"A man who was fond of wine was offered some grapes at dessert after dinner. "Much obliged," said he, pushing the plate aside; "I am not accustomed to take my wine in pills."--Jean Antheleme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste
1 lb dates 1 cup sugar 1 cup water plus a little more Cook until syrupy - then cool
1cup brown sugar 1 cup butter 1 1/2 cups oatmeal 2 1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon soda 1/2 teaspoon salt
Mix all ingredients until crumbly. Pack this in bottom of 13" X 9" pan and push up slightly on the sides. Leave some to sprinkle on top. Pour dates on mixture in pan. Sprinkle the rest on top and pat lightly. Bake 350º for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool and cut into squares.
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