Hope you have enjoyed your 2012! I am ready for the adventures that will come my way for 2013! Since I won't officially start my diet for a couple more days....I have to have time to get rid of the junk in my house first...ha ha...here is your last delicious baking item that you can enjoy on a New Years morning! What's better than homemade doughnuts! Happy New Years!!!
Monday, December 31, 2012
Friday, December 28, 2012
With the New Year just around the corner, many of us are looking forward to 2013 with a whole list of new resolutions and tasks we hope to accomplish. That's what starting a new year is all about - creating (and hopefully fulfilling) New Years resolutions. But before we settle for the traditional resolutions of losing weight, eating healthier, or visiting every state in the U.S., why don't we decide on one or two that can help build up, manage, or improve our personal food storage. I've picked out just a few here that we can adopt for ourselves, but their are plenty more that we can "resolve" to accomplish in 2013.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Family is and always has been an important part of Honeyville Grain. Our founder, Lowell Sherratt, always felt that people made the difference. This is what led to his philosophy and life motto of treating people the way that he would like to be treated and looking for ways to serve others. It's a philosophy and idea that has been a part of Honeyville Grain since 1951.
That same philosophy led us to an extraordinary Salt Lake City family, the Greens. On the outside looking in, you'd never know of the struggles this wonderful family has. Their smiling, happy faces are the first thing you see when you meet them. And there are a lot of those smiling faces that greet you! You see, the Green family consists of 9 children, three that are biological and six special-needs children that the Greens have adopted from China. Though the Greens are faced with challenges everyday, they somehow manage to keep a smile on their faces and help not only their amazing children, but serve in their community and church on a regular basis.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Growing up my husband ate a very fancy breakfast: semoul de ble' . As it turns out that was just French for farina! Have you ever tried farina before? It is very smooth and came together faster than a batch of pancakes.
Monday, December 24, 2012
I can tell the Holiday Season is coming to an end because I am thinking twice before I put some "goodies" in my mouth. These were one of those desserts that is hard to stop eating because of how it just melts in your mouth. I hope that by the end of the night there are some left to share with the neighbors (since that was my purpose!). I not only love these peanut butter balls, but I love that you can make them your own by adding variety. As you see above the outsides are all different, but I also added pretzels to some, coconut to others, and I am sure graham crackers, nuts, etc. would have been good too! Not to mention I LOVE LOVE LOVE our Powdered Peanut Butter!!
Friday, December 21, 2012
Variety. It may be the most important part of Food Storage. Selecting a storing a variety of different foods, long term, is really the name of the game when it comes to creating your personal Food Storage pantry. Variety is so important that we devoted our first Food Storage 101 posts to starting out your food storage pantry with a variety of different products.
But just as variety can strengthen your food storage needs, when not understood correctly, it can weaken the work that you've already put forth. Remember that variety isn't just talking about the products you buy, but also how you store them.
Today we're going to tackle a topic that has caused some of the greatest stress, and even heartache, among many of us building up our food storage. That topic is the storage of beans, grains, and rice.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Remember that movie A Christmas Story where the ten year old boy Ralph helped his dad change the flat tire on the banks of a snowy road while cars were speeding by them? Whenever I eat fudge, I think of Ralph. Only I always say," fudge." I think of all the things that I experienced as a kiddo myself at Christmas. Most recently, I was reminded of the time my mom made Christmas chocolates and I snuck down into the cellar where she had put them to cool. I was about 5 years old, but I remember taking tiny little "mouse bites" out of them. Mom came up the stairs with those chocolate trays and I hid in the closet (thinking for sure that this little mouse would get caught). It wasn't until my adulthood that my dear saintly mother found out we didn't indeed have mice, but she did have a daughter with very small teeth. Bless her heart. I don't know how she lived through having me as a child!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
I love this time of year: the music, the smells, the decorations, the excitement and anticipation, the traditions. You name it I love it! Some of the food traditions that I remember most fondly from my childhood are decorating sugar cookies, our Christmas Eve dinner, and every Christmas morning we ate Breakfast Casserole. Now that I have a family of my own I try to implement some of the same things for my kids. This Breakfast Casserole is great to feed a crowd and I think it can easily be adapted to what your family likes.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
If there's one thing I love, it's taste tests! I can remember the excitement that came over me as a kid when I'd head to the grocery store with my mom, only to discover upon arrival a sample booth at the end cap of one of the aisles with new and exciting treats to taste and try! There is something exciting about trying something new, not knowing what it will taste like and wondering if you will like it, or absolutely love it!
In October, just as the leaves began to change and the air began to cool, we held a Hot Cocoa Taste Test where we tried four of our delicious Honeyville Hot Cocoa's. With that test we left a promise that we would again make another post featuring four more wonderful Hot Cocoa flavors we have. With winter officially here and Santa's impending arrival just around the corner, what better time to hold a taste test than now. With that said, let's take a closer look at four more of our Honeyville Hot Cocoa flavors - Irish Cream, Hazelnut, Mint, and the very popular Mexican.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Can you believe Christmas is right away the corner? Don't know about you but my life is super crazy right now and anything I can do to simplify is definitely an eye catcher for me! So here is a fast, but delicious recipe for you to try. It would be perfect for anytime of the day and for any guests coming over. I was really impressed with the outcome of them and so was my hubby! Enjoy your last week before Christmas.
