipe on a recent show!

“Fig Jam”

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 6 1/2-pint jars

“Fig Jam”


  • 4 pounds fresh figs, washed, stemmed and cut into ½ inch pieces
  • Zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves picked
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup honey


  1. Place the the fig pieces with the lemon juice, zest, thyme, sea salt, and water in a large, nonreactive saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the honey and simmer the figs over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the fruit is soft and the liquid runs off the side of a spoon in thick, heavy drops, about 20 minutes.
  3. Ladle the jam into six 1/2-pint jars, leaving 1/4 inch of space at the top. Close the jars and let cool to room temperature. Store the jam in the refrigerator for up to 3 months or process the jars in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
  4. Variations: Substitute white port, Grand Marnier or your other favorite liqueur for the water. Substitute rosemary for the thyme. Substitute high quality white or red balsamic for the lemon juice.

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  1. I could smear that fig jam all over the turkey and be the happiest lady alive.

  2. Thanks for this! I made a batch of fig jam a few weeks ago and did not love it – it just didn’t taste figgy. I like the lack of granulated sugar in this recipe, can’t wait to try it out! Did you incorporate the thyme directly or use a satchet?

  3. I am really drooling thinking of your fig jam and smoked turkey.

  4. That’s so awesome about Whole Foods…love them! Your fig jam recipe looks amazing! I might be swayed to get into canning. :)

  5. Too funny! I hope the turkey show went well.

  6. This sounds so good! I love the little clip of you prepping!

  7. I, too, made fig jam last week. However, I am loving the use of thyme and sea salt. This cold replace my cranberries this holiday season!

  8. I love fig jam!

  9. This looks amazing. I have been on the hunt for all jams without added granular pectin. I also want to try to make my own pectin. Have you ever tried that? Maybe we could do it together when you come visit the farm! :)

  10. Loved seeing you on video!! Hope the show went well (P.S my Jeep did that kilometer thing awhile back…almost gave me a heart attack!!)

    • Were you able to fix it? I got my first ever speeding ticket yesterday and the officer looked at my like I was crazy because I told him, “no officer, I actually have no idea what speed I was going. Do you know how to convert kilometers to miles?”

  11. Could you be any cuter?
    Can you believe I’ve never eaten a fig? At least one that’s not encased in “newton”. Shame on me.

  12. You are so cute!!!! Am SOOOOOO proud of you for taking the world by storm… Girl Hunter style!!

  13. Love fresh figs, and you’re right making jam is the best way to preserve them. I like the addition of a bit of thyme to the jam.

  14. Oh, how I love fig jam. Thanks for the recipe, Georgia!

  15. I am a huge Wholefoods Market fan! The best ever. Thanks for sharing your morning show adventures with us.

  16. If this were me, I’d probably still be camped out in the hotel room happily plowing through the turkey slathered with some of that jam!!!

  17. I am with Bev above! The figgy jam sounds great & fun to see you prepping. Sleeping with the turkey…odd ;)

  18. This fig jam looks utterly delicious. It would taste great smeared all over our tofurky!! (So sorry…I had to throw some vegan humor in response to the lovely Bev’s comment…but then again fig jam over tofurkey would be mighty tasty!)

  19. What a gorgeous combination of flavors! *yum*

    And you, you are darling! I just want to pinch your cute little cheek.

  20. Wow. I had no idea Whole Foods could be so cool and helpful that way! Thanks for the heads up and for reminding me to be appreciative of all the little things–even the weather lady!

  21. So excited to see where Girl Hunter goes!! You are amazing Georgia, and an inspiration to me.

  22. From Canada re: KM — I think about 70 miles per hour. All of our cars or older vehicles anyway have km as the main number and mph below. So Americans don’t die of heart attacks when they see 110 on the road signs.

  23. Love, love, love fig jam and these look perfect.

  24. Just got back from Hawaii and what was waiting for me – Girl Hunter – so excited to read it – and know that I’ll be turning the pages late into the night giggling at the thought of you sharing a hotel room with a cooked 20lb turkey

  25. I made this last weekend replacing the water and lemon juice with limoncello liqueur. It was wonderful stirred into some Greek yogurt for breakfast. Thanks for the recipes.

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