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Cooking with Honey by Laurie Dotson

What exciting times we are experiencing, these days!

We have officially changed our name to BEEpothecary

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from Hive & Honey BEEpothecary.

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We found that people started to call us Hive and Honey.  There’s nothing wrong with that. Until you start searching the interweb for our company.  You will find other beekeepers around the U.S of A using hive and honey. We have one in our backyard… You will find a shoe company, lingerie store, boutiques, clothing brands, photography, jewelry and on and on carrying the Hive and Honey name.

We felt we needed to stand out more. We are a unique company that makes the most of Propolis in all of our Skin, Hair and Health Products.

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What is Propolis, you ask?

Bees make propolis, which they use to glue the materials of their hives together, by mixing beeswax and other secretions with resins from the buds of conifer and poplar trees. Those resins have natural germicidal properties. For centuries, people have used propolis on wounds and as a remedy for ailments ranging from acne to cancer, osteoporosis, itching, and tuberculosis. Today, propolis is used in the manufacture of chewing gum, cosmetics, creams, lozenges and ointments and is being investigated as a dental sealant and tooth enamel hardener. A number of studies have tested its effectiveness in humans and animals as a treatment for burns, minor wounds, infections, inflammatory diseases, dental pain, and herpes. While promising, the results of these studies are preliminary.  However, propolis does have proven antibiotic and antiseptic properties and may also have antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects. I consider it safe and useful as a home remedy.

So… with a swipe of our wrists and the removing of just “Hive and Honey.”  This small deletion, will give us exactly, what were looking for.

A Name the Stands out all by itself.

Where did we come up with the name, you ask?

A year ago, we had a name and logo ready to be published.  It was Honey Bee Apothecary. A Great name! It says everything we wanted it to emphasize.  BEE’s, Honey and Hive Products with medicinal properties.  But, as we were attending a Beekeeper’s conference in Michigan.  My brother-in-law a licensed pharmacist, Raymond Rutkowski, threw us a curveball. He told us that in Michigan, only Pharmacist and/or Pharmacies can carry the “Apothecary” name.   We were to double check our research in the State of Ohio.  Low and behold, he was right and we were again searching for a new name for our company.  On the way home, to Ohio, after a great conference and short family reunion with my twin sister Deborah.  We stopped off at a watering hole to get some comfort food. We decided that a full stomach and blackberry cobbler would help us achieve the maximum level of creativity. AND Shazam!  A powerful force came upon my husband and he uttered these famous words “Let’s switch out the “A” for “B” and add “pothecary”. Making sure that we use two capital EE’s to showcase the BEE. Because the BEE’s make the medicine and they should get all the credit.”

After, almost, a year in business. We have found that we need to simplify our name. So today, We would like to introduce to you, our new name

BEEpothecary Logo headliner

and show case all of our value added hive products. With that being said I have a ton of work to do. Creating new labels for every product we have, changing out the old logo to the new, marketing our new names in social media and local businesses.  So, Keep you eyes out for us.  We are at Celebrate Local at Easton Towncenter, City folks Farm Store in Clintonville, The Well, down in Lancaster (opening soon). We have a couple of hopeful business in Canal Winchester. When the weather get nicer, we will be at Pearl Alley in downtown Columbus, friday mornings,  Moonlight Market on Gay Street- once a month, and multiple other venus that we will promote as we lock in our calendar.

Check out out Marketplace:  http://mkt.com/hive-and-honey-beepothecary

Like us on Facebook!  Stop by and and pick up products that you need.

In honor of our Name Change.

I thought I would make Blackberry Jam

It’s very complicated. Stick with me and you will be amazed at your Jam making skills!!

Homemade BEErry Jam

INGREDIENTS

Chia Jam ingred 1

  • 1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
  • 1 Cup Blackberries or mixed berries of your choice
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Gather all the ingredients, listed above. Then, put them into little glass bowls and place on a pretty cutting board. (You don’t have to do this. It just pretty to lay everything out – I feel like a professional TV chef when I do it.) If you do do it.  You midas well (might as well) take some pictures and post them to the interweb for ohhs and ahhs Wink!!Chia Jam ingred 2

  2. Now the hard part: Blend all ingredients in a blender, mixer, or a handblender, like the one I used.  Blend until well mixed and berries are pulverized. Chia Jam ingred combined

  3. Pour into Jam Jars and ‘frigerate over night. Chia Jam ingred compleste2

  4. Dish on to toast, yogurt, with ice cream,  or on crackers and cream cheese, if desired.

  5. Finally, you must smile while you enjoy your hard work!Chia Jam ingred complested

Your Health…Powered by BEES!

