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Thread: Medjool Dates - what to do?

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    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Medjool Dates - what to do?

    I was given three pounds of extra fancy California-grown medjool dates
    by a nice church lady with whom I'm acquainted.

    Aside from eating them, what is a good thing to do with them? Would
    they ever be used in an entree?

    Refrigerate the opened bag? I assume yes.
    --
    -Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    Check my new ride: http://www.jamlady.eboard.com

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    Cryambers Guest

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    Melba's Jammin' wrote:
    > I was given three pounds of extra fancy California-grown medjool dates
    > by a nice church lady with whom I'm acquainted.
    >
    > Aside from eating them, what is a good thing to do with them? Would
    > they ever be used in an entree?
    >
    > Refrigerate the opened bag? I assume yes.


    I refrigerate them. They are good pitted and stuffed with peanut
    butter or cottage cheese. My favorite use is to fill them with a brie-
    type cheese with walnut bits called Mirabo.

    My other major use is to chop them up and cook in oatmeal. They
    sweeten the oatmeal as it cooks.

    pat

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    Cryambers Guest

    Default Re: Medjool Dates - what to do?

    Melba's Jammin' wrote:
    > I was given three pounds of extra fancy California-grown medjool dates
    > by a nice church lady with whom I'm acquainted.
    >
    > Aside from eating them, what is a good thing to do with them? Would
    > they ever be used in an entree?
    >
    > Refrigerate the opened bag? I assume yes.


    I refrigerate them. They are good pitted and stuffed with peanut
    butter or cottage cheese. My favorite use is to fill them with a brie-
    type cheese with walnut bits called Mirabo.

    My other major use is to chop them up and cook in oatmeal. They
    sweeten the oatmeal as it cooks.

    pat

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    Steve Pope Guest

    Default Re: Medjool Dates - what to do?

    Melba's Jammin' <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I was given three pounds of extra fancy California-grown medjool dates
    >by a nice church lady with whom I'm acquainted.
    >
    >Aside from eating them, what is a good thing to do with them? Would
    >they ever be used in an entree?


    They can be used in a north-African cous-cous, or they can go into
    a central Asian curry like a fessenjun or a pathia. In my
    opinion the flavor of medjools combines with cashews, lamb,
    and/or pomegranate (I've used all four of these ingredients in
    a single curry).

    Three pounds is a lot though.

    Steve

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    Steve Pope Guest

    Default Re: Medjool Dates - what to do?

    Melba's Jammin' <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I was given three pounds of extra fancy California-grown medjool dates
    >by a nice church lady with whom I'm acquainted.
    >
    >Aside from eating them, what is a good thing to do with them? Would
    >they ever be used in an entree?


    They can be used in a north-African cous-cous, or they can go into
    a central Asian curry like a fessenjun or a pathia. In my
    opinion the flavor of medjools combines with cashews, lamb,
    and/or pomegranate (I've used all four of these ingredients in
    a single curry).

    Three pounds is a lot though.

    Steve

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    Wayne Boatwright Guest

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    On Sun 11 May 2008 05:25:49p, Melba's Jammin' told us...

    > I was given three pounds of extra fancy California-grown medjool dates
    > by a nice church lady with whom I'm acquainted.
    >
    > Aside from eating them, what is a good thing to do with them? Would
    > they ever be used in an entree?
    >
    > Refrigerate the opened bag? I assume yes.


    I have made a pineapple and date chutney in the past which was very good.
    Dates can also be used in a tagine of lamb.

    --
    Wayne Boatwright
    -------------------------------------------
    Sunday, 05(V)/11(XI)/08(MMVIII)
    -------------------------------------------
    Today is: Mother's Day, Pentecost
    Countdown till Memorial Day
    2wks 6hrs 20mins
    -------------------------------------------
    We're all in the same boat: I fish,
    you row.
    -------------------------------------------

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    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: Medjool Dates - what to do?

    On Sun 11 May 2008 05:25:49p, Melba's Jammin' told us...

