It was my birthday last week. Although the new number is daunting, I love birthdays. Not so much my birthday, I love celebrating my family and friend’s birthdays.
As long as I remember the birthdays. Thank goodness for Facebook.
Ranger Craig surprised me with the sweetest, most thoughtful of gifts. New muck boots and a waterproof work coat. Brought a tear to my eye.
No, not because it wasn’t a diamond, but because it’s what I really wanted.
My old boots have seen their last days and my old work coat is water-resistant, which doesn’t mean much here in Seattle. The last time I was mucking out the chicken pen and roaming around doing various yard projects, I think my darling man must have heard me mutter a few words about my leaky boots and soaking jacket.
He even hung a beautiful brushed nickel jacket hook by the back door and a copper tray for my muddy boots. I love that man.
Ok, enough of the mushy stuff.
It’s a five for one today. Five fabulous starters. One from me, and four from a few of my favorite food bloggers. I suppose I could’ve titled this post “ Five Fabulous Starters”… but that doesn’t sound quite as catchy.
Perfect holiday starters for your perfect holiday party. 😉
Loads of Love,
Bleu Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Medjool Dates
Big thanks to my friend Gazala, who recommended a stuffed date appetizer. 🙂 Love!
Makes about 25 -30 pieces
25-30 Medjool dates
4-5 slices bacon, cooked (I usually cook more than five as my family will walk by the stove and sneak a few slices)
6-8 ounces good quality bleu cheese (I love Rogue Creamery Bleu’s), or Gorgonzola
Remove the seeds from the dates and arrange on a platter.
Finely dice the bacon or place it in a small food processor and mince.
Place the bleu cheese in a food processor or with a hand mixer, cream the bleu cheese. Transfer the creamed bleu cheese to a pastry bag or a small ziploc bag.
Cut a small hole in one corner of the ziploc bag or a larger hole in the pastry bag. Pipe the creamed bleu cheese into each date.
Sprinkle each date with minced bacon, gently tapping it on the cheese to keep it secure. Serve at room temperature.
This is a lovely app that can be prepared prior to serving. Cream the bleu cheese and hold in the frig. Cook the bacon, mince and then hold in the frig. Pit the dates and also hold in the frig. Then right before guests arrive, pipe in the blue cheese and top with the bacon. Delish!