Laurie

Genesis 9:3 ESV 
Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.
 
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Honey Maple Beer Bread

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Cooking with Honey by Laurie Dotson

With the start of this New Year being so cold and unpredictable. I thought a good recipe that is easy, warm and delicious would fit the bag!  A keeper it is!

I LOVE BEER!  I said it!  If I had a choice of wine or beer. Beer would be my pick!  Even though it’s the oldest fermented drink in the world, beer isn’t beloved by everyone and there is a fair sized group of people who just don’t like the taste of beer. Yet when everyone else around you continues to extol the virtues of every bottle of beer they’ve consumed, you might begin to wonder just what it is you’re missing out on. You may not believe it right now but to many people, good beer drinking experiences are akin to tasting fine wine or single malt scotch; indeed, one of the tests of a fine beer is that it does taste good. For you, liking the taste of beer may have to be an acquired approach but it can grow on you gradually through a better understanding of which beers might taste better (to you) and how to serve each beer so that it is at its optimal flavor. Perhaps it’s time to reacquaint yourself with beer and to find a taste in beer that does please you.

I do want to add, that if you have a problem holding your beer, or you know that alcohol is a problem in your life. This is not your excuse to start back up or continue on with your problem.
 

Back the the Recipe!  Beer does wonders for this bread, and the bread does not taste like beer. Most of the alcohol bakes off and what you’re left with is wonderfully textured bread, with great depth of flavor. The bread is about as sweet as storebought honey-whole wheat sandwich bread. Although there’s no whole wheat flour in the bread, it has a wheaty, nutty quality which I love,  courtesy of the beer.  I used one teaspoon each of cinnamon and nutmeg, as well as a dash of molasses, all of which add warming undertones and little bursts of comforting flavors. They’re very subtle, but present. It’s the nutmeg that I notice most, and it plays wonderfully off the honey and maple.

I have to admit this post is stolen from another blogger!  averie cooks I can’t lie or at less very well! Two Thumbs up!!

It’s total comfort food and I loved it.

Effortless, goofproof, and tastes amazing.

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 Honey Maple Beer Bread

This is some of the best bread I’ve ever made, and it’s definitely the easiest. No yeast, no-knead, no fuss. Simply combine all the ingredients in one bowl, pour beer over, stir, and bake. Foolproof, goofproof bread that’s ridiculously soft and moist. It doesn’t taste like beer and it’s safe to feed to kids.   Use it as French toast bread or for overnight French toast bakes. Serve it with soup, chili, dip it in hummus, or take the spices and flavor profile more savory by adding garlic or onion powder, curry, oregano, dill, or your favorites. Work-free, versatile, fabulous bread.

YIELD: 1 tall 9×5 loaf, about 12 thick slices

PREP TIME: 5 minutesCOOK TIME: 40 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 45 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
2 tablespoons light, mild, or medium molasses (not blackstrap)
1/4 cup local honey
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
12 ounces beer (I used a Honey Pumpkin Ale;  use your favorite beer)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the first 9 ingredients (through baking powder). Tip: Measure the oil in a 1/4-cup measure, filling it halfway (there’s 4 tablespoons in 1/4-cup, so halfway is 2 tablespoons). By adding the oil first, it coats the measuring cup so the subsequent sticky ingredients (molasses, honey, maple) will slide right out.
  3. Slowly pour beer over the top. It will bubble and foam. Stir until combined. Batter is thick, gloppy, and dense.
  4. Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until top is domed and set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Allow bread to cool in pan for about 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Slice using a serrated knife. Bread is best fresh, but will keep airtight for up to 4 days. As the days pass, toasting it is recommended. Serving Ideas: with butter, hummus, olive oil and balsamic; eat is as toast, use as sandwich bread, dip in soup, use for French toast, dice day-old bread and bake for croutons or dice and make a French toast bake or bread pudding.
Deuteronomy 14:26

Use the silver to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or other fermented drink, or anything you wish. Then you and your household shall eat there in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice.

