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This is my favorite time of year. I trade in my lab coat for a holiday apron and start cooking and baking. The family must sense that the honey, flour, eggs, and butter are coming out of the pantry, because that’s when the requests start coming in.
“Mom, would you make Struffoli?” This classic Italian holiday dessert, which is also known as “Honey balls” is a favorite in our house and a must have for my husband and son. Now, the whole neighborhood looks forward to their delivery of festive cupcake liners filled with honey glazed Struffoli. The honey adds a rich, golden color to foods as a glaze making it essential for this family recipe.
Plus, this is a fun recipe to make with the kids. They can do every step, from measuring ingredients to rolling out the dough, and the best part: drizzling honey on everything, including their sticky fingers for a sweet reward at the end. It’s also quick and easy and can be done in stages!
I’ve included Nana Fontana’s Struffoli recipe below, but you can also find it here on the National Honey Board’s website.
This summer as temperatures soar and you head out to get a little exercise, be it biking with the kids, playing ultimate Frisbee or even beach volleyball, you may be reaching for your water bottle and scanning for quick and easy energy boosters that don’t weigh you down or cost a lot.
Ever wonder what someone like 3-time Olympic gold medal athlete like Kerri Walsh Jennings reaches for as a quick pick-me-up? Well, chances are, you have her golden, sweet secret right in your pantry. It’s pure with just one ingredient, all-natural honey! Kerri, who started working with the National Honey Board in 2014, loves the taste and convenience of honey and started incorporating it into her routine years ago as a natural boost of energy on the sand.
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My go-to, not-so-secret ingredient is as close as my pantry. I always turn to honey as a natural ingredient to jazz up typical meals and snacks to make this back-to-school season exciting for the whole family.
With more than 300 different types or varietals of honey in the U.S., honey adds its own unique flavor to your recipes. I love that it’s such a versatile ingredient that helps make foods more appetizing.
Plus, did you know that once your little one has turned one year of age, they may be able to enjoy honey with the rest of the family! The digestive system of a one year old child is usually considered by pediatricians to be “grown-up” enough to digest honey.
Tips for Toddlers
Also, moms are often asking me for ideas and tips to get their toddlers to eat more vegetables. Back-to-school season is the perfect time to shake up your recipe arsenal and experiment with new snacks and meals that the whole family will love. I make a yummy sweet potato and honey puree that is a terrific do-it-yourself (DIY) toddler favorite.
Here’s my recipe:
Nurse Barb’s Sweet Potato and Honey Puree
Preheat your oven to 400 o F.
Wash and scrub the outside of sweet potato or yam.Using a fork, pierce the outside of the sweet potato or yam. (This allows steam to vent and prevent little eruptions.)