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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Comfort Foods with Honey


Colder temperatures mean meals that provide warmth. There are tons of delicious comfort food options that use a sweet touch of honey. Take a look at some of our favorites.

Sue Bee Honey Garlic Pork Chops

Honey Babecue Meatloaf from Can You Stay for Dinner?

Baked Honey Mustard Mac and Cheese from In the Kitchen with Jenny

Honey BBQ Chicken from Favorite Family Recipes

Sue Bee Honey Special BBQ Ribs

Honey Mustard Chicken Pot Pie from A Good Appetite

Sue Bee Honey Mustard Sauce

Honeyed Beef Stew from user sandra470 on

Sweet Honey Cornbread from For the Love Cooking

Spicy Sweet Honey Chili

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thanksgiving Desserts


The best part of any Thanksgiving celebration is when the dessert tray finally arrives. Using Sue Bee® Honey in your desserts as a substitute for sugar can help eliminate some of the guilt that may arise. Take a look at some of our favorite dessert recipes that not only use honey, but offer healthy alternatives to help cure your sweet tooth craving.

Sue Bee® Honey Pecan Pie


1/2 cup Sue Bee® Honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup pecans
1 9-inch single pie crust


1. Blend Sue Bee® Honey and brown sugar in a saucepan and cook slowly over medium heat, stirring until it becomes a smooth syrup.
2. Remove from heat and stir in butter.
3. Mix in beaten eggs and pecans.
4. Pour into pie shell then bake at 400 F for 10 minutes.
5. Reduce temperature to 350 F and bake for 30 minutes, or until inserted knife comes out clean.

Sue Bee® Honey Healthy Pumpkin Pie

1/2 cup Sue Bee® Honey
1 28-ounce can of pumpkin
1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup 2% milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons melted butter
3 egg whites, whipped into soft peaks
1 unbaked pie crust


1. Heat oven to 425 F. In large bowl beat pumpkin and yogurt until well-combined.
2. Add Sue Bee® Honey, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, milk, salt, egg yolk and melted butter. Mix well until all ingredients are combined. Gently fold whipped egg whites into pumpkin mixture until well-blended.
3. Pour filling into unbaked pie crust. For stability place the pie pan on cookie sheet before baking. Place pie in oven and bake for 15 minutes.
4. Cover the edges of the pie crust with tin foil to prevent over-browning and reduce oven temperature to 350 F. Bake for about 1 hour or until filling is set at center of pie. 5. Remove pie from oven and cool on a baker's cooling rack.

Healthy Apple, Pecan and Honey Caramel Cheesecake from The Healthy Foodie

Salty Honey Pie from South Brooklyn Post

Buttery Honey Apple Pie from

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas


Turkey or ham? Ham or turkey? When it comes to the star of most Thanksgiving meals, many people tend not to think too far outside of the box. There are plenty of different options, though, to not only add variety to your table but give your traditional main courses a new spin. Below are just a few ideas of how you can use Sue Bee® Honey to breathe new life into your Thanksgiving feast!

Sue Bee® Honey-Glazed Turkey


1/2 cup Sue Bee® Honey
1 15 pound turkey
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


1. Tie the turkey's drumsticks together and tuck the wings underneath. Place turkey in roasting pan – breast side up – and bake at 325 F for two hours.
2. Mix Sue Bee® Honey, Dijon mustard, dried rosemary, onion powder, salt, pepper and garlic powder in a bowl and brush over turkey after first two hours of baking. Return to oven and continue to baste turkey with pan drippings until thermometer reads 180 F – about two hours.
3.  Remove turkey and cover with tin foil for up to 15 minutes before carving. Serve with stuffing and gravy.

Sue Bee® Honey-Orange Glazed Ham

1/4 cup Sue Bee® Honey
1 5- to 7-pound precooked ham
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
1 6-ounce can orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 orange, sliced


1. Using a paring knife, score ham in a diamond pattern, making cuts about 1/4-inch deep.
2. Mix remaining ingredients, except orange, and bring to a boil while stirring.
3. Continue boiling and stirring for 1 minute.
4. Brush ham with glaze and bake 1 1/4 to 2 1/2 hours at 325 F, brushing with glaze every 30 minutes.
5. The last 45 minutes, top ham with orange slices.  

