Monday, July 26, 2010

July just melted away!

I cannot believe July just melted away right before my eyes! I don't just mean weather-wise. We experienced temperatures here in the NE reaching one hundred degrees with humidity that made my beeswax candles droop. The month was a blurr of honey tastings and book talks enough to make anyone's hair get the frizzies.

I want to personally thank all of those who came out to the New York Public Library to hear me discuss my book HONEYBEE and answer the question of the year..."What made you become a beekeeper?" I enjoyed answering all your insightful bee questions. A big thank you to my agent for coming out even with her arm still in a sling and my assistant Suzanne for taking care of sales!

Have you been to the New Amsterdam Market in Manhattan? We got our first taste of art meets food at this truly European style outdoor market last Saturday. If you have not been down there, it is an absolute must for artisanal food lovers. Check out the paper table cloths and chalkboards, these were perfect for doodling honeybees and tasting notes while expressing my creative style. This was our first signature honey tasting table at the market, it was clear that shoppers loved Red Bee Honey when we left empty handed at 4 pm! Stay tuned for future dates.

If you thought honey only came in those silly plastic squeeze bears and always should taste the same, you'll be delighted to learn about Single-Origin Honey by nectar sources and that all honey is not created equal. August 1st is your last chance to attend our infamous
Honey Tastings Workshop @ Red Bee Apiary. Tour, talk and tastings begin at 1:00 pm till 2:30 pm. Please reserve your seat on the events page on our web site at or click on Honey Tasting Workshop above.

I had the honor to present an educational Honey Tasting for a group of very intrigued producers at the Food Network. My assistant and publicist report that not one looked at their hand held throughout my one hour honey talk. Our visit ended with a walk through the hustle bustle at Kitchen Stadium. Talk about busy bees! This photo is me showing two of the bravest producers inside my top bar hive. The bees were very well behaved and presented us with an award winning super full of honey. Of course, they got to taste it making it a memorable trip to Red Bee Apiary.

More: Honeybee Book Dates:
Brick Walk Farmers Market, Fairfield, CT on Saturday, July 31st at 9 am-2 pm
FreshFarm Market, Bethesda, MD on
Saturday, August 7th at 9 am-1pm

Sweet and Spicy Grilling Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Bake Time: 10 minutes

  • 2 Tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 small shallots, peeled and minced (about 3 Tablespoons)
  • 4 cloves minced fresh garlic
  • 1/4 cup grated fresh ginger
  • 1 cup dry sherry
  • 2/3 cup Buckwheat honey
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons hoisin sauce

Heat oil in a medium saucepan; add shallots and garlic; cook over low heat for 5 minutes, until softened. Add ginger and cook for 1 minute more, stirring frequently. Add honey and sherry and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 3 minutes. Combine the soy, water and cornstarch in a small bowl; add to pan with hoisin sauce. Cook and stir for several minutes more until slightly thickened. Remove half of the sauce to a small bowl and set aside. Brush remaining sauce over pork ribs, beef skewers or chicken during grilling last 5 minutes of grilling. Place reserved bowl of sauce on the table to drizzle over the cooked meat.

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