The Honey Cottage Master List for Raw Honey

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I LOVE HONEY!! If you have been able to come to The Honey Cottage you know how much I love honey and how much I use it. We are all passionate about beekeeping, bees, and honey here at The Honey Cottage. I get all excited about how each honey is different, tastes amazing, and how wonderful it is to use in your everyday life. The biggest question I get is what is my favorite honey? I no longer can answer that question like I used to; I had a huge bias with the honeys we were getting from our hives for years. These last several years we have not been able to take much honey from the hives, but the little tastes we get are phenomenal. My favorite honeys are all of them, but I have my favorites for different reasons and here is my master list. Feel free to send me messages if you have other unique ways to use one of these special honeys!

Wildflower, that secret blend of flowers that only the bees know for sure, honeys are ones that I use most commonly in all of my cooking because the flavor and the sweetness stands out more in my recipes; spaghetti sauce, muffins, my granola, sweet and sour sauce, BBQ sauce, and for my honey beef and broccoli. I also do not have to use as much in my recipes, I have found that I can actually use a little bit less of the honey, but still get the same sweetness.

The Colorado mountain honeys, clean fresh and pure, fireweed, alpine wildflower, and honey dew are my favorite for teas, coffee, yogurt, oatmeal, and on meats. I like the subtle sweet flavors they add to foods.

Super nutritional and dark buckwheat honey is one that I drink during cold and flu season to boost my immune system and coat sore throats. I really love using this one in tea the most or in muffins. We are playing with a BBQ sauce recipe to see how it tastes, check back to see if it works!!

Fantastic fruit honeys like blackberry blossom, blueberry blossom, raspberry blossom, orange blossom, pumpkin blossom, and cranberry blossom honeys are so good in yogurt, on fruit, in tea, and on toast. I also really love using these honeys in homemade bread or dinner rolls because the flavor is more intense…so good!!! I also like to use these honeys in my salad dressing to add more flavor.

Familiar alfalfa and clover or clover honeys are super light so I love to use these on bagels, cornbread, and on biscuits. I use these two for flavor more than for sweetening. It seems when I cook with these honeys I have to use more to get the sweetness that I like. So I will not use these as much for cooking.

The exotic dark robust goodness of eucalyptus, avocado, and thyme honeys is that they are amazing in sauces, on English muffins, making whipped butters, drizzling on pancakes, flavoring my water, and making cream cheese spreads. These honeys are ones that produce unique dark mead for mead makers as well.

Colorful by taste sage, tupelo, sourwood, and acacia are gourmet honeys that I use for tea and coffee, French toast, smoothies, and on biscuits the most because I love the flavor they offer. These are also honeys that are used a lot for mead makers because of the subtle flavor they offer.

Mysterious meadowfoam is one that is a super amazing honey because it naturally has a hint of vanilla or as Frank argues marshmallow. So I add this to my cake recipes, my cupcakes, frosting, raw food bars, and for my honey chocolate coconut balls.

Striking Cactus blossom is a honey that naturally crystallizes right away so I prefer to put this one on chicken, oatmeal, or anything warm that naturally liquefies it. I also love to eat this with a spoon; crystallized honey is like candy for me!

We love our 100% cotton honey with its unique spicy flavor; next year we are hoping to kick it up a notch and get the cotton polyester blend. (Little bee humor)

Don’t take my word on how to use these amazing raw honeys. Come into The Honey Cottage and try these for yourself. You will bee glad you did!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

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Honey Apple Cake

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My favorite thing to do for the holidays is to bake. I love waking up on a holiday to sweet treats that we have made as a family. I enjoy this recipe because for me it is comforting and makes everything seem more peaceful. Serve this with eggs and some orange juice and you have a complete breakfast or you can serve this with brunch. I noticed that once it bakes that the brown sugar will make a little river through the cake. If you want to prevent that, lightly swirl the topping into the top layer of the cake.

