Monday, February 18, 2013

A food post....

Well, I wasn't able to keep up my weekly food post but thought I would start the week off with one.  We had friends over for dinner last Saturday and I fixed this appetizer.  I found it here if you want to see the original.

Healthy Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

Serving size: 6 dates - 270.7 calories per serving 
Makes 4 servings
If you are following a Weight Watcher's program they are 8 points per serving.

24 small pitted dates (use 4 per person)
4 ozs. soft goat cheese, softened for just a few seconds in the microwave (start with 10 seconds)
4 teaspoons honey
24 walnut pieces

Make a lengthwise slit in each date.  The ones I bought had the stone still in them but they were easy to remove.

Use a small teaspoon to fill with cheese.  Place a walnut on top and lightly press.  Drizzle with honey.  Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Remove from fridge 30 minutes before serving to allow the cheese to soften.


This made a lovely appetizer.

People have lots of different opinions about organic foods and more and more supermarkets are giving you a choice.  I always buy organic if it's available such as the dates.  Wegmans has a good stock of organic food, one of the many reasons I enjoy shopping there, but I also can't wait for the farmer's market to start up again as I like to give our local farmers the business.

I made this recipe before ten o'clock in the morning (but did not add the honey until just before serving), covered them with foil and popped them in the fridge.  They were served at 6 p.m. with a glass of Meiomi Pinot Noir.  I only mention the wine because I first tried a glass when we were out with the kids several weeks ago and it was very good.  I decided to buy a bottle when I went to the store for the next dinner party we had at home.

Everyone enjoyed it but more importantly they enjoyed the stuffed dates.  There were none left.  Definitely putting this recipe in the 'make again' folder.  Gregg just asked me if there were any left.  As I had bought an extra package of dates and small pot of goat cheese, no problem and promised I would make more up for dinner later.  We have left-overs....whoo-hoo, no cooking today!


  1. Hi Adrian...Now i must say they look down right delicious,and of scours it helps if you like all those ingredients : ) Goat cheese is a favorite of mine!!
    Now you are getting to be a Martha Stewart..God forbid ; )
    lad they where a hit!!

  2. These look like they would be nice with a nice glass of wine out on the deck in the afternoon. Now you have me thinking. I'm going to add this to my food folder. Thanks Sue

  3. yummy

    ALOHA from Honolulu!
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  4. Dear Denise, I like organic food and I will try to prepare the recipe, it looks delicious. Hmmm but I confess I'm not so fan of honey.Maybe I will try without honey. :D
    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  5. Denise, your stuffed dates look yummy. Hubby and i enjoy shopping at Wegmans too. They have such a huge selection. It does seem safer lately to buy organic items. Thanks for sharing your recipe, have a great week!

  6. Love to try the recipe. Looks yummy.

  7. I love dates, just can't leave them alone once I start. Definitely must try your recipe. I'm also a fan of Pinot!

  8. Yum Denise!
    What a smart hostess.
    I would want to be in your guest list if only I live next door instead of ocean's apart ;-)

  9. I don't know if I have ever eaten a date. Your photograph of the finished recipe looks great.

  10. My grandmother used to stuff them with apecan and fondont and they went fast.She wintered close to a date farm.