Friday, December 14, 2012
A while back we got a question from one of our followers wanting to know what the differences were between the various milk products we carry here at Honeyville. With four different "milk" titled products, it's easy to see where the confusion comes from. Some questions that pop up are: "What's the difference between each product?", "Which is better for long term food storage?", "Do they both come from real milk products?", and "Which is better to cook or bake with?"
Today we're going to take a deeper look at the four milk products we offer at Honeyville and how each can benefit your baking, food storage, and family needs. We'll look to answer three big questions typically asked about our milk products. Those questions are: What are they, What can I use them for, and Which is the best choice for my Food Storage needs.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
With the release of The Gourmet Food Storage Handbook by our own Chef Tess just around the corner, we decided to let you, our fans, choose which recipe from the cookbook you'd like to get a first look at! After a week of voting on our Facebook page, you decided that the recipe you wanted us to release first was the Dallas Style Chicken Noodle Soup in a Jar.
The great thing about this recipe is not only the fact that Chicken Noodle Soup goes hand-in-hand with the winter weather, but the great story associated with this tasty recipe. Here is an excerpt from the cookbook from Chef Tess describing the great story behind the coming together of this particular recipe:
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
This time of year I do a lot more baking than any other time. There is no need to re-invent the wheel with treats that I bake for either a neighbor treat or pot luck party. Honeyville Fudge Brownies have always been a favorite of mine. I dressed them up a little by baking them in a mini muffin tin and dusting the tops with some powdered sugar. By making them in a smaller size each and every bite has an "edge" piece, they are easier and prettier to serve, the powdered sugar dust looks like snow, and mini food is just cute!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Thumbprint cookies are perfect for the holidays, or any day for that matter! They’re pretty, festive and delicious! This whole food recipe captures the delightful flavor of traditional thumbprints without compromising good nutrition. How? By using nutritious ingredients such a Honeyville's Blanched Almond Flour, pure organic maple syrup and naturally sweet coconut oil.
Our favorite way to enjoy these is while they’re still slightly warm – they have just the right amount of crispness on the outside, yet are nice-n-chewy on the inside with a gooey little jam center. YUM!
Monday, December 10, 2012
You like oatmeal for breakfast? You also like quinoa? Let's put the two together and we have something fabulous for you to try!! What about a warm dish of Breakfast Quinoa? You can choose the fruit of choice for this breakfast or pick a few of them and have variety! Super easy to make. You can even cook the quinoa the night before and re-heat in the microwave for a quick "out the door on time" type of breakfast. Give it a shot and let us know what you think.
Friday, December 7, 2012
I can still remember the day. I was about 14 years old and was searching the shelves of our family food storage pantry for a jar of raspberries that my mom had canned the summer previous. As I perused the shelves for my desired item, I accidentally knocked into one of the many buckets that lined the bottom shelves. As the bucket tipped and the contents spilled out onto the floor, I noticed that I had never seen such a product before. As I ran upstairs to tell my mom of my discovery, she simply informed me that what I had knocked over was a bucket full of potato flakes, to which she also responded: "They're what I use to make mashed potatoes for dinner." I was stunned! This was not an emergency. We were not in any financial struggle. And yet, for nearly my entire life, I had been eating from our food storage!
What my mom taught me that day was one of the most important, yet most overlooked, principles in regards to food storage. Rotation! Today, we're going to talk about why we should be rotating our food storage into our daily cooking activities and ways that we can better rotate the food we've had and the food we hope to have through our food storage pantries.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Is it just me, or is there always one special neighbor who brings a plate of perfection to all the holiday gatherings. They may not be wearing green elf-tights and sportin' a fuzzy red hat, but they make you want to throw your hands in the air, lean your head back and yelp to the night air (like a Christmas geek) singing a very cheesy (very cool) rendition of "Santa Clause Is Coming To Town." It is the neighbor who's plate makes your husband want to go to the church party. It is the plate that invokes an instant rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus from teenage boys. It is the plate that makes mom hide in a closet with its contents and a bottle of eggnog. Okay. She might not take the eggnog. It isn't really Christmas until that plate shows up. Am I right? Well...today I'm your neighbor. We're taking a trip to a wintry-fairyland. Be afraid...or excited. Either way, bring your tinsel toes.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
'Tis the Season for parties and potlucks! Whether it is for a family, neighborhood, church group, or club you are bound to be invited or hosting something this month. Well for your next shin-dig bring this yummy Hummus Dip!
3 cups prepared Honeyville Garbanzo Beans
2 Cloves Garlic, peeled
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
1 tsp Sesame Seed Oil
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1/2 cup Water
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The wait is almost over! After months of preparation, compiling, and final edits, Chef Tess' latest cookbook, The Gourmet Food Storage Handbook is nearly ready to hit the shelves of our Honeyville retail locations and store.honeyvillegrain.com. Before the cookbook officially hits the stands, we thought we'd give you a sneak peak at what you can expect from the latest creation by the Evil-Mad Genius herself, our own Chef Tess!
Monday, December 3, 2012
With the growing excitement over Honeyville's Organic Coconut Flour, I felt like I was missing the boat if I didn't try it for myself. So I ran to Honeyville, grabbed me a bag, and started researching all the yummy recipes that I can make using coconut flour. The first one I tried was banana muffins and I look forward to the other delicious desserts I get to make! Hmmmm.....mmmmm.....desserts, I just love desserts!! Here is the muffin recipe for you: