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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Tasty Game Day Bites


Having friends over for the big game? Great. You'll need plenty of snacks to keep their hungers satisfied. Check out some of our favorite game day bites.

Honey-Glazed Chicken Wings

Sue Bee Honey Super Bowl of Chili

Sue Bee Honey Grilled Chicken

Sesame Honey Snack Mix

Sue Bee Honey Ham Balls

Sue Bee Honey Mustard Beer Brats

Sue Bee Honey’s Mini Ham and Cheese Rolls

Sue Bee Meatball Appetizers

Sue Bee Honey Snack Mix

Sue Bee Honey Special BBQ Ribs

Follow our Tasty Game Day Bites Pinboard on Pinterest for more recipes. 

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 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

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!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Sweet Connections: Walleye Fishing and Sue Bee Honey



Just as millions of American families take deep pleasure in the sweet hours spent fishing – the challenge of finding where they’re biting and hauling them in – they can sweeten their enjoyment by cooking up the day’s catch using one of the Sue Bee Honey recipes found below.
Ask Gil Mollet. He’s a top walleye pro who has proved in tournament after tournament that he knows how to catch this fisherman’s favorite. And because he’s been sponsored by Sue Bee Honey since 2006, he has table-tested recipes that prove he knows what to do with the walleye he catches.
Gil’s biggest win came in the Professional Walleye Trail Shootout in 2008, the last year the competition was held, when he reeled in a $50,000 payday. His comment then: “I’m absolutely ecstatic that I finally did win, and it’s an honor to have such a great company as Sue Bee Honey backing me. When I’m out on the road, I know who I’m representing.”
A journalist who was there that October day wrote that Gil made the decision to turn his attention in the direction opposite of the other pro fishermen: “When the green light came, most rigs raced south toward downstream fishing areas. One of the few to quietly turn upstream was Gil Mollet’s unmistakable Sue Bee Honey boat.” Gil followed his own convictions when he went fishing that day, and the results were sweet indeed.
How about making the next fishing trip you take a real family affair?
Try one (or both) of the recipes shown here and give everyone in your family an individual role: One family member catches the walleye. Another cleans it and cuts fillets. Another mixes the breading and prepares the marinade. The designated chef puts it all together according to the Sue Bee directions.
Don’t be shy about swapping roles. It’s OK if Mom goes out in the boat, Junior cleans the catch and Dad mixes the dipping sauce. Here’s the important thing – and this is always true with freshly caught walleye and Sue Bee Honey: Everybody gets to sit down and eat!
Honey-Crusted Walleye
1/4 cup Sue Bee Honey
1 egg
2 cups butter-flavored crackers (45 to 50), crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 to 2 pounds walleye fillets
1/3 cup cooking oil
1 lemon wedge (optional)
1. In a shallow bowl beat egg and add Sue Bee Honey.
2. In a plastic bag combine crackers, salt and pepper.
3. Dip fish in egg mixture then shake in bag until coated.
4. In a skillet cook fillets in oil 3 to 5 minutes per side, or until fish is golden and flakes easily with a fork.
5. Serve with dipping sauce (below) and lemon wedges if desired.
Dipping Sauce
1/4 cup Sue Bee Honey
2 cups mayonnaise
1/3 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons minced onion
4 to 6 drops hot sauce (optional)
Dipping Sauce
1. Mix and serve.
Walleye Kabobs
1/4 cup Sue Bee Honey
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
1 tablespoon Cajun hot fish spices
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste
2 pounds walleye fillets, cut in cubes for skewering
red, green and yellow peppers, cut for skewering
small whole onions, cut in half for skewering
1. Mix together Sue Bee Honey and sauces and spices for marinade.
2. In a deep plate cover walleye fillets, peppers and onions with the marinade.

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.

Monday, May 06, 2013

Everybody’s sweet on honey – again




Can you guess what food ingredient everyone’s buzzing about? It’s free of fat and cholesterol. It goes great in recipes. People love the taste. It’s even all-natural!

OK, it’s honey. Not exactly new. It seems like every few years, people find out again that honey “is not just for tea and toast anymore,” to quote one of the experts cited in the latest issue of Food Processing. The leading trade magazine published a special report on honey.

The article says honey’s popularity among food and beverage manufacturers is increasing. Why?

“Honey is the perfect sweetener, inclusion and flavor enhancer for consumers who want natural products but want them to taste like indulgent foods and beverages,” according to Catherine Barry, director of marketing for the National Honey Board (NHB).

Here are some of the places honey is popping up:

  • Chocolate (Swiss and milk) bars made with honey almond nougat
  • Salad dressings made with honey Dijon and honey Dijon yogurt
  • Yogurt smoothies flavored with honey
  • Honey cough lozenges in menthol and eucalyptus varieties
  • Honey vitamins, available in C and D varieties
  • Cooking shows using honey, especially in all-natural recipes
  • Breakfast cereals and granola bars using honey as a sweetener
  • Energy drinks and bars for athletes using honey for its quick absorption into the bloodstream
  • Honey whiskeys and other alcoholic beverages, including honey-infused vodka, tequila and rum, which are being used in unique, innovative cocktails
  • Mead, made with fermented honey and one of mankind’s earliest alcoholic beverages, which now is gaining attention among home brewers and vintners

One of the biggest drivers behind honey’s surging popularity is consumer recognition that honey is well-known as an all-natural food. In a survey by the NHB, participants were read a list of sweeteners they might find in foods in a grocery store and asked to indicate whether they considered each one a natural sweetener. As the percentages show, honey was the big winner:

  • Honey 96%
  • Granulated sugar 74%
  • Molasses 73%
  • Cane juice 61%
  • Corn syrup 49%
  • Fruit juice concentrate 49%
  • Agave nectar 23%
  • High-fructose corn syrup 23%
  • Non-calorie sweeteners 15%

Finally, Food Processing quoted Sue Bee Honey’s Lisa Hansel, assistant vice president of sales and marketing (she’s the expert mentioned at the start of this post), summing up the reasons people are so sweet on honey.

“One-hundred percent pure honey is also fat-, sodium- and cholesterol-free and contains healthful antioxidants and micronutrients. Second, a growing number of consumers are becoming aware of the importance of the American honey bee, which is responsible for pollinating hundreds of American crops, like almonds, oranges, apples, cherries and more. Third, honey is the perfect all-natural sweetener to replace sugar in recipes for both consumers and manufacturers.”

Well said, Lisa!