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Friday, January 21, 2022

Golden Raisin Scones

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I try to keep things positive around here, but this week I just can't. So I'll apologize in advance. My heart is heavy upon hearing health news of a family friend. It's not like we were ever super close in our every day lives, but my daughter dated her son all through high school, and even though they broke up before college, she and I remained friends, sending the occasional life update on Messenger or reaching out to check on one or the other when we hadn't heard from each other in a while. We had an unspoken agreement that it didn't matter if our children weren't still together, we were going to be in each other's lives in some capacity anyway. When she first announced her illness in autumn, I was in shock. There's no way anything is going to take this badass woman down! So when her posts started taking on a more somber tone and she sent out a blanket request on Facebook asking if anyone could occasionally help them with dinner because she could no longer cook, I thought that was something I could certainly do to step up and lend a helping hand.
 
With every tin of dinner left on her doorstep, Jason would grab my hand as we pulled away from her house and say, "You're such a good person." But I'm not doing this to be a good person. It's my hope that if the tables were turned, there would be someone to do the same for us. A tin of chicken pot pie isn't going to give my friend her health back, but maybe it will give her family a break from mundane chores so they have more time to focus on each other in the little time they have left together. When I got a health update from her son last week, I did what I do when I need to be alone and process my emotions... went to the kitchen and spent the whole day cooking. So, there's the backstory on how I chose this week's Golden Blossom Honey recipe share. I've spend a lot of time this week searching for easy to make freezer meals and recipes that can be made now and eaten over the course of several days, like these Raisin Scones
 
 
Baked goods have always been my comfort food of choice, so it's only natural I'd want to pass on baked goods as a comfort food to those I love during their time of need. I tend to make scones this time of year more than other breads and pastries, so I was happy to find this new recipe to try during a time that I needed some distraction. I'm usually more of a berry scone girl, or even sometimes doing a cheese variety, but I had a box of golden raisins on hand and figured this was the best way to put them to good use. This is one of the most simple scone recipes I've ever tried, so I made two batches, which will hold well for several days in an airtight container. I didn't add the topping to one of the scones because I wanted to see the difference, and will say that I much preferred the final result of the one that was brushed with the honey and cream mixture. That one baked more golden, so I definitely wouldn't cut corners and skip that step in the future. The recipe said to cut the round into 4 equal parts, but these do expand in the oven, so I went with 6 equal cuts instead to keep the portions a little more sensible for my needs, but if you subscribe to the more is better mentality, that's okay too! Any way you slice it, you're going to love it!

Ingredients

Scones:
2 tablespoons boiling water
1 tea bag
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
4 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
2 1/2 tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1/3 cup heavy cream
Topping:
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 tablespoon GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
 
 
 
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Here is where I'd normally post a question for reader engagement, but this week I am going to ask you to post any recipes or links that you have for tried and true freezer meals. Or if you don't have any, please send a good thought out into the universe for my friend today?  
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, January 14, 2022

Ultimate Hot Chocolate

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You ever have one of those moments when out of the blue you're triggered with an old time memory and all the feels of that time come flooding back? As I was standing out in the snow the other day while taking my dog potty, I momentarily had a flashback to my elementary school days when we'd spend hours out in the snow, and when we'd finally venture back indoors, mom would have a huge pot of homemade hot cocoa simmering on the stove waiting to warm us up. In a world where convenience is king, I think the comfort of homemade was lost somewhere along the way. Sure, grabbing a pack of powdered cocoa mix is quick and usually satisfying, but absolutely nothing tops putting a few quality ingredients together to make a recipe that's not only superior in flavor, but also has the potential to create life long memories. When the dog and I came back inside, I decided to make a pot of my own hot chocolate, but mom always used dutch process cocoa, which I didn't have on hand. So, I went on the hunt for a suitable recipe for pantry items that I did already have in the house and went with the Ultimate Hot Chocolate recipe from Golden Blossom Honey. 


What drew me to this recipe was that it required no powdered mix or processed cocoa to complete, and bonus, you could easily turn this into a boozy hot chocolate for adults. Winner, winner! Using chocolate chips or chocolate pieces made this hot chocolate much smoother and richer than its powdered mix counterpart. Leave the alcohol out for the children, or ladle theirs into mugs and add the alcohol before serving to adults. To make it a bit more decadent, I'll rim the mugs with a chocolate ganache, and with or without the booze, I always go for a generous heaping of whipped cream on top dusted with chocolate shavings. Yum! This recipe definitely hits the spot on a cold winter night.

Ingredients

4 cups milk
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons Kahlua, Amaretto or Chambord
whipped cream, if desired
 
 
 

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What's a recipe from your childhood you'd like to revisit? 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, January 7, 2022

Mushroom and Barley Soup

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Baby, it was not cold outside for Christmas, but Jack Frost came out swinging for the new year. As I sit here today, I'm bundled up thinking about all the good things in life that are hot and bring much needed comfort now that we're in the thick of winter: blankets, baths, tea, and soup. These are the things that are going to keep me sane for the next few months. Lately I've been making big batches of soup to get us by, some tried and true recipes and a few new ones that are quickly becoming favorites, like this Mushroom and Barley Soup recipe from Golden Blossom Honey. 
 

