Figs and Blue Cheese

There is a never ending stream of studies, claims and theories regarding obesity, the benefits of one food or another and arguments back and forth about everything from vitamin A to Zinc. I have gotten to the point where I don’t really bother reading the entire opinion/study/claim because I already know the ending.


The science of food and health is quite complex but the conclusions always seem to be the same. If you want to live a long, healthy life without being overweight you need to eat mostly fruits and vegetables and exercise  regularly. There is no magic bullet or pill or anything that anyone can do for you. It is simple, easy to do and not expensive. So why don’t we all do it? Because it is not fun.

So our challenge is to make things fun, tasty and delicious. I have said a million times that the 80 percent rule will keep you from cracking. So 20% of the time have a steak if that’s what you like, or chocolate or whiskey. And the exercise part doesn’t have to be at the gym at 6 in the morning. You can walk to work or play tennis or basketball. My 83 year old father-in-law played basketball instead of lunch everyday for his entire career as a lawyer. He now walks his dogs for hours at a time and swims every day of the summer. If you asked him he would probably say that he has never exercised a day in his life.

Get going, enjoy life and have an occasional rich, delicious bite of something.

This appetizer is similar to the figs wrapped in prosciutto featured a few weeks ago but this is actually easier to make and is perfect on the end of a toothpick.


  • 4 Fresh Figs
  • Small Chunk of Blue Cheese
  • 4 Thin Slices of Prosciutto
  • Olive Oil


  • Chef’s Knife
  • Broiler or Toaster Oven
  • Aluminum Foil
  1. Slice the figs in half lengthwise.
  2. Dot a piece of blue cheese in the center of the meaty side, pressing in slightly. You can use any stinky cheese that you have.
  3. Cover each with a half a slice of prosciutto.
  4. Drizzle with a tiny bit of olive oil.
  5. Arrange on aluminum foil on a broiler pan and broil for about 10 minutes, until the prosciutto is slightly crispy.
  6. Stick a toothpick in each one and serve.








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