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1  Stuffed Dates w/ Pecans in Recipes and Cooking Tips by palleikodesigns on: June 24, 2008 05:53:32 PM
I am posting this which I just blogged about...

Sometimes the simplest things are the tastiest. Recently I attended a potluck event where I was supposed to bring a dessert. I didn't want to buy something pre-made, but I also didn't want to spend the entire afternoon baking. I love the flavors of middle eastern foods and thought that perhaps I could come up with something different...

I love dates. They are flavorful and can be used in many different ways. I wanted to combine the sweet honey like flavor of the dates with something a bit of bite and a complimentary texture. Eventually I came up with dates stuffed with french feta and pecans.

This recipe is so simple that I am not going to provide amounts that are set in stone. Instead I am sharing the amounts that I purchased. I bought enough to make a dessert platter plus have extra left over for my family.

2lbs medjool dates (really any large date will do)
1lb french feta

Halve each date and remove the pit. Stuff each date half with a generous amount of feta cheese; approx. 1/2 Tbsp. or slightly more if desired. Top with a pecan half. Serve

Certainly one can substitute walnuts for the pecans. If you desire you can use goat cheese instead of the feta for a stronger contrast in flavors. One chef friend suggested just have a date with a large hunk of parmesan reggiano stuffed inside it. I'll definitely have to try that.
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2  Spirals in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by palleikodesigns on: June 20, 2008 10:13:32 PM
Um... I am new here so I think I am doing this right.  Figured I would just jump on in. I just post a picture of my latest completed work?

I love spirals and am currently on a spiral kick and and working on elaborating on the ancient Egyptian and classical Greek symbolism and use of the spiral motif in their body adornment; creating modern versions.

This is my latest piece in sterling silver and turquoise...

ok... lets see if I did this right... oh, gotta post 10 times first to make sure I am not a spambot. Ok then, here is a link..

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