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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.
As I start to haul down the Thanksgiving decorations that remind me of visiting Plymouth Rock, the Pilgrims and the very first Thanksgiving, I’m also thinking about families with children who might also be celebrating their very first Thanksgiving. I love having big groups to our house, especially when our friends bring their kids. Thanksgiving is so much more fun with little ones. Besides stuffing, my favorite part is not watching football, it’s the group walk after and getting on the floor and playing with the kids!
I’m going to be busy! That’s an understatement, so I’ve found some super simple and very fast recipes that will be prepped in minutes not hours. I want to concentrate on flavors, family and fun, not kitchen time. As a spokesperson for the National Honey Board, I have a bit of a sweet tooth, and have learned a lot about how to use honey as a natural sweetener for cooking and baking, because it contains just one ingredient – honey!
Honey locks in moisture and adds a boost of natural sweetness (more…)
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.)