Sue Bee® Honey Glazed Ham

2 cups Sue Bee® Honey
1 (5-pound) ready-to-eat ham
1/4 cup whole cloves
1/4 cup orange juice
2/3 cup butter


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Score ham and stud with the whole cloves. Place ham in foil-lined pan.
3. In the top half of a double boiler, heat the honey, orange juice and butter. Keep glaze warm while baking ham.
4. Brush glaze over ham and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Baste ham every 10 to 15 minutes with the honey glaze. During the last 4 to 5 minutes of baking, turn on broiler to caramelize the glaze. Remove from oven and let sit a few minutes before serving.

Roast Chicken with Honey-Raspberry Glaze

1 5- to 6-pound roasting chicken
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
2 medium red onions, peeled and cut into wedges
6 tablespoons butter, melted


1. Heat oven to 425 F. Remove giblet pack from chicken cavity, rinse and pat dry with paper towels. Use kitchen shears to remove wing tips at the first joint. Salt and pepper interior of chicken and sprinkle with thyme.
2. Tie legs together with twine. Place bird in roasting pan lined with foil.
3. Add onion wedges around chicken. Brush chicken exterior with half the melted butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in oven on lowest rack. Bake 20-25 minutes.
4. Remove chicken from oven, baste with remaining melted butter. Continue roasting 10-15 minutes. This is a good time to prepare the glaze.


3/4 cup Sue Bee® Honey
1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped
1/4 cup cranberry juice
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped


1. In small sauce pan combine Sue Bee® Honey, chopped cranberries, juice and vinegar and bring to a boil over high heat.
2. Reduce heat and simmer until cranberry pieces are soft and sauce forms. Remove from heat, add thyme and stir well.
3. Remove chicken from oven and brush with glaze. Roast additional 35-40 minutes or until juices run clear. Breast or thigh temperature should be 170 F.  

Cornish Hens with Fruit, Walnuts, and Honey Apple Glaze from Food and Wine  

Honey Roast Turkey from Better Homes and Gardens

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Thanksgiving Side Dishes


While turkey and pumpkin pie may steal most of the Thanksgiving dinner headlines, no meal would be complete without some tasty sides to go with them. Sue Bee® Honey can help give many dishes an added flavor that provides plenty of sweetness without sacrificing any savoriness. Check out some of our favorites below!

Sue Bee® Honey Spiced Sweet Potatoes


1 cup Sue Bee® Honey
3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
2. In a large bowl mix Sue Bee® Honey, sweet potatoes, dried cranberries, chopped pecans, oil, pumpkin pie spice and pepper.
3. Transfer to a large baking dish and bake in oven for 30 minutes.
4. Stir the potatoes to expose the pieces from the bottom of the pan.
5. Turn heat up to 450 F until sweet potatoes reach desired consistency – about five minutes.

Sue Bee® Honey Cranberry Relish


3/4 cup Sue Bee® Honey
12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
1 medium orange, unpeeled


1. Quarter and slice unpeeled orange, removing seeds.
2. Coarsely chop orange and cranberries.
3. Place in medium saucepan and stir in Sue Bee® Honey.
4. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
5. Cook 3 to 4 minutes.
6. Serve warm over sliced turkey, ham or pork tenderloin.

Honey-Mustard Green Beans from

Honey-Glazed Carrots from Betty Crocker

Honey Potato Rolls from Foodie with Family

Honey Ginger Pumpkin Butter from

Whipped Sweet Potatoes and Bananas with Honey from


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Honey Pumpkin Recipes


Whether you’re using yours to carve, decorate or cook, it wouldn’t be fall without pumpkins! Pumpkins lining the grocery store sidewalks and trips to the pumpkin patch are a sure sign that the temperatures are dropping and the days are getting shorter. Embrace the season by enjoying some of our favorite pumpkin recipes that use a little bit of honey!

And don’t forget to check out our favorite Fall Recipes and Apple Honey Recipes too!

Soft and Puffy Pumpkin Spice Honey Cookies from Averie Cooks

Sue Bee Pumpkin Cheesecake

Gluten Free Honey Pumpkin Muffins from Peanut Butter Fingers

Honey Pumpkin Dessert Bars from Recipe Doodle

Healthy Honey Pumpkin Pie from Miss Make

Honey Walnut Pumpkin Bread from Shrinking Kitchen



Thursday, September 26, 2013

Apple Honey Recipes


One of the scents and tastes of fall is without question apple! There are pies, cobblers, marinades and so many other things you can do with apples in your cooking and baking. Take a trip to your local orchard or farmers market and pick out a dozen (or two!) of your favorites and get to work in the kitchen with these great recipes!

And don’t forget to check out our favorite Fall Recipes and Honey Pumpkin Recipes too!