    > I was given three pounds of extra fancy California-grown medjool dates
    > by a nice church lady with whom I'm acquainted.
    >
    > Aside from eating them, what is a good thing to do with them? Would
    > they ever be used in an entree?
    >
    > Refrigerate the opened bag? I assume yes.


    I have made a pineapple and date chutney in the past which was very good.
    Dates can also be used in a tagine of lamb.

    --
    Wayne Boatwright
    -------------------------------------------
    Sunday, 05(V)/11(XI)/08(MMVIII)
    -------------------------------------------
    Today is: Mother's Day, Pentecost
    Countdown till Memorial Day
    2wks 6hrs 20mins
    -------------------------------------------
    We're all in the same boat: I fish,
    you row.
    -------------------------------------------

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    Goomba38 Guest

    Default Re: Medjool Dates - what to do?

    Melba's Jammin' wrote:
    > I was given three pounds of extra fancy California-grown medjool dates
    > by a nice church lady with whom I'm acquainted.
    >
    > Aside from eating them, what is a good thing to do with them? Would
    > they ever be used in an entree?
    >
    > Refrigerate the opened bag? I assume yes.


    Doesn't someone here stuff dates with chorizo and...? and then bake 'em?
    I made it once but didn't care for that chorizo. I now have about 2
    pounds sitting in the fridge needing to be eaten (or frozen). I might
    like it better now!

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    Goomba38 Guest

    Default Re: Medjool Dates - what to do?

    Melba's Jammin' wrote:
    > I was given three pounds of extra fancy California-grown medjool dates
    > by a nice church lady with whom I'm acquainted.
    >
    > Aside from eating them, what is a good thing to do with them? Would
    > they ever be used in an entree?
    >
    > Refrigerate the opened bag? I assume yes.


    Doesn't someone here stuff dates with chorizo and...? and then bake 'em?
    I made it once but didn't care for that chorizo. I now have about 2
    pounds sitting in the fridge needing to be eaten (or frozen). I might
    like it better now!

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    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Medjool Dates - what to do?

    In article <[email protected] 4>,
    Wayne Boatwright <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I have made a pineapple and date chutney in the past which was very good.
    > Dates can also be used in a tagine of lamb.


    Ah, chutney!! I'll consider it. thanks, Wayne.
    --
    -Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    Check my new ride: http://www.jamlady.eboard.com

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    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Medjool Dates - what to do?

    In article <[email protected] 4>,
    Wayne Boatwright <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I have made a pineapple and date chutney in the past which was very good.
    > Dates can also be used in a tagine of lamb.


    Ah, chutney!! I'll consider it. thanks, Wayne.
    --
    -Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    Check my new ride: http://www.jamlady.eboard.com

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    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Medjool Dates - what to do?

    In article <g08385$dis$[email protected]>,
    [email protected] (Steve Pope) wrote:

    > Three pounds is a lot though.
    >
    > Steve


    I gave a handful to a friend at church. I've eaten a few, too. :-)
    But, yes, three pounds is a lot. And they are so moist and luscious.

    --
    -Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    Check my new ride: http://www.jamlady.eboard.com

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    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Medjool Dates - what to do?

    In article <g08385$dis$[email protected]>,
    [email protected] (Steve Pope) wrote:

    > Three pounds is a lot though.
    >
    > Steve


    I gave a handful to a friend at church. I've eaten a few, too. :-)
    But, yes, three pounds is a lot. And they are so moist and luscious.

    --
    -Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    Check my new ride: http://www.jamlady.eboard.com

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    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: Medjool Dates - what to do?

    On Sun 11 May 2008 06:08:43p, Melba's Jammin' told us...

    > In article <[email protected] 4>,
    > Wayne Boatwright <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> I have made a pineapple and date chutney in the past which was very
    >> good. Dates can also be used in a tagine of lamb.

    >
    > Ah, chutney!! I'll consider it. thanks, Wayne.


    My pleasure.

    --
    Wayne Boatwright
    -------------------------------------------
    Sunday, 05(V)/11(XI)/08(MMVIII)
    -------------------------------------------
    Today is: Mother's Day, Pentecost
    Countdown till Memorial Day
    2wks 5hrs 40mins
    -------------------------------------------
    Dead puppies aren't much fun.
    -------------------------------------------


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    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: Medjool Dates - what to do?

