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Stuffed Pancetta Burgers, Balsamic Fig Marmalade, and Chipotle Infused Honey

I can’t believe it’s already Labor Day weekend! Before we know it, stores will be riddled with festive Halloween costumes flung through the aisles. You’ll start to see sparkly stockings here and neon wigs there. But, besides Halloween, there are more costumes that the season of fall is best known for. Many of these jovial outfits are complete with colorful face paint, beer-soaked football jerseys, a foam finger, and of course, sweet and smoky barbecue sauce! There must be something about fall and the wintertime that makes dressing up so much more acceptable than any other time of the year. So while you’re kicking back in your recliner, sipping coffee from your company mug, and “sticking it to the man” in the most acceptable way possible, enjoy this Labor Day weekend with this modern barbecue slider recipe from that’ll be perfect to pair with any other holiday this fall!

Yield: 6 burgers

Balsamic Fig Marmalade

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 5 peppadew peppers, diced
  • 4 figs, diced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons peppadew juice (from jar)
  • 2 tablespoons Cloister Honey Chipotle Infused Honey
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. course ground black pepper

Stuffed Pancetta Burgers

  • 3 ozs. sliced pancetta
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. course ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • 3 ozs. blue cheese or goat cheese
  • 6 King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
  • Butter

Instructions: Balsamic Fig Marmalade

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a sauce pot over medium-high heat. Add the red onion and garlic and sauté for 8 minutes. Add another tablespoon of butter and the remaining ingredients and cook down for about 4 minutes. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes while you prepare the burgers.

Stuffed Pancetta Burgers

Heat the grill to medium-high. Dice the pancetta slices and mix in a large bowl with the beef, soy sauce, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Form into six equal size balls. Using your thumbs, press an indention in the center of each ball. Add a spoonful of blue cheese or goat cheese into the center. Carefully form the meat around the ball and smash into a patty. Grill over medium-high heat for 6 minutes. Flip and grill another 6 minutes. Remove from grill and let rest while you prepare the buns. Cut the rolls in half and butter each side. Grill over low heat, until golden brown. Place a patty on the bottom of each roll. Top with a spoonful of marmalade. Add the top bun and serve.

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Back to School Honey Snacks for Kids!

It's that time of year again when the summer heat is at its hottest, the electric bills are at their highest, and the air is filled with the excited energy of "back to school" time. The month of August means new haircuts, papers and pens, plastic bins and baggies, new flashy backpacks, and the latest lunch box $10 can offer. While the youthful tastes of today are as ever changing as a Disney channel soap opera, the classics never do. Nowadays, kids drool over fruity fruit rollups riddled with tongue tattoos, and mystery gushers with surprising sour-tastic flavors. But honey has been around since as early as 2100 B.C., and this insect byproduct still continues to impress! Check out these crafty recipes below that make making sweet snacks fun and healthy! For more information on these wonderful recipes, please visit: Healthy Snack for Kids.

Banana Cereal Pops (Perfect substitute for dessert after dinner)

  • 2 bananas
  • 1/4 cup of wildflower Cloister Honey
  • 1/2 cup of cereals
  • 4 popsicle sticks

Honey Fruitsicles (Great after playing in the heat) 

  • 1/2 cup of fresh fruit bits
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup of wildflower Cloister Honey
  • some water
  • popsicle sticks

Honey S’mores (A sweet weekend treat) 

  • 6 2×2-inch graham crackers
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of wildflower Cloister Honey
  • 3 marshmallows

Honey and Yogurt Shake (A healthy and refreshing breakfast)

  • 1 cup of fresh milk
  • 1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of sliced fruits (apple, banana, strawberries or whatever fruit your kids like)
  • 1 cup of crushed ice
  • 4 tablespoons of wildflower Cloister Honey

Peanut Butter, Honey and Strawberry Roll-up (Great for lunch, the modern PB&J)

  • 1 slice of multi-grain bread
  • 1 tablespoon of wildflower Cloister Honey
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
  • some diced strawberries

Remember, raw or unpasteurized honey should not be given to infants younger than 12 months! Want to know why? Check it out here: at Wholesome Baby Food.