Merry Christmas Eats

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Cooking with Honey by Laurie Dotson

Wow, It’s just a few days before Christmas and things should be coming to completion. Right?

The gifts should be all bought and wrapped, dinner plans excepted and food purchased. The stocking should be hanging from the mantle, awaiting the small gifts that will fill them until they become to heavy for the hooks, that they hang from.

But instead, the stress of it all, has made me confused and frazzled. It’s turned me into a procrastinator and a, time filling, baker. So…I leave my untouched, gift wrapping post. To pursue, a dough that will cook up to be a flaky layer of butter and goodness. I  grab some of my amazing sweet honey and buy pounds of delicious ohio walnuts.

…A few hours later the HEAVENS have open up and angels have started to sing glorious carols, while eating Baklava.  Ok, maybe not angels from heaven above, but angels that we call friends. So I give you this recipe with great joy.

Don’t forget the true meaning Christmas.  A Holy child, Emmanuel, was born to a virgin. Angels sang to him, shepherds worshipped him and kings traveled great distances to give him gifts.
He then grew up to teach, love and die for our sins. Arose from the died and then he went to heaven to prepare a mansion for us!

Merry Christmas Friends

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Buttery layers of nuts and cinnamon, then cut into diamonds shape before baking

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baklave should be served with a cup of hot Java!

 

Baklava

Ingredients:

For the Baklava:
1 pound pistachios and/or walnuts, coarsely ground, plus more for garnish
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, or to taste
1 cup ground butter crackers
4 sticks unsalted butter, melted
16 sheets phyllo dough (thawed, if frozen), cut in half
For the Syrup:
3 cups sugar
1  8-ounce jar local raw honey
1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Directions
Position a rack in the lower third of the oven; preheat to 350 degrees F. Combine the nuts, cinnamon and ground crackers in a bowl.

Brush a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with some of the butter. Layer 10 pieces of phyllo in the dish, brushing each piece with butter before adding the next (keep the remaining dough covered with a damp towel). Sprinkle a quarter of the nut mixture over the dough. Layer 4 pieces of phyllo on top, brushing each with butter before adding the next; sprinkle with another quarter of the nut mixture. Add 4 more phyllo pieces on top, brushing each with butter, then add another quarter of the nut mixture, 4 more pieces of phyllo with butter, and the remaining nuts.

Layer the remaining 10 pieces of phyllo on top of the nuts, brushing each with butter; brush the top piece with extra butter. Cut into the baklava to make strips, about 1 1/2 inches wide. Then make diagonal slices, about 1 1/2 inches apart, to create a diamond pattern. Bake until golden, about 1 hour.

Meanwhile, make the syrup: Bring the sugar, honey and 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat and cook, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the lemon juice and boil 2 more minutes, then let cool slightly.

Pour the syrup over the warm baklava; let soak, uncovered, at least 6 hours or overnight. Garnish with nuts.

May your house be filled with great laughter,  May your loved ones fill your home and May your mouth be filled with the sweet, stick Baklava!

Laurie

Luke 2:10-14       The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Blessings for our Thanksgiving!

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Cooking with Honey by Laurie Dotson

Thanksgiving has become one of my favorite holidays. An acquaintance wrote my sentiments to a tee and I would like to post them. So without further ado… She says, For weeks I look forward to preparing a beautiful meal and relaxing with my family. Sadly, Thanksgiving night invariably finds me deflated. I regret having gotten irritable in the final crazy minutes of gravy making and turkey carving or feel dispirited by the lack of meaningful conversation at the table. I miss the family members who are absent. I wish people would have gotten along better and connected more deeply. The list of discontents varies from year to year but the theme is the same: it didn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped.

