by Debra on December 6, 2010

Musical pairing – Where Are You Christmas? by Faith Hill

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I was a single mom of two boys.  And as any single parent knows, putting food on the table can be a real challenge but I was very, very fortunate in that I always lived near my parents or family members who made sure we didn’t go hungry. I was also on welfare a few of those years while I went back to school so that I would be able to support myself and my kids longterm – and $75 in food stamps didn’t buy much, even then. But still, we never went hungry . . . ever. And I am forever grateful.
Given the state of our economy these days . . . the state of our world these days . . . there are many, many families and children who are hungry . . . as many as 17 million children who were hungry this year alone.  More than 5 million children are living at or below poverty and almost 6 million children living in single parent homes; but you might be surprised to learn that more than 5 million children live in 2-parent households – this is about our children. In our schools. In our churches. On our neighborhood streets. Our next door neighbors.
I am happy to be participating this week with more than 50 blogging friends in ‘Share Our Holiday Table’ - a  virtual progressive dinner party to raise awareness and funds to support Share Our Strength’s, ‘No Kid Hungry Campaign’ that is taking place starting today through December 14th. Please click here for more information as well as to make a contribution if you can – even a small donation will help feed a child.  And if you can’t make a contribution, that’s fine too – I’m still happy you’re here!
And now on to the recipe!  A super quick, super easy vegetarian appetizer – two bites, no napkin needed and you have a free hand to enjoy your cocktail or mocktail; sweet, salty, crunchy and perfect for any holiday celebration!
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Brian @ A Thought For Food April 22, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Martha Stewart has a great stuffed date recipe… but i love how this is a little different than all the other ones i’ve seen. I particularly like how some parm is used instead of goat cheese… which sometimes overpowers the other ingredients.


Michelle (What's Cooking with Kids) December 13, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Wow, Deb – these are so beautiful and look delicious. Thanks for sharing your story. You have come a long way, baby! Thanks for joining our efforts to end childhood hunger and for joining our virtual dinner party! xo


Chris @ The Peche December 11, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Oh, I’m making these tonight as an app. How great is this recipe? So simple and full of flavor. I’m hoping the clock moves a little faster between now and dinner. Can’t wait.


Tickled Red December 9, 2010 at 8:19 am

These are simply brilliant and beautiful Deb!! I can’t wait to try these.


Kim December 8, 2010 at 11:09 am

Kudos to you and everyone else for participating in this event! Even though we are tight on budget this year, we are proud to have already contributed to the Share Our Strength compaign. :o) Lots of hungry kiddos out there; so we’ll help where we can.

In the meantime, you’re right – these are the perfect little bites!



Marly December 8, 2010 at 8:14 am

What a lovely and simple (and vegetarian!!!) recipe! Your pictures are just stunning!


Barbara December 8, 2010 at 8:10 am

I like this….the sweetness of dates and the tang of the parmesan would be marvelous. And then the crunch of walnuts? Perfect mouthfuls.


Nancy@acommunaltable December 8, 2010 at 12:00 am

Simple, elegant and delicious… what more could we want from an appetizer?

So happy that I am participating in this wonderful event – help is needed now more than ever!!


Aimee @ Simple Bites December 7, 2010 at 11:57 pm

Love these! My kind of simple, elegant appetizer.


Paul White December 7, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Hey Debra! I’ve had your card sitting here since you gave it to me. I’ve checked in before but didn’t write, so I just wanted to write a quick note and say how scrumptious all your pictures look!! Have a very merry and tasty Christmas!!!


Fuji Mama December 7, 2010 at 6:52 pm

What a beautiful post! I’ve loved seeing what everyone has dreamed up. I’m a huge date fan and love the simplicity of this appetizer!


Grace December 7, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Debra I just purchased some dates for a cake and I was wondering what I was going to do with the rest until I read your post. These look scrumptious and will be perfect for the holiday party my daughter, Liana, is planning. Thank you!


My Man's Belly December 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm

These dates are a nice change from the usual gooey cheese and bacon wrapped dates we usually see.


Kristen December 7, 2010 at 9:53 am

What a beautiful appetizer and gorgeous post!


Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food December 7, 2010 at 4:37 am

Now these are my idea of an excellent holiday bite: savory, sweet, delicious…and easy. Just lovely and must make!


Gluten Free Diva December 6, 2010 at 11:41 pm

I’m loving all of the posts for the Share Our Strength series, this one included. You recipe looks delicious – sweet finger food – and gluten free, to boot. My blog contribution to the SOS event is an Arugula Salad with pomegranate seeds and goat cheese – posted tomorrow (Dec. 7).


Gluten Free Diva December 7, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Oops. I meant Dec. 8th. That’s when my Arugula Salad will be posted at my blog (as part of this SOS event).


Carol Peterman/TableFare December 6, 2010 at 11:40 pm

I’m such a sucker for the salty-sweet combo. Good thing this is a virtual dinner party because I may have emptied that entire tray myself otherwise!


