Brooklyn Babies

One of the reasons I love living in Brooklyn is because it exposes me to some of the best artisanal products made in the country. When I get my hands on a good product, it's just as exciting as developing a new recipe. That's why I want to give a shoutout to some of Fig & Pig's most beloved local food artisans and the amazing things they make.

Sweet heat on a Bed-Stuy street.

Sweet heat on a Bed-Stuy street.

It was a few months ago that I was roaming the aisles of Whole Foods in a post-night-out daze when standing right in front of me was a man named Mike handing out samples. I have been talking about this man since the day I tasted his sweet, hot, honey.  It was seriously the Mike behind the Mike’s Hot Honey!  I was so excited to finally meet the person behind something so simple and brilliant.  I could see this being a staple in every diner in America the way ketchup and mustard are. At Fig & Pig, we use Mike’s Hot mostly on our fried chicken and biscuit station but you can find me putting it on cheese, pizza, apples, and sandwiches.

That ricotta tho!

That ricotta tho!

Another favorite food maker of mine is Betsy Divine from Salvatore Brooklyn. Her ricotta is so unbelievably outstanding y'all. I don’t think I’ve ever had ricotta with such depth and versatility. It’s the secret ingredient to our vegetable lasagna and it elevates pretty much every table it’s graced upon. I love it sprinkled with sea salt, a textured olive oil, and grilled sourdough.  Betsy is not only an amazing food maker but she’s also my friend!

Betsy and me being pals!

Betsy and me being pals!

Last, but not least, is Tin Mustard.  Their brand ambassador, Melissa, reached out to me wanting to give me a sample for some mustard.  I'm not the biggest fan of mustard so I hesitantly agreed to the sample, because what's the big deal? and it was free. But let me tell you, this mustard will change your life. I immediately bought four gallons, because I actually want to eat this with a spoon. I love the way it pops in my mouth and it takes our deviled eggs and salad dressing to a whole new level of good.

Go out and buy these products NOW. #TRUST.

World's best mustard, photo courtesy of tinmustard instagram.

World's best mustard, photo courtesy of tinmustard instagram.