When I woke up yesterday only to hear the words “snow day”, I promptly settled back into my warm bed for a little more rest. What an amazing feeling! There is truly nothing better than saying to yourself “5 more minutes” and actually being able to do it without consequence.
That afternoon my friends from work hosted a long awaited ‘snow day potluck/gab session that was much needed. When I asked Michelle what I could bring, she had a great response, “[Bring] whatever you’re in the mood for…that’s always my rule with potlucks.” What a practical yet inspiring response! But, of course, this is the hardest one to receive. I never know what I’m in the mood for! So, I browsed around the internet and cookbooks and settled on two little treats that marry savory and sweet.
First, I baked yet another delicious treat from the Flour Cookbook. My God, I have an addiction. Each recipe looks better than the next! In this case I sampled the Rosemary Shortbread cookies. In one word? Extraordinary!
You would never think that the addition of rosemary would create and incredibly addictive cookie but alas, it does. They are salty and sweet with just the right amount of crunch. Picture a perfect shortbread cookie with class. (While I can’t share the exact recipe with you, I would assume adding 1 tsp of finely chopped fresh rosemary would do the trick!)
Next, for a little ‘tapas’ offering, my favorite dish from my trip to Boston came to mind: “Stuffed Dates”. Tapas could be one of my favorite styles of eating. I love the opportunity to try to many different things versus committing to just one.
I saw Marcona almonds at Whole Foods the other day and it sparked my memory. The Stuffed Dates I had at Toro in the South End of Boston were one of the best things I had ever tasted, so I decided to recreate them.
The original dates were stuffed with blue cheese and Marcona almonds and wrapped in bacon. Now, since I didn’t feel like filling my hostesses entire kitchen with smoke, nor did I want to purchase bleu cheese (I really don’t care for it in most instances) I made a few modifications. I stuffed the dates with feta cheese versus bleu, and wrapped them in prosciutto versus bacon. I baked them in a 400 degree toaster oven (at the hostess’ house) for about 8 minutes but that was far too long. Next time, 4-5 minutes will due. But the dates were fabulous and a perfect tapas offering.
I encourage you to try either of these simple tapas recipes for your next ‘potluck’. They’re simple but special and will be enjoyed by all.
Excuse me while I return to my viewing of The Martha Stewart show and nurse the ‘flu’ that seemed to develop overnight.
Any remedies you can think of?