This year I am on to myself. All month I’ve been thinking about letting go of my imaginary ideals and showing up with an open heart for whatever happens. I anticipate that it may be a little hard to pull off on the big day. I know I’m not alone. For many people the holidays are a time of heightened need for things to be a particular way. Certainly there’s nothing wrong with wanting a lovely holiday. But high expectations can hold us in their grip. What we want to see blinds us to what is actually in front of us and diminishes it. If we then distance ourselves from the imperfect, that gap makes it even harder to connect to things as they are. It is only in approaching a thing — be it this particular holiday meal or an individual human being — with attention that we can fully appreciate it, for all its faults and strengths, for all its funky uniqueness. Paying attention with kindness opens us to the wholeness around us. From there it is a short leap to gratitude. That which we see deeply enough can virtually always be counted as a blessing.

As we each look around our Thanksgiving tables next week, may we focus on the kindness and generosity that is shared between us and give thanks for the day we have been given, whether or not it is the one we had imagined.

Blessings on your holiday table.  Don’t forget to invite a friend or two who need a family to share this day with! 

Thanksgiving-Dinner-Turkey

Honey Roast Turkey

Turkey ingredients

  • 1  12 – 14  pound  fresh or frozen natural turkey
  • 2 cups  water
  • 1/2 cup  Hive & Honey BEEpothecary honey
  • 1/4 cup  finely snipped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons  finely snipped fresh sage
  • 2 tablespoons  snipped fresh thyme
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon  olive oil
  • 1/2 kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup  Hive & Honey BEEpothecary honey
  • 2 tablespoons  butter
  •  Apple Cider Sauce (see recipe below) (optional)

directions

1.Thaw turkey if frozen. In a medium saucepan combine water, 1/2 cup honey, and about half of the parsley, sage, thyme, and garlic. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in olive oil. Cover; let stand 30 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve; discard solids.

2.Rinse turkey; pat dry with paper towels. Skewer the neck skin to the back. Tie legs to tail. Twist wing tips under the back.

3.Place the turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Using a flavor-injector syringe, inject the honey mixture into the meat of the turkey. (This may take up to 20 injections, so try to evenly distribute the seasoned mixture in the turkey. If the syringe gets clogged with a bit of seasoning, you will need to flush it out with water and a toothpick.) Sprinkle turkey lightly with salt and pepper.

4.Insert a meat thermometer into the center of one of the inside thigh muscles without the thermometer touching the bone. Cover turkey loosely with foil. Roast in a 325 degree F oven for 2-1/2 hours.

5.For glaze, in a small saucepan, heat and stir 1/4 cup honey and butter until butter is melted. Stir in remaining parsley, sage, thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper.

6.Remove turkey from oven. Cut the string between the drumsticks so the thighs will cook evenly. Remove the foil to let the bird brown. Brush about one-third of the glaze over turkey. Return turkey to oven and roast for 30 to 60 minutes more, brushing two more times with remaining glaze, or until meat thermometer registers 180 degrees F and juices run clear.

7.Remove turkey from oven and cover loosely with foil. Let stand for 15 minutes before carving. Carve turkey into thin slices and, if desired, serve with Apple Cider Sauce. Makes 18 servings.

Apple Cider Sauce

 ingredients

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons  butter
  • 3 tablespoons  flour
  • 1 1/2 cups  chicken broth
  • 1 cup  apple cider
  • 1/4 cup  Hive & Honey BEEpothecary honey
  • 2 tablespoons  cider vinegar
  •  Salt
  •  Pepper

directions

1.In a medium saucepan, cook onion in butter until tender. Stir in flour, broth, apple cider, honey and cider vinegar. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute more. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

From the Laurie and Pete Dotson and Jeannie and Steve Saum,

We wish you Great Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving Eating !

(P.S. Take your Propolis and Honey and stay healthy this holiday season!)

Psalm 95:2-3  Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.  For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.

