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Honey & Mead Fondue

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Recipes from our Kitchen | Comments Off on Honey & Mead Fondue

Ingredients: 32 oz. (907g) Swiss or Gruyere cheese, shredded 1 tablespoon (7.5g) Cornstarch 2 teaspoon (10mL) Dry mustard 2 Tablespoon (30g) Butter 2 cloves Garlic, minced 2-1/2 cups  (595 mL) King Arthurs Dry Mead 2/3 cup (160 mL) Honey 4 Tablespoons (60mL) Lemon juice Pinch Nutmeg 1 teaspoon (5mL) White pepper Directions: Toss cheese with cornstarch and dry mustard to coat; reserve. In a heavy pan or fondue pot, over medium heat, melt butter. Sauté garlic until soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Add King Arthur’s Dry and bring to a boil. Slowly...

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Melopita (Honey Cake)

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Recipes from our Kitchen | Comments Off on Melopita (Honey Cake)

INGREDIENTS 20 oz (600g)  Ricotta Cheese 1/3 Cup (150gr)  Honey 3 Eggs 1 Tbsp (15g) Corn Starch 2 tsp (10ml) Vanilla TOPPINGS 1/4 cup (120ml) chopped, roasted Pecans 2 Tbsp (29 ml) Chinook Honey Caramel Sauce 2 Tbsp (29 ml) Chinook Honey Chocolate Ganache Use an 8″ (20 cm) circular pan. Makes 6 servings. INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 355°F (180°C) . In a bowl, mix all ingredients with a whisk until everything is completely blended (do not over mix it). Grease the pan with oil or butter, or line with parchment paper. Pour in the batter....

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Hivelights November 2016

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Hivelights | Comments Off on Hivelights November 2016

Even though we wrap our bees for the winter, they have an additional way of keeping warm. As the weather gets colder, the honey bees will huddle together while ‘heater bees‘ work as tiny furnaces. These heater bees will either vibrate their abdomens or wing muscles in order to build up heat for their sisters. In fact, approximately 2/3 of the honey used over winter is just for keeping the heater bees well fed. The bees will cuddle and occasionally rotate so that everyone stays warm. The queen will always be in the warmest spot,...

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Mead Matters – Nov 2016

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Mead Matters | Comments Off on Mead Matters – Nov 2016

The fermentation room is a busy place these days. Meads in production now include the popular Ginger Bochet which we haven’t had on the shelves since last fall. It will be out just in time for Christmas – a great gift idea! This mead is a perfect balance of honey sweet and ginger heat, and makes a superb digestif as well.  Apples are a treasured fall fruit so why not celebrate the season with this apple cider mead cocktail. This is excellent to enjoy on a chilly day, especially if you can gently heat it beforehand. Ingredients:...

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Christmas at the Hive Baking Competition 2016

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Events | Comments Off on Christmas at the Hive Baking Competition 2016

  The Christmas at the Hive Baking Contest is a charity event where all proceeds go to the Foothills Country Hospice Society.  For full rules and other information, please either read the form below, or print off this form here. Chinook Honey Company “Charity” Honey Baking Contest 2016 Rules, Registration & Fillable Entry FormRules 1. All proceeds from this Charity baking contest will go to the Foothills Country Hospice. 2. The children’s division includes ages up to and including 12 years. The youth division includes those of 13 to...

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Hivelights October 2016

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in Hivelights | Comments Off on Hivelights October 2016

Honey extracting is done and lately we’ve been making sure the bees are well fed and healthy before going into winter. Wrapping the hives will start within the next few weeks. The bees have fewer warm days now (they lose the ability to fly when temperatures drop below 10c) so without much else to do they huddle together to stay warm. With fall the regular Farmers Markets come to a close so be sure to visit the Millarville Thanksgiving Market this coming Saturday. It’s the best time to stock up on essential winter vegetables, local...

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Mead Matters – Oct 2016

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in Mead Matters | Comments Off on Mead Matters – Oct 2016

It’s only October and its already getting very chilly. Luckily Fire and Spice is back for the season and ready to warm you up from the inside out! The delicious mixture of mead and spices is a metheglin has a taste that reminds many of home made apple pie and the holiday season. Best of all, it can be served warm for those really cold days. The Bodacious Black Currant we’ve been following through each step of production will be released this weekend, just in time for Thanksgiving. Consider a fruit filled Sangria punch to start off...

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Roast Squash With Feta & Honey

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in Recipes from our Kitchen | Comments Off on Roast Squash With Feta & Honey

  Recipe: 1 butternut squash, pumpkin or sweet potato (about 11/2 lb (650 g)) 3tbsp(45ml) olive oil 1½ tbsp(15 g) sesame seeds 1½ tbsp (45 g) pumpkin seeds 1/2 C (75 g) craisins ¼ cup(60ml) honey 1 tbsp(15ml) balsamic vinegar 1/3 c (50 g) feta cheese, crumbled ½ tsp(4.5 ml) chili flakes Season as desired with salt and pepper Directions: Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°c). Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Cut up the squash or sweet potato into bite size cubes. Toss the cubes in the oil, place on tray and bake for 20 min. Roast or...

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Christmas at the Hive

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Events | Comments Off on Christmas at the Hive

  That’s right! Christmas at the Hive will be happening again this year! Join us on Dec 3 and 10, 10am-5pm, for mulled mead, a visit with the donkeys, and more! You can also confirm you are coming and stay up to date on news for this event on our Facebook Events page. If you would like to join the baking competition, please click here for more...

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Mead Matters September 2016

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Mead Matters | Comments Off on Mead Matters September 2016

Many of you will be thrilled to hear that our next batch Bodacious Black Current mead is almost ready! It’s in the final stages, and though it is very hard and torturous work, members of the staff are tasting it to be sure it is just right. 😉 As of right now the mead is very close to perfection, so expect new bottles of Bodacious Black Current on the shelf soon! Innisfail area mead fans will be glad to know that the Central Alberta Co-op Liquor Store now carries Chinook Arch...

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