A honey of a recipe By Edan Goode

I love honey. I drizzle it on my oatmeal, toast, into warm milk with nutmeg and on pancakes. It’s golden and lovely and comes in a variety of flavors and hues depending on what kinds of flowers those busy little bees have been frequenting.

When the The National Honey Board sent* me a pack of different varieties of honey such as Avocado, Buckwheat, Eucalyptus and Alfalfa, they were all different and lovely shades of gold with very different flavors. I had no idea there were so many varieties. According to their website, “there are more than 300 unique kinds of honey in the United States. In general, lighter colored honeys are mild in flavor, while darker honeys are usually more robust in flavor.”

A sampling of the kinds of honey those precious little bees make. Each kind comes from different flowers.

This got me thinking of some of the other ways honey can be used. Here are a few suggestions I have tried and loved:

A Super-healthy Breakfast or Snack:

  • Spoon plain yogurt in a bowl
  • Add mix-ins of your choice like toasted walnuts or pecans, raisins, sunflower seeds, or a spoon-ful of oat bran or flax meal
  • Drizzle honey over the top

Admire your work of art and then stir it all together for a cool, creamy, sweet, savory breakfast full of good nutrition.

Salmon Even Seafood-haters will like:

(per 4 servings)
1 TBS Orange Juice
2 TBS Hoisin Sauce
2 tsp Honey
Salmon fillets

Mix the juice, sauce and honey together in a bowl. Broil, grill or pan-fry the salmon until it is almost done (depends on the thickness). Brush the sauce mixture on the fish and return it to the heat to continue cooking (but don’t flip it over to the sauced side).

This gives a sweet, slightly spicy and slightly shiny glaze to the fish and is delicious!

Candied Honey Apples
Recipe courtesy of the National Honey Board

Honey Candied Apples, complete with “worms.”

Makes 6 apples

Ingredients:

1 cup – packed brown sugar
1/2 cup – butter or margarine
1/2 cup – honey
1/4 cup – heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon – ground cinnamon
6 small (4 to 6 oz. each) – apples with sticks
1/3 cup – chopped nuts

Directions:
Combine all ingredients except apples and nuts in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat to 265°F; stir constantly. If you don’t have a candy thermometer,  boil the mixture until it looks thick enough to coat the apples – not too runny or too thick. Remove from heat. Cool 5 minutes. Holding apple by stick, roll in hot honey mixture to coat; roll bottom of apple in nuts if desired. We rolled our apples in mini M&M’s, candy corn and gummy worms – what a combo! Place the apples on waxed paper squares to cool. Repeat with remaining apples. Makes 6 apples.

Honey to heal by

My friend and fellow blogger, Mrs. Happy Homemaker, makes her own, natural version of Neosporine but she also uses it as a moisturizer, and for diaper rash and eczema. Here’s her recipe.

Mrs. Happy Homemaker’s Healing Salve made from honey. Photo used with permission of Mrs. Happy Homemaker.

How do you use honey? Leave a comment on this blog and let us know.

* The EAT blog was not compensated for this review. We did receive a sampling of honey with which to try recipes. The opinions of this blogger are her own.

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