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Friday, July 12, 2024

Salmon with Pomegranate Sauce

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I'm sure this won't be a shock, but Allison and I have decided that we're done with summer and hit the town this week on the hunt for new Halloween merchandise. Needless to say, Jason was not impressed and told me that I need to reel it in. I believe after the 9th text I sent him, because that's how I compile my come back and purchase later lists when I'm shopping, I believe his exact words were "you need to leave the stores immediately." He was also not up for hanging our current decorations this week either, reminding me that he just power washed the deck and would like to enjoy a little of the warm weather before the chilly temps are upon us. While I didn't buy any merchandise and I left the old decorations in the attic, I did find this amazing little lemon shaped cat swing that I absolutely must have at Home Goods. So I devised a plan to butter the husband up to soften the blow for when I do head over to add it to my cart. Because if food is a way to a man's heart as I've been told, well then this Salmon with Pomegranate Sauce recipe from Golden Blossom Honey is my ticket to letting Jason enjoy some summery goodness while overlooking my ridiculous upcoming purchases. 
 

This salmon recipe grabbed my attention because I have never thought to pair fish with pomegranate. Lemon and oranges, yes, but for some reason, pomegranate was never on my radar when it comes to seafood. I was a bit worried that the pomegranate would be overpowering because of its tang, but the honey toned down the tang and enhanced the sweetness of the fruit. The fish doesn't need any special prep before cooking, and with just a handful of ingredients, everything comes together in a snap. Serving the fish over a bed of greens is such a healthy way to fill your plate, and you can use any leftover sauce in place of salad dressing so this really is an all-on-one kind of a recipe. For those of you who are still in the passionate throws of this steamy summer weather, this recipe is for you. Even I'll shelve the pumpkin spice for a little longer since this is such an easy and delicious way to get use of the grill and have dinner on the table in under 20 minutes. 

Ingredients

Sauce:

1 cup pomegranate juice

1/2 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY

4 (6 ounce) salmon portions, grilled or broiled

4 cups fresh baby spinach leaves

 
 

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What fruits do you like to pair with seafood? 
 

Friday, July 5, 2024

Almond Shortcake Biscuits with Fresh Summer Fruit

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Even though I am sooo ready for autumn weather, the one thing that keeps me going through these summer months is the abundance of in-season fruit. We have an amazing organic blueberry farm shortly across town that Allison and I love to visit every year. We pick enough berries to last us for months on end and have a great time researching new recipes to try with our haul. Usually we end up putting them in desserts and baked goods or blending them into smoothies, but sometimes they are perfect with just a splash of honey and served over something, like waffles, pancakes, or even these Almond Shortcake Biscuits with Fresh Summer Fruit. This recipe I pulled from Golden Blossom Honey's website this week for a summery breakfast option in place of the biscuits and gravy that my husband loves to make several mornings a week. This recipe is more fitting for a lighter meal during the hot months over the thicker, heavier southern breakfast classic that leaves one feeling sluggish and weighed down after eating. 

 
These biscuits could go either way, for breakfast or eaten as a dessert, but I really love it in place of regular breakfast foods. Normally I'd pay a lot for fruit topped pancakes at a restaurant when we are traveling, but I do try to be a little more budget conscious during the days we are staying in our home and this helps me get a similar taste experience without paying high menu prices we get when dining out. The shortcake recipe is super easy to follow and I found that the dough holds up quite well in the fridge for several days when it's wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, so I can just roll out enough dough for however much I'll need for my meal and can save the rest for the next day so I don't have to bake the entire batch in one go. This ensures a pillowy shortcake each time I'm in the mood to have this as a meal. If you aren't a fan of peaches or blueberries, no worries. Any seasonal fruit can be swapped out, making this another fantastic customizable recipe from Golden Blossom Honey.

Ingredients

Fruit:

4 ripe peaches, peeled and sliced

1 pint blueberries

3 tablespoons RAW GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY

Biscuits:

2 cups flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup sliced almonds

3/4 cup milk

2 tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY

whipped cream



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What's been on your summer breakfast menu lately? 
 

Friday, June 28, 2024

Lemon Tarts

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items. 


My days are running together a lot lately and I completely thought I had another couple of weeks before Independence day was upon us. Imagine my surprise when I realized we're less than a week away! Normally we'd already have fireworks booming every night around town giving indication that the holiday was on the horizon, but it's been eerily silent so far. Maybe another sign of people being a little more fiscally responsible lately, though my 9 year old nephew did tell me last week that he couldn't wait to spend his $100 savings on fireworks, so I guess I'll be headed over to watch his display this year LOL! But if you are looking for something easy, peasy, lemon squeezy that doesn't involve blowing up your money for your 4th of July plans next week, then I got you covered! Well, Golden Blossom Honey has you covered with this adorable Lemon Tarts recipe
 

I do usually like to make tarts in my large pan, but there's something charming and fun about little finger food desserts that I can't resist, too. I love that these tarts are baked in pre-made tart shells, so all I have to do is mix, fill and bake. This recipe is the epitome of a simple dessert if there ever was one. The batter did look very liquidy after it was mixed, but don't worry about that. The filling will firm up quite well in the oven. You can garnish with cherries or raspberries along side your whipped cream, but if you want to use these for your holiday plans, pop some blueberries on there too for a scrumptious patriotic dessert. These tarts might be bite sized, but trust me when I say you'll get a lot of bang for your buck out of this recipe!
 

Ingredients

1 egg

1/4 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons butter, melted

2 (2.1 ounce) packages frozen mini phyllo shells

Garnish:

1 can aerosol whipped cream

24 maraschino cherries, halved or 24 fresh raspberries

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To my US readers, I hope you have a happy and safe Independence Day! Everyone else, I hope you have a relaxing weekend ahead! 
 

