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The Man’s Nutty Balls

Quelle horreur, I cannot believe how long it’s been since I last posted. Suffice to say my life has been truly insane with holidays, inter-state driving, family trips, friends trips, and drumroll please, a new job. I can hardly get my teeth brushed and keep my laundry clean under the current conditions.

We did a lot of cooking over the holidays, however, and I have several recipes I need to post. Here’s the first and it’s a two-fer!

This all started at a party where The Man ate some apparently awesome date nut balls that were not safe for me. He left the party determined that I should eat a close, SCD-legal facsimile of his own devising. I’ll post both recipes for those that can eat toxic substances without harmĀ  (ahem, sugar).

Needless to say, there were many a joke about the name of these delicious treats at the various holiday potlucks where we shared them. The name is based on a game we played a lot over the holidays called My Chocolate Salty Balls. If you want to know how to play this game, it’s basically like “Soggy Wieners” using “My Chocolate Salty Balls” instead. Yes, these are the kinds of games my family plays at holidays.

The Man’s Nutty Balls (SCD)

1 lb chopped medjool dates

12 T butter, melted (1.5 sticks)

1 c honey

2 c dried coconut flakes (small shred)

4 c chopped walnuts

This makes a supreme boatload, plenty for a group of family or friends, and they store well in the fridge.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Melt 6 tablespoons of butter and coat the chopped walnuts with it. Spread the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast in the oven until golden brown. Mmmmm.
  3. Allow the walnuts to cool and then mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  4. Scoop out a tablespoon or so of the mixture and roll it into a ball. Repeat this step until the mix is gone, separating layers of the balls with waxed paper.
  5. Store in the fridge until hard. Eat cold (for the crunch factor).

I wish I had a picture of these, but apparently, I was too busy stuffing my face and playing My Chocolate Salty Balls to take a photo.

Here is the original recipe we got from our pal, Amy S.

Mom’s Date Nuts Balls

1 lb chopped medjool dates

8 T butter

8 T margarine

2 c brown sugar

1 c dried coconut flakes

1 c chopped nuts

4 c Rice Krispies

Powdered sugar

  1. Blend butter, margarine, and brown sugar.
  2. Add the dates to the mix and cook for six minutes on the stove [I’m guessing over medium heat, but this was not specified].
  3. Add the coconut flakes, nuts, and Rice Krispies.
  4. Roll into balls and then roll in powdered sugar to coat.

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Super Bowl Menu

Let’s see…the Super Bowl is coming up. Another excuse for me to do some cooking. This year, I’m thinking a smorgasboard of dips would be fun. Dips and football just go together, so why not go crazy with it? Oh, and fried things. Of course!

Here’s what I’ve got so far:

  • The NYT ran these two great cheese dips that look awesome, here and here
  • The black-eyed pea patties that I’m still obsessed with, including their red pepper-habanero dip
  • Some kind of crab dip
  • My flax crackers standby (these are really, really good gluten-free crackers, by the way, with TONS of fiber)
  • Veggie platter
  • Homemade potato or beet chips if I get ambitious
  • A “dip”-style dessert, like say, chocolate or butterscotch pot de creme

Go Saints!

In the meantime, I’m hosting a little Danish cooking party at my house this morning. We’re making sausage (medisterpoelse), snow pudding, and ableskivver. Rather, I should say, my guests are making these things! I’m just going to make some scrambled eggs. Mmm!

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