The Bee's Knees Cocktail

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

The Bee's Knees Cocktail

This wonderful cocktail recipe is appropriated from

I can count on one hand the amount of times that men and women alike have willingly discussed the same topic in poplar culture. Most often, this is because men are fascinated when honored athletes are caught using performance enhancement drugs and women are concerned with plastic surgeries, break-ups, and betrayals. However, once in a blue moon, Venus and Mars align to discuss the scandals of popular culture...together. That being said, the new Great Gatsby film directed by Baz Luhrmann is one of them. En lieu of F. Scott Fitzgerlad's wondrous novel and portrayal of the 1920's era during the prohibition, why not toast to its honor with a fancy cocktail? This Bee's Knees Cocktail is crisp, clean, and oh so "Gatsby". Set the scene at your next spring party with the "Bee's Knees Cocktail", Roaring Twenties attire, and songs by Jay-Z and Andre 3000 playing softly in the distance.



  • 2 oz Bar Hill Gin
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz Cloister Honey: Vanilla Infused, simple syrup 1:1
  • Garnish with a lemon twist

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Authentic Mexican Sopapillas

Authentic Mexican Sopapillas

This wonderful recipe comes from Marye Audet at!

I may not be Mexican but my fascination with Frida Kahlo, Mariachi music, the movie Coco, and a mean guacamole have always made me feel like a fan of Mexican culture. Whenever I think of Mexican food I imagine beans, rice, salsa, corn chips, and tortillas - all salty foods and never any sweet ones. I have tried fried ice cream at a Mexican restaurant before (which was wonderful) but in terms of trying a traditional Mexican dessert, I have regretfully tried nothing. This is where the Mexican Sopapillas come into play... they are like fried puff pastry with a honey drizzle and topped with powdered sugar! (similar to Greek loukoumades recipe we featured a recipe on in the Fall).

Check out this recipe below by for a wonderful addition to your Cinco de Mayo party, disfruta!


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water

You have to serve them hot.  And you HAVE to eat all of them at that meal. When you drop them in the fryer be sure not to crowd them and only do about 2 or 3 at a time depending on the size.  As soon as the float to the top start spooning the hot oil over them to make them puff even more.  Turn them once and take them out of the oil when they are golden. Stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and shortening until it is crumbly. Stir in water and  mix until the dough is smooth. Cover and let stand for 20 minutes for the gluten to relax.  Meanwhile heat the oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees. Roll out on floured board 1/8  thick. Cut into large-ish squares. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Drain.  Dust with confectioner’s sugar or granulated sugar and serve hot with honey to pour in the hollow centers.

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Raw Macaroons {with our Vanilla Bean Infused Honey}

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Raw Macaroons {with our Vanilla Bean Infused Honey}

This amazing recipe is appropriated from our friend Aubrey Griffin's blog,!

I don't know about you, but when I think of summer-time I think of vacation - and instantly my mind pictures a warm white beach, sounds of steel drums playing softly nearby, and the subtle sweet aroma of coconut wafting in from the salty sea. Nowadays, after work I speed home as quick as I can to lounge back in my lime green Adirondack chair, pour myself a tall glass of iced tea, and slowly start to hear those steel drums chiming in my head. While looking at Aubrey's blog, I thought to myself "Wow self! These raw macaroons would make a wonderful addition to your tropical island-getaway fantasy!" And there you have it, these all-natural raw macaroons are perfect as a sweet snack, tropical party favor, or even a healthy dessert!


  • Raw Macaroons
  • 1½ cups finely chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds, macadamia, cashews etc..)
  • 2 cups coconut flakes
  • ¼-1/2 cup Cloister Honey: Vanilla Bean Infused Honey
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • ¾ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Stir till all ingredients are incorporated.
  3. With an ice cream scoop or a spoon, scoop out about enough to make a 2 inch ball. (This part gets a little messy)
  4. If using a spoon, really work the mixture in your hands. Squeeze and shape in to a ball.
  5. If using an ice cream scoop, mash in the mixture as tightly as possible.
  6. Place the balls on to a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. This prevents the any sticking when they are cooled.
  7. Place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for at least 30 min to cool and harden.