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Chilled Almond Soup

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items. 
 


Don't mind me while I sit in the darkness of my air conditioned house and avoid the outside world for the next few weeks. Hot doesn't even begin to describe the heatwave washing through the Midwest. Hell would probably be more accurate. I've been waiting until well after the sun goes down to get my mail and take my dog for a walk, and even then I still come back in feeling overheated and sweaty. Needless to say, I'm using my oven as little as possible lately and we're eating as many cold dishes as we can find. When the temperatures get this hot, I like to look for light eats that aren't going to sit heavy in my stomach, but can still pass for a full meal, like this Chilled Almond Soup. This is a recipe that I found on Golden Blossom Honey many months back, but kept skipping over it because it wasn't something that I had ever tried before and wasn't quite sure if I was going to like it or not. I mean, grapes in a soup isn't something that's common here in the US, so that had me raising my eyebrows at first.

 
The ingredients did intrigue me though, enough that I did a little digging on this soup and found that it's actually quite popular in Spain, where it's called Ajo Blanco. It's a creamy soup packed with so many flavors, perfect for a meal starter or as a full meal in itself. I made it on one of our hottest days so far this season and loved that it was light and refreshing. The soup alone was quite strong in flavor, but it was missing something. So, I made sure to eat a grape with my next spoonful and was shocked to find that it does change the flavor profile quite a bit. I'd honestly never expect the soup ingredients and the grapes to compliment each other as they did, but they blended together beautifully! The croutons gave it added texture and crunch, rounding out the recipe deliciously. This soup is so perfect for a hot summer day, but I will recommend not serving it for date night or eating it on your lunch at work because the garlic is strong in this recipe. And garlic breath really doesn't win many friends LOL. But if you're shut in your home avoiding the heat like I am, it's one of the best chilled soup recipes I've ever made, so I'd recommend adding it to your hot weather meal plan this season. 

Ingredients

Soup:

1 (7-8 ounce) loaf day-old crusty French bread, crust removed, bread cut into 3-inch lengths (reserve one 3-inch length for topping – see below)

1 cup blanched slivered almonds

2 cloves garlic

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 cup chicken stock

1/3 cup dry sherry

2 tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Toppings:

1 cup seedless green grapes, halved

reserved bread cut into 1/2-inch croutons

1 tablespoon olive oil

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Are you experiencing hotter than average temperatures in your area?
 

Friday, June 14, 2024

Raspberry Tart

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Nothing says summer like fresh berries and we sure have been getting our fill of them lately. Berries are one of my favorite things about this time of the year and I will look for any excuse to enjoy them every day while they are in season. I can find a way to incorporate them into most meals, but let's be honest and admit that they are always best saved for baking and desserts. And this week I did just that. I was craving a cheesecake but didn't want to turn my oven on for the amount of time it takes to bake one. But luck was on my side when I found a suitable substitute by stumbling on this Raspberry Tart in Golden Blossom Honey's recipe index because I was able to get a cheesecake-like dessert without the cheesecake effort.

 
This tart comes together fairly quickly, so you can make it the morning of your event, or if you're not in a hurry, it can be made a day ahead of time. I found that the filling set within a few hours of pulling it from my oven, so I was able to dig in the same day I baked it. I love a pretty summer dessert and this one, while simple, will look classy on any dessert table this season. You can pile your raspberries in the center of the tart or cover the entire top, but I chose to keep my design simple by circling the border with raspberries, then added a little floral touch with a tiny hydrangea and mint leaves plucked from my garden. But if you're like my husband, the decoration doesn't matter, it only matters how it tastes. And for him, this raspberry tart got a 10/10. Definitely a keeper and one to make a few more times this summer while the berries are in season. 

Ingredients

Crust:

1 (9 ounce) package thin chocolate wafer cookies (sometimes found in the ice cream aisle)

1/2 cup butter, melted

Filling:

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened to room temperature

1/3 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

2 eggs

2 tablespoons flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups fresh raspberries


 
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What's your favorite berry?
 

Friday, June 7, 2024

Sliced Sirloin Steak with Red Wine Sauce

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My husband is one of the hardest people to buy gifts for, so when birthdays or holidays roll around, we're usually left scrambling to find him a suitable gift. For someone who doesn't need or want much, I always tell my daughter that food is going to be her best bet on picking a winning gift. I've even started a Pinterest board with his favorite snacks to make it easy to just order online and be done. But this year for Father's Day, what I think he'd truly appreciate the most would be a home cooked meal. He's been on the road for most of this year, and while dining out was exciting for him at first, after awhile he realized nothing beats the taste of a fresh meal made right at home. I've mentioned before that he's a true meat and potatoes kind of guy and this Sliced Sirloin Steak with Red Wine Sauce (from Golden Blossom Honey) paired with some mashed or baby potatoes would be better than any store bought gift or treat our daughter could order for him. Plus, since it's made on the stove top instead of the grill, it's a recipe she can handle just fine with her limited cooking skills.
 
 
With minimal ingredients and not a lot of prep, this dish comes together quite easily and fairly quickly, so even if your kids can't be trusted to make this recipe all on their own, you're not going to have to spend too much time helping them get this made from start to finish. Because my husband likes his steaks rare, I did lower the cooking time, but you can adjust cook time as needed to suit your preferences on how rare or done you like your steaks. I do like that sirloin isn't an overly expensive cut of meat, so if you're looking for a Father's Day gift that packs a lot of punch on a budget, this recipe here is all you need to make dad's day special this year.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons butter

sirloin steak, about 2 pounds

1/3 cup shallots, chopped

4 tablespoons chives, chopped and separated

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

3/4 cup red wine

3 tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY

salt and pepper to taste

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What's your favorite home cooked meal for celebrating special occasions?