Spicy Lemon Honey Glaze

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup – honey
  • 3 Tablespoons – olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon – finely chopped lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons – lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon – chopped parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon – finely chopped garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon – salt
  • – crushed red pepper flakes

Directions

In deep, heavy saucepan, combine honey and olive oil. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture is well-blended and just beginning to boil. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley, garlic, salt and crushed red pepper.

SERVING SUGGESTION

Use to glaze vegetables, meat, poultry or seafood

Recipe from http://www.honey.com/recipes/detail/15/spicy-lemon-honey-glaze

 

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The Reluctant Beekeeper

Beekeeping is not for everyone. It takes a certain mixture of patience, fascination and a bit of courage. But with some research and the right gear, it is possible to begin the journey as a beekeeper and have the satisfaction of working with the amazing creature…the honey bee.

Bee Hives

Do Your Homework

The first place to start is to hit the books (or trusted online sources) to find out what beekeeping is all about. There are many types of beehives and ways to keep bees. It is important to find a method that will work best for you and your space. Another thing to consider is can you afford the proper equipment needed for the correct set-up.

There are also several farms and nurseries that offer classes on beekeeping and the teacher is often plugged into the beekeeping community, making them a valuable resource when you are getting started.

One Thing at A Time

Take your time with getting things set-up and be patient as you learn the ropes. Late winter and early spring is the best time to get things started and planned. Honey bees will begin to swarm and become active in the hives around March or April, depending on the area you live in. In addition to planning for your hive(s), you will want to think out how to keep your bees happy in your own yard. Research the area you live in for the best bee friendly plants that are indigenous to where you live.

Backyard Bees

If you truly want to become a beekeeper, knowledge is key! There is quite a community that surrounds this hobby and they will offer the support you need. The whole process can provide a very satisfying experience…from the time working with the bees to the knowledge of what you are doing to help the environment.

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Grow a Tea Garden

Make Your Own Herbal Tea

Nothing is as delightful as clipping fresh herbs from your garden and brewing a fresh pot of tea. Fresh, relaxing and refreshing ingredients gives tea drinking a whole different experience. The flavor will be different from dried store bought teas, plus it is a money saver if you grow your own.

You will only need to purchase a few items to help make the experience easier. Start with finding a sturdy pair of kitchen shears. These are a set you want to keep clean and in the kitchen. Another helpful item is a colander or mesh basket. You can harvest your herbs and  take them straight to the sink to be rinsed. The last two item that are helpful are a sturdy tea jar and a small fine mesh bag that you can place your herbs in for steeping.

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Choosing Tea Herbs to Grow

As you are putting in your garden consider planting some of your favorites, as well as try some more exotic herbs to try. Here is a great list to start with: Peppermint, Spearmint, Lemon Balm, Chamomile and Rose-Hips. Some additional herbs to try are the variety of mints: Orange Mint, Chocolate Mint and Pineapple Mint.

Brewing a Perfect Cup of Herbal Sun-Tea

The first step is to properly wash your herbs. Fill a large pot and add a cap-full of lemon juice and a tsp of baking soda. Swirl the herbs around and then rinse well. It is best to use the herbs as soon as possible for the best flavor. Place the herbs in the mesh bag or you can tie them in a bundle and place in your tea jar. Run your tap water as hot as you can get it and fill the jar. You can use bottled water if you like. Place the jar in the sun and allow to steep. The longer it steeps, the stronger the flavor. Remove the herbs when you are ready and place in the fridge.

Now sit back and enjoy…what a treat to know that you grew something so wholesome and tasty!

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Yum!!! Honey-Lime Chicken Skewers

Try this great recipe from www.honey.com…a great one to add to your summer menu!!!

Honey-Lime Chicken Skewers

In a small bowl, whisk all liquid ingredients together until completely blended. Pour mixture into a freezer bag and add in chicken strips. Reseal bag and gently shake to cover chicken strips. Allow to marinade for 2 hours. Next, prepare skewers by soaking bamboo sticks in water for 15 minutes. Remove chicken strips from marinade and skewer onto bamboo sticks. Grill on medium to high heat for … [read full recipe below]

YIELD: MAKES 8 SERVINGS

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsps – honey
  • 3 tbsps – soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp – olive oil
  • 1 – lime, juiced
  • 1 lb. – chicken breast strips, skinless and boneless

Directions

In a small bowl, whisk all liquid ingredients together until completely blended. Pour mixture into a freezer bag and add in chicken strips. Reseal bag and gently shake to cover chicken strips. Allow to marinade for 2 hours.

Next, prepare skewers by soaking bamboo sticks in water for 15 minutes. Remove chicken strips from marinade and skewer onto bamboo sticks. Grill on medium to high heat for 8 minutes or until juices are clear and chicken is fully cooked.

 

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Pineapple Honey Sorbet

This recipe is so simple and fresh. Why purchase sorbet from the store, when you can know what goes into your food.

Ingredients
4 Cups Fresh or Canned Pineapple Chunks

1/4-1/2 Cup Honey

1/2 Cup Coconut Water (you can use plain water is you like)

Splash of Lime Juice

 Pineapple

Place the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until completely smooth. Place mixture into the ice cream machine tin or bowl and chill for 45-60 min. Follow ice cream maker instructions. It will take about 30-40 min to freeze, serve soft or place in freezer til firmer.

If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can place this in a pan and place in the freezer, it will be more like ice than sorbet, but is still delicious.

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Tip for The Home & Garden: The Dreaded Weeds

Every home owner or renter for the most part can relate to the problem with keeping up on the weeds around the house. Even if you do not have a large yard to look after, those sneaky weeds pop through any crack they can find and of couse have amazing roots to keep them there. We have take a two prong approach to treating weeds around the house and garden.