Helpful tip! Use the same measuring cup for the coconut oil and honey. By measuring the coconut oil first, when the honey is measured it should slip right on out of the measuring cup.   


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Recipe of the (every other) Week

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Grilled Asian Steak Salad with Cloister Honey Infused Arbol Pepper Honey

(Try this amazing asian recipe from our friends at Charlotte Today!) 

Serves 4

¾ pound USDA Choice, Beef tenderloin (1 inch thick)

1  teaspoon grated lime zest
3  tablespoons fresh lime juice
1  tablespoon Cloister Honey, Infused Arbol Pepper

1  tablespoon chopped pickled ginger
2  teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
3  tablespoons canola oil

Pinch Crushed red pepper

10 oz. Mixed greens (such as Mesclun Mix)
1 mango, cut into thin strips
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
½ cup fresh basil leaves, sliced
2 green onions, thinly sliced (divided)

1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

kosher salt and black pepper
1. Heat a large grill pan over high heat. Season the steak with ½ teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Brush with canola oil. Cook 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let rest at least 5 minutes before slicing.

2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the lime zest and juice, honey, ginger, soy sauce, oil, crushed red pepper and ¼ teaspoon salt. Add the lettuce, mango, bell pepper, basil, and ½ green onion and toss to combine. Serve salad on a chilled plate topped with thinly sliced steak, sesame seeds, and remaining green onion. Drizzle any remaining dressing over sliced steak.


You can also view the video for this recipe here



Tuesday, April 4, 2013

It's officially spring which is signified by new white clothes, allergy medicine, summer vacation plans and day old April Fools Day pranks. But while you've got some time in between your spring cleaning, remember that today is a very special holiday! Today is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. Since the usual PB&J just isn't going to cut it today, try these Honey Roasted Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars - they make the perfect snack for everyone in your family!

Honey Roasted Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars


Makes about 3 dozen.

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 1/2 cups chunky peanut butter, you can use smooth
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon really good honey ...perhaps some Cloister Honey ?
1 1/2 cups raspberry jam, or other flavor
2/3 cup honey roasted peanuts, roughly chopped


Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-by-13-inch pan with butter, and line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease the parchment, and coat inside of pan with flour; set aside. Place butter, honey and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. On medium speed, add eggs and peanut butter; beat until combined, about 2 minutes.

Whisk together salt, baking powder, and flour. Add to bowl of mixer on low speed; combine. Add vanilla. Transfer two-thirds of mixture to prepared pan; spread evenly with offset spatula. Using offset spatula, spread jam on top of peanut-butter mixture. Dollop remaining third of peanut-butter mixture on top of jam. Sprinkle with peanuts.

Bake until golden, about 45 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool; cut into about thirty-six 1 1/2-by-2-inch pieces.

For more information about this recipe, check out: here: Honey Roasted Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars




Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Honey Mustard and Curry Coleslaw with Apples


This wonderful recipe is from and is absolutely wonderful!
  • 4 cups shredded green cabbage cabbage (about 1/4 medium head)
  • 2 cups shredded radicchio (about 1 small head)
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • raisins, cashew pieces, and cilantro to garnish
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup raw cashew pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. Cloister Honey Raw Wildflower
  • 2 tsp. curry powder
  • 2 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • water
  1. Lightly massage the shredded cabbage with a few pinches of salt and set aside.
  2. In a food processor, process the cashews to a fine meal, then add salt, curry, cayanne, honey, dijon, and lemon. Process to combine.
  3. With the food processor on, start adding water, a little bit at a time, until the mixture forms a thick paste. Process it until completely smooth, and scrape the sides.
  4. Continue adding water until the mixture resembles a thick buttermilk consistency. It should be creamy, but pour easily.
  5. Add the radicchio and apples to the cabbage, toss with the dressing, and garnish with cilantro, raisins, and cashews.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Flourless Mocha Lava Cakes (sweetened with honey)

From a Finn in the Kitchen:

Makes 4 servings

Coconut oil or butter to grease ramekins
Cocoa powder
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped, plus a few shavings for serving
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon-size pieces
1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, plus 1/4 teaspoon for whipping cream
2 tablespoons Cloister Honey, plus 1 teaspoon for whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 large eggs
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, for serving

Grease four 6-ounce ramekins with coconut oil or butter and sprinkle in about 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, shaking to coat the interior. Tap out the excess cocoa into the next ramekin and repeat until all are fully coated. Place ramekins on a baking sheet.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Put about an inch of water in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Place chocolate and stick of butter into a mixing bowl that fits over the saucepan. Stir until contents are fully melted and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in coffee, vanilla, honey, salt, and baking soda with an electric mixer.

