Advent Calendar, Day 3


A Chorus Line
So they’re not Christmas-related exactly, but I thought these goofy Lucha Libre figurines would make excellent ornaments when I found them at Mighty Goods. Just had to take this picture first — I especially love that the guy in front appears to have chest hair. When’s the last time you saw a hirsute toy?

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recipe after the jump

Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Almonds and Goat Cheese from

The name says it all. These little nuggets of deliciosity have become a tradition in my family over the past few years — people descend on them like locusts and leave barely a morsel. That’s not just my typically ravenous family, either. The dates are AMAZING. I usually use pitted dates because I’m too lazy to take on that task, but feel free to follow the recipe as written.

24 large fresh dates
12 slices thin bacon, halved crosswise
2 ounces goat cheese
24 unsalted almonds, toasted

Preheat oven to 500° F.

Pit dates, tearing them open as little as possible. Set dates aside.

Roughly chop almonds and mix with goat cheese.

Stuff dates with goat cheese mixture and wrap dates with bacon.

Place dates on a baking sheet, seam side down, at least 1/2 inch apart. Bake until bacon is golden and crisp, 8-15 minutes. Drain on paper towels and set aside to cool briefly before serving.

  1. wow! I love the idea of a virtual advent calendar! I had one favorite one as a kid with tiny paper doors and tiny little pictures. I haven’t ever gotten one for my son, though, because I would want him to follow the one door per night rule, and that doesn’t work well for joint custody or for a kid with limited impulse control.

    This is perfect! You control the doors! No way I can open them early! Shew!

  2. Thanks, Kati! I never even thought about the controlling aspect of the advent calendar, but you’re right — I’m the gatekeeper! The daily update really benefits me, though. I only thought of doing this last week and haven’t come up with 25 posts (IN A ROW) yet!

  3. Ah, these guys remind me of the theme of wrestling in fav and fab Hernandez Bros. comics– just ask MI husband Gil! Bravo!

  4. Can you believe I haven’t started reading the Hernandez Bros. yet?! It’s just so daunting — they’ve been around forever and have built up SUCH a body of work, I don’t even know where to begin. But the artwork is just so starkly gorgeous, I won’t be able to hold out much longer.

  5. love the masked men!!!
    that date recipe is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You’re dad brought it to the men’s Christmas party last year. I think I ate most of them.
    We have’nt talked about a part this year. Maybe after reading this recipe, I will announce a party in hopes of getting some of these date……good idea???

    Did I tell you we miss New York?
    Can’t wait to come back.

    Rain………..mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…beautiful thoughts

  6. Hey Wade — I created a monster when I made these for Christmas. Glad you liked them!

    The recipe’s so good, Dad hasn’t even made any of his usual improvements to it!