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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