First comes Love, then comes Honey…

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Now that the Paleo diet is all the rage and white, refined sugar is the devil, honey has become even sweeter. I, for one, am a sugar-devil-worshiper. It’s sad. Those who know and love me try support me through the tough times; others just look away, which I understand. We’ve all seen Poltergeist and dancing with the devil, even in the form of a half-priced bag of stale jelly beans from Easter that may or may not be hidden in my glove box under an owners manual and a free t-shirt from – of all places – the dentist, is a scary gig.

But Mother Nature and her counterparts work miracles, and honey is an elixir with God-like powers. With its variety of uses including a sore-throat soother, baking substitute, beauty aid and the go-to greeting in every truck stop diner below the Mason-Dixon line, honey is sort of fabulous. Here are a few of our favorite uses for this delicious delight:

For a sore throat or persistent cough:

Mix honey with a fresh-pressed lemon juice and hot water, sip throughout the day to soothe a sore throat and ease a nasty cough

As a beauty remedy:

Blend 2 tablespoons of honey with 1/2 cup of ground oatmeal and 3 teaspoons of water; apply the mixture to clean skin and wait 30 minutes, then remove with a soft, warm washcloth

To aide with cuts and scrapes (from trying to pry the lid off of the ice cream container with a letter opener without your children catching on):

Honey has amazing healing properties; apply a small amount of honey to a wound to fight off unhealthy bacteria and expedite healing

As a sugar replacement when cooking or baking:

Substitute honey for up to half of the granulated sugar called for in any recipe; reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe by 1/4 cup for each cup of honey used and lower the oven temperature by 25 degrees to prevent overcooking

As a hangover cure:

One too many margs last night? Add some honey to your tea or toast or just straight to the tongue to speed up the metabolism of alcohol

As a salad dressing, chicken marinade, or quick appetizer:

The combination of honey, mustard, and balsamic vinegar is, well, heavenly; add this to a salad or grilled chicken or pour over goat cheese for an easy hors d’oeuvre:


Oh Honey! Dressing

Prep time: 15 minutes |  Makes: approximately 2/3 cup

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • Squeeze of an orange or lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

In a small bowl whisk all ingredients, use immediately or cover in a tightly closed glass bowl for up to five days.
 
 
Honey, whatever you do, keep this secret weapon in your pantry at all times and you will be leading the sweet life.
 
 
 
 
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