Cumin Chicken Skewers with Honey Lemon Yogurt Dipping Sauce

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Cooking with Honey by Laurie Dotson

You can tell fall is in the air.  The cool smell of fall in the mornings, the leaves are starting to fall, and the neighbors burning their garden waste…ahhh!     I wasn’t happy about this a month ago, when school started back up and I had to go back.  I just wanted to enjoy every last minute of summer.  But today, Pete and I went to the Cyclopes Festival in Yellow Springs, Ohio. We  just needed to take a day trip away from everything.  A fun place to be with a market of DIY items for sale.  To tell the truth, I felt quite comfortable, like I was home…a bunch of modern day hippies living life, simply.  We went to get some ideas for our booth and our next event, but came away with a full tummy and excitement for whatever.  I still want to enjoy what I have left of this tween season.   At the Festival there was a vendor who made Lebanese food and that got me a thinkin’. I pulled chicken out to thaw this morning and I’ve been harvesting onions, cucumbers, garlic, tomatoes and herbs.  So, how can I use these and make a delicious meal .  Lightbulb going off – festival, garden, summerish food …Try this out, So yummy!  

Cumin Chicken Skewers with Honey Lemon Yogurt Dipping Saucecumin chick skewers

INGREDIENTS

Cumin Chicken Skewers

  • 1 tbs ground cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 oranges, rind finely grated, segmented
  • 2.5 lbs chicken thigh fillets, excess fat trimmed, cut into 1 inch square pieces
  • 2 x 14 oz cans brown lentils, rinsed, drained
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed fresh continental parsley leaves
  • 1 bunch fresh chives, cut into 1cm lengths
  • 1 small red onion, halved, thinly sliced
  • 2 Lebanese cucumbers, trimmed, halved lengthways, thinly sliced

Honey Lemon Yogurt Dipping Sauce

  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons – honey
  • 2-1/2 Tablespoons – fresh lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 cups – plain Greek yogurt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons – sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon – black pepper, fresh ground

Step 1  Honey Lemon Sauce:  In a mixing bowl, combine the honey, lemon juice, yogurt, salt and pepper. Stir gently, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Step 2   Combine the cumin, garlic, oil and orange rind in a glass or ceramic bowl. Add the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Thread 4 pieces of chicken onto each skewer.

Step 3   Preheat grill on medium-high. Line a baking tray with foil. Place the skewers on prepared tray. Cook under grill for 3-4 minutes each side or until the chicken is cooked through.

Step 4   Combine the orange segments, lentils, parsley, chives, onion and cucumber in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Divide among serving plates and top with skewers. add a dollop of Honey Lemon Sauce

Happy Eating !

Genesis 1:29  And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

Fried Honey Banana Recipe with Cinnamon

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Cooking with Honey by Laurie Dotson

Oh Boy, Do I have a sweet-tooth tonight!  I made brownies last night with cinnamon applesauce and coffee. They surprisingly turned out yummy!  But tonight, I need to use up some bananas.  You know why? Overly ripe bananas are way to sweet to eat, but really good in smoothies and I have 20 “just right” bananas. I’ll never get threw them before they are black.  So mark my words, Never shop at Costco when your hungry.  Now I have bananas coming out my @$$ and sweet tooth to boot. So what’s a girl to do?  Googled Banana recipes and start cookin’.  haha!  Here’s a combination of a couple of recipes.  We loved this. I hope you do too:)

Fried Bananas

Fried Honey Banana Recipe with Cinnamon

INGREDIENTS

  • Dash of Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Tea­spoon Cin­na­mon
  • 1 Medium Banana
  • 1 Table­spoon Honey

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut the banana into about 1/8 inch thick pieces and place in small frying pan with a dash of coconut oil; begin to brown on medium heat.

  2. Mix together your honey, cinnamon and 1/2 table­spoon water in a bowl and set aside.

  3. Flip your banana slices over after 2-5 minutes (mine seemed to take awhile to brown, so check often). Flip full over when the start to brown nicely.

  4. Turn the stove onto low and spoon your honey, water and cinnamon mixture onto the banana slices until it bubbles a bit- reduces.

  5. Sprinkle on additional cinnamon and eat with ice cream, if desired and enjoy!

Ben­e­fits of Cinnamon, Honey and Banana

Ben­e­fits of Cinnamon

  • Effec­tive against ulcer-causing H. pylori bacteria

  • It reduces pain linked to arthritis

  • Reg­u­lates blood sugar

  • Reduces LDL cho­les­terol levels

  • May reduce the pro­lif­er­a­tion of can­cer cells

  • Nat­ural food preservative

  • Effec­tive for men­strual pain and  infertility

  • Has an anti-clotting effect on the blood

Ben­e­fits of Honey

  • Treat­ment of Ulcers

  • Recu­per­a­tion from anemia

  • Treat­ment of hangovers

  • Helps with Jaundice

  • Used as an antiseptic

  • Helps heal mouth disease

  • Heal­ing of wounds

Ben­e­fits of Banana

  • Nat­u­rally fat and cho­les­terol free.