Add eggs, one at a time, stirring to combine thoroughly between each addition. Then increase speed to high and beat for 4 minutes. The batter will lighten noticeably in color and thicken in consistency.

Divide the batter evenly between the four prepared ramekins, smooth the surface with a spoon, and bake for 10-12 minutes. If you plan on leaving the cakes in the ramekins to serve (my preference), lean more toward 10 minutes. For less 'lava' and more cake, bake for 12 minutes.

While cakes are baking, whip the heavy cream on medium-high speed until it forms soft peaks. Add 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon of honey. Whip for another 30 seconds or until fully combined.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Run a sharp knife around the edges and turn over onto a plate or keep in ramekins if you prefer. Top with a dollop of cream and a few chocolate shavings.

Serve warm.

If you want to save some for another time, keep the unbaked ramekin covered in the fridge with plastic wrap until ready to use. You may need to extend the baking time by a few minutes since the batter will be cold.


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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Cinnamon, Honey, Butter, and Nut Oatmeal 


Servings: 1


1/3 cup of Oatmeal

1/4 tbsp of butter

2 tsp of Cinnamon

1 tsp honey (to taste)

1/8 cup chopped Pecans


This is the easiest recipe to make and I guarantee it's the best winter breakfast ever! Make the oatmeal by following the directions on the back of your oatmeal container. For me, I like to use 1/3 cups of oatmeal and in my microwave I set it to power 4 for 5 minutes. It comes out perfect...not overcooked or mushy. After the oatmeal comes out of the microwave add the butter, cinnamon, honey, and nuts. I have a personal stash of pecans in a jar with regular wildflower Cloister Honey that works well for everything. Once these ingredients are added, mix the oatmeal together and serve! I like to add a lot of Cinnamon (see image above) but Cinnamon's strength is dependent on the amount of sugar you add, so by adding less honey you will have less of a strong Cinnamon taste. 

I hope you enjoy, this recipe takes 6 minutes or less!




Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Honey and Mint Drops

It's that time of year when everyone is getting sick and whispers of the flu start to circulates into every local news channel. Cough drops seem to be in everyone's pockets and on everyone breath, the smell of menthol basically surrounds your work area, class room, home, etc. But the worst part about cough drops are that they just don't seem natural. They are full of artificial flavors, colors, and smells. Try these all natural honey and mint drops as a natural prescription to this year's flu season. 
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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Vanilla Bean and Honey Pear Bars

Christmas flew a little too fast this year - what with the end of the world being in the back of everyone's mind and the news of Kate Middleton's royal pregnancy illegally surfacing on air. Now it has quickly turned into New Years and I can only find fancy holiday drink recipes online that do everything from bubbling and sparkling to catching on fire. But I am looking for a fancy sweet treat for the midnight celebration that will delightfully accompany my drink of choice as well as welcome the new year with a sophisticated palette. Try these wonderful Vanilla Bean and Honey Pear Bars from that will finally give you a reason to use those foam-wrapped holiday pears for once!

Servings: 18 small squares

Ingredients: (adapted from Martha Stewart’s lemon bars)

  • For crust:
    • 1/8 cup of white sugar
    • 1/8 cup of brown sugar
    • 1/4 tsp of lemon zest
    • 1/8 tsp of salt
    • 1/2 cup (115 g) of very cold unsalted butter, cubed
    • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • For pear custard:
    • 1 cup of pear puree (fully ripen)
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1/4 cup of Cloister Honey: Vanilla Bean Infused Honey
    • 1/2 cup of white sugar
    • 1/8 cup + 1 tbsp of lemon juice
    • Seeds from 1 vanilla bean
    • 1/3 cup of all-purpose flour
  • Powder sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven on 350ºF/180ºC.