Ingredients:

Filling:

3 large granny smith apples

½ Tbsp. of apple pie spice

½ Tbsp. cinnamon

½ cup honey

½ cup butter

Cake:

Wet

2 eggs

1 ½ tsp vanilla

1 cup milk

1cup coconut oil

1 cup honey

Dry

3 cups of flour

½ tsp of salt

3 tsp of baking powder

Topping:

½ cup of room temperature butter

1 ½ cups coconut sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

-Turn on your oven to 350 degrees F.

-First, cut up the apples and dice them into medium cubes. Put them in a sauce pot and add the apple pie spice, the cinnamon, honey, and butter. Turn on medium heat and cook for approximately 15 minutes or until the apples are soft, once done put apples aside.

-Take the eggs, vanilla, and milk and mix it together. Then add the oil and the honey and mix thoroughly together. In a separate bowl mix the flour, salt, and baking powder. Then add the liquid to the dry; mix together for about 2 minutes until everything is nice and mixed. Oil a 9X13 pan; add half the batter to the pan and evenly spread out. Add the apple filing evenly in a nice layer. Pour the rest of the batter on top to cover the apples.

-For the topping; take the butter, coconut sugar, and cinnamon and blend thoroughly. Then add to the top of the cake evenly. Bake for 35 minutes. Let cool for 15 before serving. ENJOY!

Tips:

  • Instead of the apples add a thin layer of jam in the middle
  • Sprinkle some of the topping in the middle layer and the other half on top to cut down the river affect.
  • Add a scoop of ice cream and serve it as a dessert

Mini Honey Cheesecakes

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OMG, I am so excited to say I have found a great new way to use Honeyville jams and whipped honey! These mini honey cheesecakes are perfect for any occasion and people can top with their favorite toppings! I was so excited when I realized that I could use Honeyville jams as a topping too. Lily wanted blueberry peach butter, Frank wanted chocolate buzz honey sauce, Alice wanted mountain peach whipped honey, and I wanted cherry rhubarb jam! Everyone was able to have everything they wanted, it was awesome!! I also recommend using Honeyville whipped honey caramel sauce too! SO YUMMY!

Ingredients:

Crust:

9-Graham crackers

¼ tsp- Sea salt

1 tsp-Ceylon cinnamon

1/3 cup- Butter

¼ cup- Honey

Filling:

16 ounces- Cream cheese

½ cup- Honey

2 eggs

1 tsp.-Vanilla extract

Directions:

*Set out the cream cheese half an hour before you start, this way the filling will be less lumpy*

-Heat the stove to 350 degrees; put a bread loaf pan into the oven with about 2 cups of water into the oven. This will add moisture to the cooking process to prevent the cheesecake from cracking.

-Take the graham crackers and mash them up into tiny pieces or grind them in a blender. Add the sea salt and the cinnamon until thoroughly mixed. Melt the butter; add the butter and the honey to the graham cracker mixture and then mix thoroughly.

-Pull out 12 muffin tins and then line them with cupcake liners and spray with your favorite cooking spray. I really love to use FSC certified baking cups because I don’t have to spray them. Put about 1 1/2 TBSP of graham cracker mixture into each cup.

-Put the cream cheese into a mixer and start mixing; then add the eggs and mix together, scrap down the sides. Add the honey and vanilla mix together and scrap down the sides again. Mix one more time to make sure everything is mixed together.

-Put the filling on top of the graham cracker crust; fill all of the muffin cups evenly until the mixture is all used. Do not over fill the cupcake cups. It will puff up while cooking, but does not over flow.

-Cook the cheesecakes for about 35-40 minutes. Pull out of the oven and place on a hot pad to cool for 15 minutes. Transfer the cheesecakes to the fridge and let chill for about 4 hours.

-Serve with a variety of toppings so everyone can enjoy their favorite cheesecake!

