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 iheartbacon.com
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 500Â° 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.