Food has the ability to mark time and experience. Each summer I look forward to ripe tomatoes and sun-kissed basil. I admire the wildflowers as they bloom and pass throughout summer and into autumn. In winter I love watching the wind blow and the snowfall, only to gratefully see it melt and the mud flow again come spring.
The first time I tested this recipe, I made it for my college roommate and her partner on their annual summer trip back east. It is always a special and joyous time of “catching up” and basking in the light of each other’s company. I can easily conjure an image of all of us sitting in the kitchen, reaching for these little treats from the pan. When I shut my eyes, I see smiles, hear laughter, and even smell the prosciutto frying in the pan.
Brittany Wood Nickerson (she/her) is an herbalist, astrologer, author, educator, and kitchen enthusiast. Her approach emphasizes personal empowerment and evolution, healing personal and cultural narratives, holistic self-care, and intentional living. Brittany is the founder and primary instructor of Thyme Herbal, where she offers intuitive astrological counseling and courses on a variety of topics related to nature-based cycles, lifeways, and personal and community transformation.
1/8 to 1/4poundthinly sliced prosciutto (4-6 slices)
Combine the cheese and sage in a small bowl and mix well. Generously stuff the cheese mixture into the date halves; each date half should get about a teaspoon. Slice the prosciutto into 20 approximately equal pieces, and wrap each slice around one of the stuffed date halves.
Heat a skillet over medium heat. Once it’s hot, place the prosciutto-wrapped dates in the pan and cook, rotating occasionally, until browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Serve hot — I usually serve them right from the pan.
Brittany Wood Nickerson is a practicing herbalist, health educator and cook. She combines knowledge of nutrition and a passion for using food as medicine with her training in Western, Ayurvedic and Chinese herbal medicine. Her treatment and teaching approach emphasize personal empowerment, preventative home healthcare and whole body wellness. Brittany is the owner and primary instructor of Thyme Herbal in Western Massachusetts where she teaches a three year Herbal Apprenticeship Program, as well as courses in herbal cooking and homesteading. She teaches women’s health at the University of Massachusetts and is the organizer of the Northampton/Amherst Herbal Meet-up group.