Cinnamon Honey Apple Loaf Cake from Jersey Bites

Sue Bee Apple Honey Crisp

Spiced Honey Apple Butter from My Kitchen Addiction

Buttery Honey Apple Pie from iVillage

Honey Apple Coffeecake from Simple Daily Recipes

Crockpot Honey Apple Pork Loin from My CrossFit Paleo Journey


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fall Recipes


The changing of seasons means a few things: sandals getting placed in the back of the closet in favor of boots. The return of sweatshirts, jeans and scarves. Football on the TV. And mealtimes filled with comfort foods and delicious recipes!

To many, autumn elicits feelings of warmth and coziness with smells of apple, cinnamon, pumpkin and ginger. There are so many great foods to try and experiment with, whether your cooking, baking or even canning! We’ve highlighted a few of our favorites using honey. Feel free to share your favorites with us as well!

And don’t forget to check out our favorite Honey Pumpkin Recipes and Apple Honey Recipes for even more fall-inspired ideas!

Honey and Cinnamon Chicken Drumsticks from Greedy Gourmet

Sue Bee Honey Wheaties Peanut Butter Bars

Sweet and Spicy Tomato Jam from Food For My Family

Honey Cinnamon Peach Cobbler from Buns In My Oven

Honey Packed Peaches from the National Honey Board

Ginger and Honey Carrot Soup from Food Network


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

After School Snacks


Schools across the country are back in session and that means hungry kids from coast to coast. Whether your little ones need a boost of energy in the morning, a healthy snack at lunch or something to tie them over until dinner time, there are plenty of quick and healthy options for them to enjoy. Here are some of our favorites:

Photo courtesy of the National Honey Board
The National Honey Board's Honey Turkey Rollers combine honey, mustard, cream cheese, colby jack cheese and turkey on a whole wheat tortilla for the perfect after school snack. 
Chef in Training's No Bake Energy Bites
Photo courtesy of Chef in Training
These No Bake Energy Bites from Chef in Training taste just like granola bars and can be whipped up in no time for an on-the-go breakfast or packed in a lunchbox for a tasty treat.
Real Mom Kitchen's After School Peanut Butter and Honey Popcorn
Photo courtesy of Real Mom Kitchen
Real Mom Kitchen combines two kid favorites – popcorn and peanut butter – with honey for her After School Peanut Butter and Honey Popcorn that is "soft, chewy, and ooey gooey." 
Sue Bee Honey Granola Bars
Who doesn't love a tasty granola bar? Our homemade Sue Bee® Granola Bars combine coconut, almonds, raisins, cranberries and, of course, Sue Bee® Honey for a delicious bite you just can't get from the grocery store.
Sue Bee Honey Banana Treat
For a snack using ingredients you may already have in your kitchen, cut a banana in half, insert a stick in the end and then drizzle it with honey before rolling the banana in graham cracker crumbs.
Laugh, Love, & Craft's Peanut Butter-Honey & Graham Cracker Squares
Photo courtesy of Laugh, Love, & Craft
All you need is three ingredients for another super easy treat from Laugh, Love, & CraftPeanut Butter-Honey & Graham Crackers Squares! Simply spread your peanut butter on the graham cracker and drizzle in as much honey as you like!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Honey Tips for Summer


Summer is officially here and the honeybees are buzzing! As you prepare for long days at the swimming pool or trips to the lake, don’t forget to pack some honey! Honey can be a helpful home remedy and has many uses. Here are some of our summertime favorites:

Natural Relief for Sunburn

Applying Sue Bee® Honey directly on sunburned skin will cool, soothe and promote faster healing. Then, to help your skin rehydrate, mix together 1 teaspoon of Sue Bee® Honey, 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil and 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice and put it on the sunburned area. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse off with water.

Treat Bug Bites

Rubbing Sue Bee® Honey on a bug bite and pressing an ice cube on the honey will help lift dead skin cells and produce new ones to close the wound, thanks to the natural sugar. Honey has antibacterial power that is more effective than regular medical gels.

Help Summer-Damaged Hair

Swimming and sunshine can be tough on hair. Keep yours healthy this summer with a hair shine. Stir 1 teaspoon of Sue Bee® Honey into 4 cups of warm water. Add lemon if desired. After shampooing, pour the mixture through your hair. Don’t rinse. Dry as usual.

