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The King of Rings

Honey, sriracha, and bacon onion rings... wait, what?  How could something sound and look so deliciously, creatively, mouth-watering?  If VH1 were to produce a "Best Year Ever" for food, bacon would be at the top of that list. 

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Fresh and Tasty Tequila-Chili Shrimp Tacos

Tequila-Cili Honey Shrimp Tacos
Who doesn't love Mexican food? And when Mexican food is healthy, fresh, and tasty - there's no way you can turn it down! This dish is one of my absolute favorites because it incorporates all fresh ingredients with great tasting produce, tequila, and (of course) honey!

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Mom's Irish Soda Bread with Whipped Cinnamon Honey Spread

Italian Soda Bread with Honey

It's finally St. Patrick's Day, which means corned beef, red potatoes, cabbage, and of course Irish soda bread!  This is one family recipe I can always count on when March 17th rounds the corner each year.

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Make your honey something sweet!

Honey Truffles
When I think of Valentine's Day, I think of chocolate, hearts, balloons, cards ... and bees! (But not because we're beekeepers.) Did you know that St. Valentine is the patron saint of beekeeping? What are the odds?

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Honey Snow Ice Cream

With all of the storms, vortexes, and blizzards we’ve seen this winter, it seems most appropriate to do a recipe this month inspired by…snow!  I can count on only one hand the number of times I’ve been able to make delicious, all natural, snow cream!  It’s the perfect treat to tack onto your snow day menu and pairs perfectly with snowmen, snow angels, snowball fights, and of course, hot cocoa. So, while you're salting your sidewalk, shoveling your driveway, and scraping your windshield, just remember - when life gives you snow, make snow cream!

This recipe was made by our friends, The Bee Folks, from Mount Airy, MD!

Honey Snow Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk or cream
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp flavoring (vanilla, lemon, rum, peppermint, etc.) or cut-out the middle man and use our Vanilla Infused Honey!
  • 8 cups fresh snow

Directions:

  1. Mix honey and milk or cream until consistent throughout
  2. Add snow until consistency is similar to thick oatmeal
  3. Adjust flavorings, add sprinkles, and eat!

 

Honeycomb Brittle Holiday Gifts

If you live in the South, don’t let this sunny, warm, 60-degree weather fool you…the holidays have indeed arrived! Now that we’re approaching the second week of December, it’s time to start finalizing those gift-giving lists. Presents of all shapes and sizes need to be either cooked, bought, or crafted for neighbors, coworkers, teachers, family, and friends. With this in mind, you're looking at an entourage of 30+ people, and if you're Italian that means 50+ !   So you'll need to make something simple, inexpensive, and delicious!

Well the goddess of crafts, cooking, and more has the answer. Martha’s honeycomb brittle recipe is different than any other brittle because the air pockets in this sweet treat make it lighter, and easier on your teeth! She’s even paired it with the perfect packaging design, complete with a PDF so that you can print it off at home. And notice how the cellophane bags display the pattern of the honeycomb…

Use infused Cloister Honey to add a tasty pop of flavor to your honeycomb brittle.

We suggest Cloister Honey Infused:

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil, cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup Cloister Honey (see infused options above)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda

Cook's Note

Brittle can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Directions

Coat a 12-by-17-inch rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Bring sugar, honey, and water to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-high. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reaches 300 degrees. Remove from heat, and whisk in baking soda until combined and mixture bubbles. Gently pour mixture onto baking sheet without spreading. Let cool. Break into pieces.

Or make one batch of each flavor and add a combination of deliciousness in each bag! This recipe is appropriated from Martha Stuart’s website, for more information please visit www.marthastewart.com/honeycomb-brittle.

Proud Partner Week: Savory Spice Shop in South End

There’s something unique about a store that sells just one thing. Whether it sells musical instruments, specialty wines, artisan cheeses or art supplies – you know that you’re in the company of true experts.

If you’re in the market for spices…look no further. Savory Spice Shop in South End is just the place to find anything and everything you need spice-related. This store lines their wooden shelves, colorful walls, and grout-less floors with spices from across the country to around the globe.

Let’s say your looking for a powdered spice native to South America, cooks well with beef, has medium heat, and can be blended with curry seasonings…Savory Spice has the answer. Not sure if it’s perfect for your dish? Take a taste! All the spices in Savory Spice Shop can be sampled right then and there on the spot.

Now the big question is, what delicious spice blend works best with a classic Thanksgiving Day turkey? The clever experts at Savory Spice say it’s The Tiny Town Turkey Rub. This handcrafted rub couples perfectly with all of your timeless holiday side items like sweet potato casserole, black pepper green beans, and rosemary turkey gravy. And while you have four long hours to smell this tasty turkey sizzling, we hope you’ll spend this year’s Thanksgiving holiday with lots of good company and, of course, fabulous food!

The Tiny Town Turkey Rub


Ingredients:
Hungarian paprika, sage, onion, garlic, rosemary, black pepper, ginger, thyme, parsley, marjoram, red bell pepper, coriander, allspice, Greek oregano, savory and spices. Tiny Town is a great rub for turkey or duck. Rub 1 tsp. per pound onto the surface and into the cavity for aromatic and flavorful results. A bag for 4 oz. runs $6.30 and 8 oz. runs $10.45. While you there, be sure to check out the Citrus & Savory Brining Spices and the Sage & Savory Stuffing Seasoning (Salt-Free)
Also, looking to jazz up that bowl of assorted nuts? Try Savory Spice’s Sweet & Savory Candied Nuts recipe, its perfect for a sweet and salted home-cooked treat - fresh from the oven! 

Yields: 4 cups
Ingredients:
  • 4 cups nuts (almonds, pecans or mixed)
  • 1/4 cup honey (Cloister Honey: Wildflower) 
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. Tiny Town Turkey Rub
  • 3 Tbsp. Vanilla Bean Sugar
Directions:
Toast nuts in a single layer on a cookie sheet in a 350 degree oven for 8 min. Transfer to a large bowl and add honey and corn syrup. Toss to coat and put back on non-stick or parchment-lined cookie sheet. Put nuts back in 350 degree oven for 10 min. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss Tiny Town Turkey Rub with the Vanilla Bean Sugar. Dump the hot gooey nuts into the spice mixture and toss to coat evenly. Spread out on a cookie sheet to cool then break apart with fingers.

Thank you so much to our partners and friend's Amy and Scott at Savory Spice Shop! For more information about their store please visit them on FacebookTwitter, or online.

Location: 
Savory Spice Shop
2000 South Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28203
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