Anna Johnston December 6, 2010 at 11:32 pm

Yummy. Stuffed dates are wonderful. Great cause Debra, well done.


Diane-thewholegang December 6, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Love the combo of sweet date and salty parm. Great appetizer to share for this event. I’m excited to be participating with you. I hope we can inspire others to donate.


Robyn | Add a Pinch December 6, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Oh Debra, this is such a beautiful post! And you paired it with the perfect song.

I love this appetizer recipe you posted. I can’t wait to try it. YUM!


Souffle Bombay December 6, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Wonderful post – and a simple yet sophisticated appetizer!
Your pictures are amazing too!


Megan December 6, 2010 at 8:00 pm

I love a stuffed date and these are so pretty. Good job, great post, and wonderful cause!


The Rowdy Chowgirl December 6, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Share Our Holiday Table looks like a great project–good for you, Debra. And it’s good for all of us to keep in mind that the needy are not necessarily far away or all that different from us.


Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect December 6, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Two bites and no napkin needed? Sounds good to me! :) Thank you for sharing not just your recipe, but also part of your own story. It’s great to work with you for Share Our Strength!


Lori @ RecipeGirl December 6, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Gotta love such a simple recipe for the busy holiday season. These look delicious!


Lana @ Never Enough Thyme December 6, 2010 at 3:16 pm

What an extraordinarily worth cause! I so wish I had known about it so that I could participate as well. I will, however, make a donation in support!

And this little appetizer – double yum. I love a contrast in tastes such as this, the sharp, salty tang of the Parm with the subtle sweetness of the date. Then add the crunch from the walnuts. Sounds pretty much like perfection to me.


Shirley @ gfe December 6, 2010 at 2:47 pm

What a lovely presentation for this appetizer! I especially like the way the cheese slivers stick out just a bit. Very appealing, and such a great combination of ingredients, too. :-)

I’m happy to be one of the bloggers participating in this worthy cause. Those statistics are eye opening for sure. It’s hard to imagine being hungry … I hope our event will raise a lot of money for this effort.



Sasa December 6, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Thanks for sharing bit about your former life, it’s always interesting to get a glimpse…And congratulations to the Professor for getting such a lovely lady and taking such great photos!


Monet December 6, 2010 at 12:59 pm

What a wonderful cause. There are so many people and children in our community that go hungry each and every day. Thank you for introducing me to a way to help. These stuffed dates look wonderful. What a great holiday appetizer. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope your week is full of joy!


naomi December 6, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I’m adding this to my holiday appetizer line-up for Christmas Eve dinner- LOVE it!


Shaina December 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm

What a great appetizer. So easy to put together, and it makes a wow statement in both flavor and appearance. Perfect addition for the holidays!


Jamie December 6, 2010 at 11:53 am

Wonderful cause, Debra, and it’s wonderful when people never forget how life was hard back in the days and how lucky we are now. Wonderful, tasty appetizer.


Cookin' Canuck December 6, 2010 at 11:36 am

What a beautiful and simple appetizer, not to mention a heartfelt post.


Cookbook Queen December 6, 2010 at 11:18 am

These look just gorgeous–and yummy!! What a wonderful cause to support!! I admire your honesty about your own hard times. I have had MANY of my own, but I wouldn’t change it for a thing!! It makes us that much more grateful, doesn’t it?

Happy Monday!!


RJ Flamingo December 6, 2010 at 10:15 am

I just bought some dates and can’t wait to throw some of these together! Yum!

SOS is such a worthwhile cause and I’m so happy to see another one of my friends involved. I’ll be doing a vegetarian side dish next Monday! I encourage everyone to sign the Pledge to End Childhood Hunger and do whatever they can – even if it’s buying a cupcake at a bake sale.



kat December 6, 2010 at 10:15 am

Beautiful appetizers! & touching story. This is why we find it more important than ever to give our charitable donations to places that keep people fed.


Wenderly December 6, 2010 at 9:40 am

Those look little sweet dollops of heaven! And for the record…for me, it would probably only be *one* bite. :) Yum.


bunkycooks December 6, 2010 at 9:35 am

This organization reaches out to the community in so many ways. Thank you for sharing your personal experience as well as promoting Share Our Strength this holiday season.


marla {family fresh cooking} December 6, 2010 at 9:30 am

Thanks so much for sharing your story & this beautiful appetizer with us. I hope that we can all help to expose the wonderful mission this charity supports. XO


Renee (Kudos Kitchen) December 6, 2010 at 8:57 am

What a wonderfully simple and tasty idea. I’m sure the combo is delightful! Salty/sweet is always a winner in my book!


foodwanderings December 6, 2010 at 8:15 am

Love dates!! Our favorite is Majdool date. This post now made me crave the ones directly from the date/palm tree the golden yellow honey color but they are not appropriate for stuffing. This appetizer is perefect for the upcoming holidays! Really beautiful puctures too Debra!


Brian @ A Thought For Food December 6, 2010 at 8:03 am

This has it all… Sweet, salty, crunchy, smooth! I would eat every last one of these tasty treats!


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