Be sure to remove the figs's stems, otherwise you'll be left chewing the fibrous end. To prep and peel fresh ginger for chopping, don't opt for a knife. Instead, grab a spoon. It takes off the ginger's skin without removing the flesh (and wasting ginger, for that matter). If you're not a fan of blue cheese, try substituting goat cheese or feta. Don't have pecans? Use almonds or walnuts.