Get In Swimsuit Shape

Honey is a wonder food, and as it turns out, you can even make it part of your weight-loss plan. Honey is an excellent substitute for sugar; it also helps speed up your metabolism. Just remember: all things in moderation.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Warm Weather Drinks with Honey


The warmer temperatures that come with June mean summer is almost here and nothing beats kicking up your feet and sipping on a nice relaxing drink! Honey can be used to sweeten and complement flavors in all kinds of beverages. Here we’ve highlighted some of our favorite warm weather drinks featuring honey. So grab your bottle of Sue Bee® Honey, pick up some fresh fruit at your local farmer’s market this weekend and give each a try!

Honey Lemonade Raspberry

Sue Bee Honey Lemonade With Raspberry Cubes


⚫ 3/4 cup Sue Bee Honey

⚫ 1 1/2 cups lemon juice

⚫ 9 cups water

⚫ 28 raspberries


1. Combine lemon juice and Sue Bee Honey in large pitcher; stir until honey is dissolved.

2. Stir in water.

3. Place 1 to 2 pieces of fruit in each compartment of 2 ice cube trays.

4. Fill each compartment with honey lemonade and freeze until firm.

5. Chill remaining lemonade.

6. To serve, divide frozen fruit cubes between tall glasses and fill with remaining lemonade.



Sparkling Orange Juice and Honey from Fuss Free Cooking

Sparkling Orange Juice and Honey from Fuss Free Cooking


Strawberry Lemonade with Honey Simple Syrup from Roots and Platters

Strawberry Lemonade with Honey Simple Syrup from Roots and Platters

Fresh Honey Lemonade from So Hungry I Could Blog

Fresh Honey Lemonade from So Hungry I Could Blog


Honey Strawberry-Banana Smoothie


Sue Bee Honey Strawberry-Banana Smoothie


⚫ 1/4 cup Sue Bee Honey

⚫ 1 pint strawberries, hulled

⚫ 1 banana, peeled and sliced

⚫ 8 ounces plain or nonfat yogurt

⚫ 1/2 cup milk

⚫ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla flavoring


Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for 20 seconds or until the drink is smooth.

For more fantastic drink recipes, be sure to follow our Drinks Pinboard on Pinterest!


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Grilling with Honey Recipes



Winter is gone. Spring is here. It’s time to bust out the grills and barbecues and enjoy some delicious meals made in the great outdoors! Honey can be used in a number of different ways when it comes to grilling, such as a glaze, marinade, sweetener, adding a delicious flavor. If you’re looking for some fire-grilled inspiration for your next cookout or this weekend’s dinner, give these honey grilling recipes a shot:
·       1 cup butter, divided
·       2 tablespoons garlic salt, divided
·       2 tablespoons paprika, divided
·       salt and pepper to taste
·       1 12-ounce can of beer (cola may be substituted)
·       1 4-pound whole chicken
1. Preheat outdoor grill for low heat. Melt 1/2 cup butter in small skillet. Mix in 1 tablespoon garlic salt, 1 tablespoon paprika, salt and pepper. Discard half the beer, leaving remainder in can. Add to can the remaining butter, garlic salt, salt and pepper. Place can on disposable baking sheet and set chicken on can, inserting can into cavity of chicken. Baste chicken with melted seasoned butter. Place baking sheet with can and chicken on prepared grill and cook over low heat for about 3 hours, or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 180 F.
Sue Bee Honey Glaze
·       3/4 cup Sue Bee Honey
·       1/2 cup prepared brown spicy mustard
·       2 tablespoons soy sauce
·       1 tablespoon cider vinegar
·       2 tablespoons cornstarch
1. Heat Sue Bee Honey, mustard, soy sauce and vinegar to a boil in 2-quart saucepan. Blend cornstarch with 1/4 cup water until smooth, then gradually add to honey mixture. Boil for 1 minute, until slightly thickened, then brush glaze on chicken during last 20 minutes of cooking.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Easter Recipes


It’s Easter weekend and if you’re hosting family and friends to help celebrate, you’re going to need a menu that can handle a houseful of hungry guests! Here are some of our favorite honey-inspired recipes to help make it happen.

Pecan-Honey Buns: A delicious option for Easter brunch!

Sue Bee Honey Braided Bread: The perfect edible centerpiece that goes great with homemade Whipped Honey Butter.

Sue Bee Honey Ham Balls: A fun twist on a classic Easter ham that works as both an appetizer and a main course.


Honey-Orange Glazed Ham: A traditional Easter ham with a refreshing citrus twist.

Paula Deen Honey Lemon Carrots: The Easter Bunny isn’t the only one who loves carrots this time of year!

Honey-Glazed Bunny Biscuits: Fun for kids and they taste great!