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Hivelights June 2017

Posted by on Jun 3, 2017 in Hivelights | Comments Off on Hivelights June 2017

May was a great month to be nurturing our New Zealand honey bee packages and young nucleus hives. The warm weather and plentiful dandelion crop has given them a big boost. The abundant food and heat encourages the newly installed queens to lay eggs prolifically. Many people don’t realize that bees also need a good source of water. Since their bodies are mostly water (like us) they need to drink routinely. Also the nurse bees which produce gelatinous ‘royal jelly’ use water to partially dilute it for easier consumption. In...

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Mead Matters – May 31, 2017

Posted by on Jun 3, 2017 in Mead Matters | Comments Off on Mead Matters – May 31, 2017

  Ingredients: 1 Bottle Melissa’s Gold Lemonade Concentrate (Makes 1.42 L) 1 cup (240 mL)  Strawberry Infused Vodka Frozen Strawberries Directions: Make the lemonade according to label specifications in a large pitcher. Add in the Melissa’s Gold, the strawberry vodka and the frozen strawberries. Mix, serve and...

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Bacon Honey BBQ Chicken Bombs

Posted by on Jun 3, 2017 in Recipes from our Kitchen | Comments Off on Bacon Honey BBQ Chicken Bombs

Ingredients: 5 boneless skinless chicken breasts 5 jalapenos, sliced in half lengthwise and seeds removed 4 oz (112 g) cream cheese softened 1 cup (240 mL) shredded cheddar cheese pepper to taste 20 slices of bacon 3/4 cup (180 mL) Flavours of the Foothills Honey BBQ sauce Instructions: Cut chicken breast lengthwise into fillets, each fillet will make one bomb. Pound the fillets between parchment paper until they are ¼” thick Season lightly pepper In a bowl mix cream cheese & cheddar till blended Fill each jalapeno with the cheese...

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Horde At The Hive: 2017 Wrap Up

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Events | Comments Off on Horde At The Hive: 2017 Wrap Up

Horde at the Hive had another amazing year! We had around 2000 people visit us in total, despite the awful snow/hail mix we got on Sunday. We are already making plans for next year, and hope to make it even bigger and better. For now, here is a slideshow of this years highlights: _...

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Horde at the Hive – 2017

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Events | Comments Off on Horde at the Hive – 2017

  Date: May 13-14th 2017 Where: Chinook Honey Company Box 12, Site 14, RR1 Okotoks, AB T1S 1A1 Time: Saturday – 10 am – 5 pm Sunday – 10 am – 5 pm Travel back in time and experience the fascinating world of Norse culture by taking a trip to our Viking Village for some genuine family fun! Come cheer on epic displays of live-action battle reenactments (kids get to do mock battles too), throughout the weekend. In the Viking Village revel in tales from Storyteller Calum Lykan and watch smithing demonstrations by Nick Goetz. Then take a...

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Hivelights May 2017

Posted by on May 6, 2017 in Hivelights | Comments Off on Hivelights May 2017

  May has got to be one of the busiest months in the Chinook Honey world. The bees need extra food and unwrapping, in addition to preparing for and receiving new packaged bees and the dividing of bursting hives to create new colonies. Throw in Alberta’s unpredictable weather and it can be mayhem! Also, next weekend we’re celebrating Vikings with Horde at the Hive May 13th and 14th. Here’s some of the new features you’ll be sure to enjoy: Calum Lykam is a Scottish story teller who will be camped in the Viking...

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Brunch Burger

Posted by on May 6, 2017 in Recipes from our Kitchen | Comments Off on Brunch Burger

Ingredients: Serves 4 Bacon Jam: 1 1/2 lb. (24 oz)bacon, chopped 1 Tbsp(15 mL) butter 2 small yellow onions 1/2 cup (120 mL) Jack Daniels Whiskey 1/2 cup (120 mL) honey 1 1/2 Tbsp (22.5 mL) balsamic vinegar Pinch cayenne pepper Burgers:  1 lb.(16 oz) lean ground beef 1 tsp(5 mL) salt 1 tbsp(15 mL) Worcestershire sauce To Assemble: 1 Tbsp(15 mL) butter 4 eggs 4 slices sharp cheddar 4 English muffins, toasted and buttered Instructions: Bacon Jam: Cook the bacon in a heavy pan over medium-high heat until the bacon is crispy. Remove the bacon to...

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Mead Matters May 2017

Posted by on May 6, 2017 in Mead Matters | Comments Off on Mead Matters May 2017

Expanding into liquor stores around Alberta gives us a chance to educate more people about mead. As the oldest alcoholic beverage it is still shrouded in mystery. Is it a beer or a wine? Is it super sweet like Ice Wine? How long does it last? How do you drink it? What can you pair it with? For those who don’t get a chance to visit the meadery in person, how can you get these questions answered? We’re happy to tell you that Art, the Mazer of our award winning meads, will be on site at the Timberlands Central Alberta Co-op Liquor...

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Farm and Foodie – Local Farm Events and Markets

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in Events | Comments Off on Farm and Foodie – Local Farm Events and Markets

  Special Events: Chuckwagon cook-off and pack horse race Sunday, June 18 (Father’s Day) – Bar U Ranch See teams of campfire cooks compete to create their tastiest beef stew and biscuits. Sample the fare and vote for your favourite in the people’s choice awards. Watch packers prepare to head to a distant cow camp by loading a horse with their provisions. It’s a race against the clock and the load has to stay in place as they negotiate an obstacle course. Be ready to cheer on your favourite team! Taste of Calgary August 10-13,...

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Mead Matters April 2017Buzzing Bee Mead Cocktail

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Mead Matters | Comments Off on Mead Matters April 2017Buzzing Bee Mead Cocktail

 Buzzing Bee Mead Cocktail With our newest mead cocktail. We also have more mead recipes on our cocktail page. Ingredients: 1/2 cup Orange Juice 6oz Pineapple Juice 1 cup Malibu Rum 1 Bottle John Cameron Classic Frozen Fruit (Instead of Ice Cubes) Directions: Mix all ingredients but the frozen fruit together. Put frozen fruit into glasses. Pour cocktail over the fruit. Serve! Image from...

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