I just completed this intense project that was more than I could handle. I took on a big project on a tight deadline on top of my regular work of being a full-time mom and teaching. My friends watched me nervously from the sidelinse as I worked extra long hours every single evening to get it done. I think even a few friends bit their nails on my behalf as they worried for me and my ability to finish everything that I had on my plate.
It came to the point where I was short with my children, rude to my husband, at one point saying to him, "I have no time for you. Do not talk to me for the next 10 days." I barely managed Daughters' homework, piano practice and swim lessons, for every single extra moment of the day I was consumed with managing the time in order that I finish the project. I could barely post new recipes, even though my head was overflowing with things I wanted to say and it was slow torture not being able to do the things I wanted to do, in order to finish something that I had to.
And when it was all over, boy did I celebrate. I must have sent messages and text messages to dozens of friends asking them to congratulate me. I opened my arms to my husband and said, "YOU CAN TALK TO ME AGAIN" which made my long-ignored husband very very happy. My patience returned to normal and the kids could immediately sense that mommy wasn't going to go off the deep end again.
And at the end of it all, what I wanted to do was to make something. I hosted a small little Thanksgiving luncheon for a couple of Daughters' friends (and a couple of my own) and while grocery shopping, I was inspired by some medjool dates. This is one of those easy assemble appetizers, and in fact, as my friend SH was over, I made her a sample of what I had in mind and she actually made the rest for me. It's a great dish that you ask someone to make for you!
It's one of those intense combinations of salty, sweet, rich, and fresh. They are a total indulgence but completely worth it.
Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates with Basil
12 medjool dates, pitted (you can pit these yourself, very easily)
6 slices of good quality bacon, cut in half
½ cup of goat cheese (I like the “Creamy Goat Cheese” they have at Trader Joes, but chevre will work just as well)
12 small basil leaves
Preheat oven to 450. Line a cookie sheet (with sides) with parchment paper.
Stuff date with a teaspoonful of cheese. Stick a basil leaf on top and then wrap ½ slice of bacon around the date. Secure either with a toothpick or by sticking the seam side down on the cookie sheet. Repeat until all the dates have been wrapped in bacon.
Bake for 5 minutes until golden on one side, and then take them out of the oven and flip them over to the other. Bake for an additional 5 minutes.