Friend of bees, celebrate National Bee Day — Neuse News

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National Bee Day, the third Saturday in August, was started in 2009, when a small group of beekeepers applied for and received an official USDA proclamation honoring bees and beekeeping. The purpose of the celebration is to bring together beekeepers, bee associations and other interested groups to connect with communities to advance beekeeping, using a common effort one day a year. What better way to celebrate the honorable bee than to enjoy their delicious honey!

The Lenoir County Farmers Market will celebrate National Bee Day on Saturday, August 20, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The market is located at 100 North Herritage Street in downtown Kinston. At this event, you will be able to;

Observe bees up close and safely in an observation hive

See how honey is extracted from the honeycomb

· Taste local honey produced by members of the regional beekeepers of the Neuse

Kids can come and make their own bee crafts and get free coloring pages that will help them understand the importance of pollinators

Learn how you can protect our pollinators

Ask questions to beekeepers

Learn about plants that are pollinator friendly

The health benefits of honey are numerous;

* Helps in the prevention of cancer and heart disease,
* Reduces ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders,
* All honeys are antibacterial and antifungal,

* Increases sports performance,
* Reduces cough and sore throat,
* Helps regulate blood sugar,
* Heals wounds and burns,
* Is a natural probiotic, and

* Helps improve the skin.
I say the best way to celebrate is to use all natural, local honey in your summer meal planning!!

Homemade Hot Honey

(Hot honey is all the rage and it couldn’t be easier to stir yours)

¼ cup local honey

1 teaspoon of your favorite hot sauce, more if desired

That’s right two ingredients, mix them together and give them a taste, if you want it to have a bit more bite, add more hot sauce.

How to use hot honey,

Drizzle with freshly cut sweet watermelon wedges, then top with basil, feta and pistachios. Couldn’t be more fresh and delicious, and of course easy!!

You can also use hot honey in salad dressings, cocktails, and most popular in Tennessee and Kentucky is chicken friend!

Honey-mustard vinaigrette

(Better than your usual honey mustard dressing)

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard, your preference cured or smooth

1/8 teaspoon “local” honey

Fresh ground pepper to taste, I use a lot

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Whisk together garlic, vinegar, mustard, honey, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Slowly stir in the oil. Store in an airtight container!

Makes 8 1 tbsp servings, each serving contains; Calories 84, Carbohydrates 0.5g, Sugars 0.4g, Fat 9.2g, Sodium 48.6mg.

Honey Glazed Almonds

1 1/2 cup raw unblanched almonds

1 tablespoon of sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons of honey

1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper powder

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 salt

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place almonds in medium nonstick skillet; cook over medium heat 6 minutes or until lightly toasted, shaking pan frequently. Combine remaining ingredients in a 2-cup glass measure. Microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds. Add the honey mixture to the skillet and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Arrange almond mixture on prepared baking sheet in single layer; let stand 10 minutes. Separate all clusters.

Serves 10, each serving contains: Calories 138, Fat 10.6g, Protein 4.6g, Carbohydrates 8.5g,

Fiber 2.6g, Cholesterol 0.0mg, Sodium 63mg.

Grilled salmon with honey and soy

1 green onion minced

2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

1 tablespoon of rice vinegar

1 tablespoon of honey

1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger

1 pound center-cut salmon fillet, skinless and cut into 4 portions

1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

(Toasting the sesame seeds brings out the full nutty flavor of the seeds. Heat the seeds

in a dry skillet over medium heat, or on a baking sheet in a 275ºF oven, until golden brown

and fragrant, about 5 minutes.)

Whisk green onion, soy sauce, vinegar, honey and ginger in medium bowl until honey is dissolved. Place the salmon in a resealable plastic bag, add 3 tablespoons of sauce and refrigerate; marinate for 15 minutes. Reserve the rest of the sauce.

Preheat grill. Line a small baking dish with foil and spray with cooking spray.

Transfer the salmon to the skillet, skin side down. (Discard marinade.) Grill salmon 4 to 6 inches from heat until cooked through, 6 to 10 minutes. Drizzle with reserved sauce and garnish with sesame seeds.

Honey Dijon Ginger Glazed Pork Chops

4 to 6 pork loin chops
icing

2 tbsp. grated fresh ginger
1/2 cup of honey
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp. Dijon Mustard

Simmer together in a small saucepan for about 10 minutes over medium heat.

Grill 4-6 pork loin chops and brush several times with honey, ginger and Dijon glaze.

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

1 ½ boneless, skinless chicken thighs, or I like to use breast tenderloins

1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce

1/3 cup honey

2 tablespoons of tomato paste

2 teaspoons chili paste, I substituted Sriracha

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon of rice vinegar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

To serve

Prepared rice, brown, quinoa or cauliflower rice

Roasted sesame seeds

Chopped green onion

Place the chicken in the bottom of a 6-quart or larger slow cooker. In a medium mixing bowl or extra-large measuring cup, whisk together soy sauce, honey, tomato paste, chili paste, garlic, and rice vinegar. Pour over the chicken. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 5 hours or HIGH for 2 to 3 hours, until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. If available, flip the chicken once halfway through cooking to coat both sides. (If not, don’t stress, it’ll still be tasty.)

Remove the chicken to a plate and let cool slightly. Whisk cornstarch into slow cooker cooking liquid. Cover and cook on HIGH 15 minutes, until sauce thickens slightly, stirring occasionally. If you want the sauce to be particularly thick, you can cook it for a full 30 minutes in the slow cooker OR follow the cooking method below.

For faster sauce thickening, reduce the sauce on the stovetop: After adding the cornstarch, transfer the cooking liquid to a medium saucepan. Cook on stovetop over medium heat, stirring often, until sauce thickens, 5 to 10 minutes. (If your slow cooker insert is stovetop safe, you can remove it from the slow cooker and place it directly on the burner, but don’t do this unless you are POSITIVE that your insert is stovetop safe or it could crack.)

Using two forks (or your fingers if the chicken is cold enough), shred the chicken and place it in the slow cooker. If you reduced the sauce on the stove, put it back in the slow cooker now. Stir to coat the chicken with the sauce. Serve over rice sprinkled with green onions and sesame seeds.

Serves 4, each serving contains: Calories 329, Fats 7g, Proteins 35g, Carbohydrates 32g,

Fiber 1g, Cholesterol 162mg.

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