Tag Archives: Dates

Pork Ribs with Homemade Barbecue Sauce

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Ribs always remind me of summer barbecues.  I’m not a fan of your typical barbecue flavor, however.  I came up with this tasty combination for a barbecue sauce that did not disappoint.  This is some great stuff! I used rum, but you can  use water instead and it will still turn out great.  The alcohol evaporates out as the sauce simmers.  I baked the ribs in the oven, but they can also be grilled and personally, the next time I make these I am going to slow cook them and the pork will fall right off the bone.

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Date and Mushroom Stuffed Elk Roast

Recipes posted a year ago:

This recipe came about while standing in the doorway of the pantry tapping my fingers on the door frame thinking, “I should really use up some of these dates…and what the heck am I going to use these dried chanterelles for?”  After a little rifling through the spice cabinet, I had some notes scribbled on a sticky-note, and the ingredients were on the counter.

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Blackberry Nut Clusters

Recipe posted one year ago:  Sesame Ginger Tuna

Blackberries are in season here.  I am sure I have mentioned that they are my favorite berry.  I went to my friend Jorja’s house to pick in her backyard.  The good ones are hard to reach, so she just backed her truck up into them and we picked standing on the tailgate!   My friend Brad told me his parents had a plethora of wild blackberries on their property so off I went to pick.  Oh sure, it would be easy to buy some at the store or the local berry patch, but I think my mom is right.. they taste better when you do the labor yourself.   It is worth the dirty fingernails and scratches. (Thank you Jorja and Brad for inviting me! I owe you!)

I rinse them off and spread them onto a cookie sheet topped with parchment paper and then put into the freezer.  When they are frozen, I transfer them to freezer bags.

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Nut Cookies

I have to admit that the more I have changed my eating for the better, the more baked things and/or sweet things do not appeal to me that much anymore.  I tend to go for the fruit or on a cheat day some ice cream or chocolate; however, I still find myself thinking of ways to make a great cookie or other desserts. It is not so much that I am craving the cookie as that is usually not the case, but that I want to experiment. Here are two cookie recipes I came up with.  I used dates for a sweetener instead of honey. One has a zesty orange flavor and the other hazelnut/chocolate.  Both taste wonderful.  I had a hard time choosing which I liked best.  🙂

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Bacon Wrapped Dates

Christmas Eve this year, it was our turn to host the family gift exchange with Karen’s family.  That meant it was our chance to put together some nice Primal dishes and appetizers to show that you can celebrate a holiday without a bunch of breads, pastas, and other not-so-good-for-you dishes.  Even the pumpkin pie was primal and 100% gluten-free.  (Now don’t get me wrong – there were a couple non-Primal items on the menu as well, mostly in the dessert category – but even those were very low in sugar and other bad stuff compared to your typical holiday fare.)  So these next few days, I hope to showcase the dishes we made for this little get together.

One of my favorite appetizers is Bacon Wrapped Dates.  Granted, the dates themselves have a pretty high sugar content; mass consumption would not be a recommended practice.  But having one or four at a gathering or two during the holidays certainly won’t kill you…that is, if you can beat back everyone else wrestling to get their hands on them as well!  And once you see how easy they are to make, I won’t blame you for making a batch in secret every now and again during the year too.

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Chocolate Coconut Bars

I love chocolate and I love coconut, so why not make them into a healthier (and better tasting) version of Mounds Bars?  There are many variations you can do to this – this is just one.  I’ve made some other suggestions at bottom of the post…   Continue reading