I was craving something sweet and salty last night and decided to tackle making homemade honey roasted peanuts (without the high fructose corn syrup in every brand in the store) and here’s what I came up with. I’m going to try another batch tonight with cashews… I can’t wait to try those!
2 cups raw peanuts
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp peanut oil
1/4 cup sugar (plus extra for dusting)
1/2 tsp salt
What’s not to love about honey, butter and sweet dough for breakfast (or anytime for that matter)? This is one of my sweet pea’s favorite morning treats. To lessen the time in the kitchen in the morning, prepare the dough the night before and let rest in the fridge. Roll out and shape into buns then let rise before baking, as usual.
*Also note the dough makes enough for three batches… I like to throw the extra two doughs in the freezer for easy breakfasts when I know I’ll have house guests. Just let thaw in the fridge overnight and continue with recipe as usual.
Super Sweet Honey Sticky Buns
(adapted from Martha Stewart Living)
For the dough
2 tbsp yeast
1/3 cup warm water
1 cup whole milk, room temperature
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup honey (I like wildflower)
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 cups flour, plus more for rolling out dough
For the filling/topping
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup corn syrup
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream, room temperature
1/2 cup chopped almonds
In the past two years, nearly one third of the nations honeybees have died off. Formally known as colony collapse disorder, the vanishing of America’s bees is puzzling farmers and scientists from coast to coast. Many believe the plight is due to pesticides, herbicides, land development, dwindling food supply and a new virus that seems to evade the immune system of honeybees.
Bees don’t just make honey; they play a vital role in the pollination of our fruits and vegetables. According to the US Department of Agriculture, approx. one third of our diet comes from insect pollinated plants and honeybees are responsible for more than 80% of that pollination!
So here’s what you can do to help:
- Replace some of your lawn (or put containers on your balcony) with flower beds.
- Keep your garden as organic as possible! Avoid using pesticides and herbicides. Click here for eco-friendly alternatives.
- Plant native species, which bees love – for example: mint, daisies, strawberries, raspberries, lavender, salvia, asters, sunflowers and verbena.
- Choose plants that flower at different stages in the growing season to provide a constant supply of food for the bees.
- Create homes for the bees – Many of the wild bees you may encounter in your backyard make their homes in the soil or holes in trees. You can encourage bee-residents by providing nesting blocks.
- Eat Haagen Dazs Vanilla Honey Bee Ice Cream to help raise money and awareness about bees (they also sell really cute T-shirts!)
Figs are starting to appear at the farmer’s markets, and what better way to start the weekend than with an Easy App to go with a glass of wine!
(makes 12 rollups)
2 heads radicchio lettuce
6 figs (sliced in half)
1/4 lb blue cheese (I like blue d’ auvergne for its sweetness and creaminess)
a few tablespoons honey
Separate and wash leaves of radicchio. Leave to dry.
Arrange half of a fig on each leaf. Top with a slice of blue cheese and a drizzle of honey.
Sprinkle with sea salt and serve!