Recently Tiara from Honey Acres, Inc. reached out to me to try their chocolate line. She shared with me that they are made with 100% Dark Chocolate and Raw Honey. They are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and no added sugar. Being dairy free as well as gluten free can be hard sometimes because very few chocolates don’t incorporate milk into their recipe.
When the chocolate’s arrived they were also accompanied by other honey products I did not know even existed and some honey straws.
The first thing I did was try out the Cinnamon creme by sauteing some local pecans from Front Porch Pickings and then adding to a yummy King Arthur Flour banana bread mix. It was so yummy and a great recipe for the holidays.
I then tried the chocolates which are delicious! The dark chocolate taste is not too over powering and I just loved the creamy centers. The dark chocolate mint was my favorite and the dark chocolate cocoa was my second favorite.
Some other things I plan to do with these yummy honey products:
- Put some in my morning smoothie to naturally sweeten it up
- Add it to my morning hot tea
- Use it on pancakes like this suggested recipe
Currently their products are not available in the Jacksonville area but to see changes and updates to locations view their store locator. I hope they come soon because I am going to be craving these chocolates!
Do you cook with honey? What are some of your favorite recipes?
About 3 years ago I subscribed to a veggie home delivery program called Front Porch Pickings. Every two weeks a box of vegetables grown within Florida is delivered directly to my doorstep for only $26 a delivery. I love vegetables and am not picky at all. Even my husband enjoys the veggie creations I come up with. My goal every two weeks is to use everything in the box even if I have no idea what it is. I have grown to love turnips and kohlrabi, vegetables I never would have purchased on my own at the supermarket. I even became hooked on my eggplant parmesan recipe because I had no idea what to do with the gorgeous eggplants I got in my delivery box.
What I really love is they send you what you will be receiving the Sunday before they deliver so you can make changes and take out items you don’t like. For instance sometimes there an abundance of salad bunches in the box and my husband usually purchases tons of spinach for our salads so I may substitute for more of one thing or add on something different that may be available. In addition to vegetables you can add in local coffee, bread, soaps, and more.
Because everything is from Florida the vegetables usually arrive ripe and full of nutrients. Another nice thing is if I run out of something that is especially delicious I know it is going to be available at the local farmers market or grocery store so I can go and get more. I feel like I am on top of whatever is in season based on what is in my box. Here are a few of my finds from my local deliveries:
Oyster Mushrooms, sweet potatoes, green beans, eggplant, peaches, tomatoes, muscadine grapes and sweet potato greens.
Here are a few of the meals and sides I have made with items from my Front Porch Picking bin:
Locally grown black eyed peas with fresh sauted green peppers
Locally grown green peppers and mushrooms in a chicken stir fry
Locally grown arugula, peppers and cucumbers in a yummy salad
Locally grown roasted zucchini
Do you subscribe to a local veggie delivery service ? What is your favorite vegetable?
I know I am a little behind, but did you see this? Check out some yummy recipes on page 19. And don’t worry, they apologized for misspelling my name (hehe).
The cover: These ladies are strong. Don’t think I could get my mom lifting a heavy tire like that with me.
I am wearing a shirt, I promise.
What do you think of these recipes? What are some of your favorite recipes using local ingredients?