Fresh Fridays 
A date to remember
When you shop for food to make Mediterranean Diet meals,
are dates on your list?

There are many varieties, textures, and tastes to discover. Dates can deliver special tastes and textures to a wide range of dishes, adding great bursts of flavor to stews, tagines, curries, and grain dishes, or providing the grace note to cooked pasta. And there's nothing in the world like a Date Shake.

In California, stately date gardens flourish in man-made desert oases where days are very hot and the tree roots can be kept moist through irrigation. If you haven't experimented with dates in your kitchen, start with the large, soft, creamy and delicious Medjool dates, grown in the Bard Valley between Phoenix and San Diego and harvested from September into October. Look for them in the produce section of your local grocery stores, or to connect to California growers who sell dates online, click here.

Chances are after one taste you'll be hooked. Warning: It's hard to keep from eating them right out of the package. Try to pace yourself and save some for the stovetop by storing them covered, in the refrigerator or in a cool, dry place for up to 30 days. Here are three great ways to incorporate Medjool dates into everyday meals.

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October is corn month
Food Day Cookbook
Download a copy of the Food Day Cookbook and spend some time thinking about
food on October 24.  
Medjool Date and Nut Pasta  Date and pasta  

Celebrate World Pasta Day on October 25 by making this easy and delicious dish. It's a perfect way to wake up a weekday dinner.     

Pan-Braised Leeks Date and Leeks  
with Medjool Dates
Look for leeks this week at your local farmers market and try this delicious combination, made extra-special with a sprinkling of bleu cheese on top.       
Rice with Lentils and Medjool DatesDate and wild rice    

Dates add just the right amount of sweetness to this protein-packed side dish. Serve it with roasted vegetables or grilled seafood.     

Fresh Fridays is a bi-weekly celebration of Mediterranean eating and living. We hope our Friday recipes will remind you just how easy and delicious eating the Mediterranean way can be.

To find even more delicious Mediterranean recipes please visit:    

 Mediterranean Foods Alliance (MFA)   



12 great ways to use olive oil    
Med Diet USA
Mullet Maritime Festival
 Mighty Mullet
Maritime Festival

Wolley Park 

Panacea, Florida 

October 29, 2011  

Find ideas for adding more seafood to your diet at this event's fresh seafood court, and be sure watch Mediterranean chef John Minas in action at his cooking demonstration. He's finding great ways to make Mediterranean cuisine relevant to a new generation of cooks.    

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Food of Morocco

The Food of Morocco

by Paula Wolfert    

One of the leading experts on Mediterranean cooking, this award-winning author of nine cookbooks takes readers on a definitive journey to the heart of Moroccan cuisine, with inspiring recipes and helpful essays.