Soups that are heavy on the veggies are always my favorite, so I had a feeling that this one was going to be a hit here. I don't use barley often, and I can't tell you why, but its addition to this recipe knocked it out of the park for me. There are so many great textures here, but if you just can't do a completely veggie based soup (like my husband), there's nothing wrong with adding in some sausage or shredded chicken to the pot. If you're trying to stay on the lighter side of things, you can omit the sour cream without a sense of loss to the overall flavor, or simply use Greek yogurt as a healthier alternative. 

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup onions, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound cremini or button mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon flour
10 cups low salt chicken broth
1 1/4 cups pearl barley, rinsed
1 1/2 cups butternut squash, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch dice
2 tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
2 teaspoons dill
1/2 cup sour cream
 
 
 
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What are your favorite winter comfort items? 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, December 31, 2021

Cucumber and Crab Canapes

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If you're like me, you're still wiped out from Christmas. I really love the holidays, but by New Year's Eve I'm just counting down to their passing. This year is the first in many that Jason and I have no plans and I can't say I'm sad about that. But if you made plans before exhaustion set in, (because face it, we've all made plans that sounded good at the time, but when the day finally arrives, you just want to stay in snuggled up on the couch in your pajamas) then I'm here to help you out. Whether you're hosting a gathering at your home or heading out, if you want an appetizer that's going to impress but takes practically no effort at all, take note of these Cucumber and Crab Canapes, a recipe from Golden Blossom Honey.
 
 
These little two bite appetizers look swanky, like you've put a lot of effort into preparing them, but you can have these whipped up in under 20 minutes. There's no baking required and all you need is a knife and a melon baller and you're good to go. Peel, cut, stuff, plate....done. Toss a few sprigs of parsley on the plate for a little extra oomph and call it a day. Trust me. Everyone will think these took a lot more time to prepare than they do. But we'll keep that our little secret. 

Ingredients

2 medium cucumbers, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices
2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon GOLDEN BLOSSOM RAW HONEY
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
2 (6 ounces) cans crab meat, drained
paprika for garnish
 


 
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Wishing you all a Happy New Year! 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, December 24, 2021

Salmon with Crunchy Cranberry Topping

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We did an oopsie and waited a bit too late to try and place an order for a Christmas roast this year. Everywhere we went we were told that we were out of luck. Bah Humbug! This normally wouldn't have been a big deal, but we were in charge of making the roast for my mom's dinner as well as for Jason's mom too. Jason was able to snag a few small NY Strip roasts, not something we'd normally purchase for a holiday dinner, but it is what it is at this point. We're going to have to supplement with another meat dish to feed all of the dinner guests at both houses since neither roast is big enough for how many people are coming to dinner this year. Normally we do a few lobsters in addition to a beef dish, but we thought we'd skip those this year and buy extra salmon instead to make this festive red and green dish of Salmon with Crunchy Cranberry Topping, a holiday dinner saving recipe from Golden Blossom Honey if there ever was one!

 
I have never been a fan of seafood, but I will try to choke down salmon a few times a year because of its health benefits. The key to good salmon is not buying those frozen fillet bags from the freezer section at the grocery store, but hand picking them from your local meat market in the fresh display case. They cost a little more than the prepacked portions, but trust me, it makes a world of difference. I made these salmon portions late last week when I was running short on time since this is an under 30 minute meal idea, and paired it with a crisp white wine (I'm not even going to pretend I have a clue on seafood and wine pairings, so you do you here) along with some steamed veggies and can say that I didn't have to choke this salmon down. I'm proud to say that I was a member of the clean plate club that day. This recipe is perfect for Christmas dinner, whether you're going with a smaller number at your dinner table or forgot to place your roast order like we did and need to add another meat to the menu. It's festive too, with the red cranberries and the green onions on top. It'll probably get more takers than the roast anyway.

Ingredients

4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
2 tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1/2 cup panko* breadcrumbs or fresh breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/8 cup scallions, chopped
 



 
 
 
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Wishing you all a joyous and blessed Christmas with your families this year! 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, December 17, 2021

Spicy Stewed Fruits

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We have a big weekend ahead of us. It's Jason's birthday tomorrow and Allison's birthday on Sunday. That means I am going to be busy in the kitchen making special meals all weekend long. Allison wants hot wings for her big day (y'all she is going to be 18 and I just can't even with that situation!) but Jason is more of a breakfast kind of man, so we'll be pulling out the waffle maker on Saturday and getting down to business. Breakfast bars are fun to do since everyone likes different toppings on their waffles, and this time around instead of having blueberry compote as the only fruit topping offered, I'm going to add in these Spicy Stewed Fruits, a quick and simple recipe from Golden Blossom Honey. 
 

This recipe is so dang easy, I don't think I could find one easier if I tried. I bought a bag of Mariani mixed fruits (link) since it had everything that I like already in the bag. But you can definitely buy any combination of dried fruits that you like for this recipe. The spicy stewed fruits don't have to just be served over waffles either. They are great for serving over other breakfast dishes, desserts, or heck, just eat it on its own! As we go into the new year, it's the perfect healthy snack to keep on hand for those of you who have eating or diet resolutions you want to stick with. 
 

Ingredients

2 cinnamon sticks
4 slices fresh lemon
1 pound mixed dried fruits (apples, apricots, figs, peaches, pears, prunes)
2 1/2 cups apple juice
2 Tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
 
 

 
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What is your favorite birthday meal?