Banana Bread with Bacon and Chocolate Chips Recipe

By Emma Haberman | July 5, 2011

Photo: Emma Haberman

Photo: Emma Haberman

I have a new best friend. She’s small, blonde and lives on my kitchen counter. Yes friends, last weekend I became the proud owner of a yellow KitchenAid stand mixer, and I couldn’t be more excited. My first thought was to run to the kitchen to bake bread, croissants and cakes (with no hands!)…but before I got carried away I thought I should introduce my new best friend to my other best friend: bacon. Read More


Tapas Style Bacon-Wrapped Dates Recipe

By Tara O'Keeffe | January 20, 2011

Photo: Tara O'Keeffe

Photo: Tara O’Keeffe

Dining out is a special treat and one that I try to take advantage of whenever I can.  Especially because I live in the food capital of America-New York City.  It provides not only for a delicious meal, but research and inspiration.

This past week I had the pleasure of dining at Boqueria, a tapas restaurant located in Manhattan. I’ve heard rave reviews about this tiny, bustling hotspot ever since I moved here, and I was eager to partake in their authentic small plates. The meal was everything I’d hoped for and more, with one dish in particular standing out as a must-try: Datiles con Beicon, or Bacon-Wrapped Dates.

Think of them as a bacon-wrapped candy-warm, gooey, cheesy, salty, and sweet-all the things I look for in a balanced bite. Dates are a fruit that come from the date palm tree, found in California and northern Africa, and have a chewy texture with flavors of honey and syrup. With their seeds are removed, there is ample room for stuffing with a wide variety of ingredients.  At Boqueria they are served stuffed with Marcona almonds and Valdeon cheese.

On Sunday, I recreated these tasty tapas wonders, using goat cheese and toasted almonds as my filling. They are simple to make and can be prepared in advance.  And, as proved in my house, they will be gobbled up in a flash. With awards season and super bowl parties approaching, these are the perfect appetizer to please any crowd.

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Tara O’Keeffe is a food writer and founder of

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