  • High potas­sium content

  • Good amount of vit­a­min C

  • Excel­lent source of vit­a­min B-6

  • Good source of manganese

  • Easy to digest

  • Ben­e­fits of Coconut Oil

  • (so many but these are my top 2 reasons)

  • Heal and relieve intesti­nal problems

  • Helps ease inflammation

Happy Eating !

Genesis 1:22

God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”

Honey Pretzels with a Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

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Cooking with Honey by Laurie Dotson

Shopping, planting, baking!  This is a great week. It’s my first week off, of work, for the summer. I’ve got my to-do list and all my projects planned and listed.  So, where do I begin?   Yesterday, Jeannie and I went out herb and flower shopping. We headed out fairly early and decided to avoid the never-ending construction, that is all over Columbus. And because of our smart thinking, we happened upon a wholesale nursery having a 50% off sale.   The day was dream like!  We got out to find flats upon flats of perennials and annuals that needed to be adopted into our gardens.   We pack in all of our wonderful finds, and head back to my house where we unload the SUV.  Now, we are off to Oakland Nursery where we can find just about anything we want and need.  I’m in need of healing herbs to fill my new herb garden.  These herbs will be infused into our soothing oils and healing oils for our companies, Hive and Honey BEEpothecary, and then into our salves and lotions.   After a couple of hours of roaming , collecting  smelling, and eating. We leave with a packed SUV again and almost everything we wanted, in plant form or organic seed packets.  Life is Good! A Friend like Jeannie in your life, is Better.  Thanks Jeannie for a great day.

Today, is raining.  The house is cool and damp.  So I thought, I would make pretzels to bake and take, to a friend who is in need of a “pick me up”!   I love this recipe because it’s a mix, roll, boil and bake.  No kneading or rising 🙂  Try it out! They will make you and everyone who eats them, smile.

Honey Pretzels with a Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Honey Pretzels

Honey Pretzels

Ingredients

For the pretzel dough:

  • 3 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons of yeast
  • 4 1/2 cups unbleached white whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups water

For the bath:

  • 10 cups of water
  • 2/3 cup of baking soda

For the tops:

  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • Coarse sea salt or pretzel salt

Instructions

  1. Put all the pretzel dough ingredients into a bread machine or mixer and set it on the dough setting.
  2. When the dough is near done, pour the 10 cups of water and baking soda into a large pan, cover and bring to a boil. Stir to dissolve the baking soda into the water and keep covered but still boiling. You might need to reduce the heat a bit to keep the pan from boiling over while you prepare the pretzels.- I had a boil-over moment, so add the soda in slowly.
  3. Preheat the oven to 425 F. and prepare two baking sheets by spraying them with cooking spray or lining with a non-stick silicon baking mat. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and water and set beside the prepared pans with a brush close by for basting the pretzels.
  4. When the dough is done, plop it onto a floured surface and cut into 12 equal pieces.
  5. Shape each piece of the dough into a long snake about 1 1/2 feet long, then form each snake into a pretzel shape.
  6. Carefully set each pretzel into the boiling bath water, cover and let them bathe for 30 seconds. I did three pretzels at a time.
  7. Remove each pretzel carefully from the bath with a slotted spoon or spatula and set onto the prepared baking sheet. Brush with the egg wash, then sprinkle with coarse salt.
  8. Bake at 425 for about 10 – 14 minutes or until they are a beautiful golden brown in color.
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool a bit before eating.

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Honey and Mustard Dipping Sauce

Honey and Mustard Dipping Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard- homemade or storebought
  • 1/2 cup honey- use local – i used mine.
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper. The sauce can be held in the refrigerator for 1 week.

Happy Eating !

English Standard Version 
He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

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