In a food processor, pulse the white sugar, brown sugar, lemon zest and salt together until blended.  Add the cold butter and pulse again until the sugar mixture is evenly mixed into the butter.  Then add the flour and pulse until a loose and crumbly dough forms.

Line two 6″x6″/15x15cm square molds with parchment paper (I only have these 2 very tiny square molds.  Feel absolutely free to use 1 big mold as it was supposed to be).  Divide the dough mixture evenly into the molds and press it down with your fingers until it’s firmly distributed.  Bake in the oven for 18~20 min until the edges are slightly browned.

Meanwhile, make the pear custard.  Peel and core 1~2 pears depending on the size to have enough for 1 cup of pureed pear.  Puree the pear first in the blender.  It may be slightly difficult to do so without enough liquid so you might have to smash the pears down with a wooden spoon a few times.  Once the pear is pureed, measure exactly 1 cup to leave in the blender then add the eggs, honey, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla seeds and flour.  Blend until just evenly combined.  Tap the blender on the counter a few times to help the air-bubbles float to the top, then use a spoon to pop as much bubbles as you can.

Once the crust is ready, take them out of the oven and turn the heat down to 325ºF/170ºC.  Pour the pear custard onto the hot crust and return it to the oven to bake until the center of the custard is set and the edges are slightly browned, 25~30 min.

Leave them to cool slightly on the counter, then lift the parchment paper to remove them from the molds (OR even better if you have molds with removable-bottom).  Let it chill completely in the fridge before cutting.

Cut them into small squares or rectangles and dust with powder sugar on top.  

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Monday, December 17, 2012 

Just like the monotonous candy cane, hot chocolate can also be one of Christmas' most jaded traditions. Don't get me wrong, the Christmas season wouldn't be the same without those striped red and white candies hanging from wintery garland and telephone poles. But just like the candy cane, hot chocolate gets a little boring too. It's a deliciously hot chocolate drink but even that can be unappetizing especially in its unenthusiastic powdered form. What hot chocolate does have on the candy cane is that it's original recipe was much more complex than it is now. Try this Hot Cocoa "Affogato" and peppermint ice cream that'll make your Christmas holiday more memorable. 


14-ounce can regular coconut milk
14-ounce can light coconut milk
½ cup and 2 tbs. Cloister Honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
¼ cup water
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups soy milk (or milk)
Peppermint candies (a few for garnish) Microwave for 2½ to 3 minutes until hot, or for the stovetop method, heat the mixture over medium heat until hot, taking care that it does not boil. A few hours prior to serving, make the ice cream: In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cans coconut milk, ½ cup honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 2 teaspoons peppermint extract. Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker (ormake it without the machine). When complete, freeze the ice cream for around 2 to 3 hours to obtain a hard texture.

Makes: 4


In glass 2-cup measuring cup, place 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons honey, ¼ cup warm water and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon (if using). Microwave for about 20 seconds to heat briefly, then whisk or stir together until combined.

Add a bit of the soy milk and whisk it in to temper the mixture. Once it is incorporated, add the remainder of the 2 cups of milk. To serve, crush the peppermint candies. Place a scoop or two of ice cream in a bowl or glass, then sprinkle with peppermint candies. At the table, pour hot chocolate over the ice cream. Enjoy!

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

This time of year is full of holiday parties from the cul-de-sac to the office and every place in between. After preparing for so many gatherings, your holiday dish list gets smaller and smaller as caramel covered brie and chocolate covered pretzels become staple items instead of winter specialties. So when your brainstorming what dish to bring next, try these amazing stuffed pears that are sure to surprise and delight every guest at your next gathering. 

