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Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon and Whiskey Barrel Aged Wildflower Honey

It doesn't get better than this fall recipe: crispy roasted brussel sprouts, sliced slab bacon and a healthy drizzle of our Whiskey Barrel Aged Honey. Sweet, salty, crunchy, and spicy, it is so flavorful and so easy to make!

Brussel Sprouts with Whiskey Barrel Aged Honey

Ingredients:

1.75 lb Brussels sprouts, halved
7 oz slab bacon, cut into batonettes
2 T extra virgin olive oil
Salt
Whiskey Barrel Aged Wildflower

Procedure:

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

In a bowl:  Toss all the ingredients together except for the Whiskey Barrel Aged Honey.  Spread onto the baking sheet, and place in the preheated oven.  Cook until crispy brown and slightly blackened.

Remove from the oven and drizzle over Whiskey Barrel Aged Wildflower Honey to serve.

 

Golden Honey Cornbread

Cornbread is a satisfying seasonal dinner accompaniment that is quick and easy to prepare.  Present it elegantly at the holidays or throw it together for a weeknight chili. We've sweetened our cornbread with honey, which is a great substitute for refined sugar, particularly when baking muffins, cakes, quick breads, and pies!  Honey contributes additional moisture to the recipe, and when it comes to this cornbread, it creates a really rich and wonderful result. We used Alfalfa Honey, because of the beautiful light florality and hint of spice.

Golden Honey Cornbread Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup Bob's Red Mill Cornmeal, medium grind 
1 c milk
1/2 c + 1 T Alfalfa Honey
1/2 t salt
1 c all-purpose flour 
2 t baking powder 
1 egg
1/3 c melted butter

Procedure:

Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray or lightly grease a 9-inch round cake pan, cast iron skillet, or muffin pan.

In a large bowl, soak cornmeal in milk for 10-15 minutes. If you are using a cast iron skillet preheat it with a little bit of butter.

Then combine flour, sugars, honey, salt and baking powder to cornmeal mixture. Stir in egg and butter until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Serve with room temperature butter and honey!

Butternut Squash Soup with Ghost Pepper Honey and Yogurt

Here is our a simple yet elegant take on a fall classic, Butternut Squash Soup.  The Ghost Pepper Infused Honey adds a lively dimension to the soup and is complimented with cooling yogurt.

Butternut Squash Soup with Ghost Pepper Honey

Serves 3-4

Ingredients:

1 small white onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
1/2 apple, cored and cubed
1 medium butternut squash, seeded, peeled and cubed
2 sprigs of fresh sage
3 cups of vegetable broth + more as needed
extra virgin olive oil
salt to taste
nutmeg
Ghost Pepper Infused Honey

Procedure:

In a saucepan at medium heat, sweat the carrot and onion in olive oil until soft. Add in the apple, squash and sage.  Season with salt.  Cover with broth and cook until the butternut squash breaks apart with a spoon. Add a pinch of nutmeg.

Remove the sage and prepare a blender.  Add all the ingredients into the blender and purée until smooth.  Adjust with broth for consistency and salt for flavor.

Reheat the soup to serve.  Swirl in yogurt and drizzle Ghost Pepper Honey.

 

 

 

Cranberry Sauce with Honey

Dress up your traditional Thanksgiving Day sauce with raw honey! It makes so much sense:  Cranberry Sauce made with Cranberry Blossom Honey.  Why not use a natural sweetener that is the result of the pollination that creates the cranberries themselves?  It's a wonderful symbiotic relationship, that is a gift of nature.  Where the tartness of the cranberries end, the sweetness of the Cranberry Blossom Honey begins.  We can't wait for you try it.

Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce with Honey

Ingredients

1 10oz package of fresh cranberries
2 T water
9oz Cranberry Blossom Honey (or about 2/3 of our 12oz jar)
1/2 lemon, pith peeled
pinch of salt
pepper

Directions

In a small saucepan with a cover, at medium low heat, cook the cranberries, water, 6oz honey, and lemon peel about 15 minutes or until the cranberries start to burst. Add in the remaining honey, pinch of salt and pepper.  Serve warm or refrigerate until needed. Enjoy!

Whiskey Me Away

We asked craft cocktail specialist, Brendan Dillon of Hamlet and Ghost restaurant, to experiment with our  Whiskey Barrel Aged Wildflower, and he came up with a light, beautiful cocktail featuring this special honey!  Thank you, Brendan!

Whiskey Me Away

Whiskey Me Away

2.5 oz fino Sherry
.5 oz Whiskey Barrel Aged Wildflower Honey simple syrup (equal parts honey + water)
1 T stone fruit preserves, such as apricot

1 egg white

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake hard and strain into a beautiful glass with a fine strainer.  Serve with a citrus twist.

Tea Event Plan 10/21 at Saratoga Performing Art Center

We welcome you to join us for an evening of enjoying tea, surrounded by the beauty and energy of Saratoga Performing Art Center.  Please read the protocol thoroughly before signing up.  May we all enjoy an early evening in good health with good tea.

Event Registration

  • All guests are required to pre-register for this event. Walk-ups will not be permitted.

