Friday Fun with Food!

Our roots are in great food. We thought it would be fun to post from the kitchen today, though this recipe can easily be made while sitting on a picnic blanket or a porch swing. We also like to occasionally swap out the bagel for a Zingerman’s Paesano roll. Slow-JamEnjoy it in your favorite snacking spot, or even on the run.

Here we are, from the pages of Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 2: Being a Better Leader. This recipe joins 8 other bits of yum in the book.


I’ve long loved this little sandwich. I’m exceedingly spoiled by—and biased towards—the handmade, no-vegetable-gum-added cream cheese we make at Zingerman’s Creamery, but you can certainly use a commercial product as well. It’s great with figs and fig preserves, but any full-flavored fresh fruit and the matching preserves work well. Strawberries with strawberry preserves, blueberries with blueberry preserves, raspberries, peaches, plums . . . you name it—just pair pieces of the fresh fruit with preserves made from the same fruit, and you’ll be rocking!

1 bagel, sliced and toasted

2 tablespoons cream cheese

4 teaspoons preserves of your choice

Fresh fruit of the same variety as the preserves, sliced thin

Spread each bagel half with 1 tablespoon cream cheese, then with 2 teaspoons preserves. Generously top each half with fresh fruit.