Meanwhilst, after intense discussion, in which many epithets were floated as possibilities, and some laws as unchangeable as those of the Medes and Persians were laid down ("absolutely nothing with 'chicken' in it"), JVW has a new nickname on this here blog. She will not be known as Xuan De (even though it means 'righteous virtue'), nor will she be known as Biker Chick, Evil Cajun Twin, nor yet Optimistic Gardener. And she insists that Squid Girl is an honor that I should keep to myself. Instead, she will be henceforth referred to as Bird (as in Isabella, the nineteenth century travel writer, and also a category of vertebrates she gets quite excited about), until I decide that really I can do better.
Not only that, but Bird has contributed an explanation of one of my all time favorite appetizers to this blog.
Bacon Wrapped Dates as Explained by Bird
All you do is get dates of moderate size, not those great huge ones. (At least, if you used the huge dates you’d probably need a whole slice of bacon per date, which would make a big mouthful that would be difficult to bite. The smaller dates are easier to eat.) Then you cut slices of bacon in half (so that you have two short strips, not two long skinny strips). You wrap a date in a half-slice of bacon and secure it with a toothpick. When you have wrapped all you want to cook, you put them on a broiler pan under the broiler. In my oven, they are usually crispy-looking after about 10 minutes, when I then turn them over for another 10 (but you would want to watch them carefully, what with variations in broilers and potential variations in distance between broilers and dates).
Then you take just a bit of butter, like perhaps as much as a tablespoon if you have used up the whole pound of bacon, and less butter for less. Sprinkle in some garlic powder and squeeze in a bit of lemon, then microwave till the butter is melted and drizzle it over the dates. And voila, bacon-wrapped dates of profound yumminess and pleasure. Just as good microwaved the next morning. [Or cold if you're running short on time, and need to get to work in an expeditious fashion. -- SE]