Tips:

  • Set out chocolate chips, whipped cream, and nuts for toppings
  • Use fresh fruit like raspberries and strawberries
  • Use orange blossom, blueberry blossom, or raspberry blossom honey for a fruity flavor

Honey Zucchini Muffins

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What do you do when you have picky eaters?

I have been finding that kids are not the only picky eaters; adults are picky too! So hiding vegetables in baked goods is the best solution for me! I really love to play with recipes and see what will make things more interesting. I was really surprised how well the zucchini and cranberries went together! I was even more surprised when my picky eaters enjoyed it and gobbled up the whole pan. I hope that this recipe makes it on to your breakfast table; ENJOY!

Ingredients:

½ cup coconut oil (liquefied)

¾ cup of honey

1 cup of applesauce (room temperature works best)

½ cup crushed pecans

½ cup of chopped juice sweetened cranberries

¾ cup of pureed zucchini

1½ cups whole wheat flour

1 Tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp. baking soda

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix together the coconut oil, honey, applesauce, pecans, cranberries, and zucchini puree until smooth. Then add the flour, cinnamon, and baking soda; mix until everything is mixed together. Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners and spray with your favorite cooking spray; we LOVE using FSC certified baking cups because then you don’t have to spray them. Fill the baking cups with batter a little over half way full; makes about 20 muffins. Place in the oven and cook for 18-20 minutes or until the tooth pick comes out clean, then pull out of the oven and let cool. *Some ovens work differently so make sure to keep an eye on them while they are cooking.

Tips:

  • Add ½ cup of shredded carrots in place of the cranberries
  • Use ¾ chopped pumpkin seeds in place of the pecans
  • Try making bread with this recipe

Honey Comb Chocolate Balls

 

 

Honey comb balls

Do you know that superfoods are nutrient rich foods that are great for boosting your health?

It is well known that everything that comes from the beehive is a superfood. So it is no surprise that we, at The Honey Cottage, use honey every day. We also love using honey comb and this recipe is a great use for this bee-licious product. This snack is packed with other superfoods too; hemp seeds, cocoa nibs, goji berries, and shredded coconut. It is high in protein, fiber, and usable energy. We hope you are as buzzed about these honey comb chocolate balls as much as we are; ENJOY!

Ingredients:

4 ounces- Unsweetened Bakers Chocolate Bar

1/3 cup- Honey Comb

½ cup- Honey

1/3 cup- Peanut butter

3 Tbsp- Hemp seeds

2 Tbsp-Cocoa nibs

2 Tbsp- Goji berries

3 Tbsp- Sunflower seeds

½- ¾ cup- Shredded coconut

Directions:

For this first part you will use a double boiler; take a sauce pan and add about a cup and a half of water into the pot. Place a glass or small metal bowl on top of the sauce pan to melt the chocolate; I found that it prevents the chocolate from burning and allows the honey comb to melt without over heating it. *Use pot holders when holding the bowl.

When the chocolate is halfway melted, add the honey comb and honey. Stir with a spatula until the honey comb is nice and melted and mixture looks smooth. Using pot holders; take the bowl off of the pot of water and place on the stove. Add the peanut butter and hemp seeds; fold until thoroughly mixed. Grind the cocoa nibs and goji berries until they are bite sized pieces; add to the mixture with the sunflower seeds. Mix until everything is nice and coated. Take a Tbsp sized cookie dough/ ice cream scoop and scoop out the mixture into the shredded coconut. Coat each piece and place on a sheet pan, lined with parchment paper, about ½ inch apart. Place into the fridge for hour to firm up the balls. Store in an air tight container; keep them fresher and keep them in the fridge for up to a week! ENJOY!!!

Tips:

– Grind up almonds or walnuts and use it in place of the coconut for the coating

– Add almond butter instead of peanut butter

– Use a lighter honey to add a different flavor

 

Honey Jalapeno Dip

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One of our favorite things about fall is; FOOTBALL!!! There is nothing more thrilling then hanging out and watching the game with friends and family! One of our favorite dips to eat when we are watching the game is Honey Jalapeno dip. This is perfect to serve with crackers, chips, and vegetable trays. We even like spreading on our sub sandwiches. Hope you enjoy it this dip as much as we do!

