Oatmeal Date Bars

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While growing up these Date Bars were a regular part of my mother’s baking. How I treasured these squares. Oatmeal crispy mixture with puréed dates in between. One way or another over the years I fail to remember them, recalling them merely when I saw a recipe. Oh how delicious for “Breakfast Lunch Tea”. I instantly got down to finding a good recipe, with the taste and consistency I remember; sweet though in some way earthy tasting. These are magnificent with a cup of tea or for dessert.
The chief element of these squares is the dates. Dates are the fruit of the palm tree that grow here in Arizona. They are sweet and are also an excellent source of protein, Vitamins A & B. Used for this recipe is dried pitted dates. You can generally find them in the produce section of your grocery store. Before starting the date filling, you have to soften the dates in water, and then puree them in the food-mixer until nice and smooth. Then just make the oatmeal crust which, once more, is easily done in the food-mixer. Then layer the ingredients. First, 2/3 of the oatmeal mixture is pressed on the bottom of pan. Then the date puree is spread over the crust. Last, the rest of the oatmeal mixture is crumbled over the dates. Bake until golden brown.

OATMEAL DATE BARS

1 1/2 c. oatmeal
1 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 c. butter, melted

Mix and spread 2/3 of mixture in a 9×13 inch pan. Pat down.

1/2 c. sugar
1 c. water
1 c. dates

Spread over oatmeal mixture. Spread remaining oatmeal mixture over dates. Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees) for 45 minutes. Cut while warm.

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#foodlove #lovedates #arizonadates #datelandarizona

Btw….not far from me ~
DATELAND ARIZONA 😀

Coffee Cabana

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YAY! I heard back from a friend, John in earlier post. Friends are so worth taking that step to stay in touch.

We had our group of friends that met & hung out at a coffee shop, the Coffee Cabana. It is so strange how things work out in life, timing. Obviously it is meant to be.  This group of people would have made a TV show more like “Seinfeld” then” Friends”.  What a mixed bag! All very interesting yet so diverse. Everyone there had exceedingly interesting backgrounds and came from various places. We had our Texan, love her and she’s very smart, independent, pretty, owns her own successful business in Scottsdale, AZ. Then there was Nikki, cute, full of useless information (and I mean FULL, like a set of Britannica’s!), very sweet, from Dublin. Nikki is a good artist in the field of photography. And John, whom you can read more about in my preceding post about him. That’s just three! We had our Jewish friend, our therapist and a few others, all just as remarkable. We had the most fascinating conversations, deep philosophical, trivial, comedy, tears and a lot of religions, even Bible study…lead by John.  And MUSIC! What a blessing!

I’m so grateful for all of the above for enriching my life. But like everything in life, it came to its end, changed, and evolved. We moved on, the coffee shop closed. I have since met up with one or another at other coffee shops but it was never the same. The friends are the same though, that’s the best part.

Love and as John always ends conversation, PEACE

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Deconstructing (?) Foods

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Well, that’s what I always called it. However, I found a couple new terms for it today.  According to Larry Clement, marketing director for ABC Research Corp., “The term for this process is either ‘deformulation’ or ‘reverse engineering.'”

I have tried this many times in the past, sometimes with wonderful success. Others, not so much.

After reading this article, I’ll stick with it. Yes, gamble…I mean it’s just food, right?

O.M.G. I can’t believe I said that either ;D ooops, my bad

Here’s why…check it out;

http://www.esquire.com/features/answer-fella/ingredient-technology-1009

(from Database of Recipes for Men )