Chocolate, Orange, and Olive Oil Babka

The concept of “soul food” belongs more to Louisiana than Appalachia. It draws up steaming bowls of shrimp n’ grits, crispy fried chicken, great pots of okra gumbo, and delicate beneits with heaping drifts of powdered sugar. But if I were to choose one food that spoke to my soul—even more so than grits (because…

Figgy Polenta With Balsamic and Olive Oil

Fresh. Figs. Am I dreaming? It still doesn’t feel real to have figs in my fridge. The first time I ever tried figs was at a farmer’s market off the mountain, and I fell in love. However, if you have ever tried to buy figs in the eastern United States, you’ll know that it is…