Stuffed Pears En Croute



  • 4 Comice pears (choose pears that stand well on their own)
  • 1 box puff pastry, thawed
  • 4 ounces brie or blue cheese
  • 1 cup Cloister Honey - Vanilla Bean Infused Honey
  • 1 egg


  1. Pre-heat oven to 300.
  2. Wash and dry pears.
  3. With a sharp knife, cut a hole in the top of the pear down toward core and remove as much of the core and seeds as possible without cutting through the bottom.
  4. Cut the core away from the top of the pear so that it will sit comfortably back on top of the pear.
  5. Stuff each pear with 1 ounce of cheese (or as much as you can get inside and still put the top back on).
  6. Cut puff pastry into half inch strips.
  7. Beginning at the bottom, wrap pears with pastry strips until you reach the top.
  8. Press lightly to join the strips to one another.
  9. Beat egg and brush a light coat over the outside of the pastry.
  10. Place on baking pan lined with Silpat liner.
  11. If making honey candy, pour 1 teaspoon rounds near the center of the Silpat liner. You'll use approximately 3 teaspoons for each pear.
  12. Bake pears for 30 minutes at 300 degrees.
  13. Remove and drizzle 3 tablespoons over the top of each pear, raise the temperature to 350 and return to the oven to bake for another 15-20 minutes depending on how hard your pears were to begin with and how soft you want the end result to be.
  14. Remove from oven, let cool.
  15. Break honey candy in bits, sprinkle on pears and drizzle with a little extra honey if desired.

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The beautiful cold weather is known for its wonderfully chill nights accompanied by warm and comforting dinner recipes...But the winter season is also known for sick days, cough drops, and regret for dismissing the flu shot that you could have gotten numerous times last month. A sick day doesn't have to be full of chicken broth, saltless saltines, and canned vegetables. Try this wonderful hot toddy that will make your sick day feel like a wintry holiday with this healing hot toddy recipe we found from

Healing Hot Toddy 

  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp Cloister Honey Infused Chili Pepper, Vanilla, or regular Wildflower
  • 3 tsp ginger root, grated
  • 4 juniper berries*, crushed fine (juniper berries are not recommended during pregnancy nor for those with a history of kidney/liver ailments)
  • 1/8 tsp dry red chili flakes, optional
  • 4 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
Notes: If you do not tolerate spices well, you can reduce the amount of ginger and chili in this recipe accordingly as both have heating properties.  See cautionary note above regarding juniper berries if you are pregnant or have a history of kidney/liver ailments.
Directions:  Makes 2 warming cups of hot toddy.
Bring 4 cups of water to a gentle boil.
Place grated ginger, crushed juniper berries, chili flakes and 2 star anise into a tea infuser set in a tea pot.  Pour boiling water over infuser and allow the mixture to infuse for at least 7 minutes.  Remove infuser from tea pot.
Take out two large glasses or mugs (that will each hold two cups of water).  Divide lemon juice between two glasses/mugs and add about 1 Tbsp of honey to each glass/mug.  Divide hot toddy mixture from tea pot between the two glasses/mugs and stir to combine with honey and lemon. Place a couple slices of lemon into each glass/mug.  For decoration, you can add another star anise, a couple more juniper berries and a cinnamon stick, as desired.

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November 13, 2012

Honey Chicken Salad with Grapes and Feta


Thanksgiving's coming up next week which means grocery lists are getting longer and creative ideas about what to do with left over turkey are at a high demand. We've all heard the classic turkey sandwich on rye with cranberry sauce or just regular warmed-up leftovers in the microwave but why not make that leftover meal something with dignity? Try this Honey Chicken Salad with Grapes and Feta recipe after Thanksgiving. Sub the chicken with turkey, the grapes with leftover cranberry sauce, and add a little mayonnaise to taste. These leftovers become a meal of their own and will have your family forgetting what they even had at Thanksgiving dinner.

