Last week a group of us had dinner and tasty if a bit snooty beers at Brasserie V. One appetizer was almond-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon. These were so good that it was decided the recipe should be reproduced at this week's Geeks' Night In. So, along with the evening's bottling and brewing of beer, dates were stuffed, wrapped in bacon, skewered, lightly sprinkled with brown sugar and broiled.
Our version was also delicious. My brilliant innovation came when I spied the loaf of French bread looking lonely on the table. I ripped a hunk off, and dipped it into the date-flavored bacon fat left in the broiling pan. Everyone else was appalled — including, I hasten to add, Chuck. Until they tried it.