Ingredients:

1 cup of sweet potato

8 ounces of cream cheese

1 1/2Tbsp of Jalapeno

1 1/2Tbsp of green chili

½ Tbsp of Worcestershire sauce

2 Tbsp of honey

½ -¾ cup crushed pecans

Directions:

If using canned sweet potatoes; thoroughly drain the water off the sweet potatoes. If using a raw sweet potatoes; bake the sweet potato at 425 degrees F for about 45 minutes or until the sweet potato is soft. Let the sweet potato completely cool before using it.

Take a cup of sweet potato and cream cheese until nice and smooth. Add the jalapeno, green chili, Worcestershire sauce, honey, and half the pecans; mix again until combined. Sprinkle the other half of the pecans on top! Enjoy!!

Tips:

  • To make it hotter use habaneros instead of jalapenos
  • Use peanuts instead of pecans
  • Add half a cup of grated cheddar cheese

National Honey Month 2018

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There is nothing more amazing then learning something new every day. That is why we LOVE what we do at The Honey Cottage! Our customers learn something new about bees, or honey, or beekeeping every time they come in to see us. We find bees extremely fascinating and they teach us something every time we open up the hive. Every year to celebrate National Honey Month we get to talk even more about our favorite friends and what they make. So here are 9 facts about honey, bees, and beekeeping. Follow us on facebook, twitter, and LinkedIn to learn more about The Honey Cottage everyday!

1- Most of our clothes come from the cotton plant. Without bees pollinating the cotton plant we would not have cotton honey or clothes.

2- There are plants that can be planted in drought stricken areas that would help give the bees forage. Lavender, thyme, and sage are a few that survive wonderfully without lots of moisture.

3- There are some plants that will not bloom in their first year of being planted. Strawberries and clover are two examples of plants that take a year to put down full roots.

4- Plants and trees need rest just like we do; that is why a cold dormant winter is very important for them. They need a full rest to produce good healthy blooms for bees.

5- The nectar that the flowers produce has the natural sugars that bees make into honey. There is no sugar added to the process; these are natural sugars usable by the human body and bees.

6- If you are handed a candy bar; will you get up to get to the kitchen for some chicken and broccoli? That is the same thinking for bees; if you give them sugar water they will not go out for flowers. Honey is loaded with vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, and natural usable sugar. Why give bees something that has no nutritional value and weakens, just like humans, their immune system? Think about this; if you won’t eat it don’t give it to the bees.

7- Gardening takes time, energy, and effort. The rewards of seeing your flowers and plants bloom and make food is a big reward. Bees are needed for the flowers to bloom and make the fruits, vegetables, and herbs that we eat to sustain life.

8- Neonicotinoids sprayed on plants are known to attach to the bee paralyzing them and then attacks their central nervous system thus killing them. STOP USING PESTICIDES AND SAVE THE BEES!!

9- Bees will only cap honey when the water content has reached 15%-20%; each honey varies on amount.

Share with everyone you know and spread the word about how special bees are!! Help save the bees with us!!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

Honey Beef with zucchini noodles

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This year has been super exciting for us; we have improved on our gardening!!! We actually grew cherry tomatoes, carrots, flowers, and zucchini!! We have learned from some of our mistakes and will do much better next year, but for now it is so exciting to see what we did this year. I normally put honey beef on Jasmine rice, but I have fallen in love with zucchini noodles! Not only are you getting more vegetables in the diet, but they add a great flavor to the dish. Try it both ways and see which one you like better!

