Dates have been a staple of the Middle East for thousands of years. Their sweetness makes them good in desserts such as Date Bars, Black Walnut and Date Pudding Cake, and Date Pastry Rounds. But don't limit them to desserts, try dates in recipes such as salads, bread, and side dishes.

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How To Coupon: Outwit Those Expiration Dates

This week marked the first of the month, and once again, I missed my opportunity to use some good coupons that just expired. Try as I might, each month I discover -- too late! -- some high-value coupon has expired when I finally dig it out to stack it on a sale.

Mascarpone-Stuffed Dates

Food & Wine

A dusting of unsweetened cocoa adds an appealing bitterness to this simple one-bite dessert.

Total: 20 mins

Orange-Cardamom Date Bars with a Nutty Crust

Food & Wine

The crunchy, almondy topping for these clever bars is loaded with vitamin E. The filling is chewy like caramel and is full of vitamin C from the orange.

Total: 2 hrs 30 mins

Espresso Date Log with Greek Yogurt

Food & Wine

Sticky, dried dates are supersweet, so Maura Kilpatrick simmers them with espresso to make a thick paste, which she molds and freezes. When she slices the log to serve, she tops it with pistachios and tangy Greek yogurt.

Total: 30 mins

Supermarket Shocker: You Can Ignore Most "Expiration" Dates

Stop! Before you pour another half-full carton of milk down the drain or pitch those last two eggs because their "expiration" date has passed, read this. The simple (and shocking) truth of the matter is: those dates are pretty much bunk.

Are Supermarket Sell-Buy Dates ... Out of Date?

Nobody likes to waste food. But what about all that stuff in your fridge and at the supermarket that has reached its -- gasp! -- sell-by date.

Date and Spice Cake

Better Homes and Gardens

The frosting for this fruity spice cake is a mixture of sour cream and whipping cream sweetened with sugar and a hint of almond extract.

Apricot-Pistachio Oat Bars

Better Homes and Gardens

For a fun-to-eat anytime snack, make these bars with apricots, coconut, dates, oats, and pistachios.

How To Coupon: Expiration Dates and Shelf Life

On Boxing Day (the day after Christmas), the holiday shopping rush will continue at retailers, as people wait in line to return the gifts that their family members waited in line to purchase. And just like Black Friday, this is a good day to coupon at grocery stores. If you haven't used your coupons to stockpile the December sale items, do so now.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Midwest Living

The molasses and date pudding is served with a sweet sauce in this holiday dessert.

Toffee-Pear Sticky Pudding

Better Homes and Gardens

Date Pastry Rounds

Better Homes and Gardens

Piecrust mix, plus a few quick steps, equals cookies that look fancy enough for any holiday gathering.

Dried-Fruit Fruitcake

Better Homes and Gardens

People won't jokes about this fruitcake. They'll love it's sweet taste and festive look that is so perfect during Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, and New Year's.

Total: 2 hrs

Chocolate-Kissed Date Puffs

Better Homes and Gardens

These little chocolate pastries are nice to serve when entertaining.

Dee's Sweet Puff Pastry Delight

Taste of the South
Total: 50 mins

Date-Nut Icebox Cookies

Better Homes and Gardens

Dates and black walnuts blend to create the richness in this brown sugar cookie recipe.

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