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Have a date with me

Have a Date ( or two) with Ric Orlando  Winter is Date season and it is on the way. The chill in the air kinds sucks for some things, but for winter fruit it rocks! When I consulted for HITS in the California dessert, the date palms were everywhere, dropping dates like turds from a trotting pony. Once I realized what they were, I began gathering, washing and consuming them with abandon. If you haven't experienced date lust, you should. They are richly textured with a sweet, meaty fruit. Along with figs and apricots, they are the offal of fruit. Deeper flavored, more exotically textured and more mysterious than any plain old winter fruit.  Dates lend themselves to savory applications well because of their inherent meatiness. Cook some dates for  the holidays!

Devils on Horseback, my way
Serves 4 as an appetizer
16 large pitted dates ¼ cup soft goat cheese 8 strips smokey bacon, cut in half legnthwise 1tsp ground coriander 4 tbls honey 4 tbsl Dijon mustard salt and pepper to taste 1…

Cold Weather is here...

Neapolitan Style Meatballs

(good story about my Grandmother Millie and my Mother Ro will follow soon)

I am giving the ingredients and ratios here, but the seasoning should be to your personal taste.

(Make it, taste it and add what you want.)

It is the bread soaking technique which makes these soft and fluffy!

NOTE: You are going to be mixing raw meat with your hands here.

If you are squeamish, use rubber gloves or someone else’s hands.

I do recommend having a dish towel and a bowl of warm water at the ready for dipping

and wiping your hands. I also suggest, er, insist that you mix your meat with one hand.

That way, if you nose itches, or the phone rings, or a $100 bill blows by, you will always

have a clean hand at the ready.

Makes 16 -20 golf ball sized balls.

2 lbs ground meat mix ( Just ask at the meat counter--I like a mix of 50 % beef chuck, 25% pork and 25% veal)

about a cup of old-ish Italian or French bread, having a little crust is ok but your

balls will be silkier without it.

milk or red…