First we use some chemicals on areas that we know the pets and kids will not be around and also on areas that we know will not have a lot of run off into ground water or road. Making the choice on which one to use can be tricky, but finding something that will be effective and not have to be applied over and over again so that you are using a little as possible. Also the method of application is key, using a sprayer with the applicator on the smallest stream possible so you can keep is low and avoid over spray. The type we have found to work best is Ground Clear by Ortho

Secondly we use a natural weed killer and have found a great mixture that really does do the trick, here is the recipe:

1 Gal of White Vinegar

1 C. Table Salt

1 Tbsp of liquid Dawn Dish Soap

Mix in Sprayer and Apply

Kill those dreaded weeds

This works best to apply first to kill the weeds that are there. When the weeds have died back, pull them and apply again. This solution does have to be re-applied regularly, but it is safe around kids, pets and wildlife. It does not work on really stubborn weeds such as blackberries or bulb based plants, but it keeps many other weeds away.

The dreaded weeds will always be there to plague you, but if you have the ability to consistently get out there and take some action, you will appreciate the benefit in the long run.

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Featured Recipe: Honey Berry Smoothie

1/2 cup orange juice

Berry Smoothie

1/2 cup banana, sliced

1/4 cup frozen mixed berries (your choice of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries)

1/2 cup plain yogurt

2 tablespoons honey (or to taste)

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Yields 1-2 servings.

Adapted from recipe found in Honey: A Connoisseur’s Guide with Recipes by Gene Option (Ten Speed Press; 2000). To find more great honey recipes and read more about honey, check out this book on Amazon.com. And find more great honey smoothie recipes by checking out Smoothie Web.

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NW Area Farmer’s Markets

Vancouver & Portland Area Farmers’ Markets

It is getting to be that time of year…soon the rain will lift and you can stroll down to your local market for a delighful array of fresh fruits, vegitables and local vendors. Here are some of the area markets, click on the link to go to their website.

Old Town Market                        Battle Ground, WA (Saturday)
Camas Farmers’ Market             Camas, WA (Wednesday)
Ridgefield Farmers’ Market         Ridgefield, WA (Saturday)
Vancouver Farmers’ Market       Vancouver, WA (Saturday & Sunday)

Garden Veggies

Beaverton Farmers’ Market        Beaverton, OR (Wednesdays & Saturday)
Canby Farmers’ Market              Canby, OR (Saturday)
Cedar Mill Farmers’ Market         Beaverton, OR (Saturday)
Cully Farmers Market                  Portland, OR (Sunday)
Estacada Farmer’s Market          Estacada, OR (Saturday)
Forest Grove Farmers’ Market    Forest Grove, OR (Wednesday)
Gladstone Summer Market         Gladstone, OR (Saturday)
Gresham Farmers Market           Gresham, OR (Saturday)
Hollywood Farmers Market         Portland, OR (Saturday)

tomatoes

Hillsboro Farmers’ Market           Hillsboro, OR (Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday)
Irvington Farmers Market            Portland, OR (Sunday)
Lloyd Farmers Market                 Portland, OR (Saturday)
Milwaukie Farmers Market          Milwaukie, OR (Sunday)
Moreland Farmers Market           Portland, OR (Wednesday)
North Plains Farmers’ Market     North Plains, OR (Saturday)
Oregon City Farmers Market      Oregon City, OR (Saturday)

Peaches
Parkrose Farmers Market           Portland, OR (Saturday)
Peoples Coop                                 Portland, OR (Wednesday)
Portland Farmers’ Market           Portland, OR (Saturday)
Scappoose Farmers’ Market       Scappoose, OR (Saturday)
Windance Farms and Art            Portland, OR (Thursdays)
Woodstock Farmers Market       Portland, OR (Sunday)

 

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Learn How You Can Help the Bees

Last year, in Wilsonville Oregon there was an incident where thousands of bees were found dead in a local parking lot. They were falling from the trees and found dead on the ground. There is currently an active investigation being performed with cooperation from The Oregon Department of Agriculture, City of Wilsonville, City of Sherwood and the Xerces Society. It is believed that this incident is a direct result of pesticide use. This is unfortunately not an isolated incident and has been an ongoing problem for several years now nation wide. Our agriculture, ecosystem and food supply are reliant on the bees and the dwindling bee population is having a huge impact. It is our responsibility to be educated about this topic. Click on the image below to download the guide “How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides” provided on the Oregon State Beekeepers Association’s website.

Reduce Bee Poisoning, A Resource from Farm Garden and Beyond

Cover Image from Pacific Northwest Extension Publication PNW 591

Or Click Here to Learn More: http://www.orsba.org/htdocs/home.php

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Cook up a Buzz Worthy Bunch of Carrots

Recipe: Honey Roasted Beets & Carrot

Beets & Carrots

Ingredients

1 pound new or baby carrots with tops
1 pound baby beets
2 teaspoons olive oil
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons bourbon
2 tablespoons organic honey
1 tablespoon water

Place a small roasting pan in oven and preheat oven and pan to 500°.

Cut greens off top carrots, leaving 1 inch of greenery on each carrot.

Cut greens and root off beets, slice into 1 or 2 inch slices.

Chop onion finely.

Stir together olive oil and 1 Tbsp coconut oil in preheated pan. Add carrots, beets, salt, and pepper; toss to coat. Bake 10 minutes.

In a small saucepan melt remaining 2 Tbsp. coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 1 minute.

Remove from heat.

Stir in bourbon, honey and water.

Return to heat, and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium. Cook until mixture is reduced to a thin syrup.

Pour syrup over carrots; toss to coat. Bake 8 minutes or until carrots are crisp-tender.

 

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