Prep time:  15 mins

Cook time:  45 mins

Total time:  1 hour
Serves: 8-10
  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 1 bunch grapes (about 2-3 cups), cut in half
  • 1 cup uncooked wheat berries
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Cloister Honey: Wildflower Honey (more to taste)
  • ¼ cup lemon dressing (I used Brianna’s Lemon Tarragon dressing)
  • ½ tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • feta cheese and green onions for topping
  • mayonnaise to taste
  1. Bring 2 large pots of water to boil. To one pot, add the raw chicken breasts. Cover and cook for about 20-30 minutes. To the other pot, add wheat berries and cook, uncovered, for about 20-30 minutes.
  2. While chicken is cooking, chop the grapes in half. Slice a few green onions for topping. Whisk together the olive oil, honey, dressing, vinegar, and water. Keep grapes, green onions, and dressing in the refrigerator until ready to assemble.
  3. Remove chicken from heat and check for doneness (white color throughout). Drain water and allow to cool for several minutes. When cool enough to handle, shred chicken with two forks or your hands. Season shredded chicken with salt and pepper.
  4. Remove wheat berries from heat and check for doneness (chewy texture). If they’re still too crunchy for you, continue to cook for another 10 minutes, adding water as needed. Drain off all excess water when done cooking. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Top with feta cheese, green onions, and almonds. Refrigerate for up to 4 days.
If you’re taking this on the go, pack up the salad with the toppings in a separate container to keep things crispy and fresh. You can use any citrusy dressing that you like, or you could even just use a little bit of lemon juice (maybe just 1-2 tablespoons) in place of the dressing.    

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October 25, 2012



Coffee Custards with Honey & Cinnamon

Based on a Martha Stewart Living recipe
Serves 4-6

soft butter
1 c. heavy cream
1/2 c. milk
2 Tbsp. instant espresso powder
3 large egg yolks
1 large egg
1/4 c. honey
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Set out a 9x13 baking pan. Butter 4-6 oz. (or 6-4 oz.) ramekins and arrange them evenly in the 9x13 pan.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine cream, milk, and espresso powder and heat until mixture almost simmers. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks, egg, honey, cinnamon, and vanilla. Whisk a bit of the hot cream mixture into the eggs, then whisk in all of the cream mixture until well combined. Ladle into the prepared ramekins. Set the 9x13 pan on rack in preheated oven, then pour hottest tap water into the pan until it comes 3/4 of the way up the sides of the ramekins. Bake until the custards are set and jiggly, about 35 minutes.

Remove from oven and water bath. Cool to room temperature and serve or chill to serve later. To serve, run a knife around the edges of the custard and then flip over onto a serving plate. Give the plate and ramekin together a bit of a shake to loosen and the custards will slide right out.


Roasted Carrot Soup with Honey

There's nothing better than home-made soup that represents the colors of the fall season and the tastes of the winter to come. I stumbled upon this recipe on because of the deep orange tones in the soup and the cauldron-like mug it rests in. This is the perfect warm meal that is, for once in this blog, less sweet than it is hardy. I am partial to sweets, especially with honey being the main subject of this website but this recipe changes the way sweats are used in autumn meals. So if your looking for something less sweet and more robust try this roasted carrot soup with honey that will make you want more soups and less sweets.



* 2.5 cups vegetable broth

* 5 large sweet carrots

* 1 onion

* 1 tablespoon butter

* 2 tablespoon olive oil

* 2 tablespoon Cloister Honey Wildflower Honey

* 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

* 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

* salt and pepper to taste 

 It's very important to use sweet, not old carrots otherwise your soup may be bitter. Peel and slice carrots (slices shouldn't be very thin - about 3-4 cm). Heat oven to 355 degrees Fahrenheit. Place carrots in a baking dish. Drizzle with honey and olive oil and sprinkle with cumin. Mix and bake for about 30 minutes. When the carrots are soft and honey caramelized put them into a pot, add broth, ginger and onion fried gently on butter. Boil for 10 minutes and then mix well. If the soup is too thick add some water and boil for a while. 

Decorate with sour cream. 

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October 8-14, 2012

Pistachio-Honey Butter

Halloween is just around the corner and with all the commercials and advertisements that feature festive Halloween things, it's been getting me in a creative mind-set for some ghoulish looking food. I recently came upon this recipe and think that it would be a fun and sneaky surprise to add in a PB&J sandwich or as a dip at a Halloween party. The best part about this festive spread is that it's not too festive, so you could also enjoy this recipe at anytime of the year! Oh and its healthy!!



  • 1 1/3 cups raw unsalted pistachios (5oz)
  • 2 teaspoons Cloister Honey: Wildflower Honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons (or more) EVOO


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees . Spread the pistachios on a baking sheet; toast for 8 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Transfer the nuts to a mini food processor and process until finely chopped. Blend in the honey and salt, then blend in the EVOO until smooth.
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