Event Instructions – Arrival through Departure

  • Parking: Please enter from the Avenue of the Pines at the Saratoga Auto Museum (110 Avenue of the Pines).  Please follow the signs upon arrival. Unfortunately, due to the circumstances surrounding Covid-19, golf cart rides to and from the parking area will not be available. 
    • Entrance: All attendees will enter through the Hall of Springs Gate.  Please follow posted signage.
      • Check-in and Screening: Check in will be at the Hall of Springs Box Office where each guest will need to complete a health screening questionnaire as required by the New York State Department of Health for contact tracing purposes.  Those questions are below.  If the answer to any of those questions is “yes” entry will not be allowed.
        • In the last 14 days, have you experienced any of these symptoms? Fever greater than 100°, cough, sore throat, respiratory illness or difficulty breathing.
        • In the last 14 days, have you tested positive for COVID-19?
        • In the last 14 days, have you knowingly been in close or proximate contact with anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive?
        • PPE: All guests are required to wear a facemask that covers the mouth and nose.  Masks must be worn at all times when patrons are moving throughout the grounds. Guests may choose to remove their masks only if they are seated. 
          • Social Distancing: While inside the gates, guests are responsible for maintaining social distancing, remaining 6ft apart whenever possible. Seating areas will be predetermined by the venue and separated appropriately for social distancing. 
            • Restrooms: Restrooms will be available and will modified to accommodate social distancing and maximum occupancy will be monitored. Restrooms will be cleaned and high-risk contact areas and touch points will be sanitized frequently. 
            Permitted Items: Guests will be asked to keep items brought with them to a minimum.  
                • Permitted
                  • Only essential personal belongings (e.g. immediate medical needs)
                  • Factory Sealed Water
                • Prohibited
                  • Non-essential items (Frisbees, yard games, etc)
                  • Wagons/Soft or Hard Coolers
                  • Food 
                  • Alcohol
                  • Tents
            1. Weather: This is a rain or shine event, please plan accordingly.  If the venue is the Adirondack Pavilion, please bring a blanket and warm clothing.
            2. Matcha Panna Cotta

              Matcha Panna Cotta

              Special thanks to local chef and friend, Sookyung Lee for creating beautiful recipes featuring our Matcha Wakatake.  We are so grateful for her sharing this recipe with us!

              Ingredients:

              2/3 c whole milk
              2/3 c heavy cream
              1/4 c sugar
              1 T Matcha Wakatake powder
              1 T hot water
              1/2 T gelatin powder
              2 T water

              Procedure:

              1. Sprinkle the gelatin powder on top of room temperature water.  Stir and allow to bloom.

              2. Sift matcha into a small bowl, add in hot water, and whisk so there are no clumps.

              3. In a saucepan, add in the milk, heavy cream, sugar and stir to combine over medium heat. Bring the temperature to a simmer on low heat, do not let it come to a boil.

              4. Remove the pan from the heat, once it reaches a simmer, and add in the whisked matcha and gelatin.

              5. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve, into a bowl set on an ice bath. Stir the mixture gently.  When it starts to thicken, pour into serving cups and refrigerate until firm.

              6.  Garnish with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

              Variations for a summer treat!  Use Mango Infused Honey instead of raw sugar.  Garnish with mango purée and fresh mango hot days!

              Matcha Panna Cotta With Mango

              Grilled Peach, Prosciutto & Ghost Pepper Honey Flatbread

              Celebrate the end of summer's harvest with a beautiful homemade pizza, courtesy of our friend, Darien Leigh, of @pantry.hill.  She beautifully combines the sweetness of grilled peaches, the savoriness of prosciutto and parmigiano reggiano, and the spiciness of arugula and Ghost Pepper Honey. This summer flatbread is elegant and complex, yet so easy in execution.

              Ghost Pepper Honey, Peaches, and Prosciutto Pizza

              Ingredients:

              20 oz raw pizza dough (We use Portland Pie Co. Shipyard Beer Dough - available at Hannaford)
              Olive oil for drizzling
              1/4 cup shredded mozzarella 
              1/2 cup shaved parmigiano reggiano
              1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
              2 cups arugula
              1/2 fresh lemon
              2 peaches grilled* and sliced
              1 shallot sliced
              3 pieces of prosciutto torn into bite-sized pieces
              Sea salt
              Black pepper

              Saratoga Tea & Honey Co. Ghost Pepper Honey

              Ghost Pepper Infused Honey

              Directions:

              1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
              2. Roll pizza dough to desired thickness and place on a baking stone or baking sheet. Drizzle dough lightly with olive oil and spread oil evenly on the entire surface. 3. Sprinkle mozzarella, 1/4 cup shaved parmesan, blue cheese and half the sliced shallots evenly on the crust. Add salt and pepper.
              4. Bake at 400 degrees until crust is crispy and mozzarella begins to brown (approximately 15 minutes). 
              5. Remove crust from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes. Top with arugula. Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice over the arugula. Add the sliced grilled peaches*, prosciutto, remaining shallots, and shaved Parmesan. Add sea salt and black pepper to taste.
              6. Drizzle desired amount of Ghost Pepper Honey over the pizza. Slice and serve immediately.