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups- Broccoli

¾ cup- Celery

1 shredded carrot

1- 6 inch Zucchini

1 pound- Sliced beef stir fry meat

¼ cup-Balsamic vinegar

1 tsp.-Garlic

¼ cup- Honey

1 Tbsp.-Coconut oil

Directions:

Cut the broccoli and celery into bite sized pieces and put into a bowl; then shred the carrot into the bowl on top of the broccoli and celery. Take the zucchini and spiralize it into a separate bowl. Put the sliced beef stir meat, the balsamic vinegar, and garlic into a sauté pan. Cook on medium heat for about five minutes. Add the broccoli, celery, and carrot into the sauté pan and cook for 10 minutes. While that is cooking; in another sauté pan warm up the coconut oil on medium to high heat and put the spiralized zucchini into the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes and place into a bowl or on a serving plate, add the meat and the vegetables on top. Drizzle your favorite honey right on top and serve! ENJOY!

Tips:

-Add half a cup of pineapple for a little added sweetness

-Put on a bed of jasmine rice

-Add 2 tsp of Turmeric for some added flavor

Honey Chicken Toast

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Do you enjoy simple dinners that are healthy and tasty?

One of my favorite meals is Honey chicken toast because it is a great meal on a busy day. This meal is perfect for one person or a whole family. My favorite honeys to use on this recipe are; alfalfa clover and the plain whipped honey from Honeyville. I switch between two different honeys depending on my mood. These are nice and sweet; which is complemented by the salt sprinkled on top. This dish is perfect for sparking your taste buds. Don’t take my word, try it out for yourself and see what the buzz is all about.

Ingredients:

2 slices- Texas toast

Butter for spreading on the toast

½-3/4 cup- Chicken

½ cup- Cheese

1 Tbsp- Honey

Pinch of salt and pepper

Directions:

Turn on the broiler on the stove. Slice the chicken into stripes and cook it with your favorite oil. Lay the Texas toast out on a baking sheet and spread a little butter on top. Split the chicken and add evenly to both pieces of toast. Sprinkle each piece of toast with ¼ cup shredded cheese. Put in the oven for up to two minutes or until the cheese has melted. Pull out the toast, place on a plate, drizzle the honey on top of the toast, and sprinkle a little salt and pepper on top of the honey. ENJOY!

Tips:

-Try Honeyville peach whipped honey to add some extra flavor

-Cook the chicken with a little bit of garlic

-Looking for a spicy flare; add some jalapeno’s or green chills before cooking

 

 

Honey Potato Salad

 

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We are so excited for BBQ season; it is such a great time to get together with friends and family! One of my favorite dishes at any summer party, picnic, or BBQ is potato salad. I can never get enough and there are so many ways to make it different. From using different potatoes to using a vinegar for the dressing; potato salad can come in so many flavors! I really love adding O’Hara’s sweetwater draw honey dill mustard, but definitely try their other AMAZING honey mustards too!

Ingredients:

5 Potatoes

3 Eggs

3 stalks of celery

1 Carrot

½ cup Mayonnaise

3 Tbsp. O’Hara’s Honey Mustard

½ Tbsp. of honey

1 Tbsp. Celery Salt

A dash of curry powder

Dice the potatoes and put them in a pot of water, boil them for about 22 minutes or until soft. Also, boil the 3 eggs for 20 minutes. While they are cooking, dice the celery and shred the carrot into a bowl. Once the potatoes are done, drain the potatoes and put them in the fridge to cool. With the eggs; remove the shell, dice them up, and put them in the fridge to chill for about 5 minutes. Take a bowl and mix together the mayonnaise, honey mustard, honey, and celery salt. Pull out the potatoes and eggs out of the refrigerator. Mix thoroughly together the potatoes, eggs, celery, carrot, and the dressing. This is perfect to serve right away or can sit over night to let all flavors combine.

Tips:

  • Try putting 1/2 cup of chopped purple onion
  • Put 1/2 cup of large diced red bell peppers for added color
  • If you like a little kick to your potato salad add a splash of cayenne pepper