Honey and the State Fair of Texas?

September 17, 2009 at 2:27 pm | Posted in Recipes | Leave a comment
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It’s almost time for the State Fair of Texas, and that reminds me of honey!! Why honey? Most of you who know me know I’m a former beekeeper. Each year, Meghan and I would go to the State Fair of Texas where she would man the bee exhibit and give cooking demos featuring honey. The smell of sweet honey drifted from the back kitchen as Meghan and the other girls, all tied up in their aprons, prepared their recipes. Those days are past, but whenever I get a hint of honey this time of year, I remember the fun we had cooking back stage and then touring the Fair together.

The terrific thing about honey is that it is so very versatile! The delicious, fragrant, golden stickiness is marvelous in beauty products as well as cooking and also has added health benefits. Learn more at http://www.honey.com.

Here are some of our favorite recipes. Hope you enjoy them, and when you visit the State Fair of Texas, be sure to visit the Honeybee Exhibit and sample one of the many honey varieties available from across the great state of Texas. Give them a big Texas hello from Meg and Karin !

Chocolate-Peanut Butter FudgeHoneySpoons

3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 10-oz. Package peanut butter chips
1 14-oz. Sweetened condensed milk
½ cup honey
1 tsp. Vanilla extract or flavoring
½ cup chopped nuts

Butter well a 9x9x2 inch baking dish. Melt chocolate chips, 1 cup of peanut butter chips, milk and honey over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from stove and stir in vanilla, remaining peanut butter chips, and nuts. Pour into baking dish. When cool, cut into squares and store in cool place.

Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

½ cup balsamic vinegar 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
3 tbsp Texas Honey salt to taste
2 garlic cloves, minced 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 shallot, minced 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
freshly ground pepper to taste

Whisk together first 8 ingredients until blended. Gradually whish in olive oil.
Makes 1 2/3 cups

Honey Sour Cream Fruit Sauce

1 Cup sour cream 2 tbsp orange juice
¼ cup Texas Honey

Mix ingredients together. Use as a fruit platter dip or dribble sauce over scones and muffins. Keep refrigerated.

Hope to see you at the fair!

Karin

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