              *To grill peaches: oil grill grates. Heat grill to 500 degrees. Slice whole peaches in 4 large quarters. Place peaches flesh-side down on grill. Grill 5 minutes until peaches are warm and have char marks. Be sure not to over-cook or they’ll become mushy. Remove from grill and slice.

              Flatbread with Ghost Pepper Honey

              Ghost Pepper Honey Mojito

              More than ever, this 2020 summer feels like a time of slowing down and enjoying what is around us.  Whether it's children splashing in water, crickets chirping, or the smell of the grill, simple pleasures of sharing time together seem all the more meaningful.  Darien Leigh of @pantry.hill captures this feeling of gathering with Adirondack refinement at her family's retreat up north, where they all enjoyed Ghost Pepper Honey Mojitos.  We hope you enjoy them, too, in good company.

              Ghost Pepper Mojito

              Yields: 1 cocktail

              2 tablespoons Ghost Pepper Honey simple syrup* 
              1.5 oz rum
              10 fresh mint leaves
              1/2 fresh lime cut into wedges
              1/2 cup club soda
              Ice cubes 
              2 glasses (one for muddling and one for serving)
              Muddler

              Fine mesh strainer

              Ghost Pepper Mojito

              *Ghost Pepper Honey Simple Syrup:
              2 parts honey
              1 part hot water

              Stir together until honey is dissolved.

              Directions: 
              Place mint leaves, limes and simple syrup into a sturdy glass. Muddle to crush the mint leaves and limes and extract the juice/flavors. Add rum. Fill separate cocktail glass with ice. Place fine mesh strainer over the top of the cocktail glass and strain the muddled rum mixture over the ice. Add club soda. Stir and garnish with lime wedge and extra mint leaves

              Abacus-cadabacus, Focus Pocus! 🔮 📚

              It’s back to school time and whether you’re doing your classes in person or virtually, you’ll probably need a little mental pick-me-up! To help you out with this, we’re featuring Focus Pocus as our Wellness Tea of the Month! Our brain-fog busting blend of powerful organic adaptogenic herbs; Ashwaganda, Tulsi, Brahmi, and Yerba Maté, give you the boost and peace of mind needed when those classes start up again! 

              Focus Pocus contains caffeine from Yerba Maté. Yerba Maté has the strength of coffee and the health benefits of tea! Scientific studies (on animals) show that Yerba Maté improves short-term memory, enhances cognitive function and delivers a megadose of nutrition to your brain! Yerba Maté leaves contain 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, and an abundance of antioxidants, no other plant in the world has a higher nutritional value!

              Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi, is another herb you may be familiar with, it is one of the most widely-known adaptogenic herbs on the market. An adaptogen is a natural substance that helps your body adapt to stress and promotes mental balance. Scientific studies shows that holy basil has pharmacological properties that help your mind cope with many types of stress, exhaustion, sleep problems and forgetfulness. According to studies done by the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, Holy Basil has antidepressant and anti-anxiety properties comparable to diazepam and other antidepressant drugs. These studies found that people who took Holy Basil as a supplement felt less anxious, stressed, depressed, and alternatively more social!

              Brahmi, also known as bacopa, water hyssop, and herb of grace, has been used for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic medicine as a memory and learning enhancer. Brahmi enhances the three aspects of memory which include long term memory, short term memory and retaining capacity. It has a positive effect on the hippocampus part of the brain that is responsible for intelligence, concentration and memory. Interestingly, the Brahmi leaf is shaped like a cerebellum, the part of the brain which helps in controlling concentration and memory.  Brahmi decreases the levels of cortisol, which is known as the stress hormone.  Research has also shown that Brahmi may help reduce ADHD symptoms; two studies in children found that supplementation of Brahmi significantly reduced ADHD symptoms, such as restlessness, poor self-control, inattention, and impulsivity in 85% of the test group! Other studies have proven Brahmi to be effective at lowering cortisol levels, thus reducing stress and anxiety.

              A rising star on the herbal adaptogenic scene, Ashwaganda nourishes adrenal fatigue and a tapped-out nervous system. Ashwaganda root helps balance the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, or HPA axis, the central part of the stress response system, reducing cortisol levels, improving our ability to deal with stress, and improving sleep patterns! Anxiety is one of the main causes of insomnia and disruptive sleep cycles, so Ashwagandha is superb for those who are chronically tired and suffering from stress-related exhaustion.

              Though not the main ingredients in this blend, cacao and peppermint add to the brain boosting effects of this tea! Regularly eating cacao was linked to improvements in working memory and visual information processing. Polyphenols in cacao were also found to increase calmness and contentedness and the flavanols could also enhance normal cognitive functioning and have a protective role on cognitive performance. Peppermint is shown to stimulate the hippocampus and increase oxygen saturation thus increasing alertness, memory, and enhancing cognitive functions. These two ingredients also adds a light mint-chocolatey taste that complements the Yerba Maté base!

              Pair this with our Cinnamon Honey for an extra serotonin and dopamine boost!

              Grab a bag of Focus Pocus for the student in your life, on sale through September 15th for $8!

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