Bacon Wrapped Dates w/Goat Cheese and Rosemary Almonds

There is this restaurant that I just love in Aliso Viejo, CA called Opah.  It’s kind of my “go to” place for good food and great lemon drop martini’s.  You say “hey let’s meet for drinks after work” and I say “Opah”! Usually when we go there we are in time for happy hour and it never fails that we’ll order their bacon wrapped dates. Hence this post was inspired.  I haven’t been to Opah in a few weeks so I was somewhat “jonesing” for these little morsels.

I decided to give my own twist to my favorite happy hour appetizer  bacon wrapped dates w/goat cheese and rosemary almonds.  It’s a mouthful I know, but so are these luscious flavored dates with a subtle taste of goat cheese and a crisp Marconi almond in the middle.  The drizzled with a balsamic vinegar reduction. Did I mention that the almond has rosemary and sea salt all over it too?!

Is your mouth-watering yet?

Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Rosemary Almonds

Did you know there is an International Bacon Day?  Yep, that’s right. How cool is that?  It’s the Saturday before Labor Day Monday. Click here for more info:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Bacon_Day.  This idea of an International Bacon Day was what spurred my interest to revive my love of these little goodies.

They take a little time, but they are well worth the effort.

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Interesting Article about Celiac Disease from Medscape.com

Interesting new study regarding prevalence of CD in the U.S. Probably useful for you as you think about the number of people in the U.S. available to your blog or books…

August 1, 2012 — The prevalence of celiac disease (CD) in the United States may be more common than originally thought, according to findings from the first large population-based study that sampled people from a variety of ethnic groups.

Among the survey’s key findings are that nearly 2 million people have CD, but most of them are unaware of it.

The study was authored by Alberto Rubio-Tapia, MD, from the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues, and was published online July 31 in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

“The prevalence of [CD] in the United States is unknown,” the authors write. Population studies from diverse groups have suggested that CD may be underdiagnosed, and some estimates have indicated that the prevalence of the disorder in non-Hispanic whites in the United States may be as high as 1.1%.

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PRODUCT REVIEW

Today I was in the mood for pizza and as a Celiac that isn’t always easy to find something that tastes yummy like the real thing.  But the other day I was at Whole Foods and stumbled upon Contes All Natural Pizza.

Although it was no Domino’s, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s or whatever your favorite is, it was pretty good.  The crust got nice and crispy, the flavor was really good (I should have added pepperoni on it) and the size gave me enough for some leftovers.  And with a baking time of only 12 minutes, it’s pretty darn good and quick.

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