    On Sun 11 May 2008 06:08:43p, Melba's Jammin' told us...

    > In article <[email protected] 4>,
    > Wayne Boatwright <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> I have made a pineapple and date chutney in the past which was very
    >> good. Dates can also be used in a tagine of lamb.

    >
    > Ah, chutney!! I'll consider it. thanks, Wayne.


    My pleasure.

    --
    Wayne Boatwright
    -------------------------------------------
    Sunday, 05(V)/11(XI)/08(MMVIII)
    -------------------------------------------
    Today is: Mother's Day, Pentecost
    Countdown till Memorial Day
    2wks 5hrs 40mins
    -------------------------------------------
    Dead puppies aren't much fun.
    -------------------------------------------


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    James Silverton Guest

    Default Re: Medjool Dates - what to do?

    Melba's wrote on Sun, 11 May 2008 20:10:20 -0500:

    >> Three pounds is a lot though.
    >>
    >> Steve


    > I gave a handful to a friend at church. I've eaten a few,
    > too. :-) But, yes, three pounds is a lot. And they are so
    > moist and luscious.


    Hide them! They are a real temptation. To me, they're on a level
    with dried figs as a snack!

    --

    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    E-mail, with obvious alterations:
    not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


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    James Silverton Guest

    Default Re: Medjool Dates - what to do?

    Melba's wrote on Sun, 11 May 2008 20:10:20 -0500:

    >> Three pounds is a lot though.
    >>
    >> Steve


    > I gave a handful to a friend at church. I've eaten a few,
    > too. :-) But, yes, three pounds is a lot. And they are so
    > moist and luscious.


    Hide them! They are a real temptation. To me, they're on a level
    with dried figs as a snack!

    --

    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    E-mail, with obvious alterations:
    not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


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    Gloria P Guest

    Default Re: Medjool Dates - what to do?

    Melba's Jammin' wrote:
    > I was given three pounds of extra fancy California-grown medjool dates
    > by a nice church lady with whom I'm acquainted.
    >
    > Aside from eating them, what is a good thing to do with them? Would
    > they ever be used in an entree?
    >
    > Refrigerate the opened bag? I assume yes.


    Yum! Keep them airtight, they dry out.

    Date-nut or banana-date bread sounds good.

    They are heavenly stuffed with cream or goat cheese and pecans.

    Roast pork loin stuffed with dates? I know recipes use prunes, how
    different are they?

    Southern Californians go out to the desert for "date shakes". I've
    never had one but they sound interesting.

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    Gloria P Guest

    Default Re: Medjool Dates - what to do?

    Melba's Jammin' wrote:
    > I was given three pounds of extra fancy California-grown medjool dates
    > by a nice church lady with whom I'm acquainted.
    >
    > Aside from eating them, what is a good thing to do with them? Would
    > they ever be used in an entree?
    >
    > Refrigerate the opened bag? I assume yes.


    Yum! Keep them airtight, they dry out.

    Date-nut or banana-date bread sounds good.

    They are heavenly stuffed with cream or goat cheese and pecans.

    Roast pork loin stuffed with dates? I know recipes use prunes, how
    different are they?

    Southern Californians go out to the desert for "date shakes". I've
    never had one but they sound interesting.

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    Gloria P Guest

    Default Re: Medjool Dates - what to do?

    Wayne Boatwright wrote:
    > On Sun 11 May 2008 05:25:49p, Melba's Jammin' told us...
    >
    >> I was given three pounds of extra fancy California-grown medjool dates
    >> by a nice church lady with whom I'm acquainted.
    >>
    >> Aside from eating them, what is a good thing to do with them? Would
    >> they ever be used in an entree?
    >>
    >> Refrigerate the opened bag? I assume yes.

    >
    > I have made a pineapple and date chutney in the past which was very good.
    > Dates can also be used in a tagine of lamb.
    >



    Oooh, ooh, ooh! Pineapple-date jam, Barb! Your big chance to wow the
    Fair judges this year!

    gloria p

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