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gf120818dessert.jpg Robert Wemischner is a professor of baking and pastry at Los Angeles Trade Technical College and the author of four cookbooks. His most recent book, The Dessert Architect, is now in its second edition. A recipe for his Caramelized Figs with Goat-Cheese/Mascarpone Crema and Sweet Basil Sauce is on the Good Food blog.

Alvaro Bautista has an organic date ranch in Mecca, California near Palm Springs.  You can find Bautista Family Organic Dates at all of the Santa Monica Farmers' Markets as well as the Hollywood and Beverly Hills Farmers' Markets. Bautista has fresh, juicy honey and khadrawy dates this time of year. He also has barhi dates sold in clusters. Allow the barhi dates to ripen on your countertop until they soften to your liking.