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ABF E-Buzz: January 2015
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ABF E-Buzz — January 2015


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Welcome to ABF E-Buzz

by Tim Tucker, ABF President

"You'd be so lean, that blast of January

Would blow you through and through.  Now, my fairest friend,

I would I had some flowers o' the spring that might

Become your time of day."

-  William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, Act IV Scene 4

Welcome Back! Another year has flown by and the nation’s bees are beginning to move. I saw several loads of bees headed west on our way home from Disneyland. They were headed for almonds and the beginning of their work year.

 Our time in Disneyland was wonderful! The 2015 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow was a great time with Disney characters running around and the Disneyland staff were everywhere asking if you were enjoying your stay. I think it was the happiest place I've been in a long time. We had over 900 in attendance at the conference and there were several people I only saw once during the week. When there are so many meetings to attend and behind the scenes things in need of my attention, it’s frustrating and difficult to spend any real time with friends. I'm hoping in a few years that I can come to a meeting and enjoy time spent with friends and get to experience some of the presentations. Fortunately, we record all the presentations and will have them on our ABF website very soon. We also are requesting that several of our top presenters redo their presentations for webinars this year. This is something you can all look forward to.

We would like to thank Sue Bee Honey for our Thursday afternoon tours. It was fun to see just how fast honey can be bottled, labeled, cased and palletized. Machinery is so amazing to watch when it's working correctly. We also had a great time that evening at Medieval Times, where we had a great dinner even if we did eat with our fingers. And yes, that's what I said, our fingers. There were no utensils. We had a great time watching the jousting events between all the different knights and the choreography was really top notch.

We encouraged all of our attendees to thank our sponsors and vendors for making such a wonderful week happen. We truly appreciate their support and helping to make it great time all of us. Thank you guys! There’s no doubt that we had a lot more people in the trade show area this year, and we hope all of our vendors went away with a feeling that it was well worth the time spent. Good luck and that you for a wonderful year to our past years American Honey Queen Susannah Austin and Princess Elena Hoffman. They did such a great job! Thanks to you both for taking the time out of your busy lives to promote the ABF and honey.  Congratulations to our new 2015 American Honey Queen, Gabriella Hemesath from Iowa and Princess Hayden Wolf from Texas.

It's amazing how much history the ABF has, and one of the highlights again was the video monitor, near the general session area, that included pictures from the past. It was not uncommon to see eight or ten people huddled around the monitor which displayed pictures of past honey queens, conference attendees and ABF officers from decades ago. It was enjoyable to see Clint Walker and his son Jonathan looking at a picture (circa 1970 I believe) of E.C. Walker, Clint's father and of Jan, Clint’s sister, who was a Honey Queen at the time. It is so much fun when you can look back and share memories with your children. 

When I got home, I just happened to find a bunch of old American Bee Journals that I had bought years ago and had not really looked at. The first issue was January 1967. I opened it for viewing and found a couple things of note. The first was a notice from the President of Apimondia, V. Harnaj. It reads as follows:

“Dear Friend Beekeepers everywhere: Starting out upon another year, we sincerely hope that this may be a happy and successful one for beekeepers all over the world. The passion and enthusiasm characteristic of beekeepers gave rise as far back as the end of the past century to the International Organization of  Beekeepers throughout the world which our fore runners justly called APIMONDIA. Like a bright light shining all over, its activities present in all quarters of the globe aim at raising world apiculture to ever higher summits, at creating lasting relations of fruitful cooperation among scientists and a practicing beekeepers,  among national apicultural associations and among beekeepers throughout the world. May the International Federation of Beekeepers Associations – Apimondia – ceaselessly increase its forces, overstep the bounds of the 40 countries it comprises, continually ascend the steps of magnificence being proud it fulfills a  great and noble duty: the steady flourishing of world apiculture and an active contribution to the cooperation and understanding among peoples – guarantee for maintaining and strengthening peace all over the world. Guided by this noble mission let us do our utmost to contribute - through apiculture – to the well-being  and happiness of peoples, to give them more and more bee products and through a steady activity of pollination by bees of entomophilous agricultural plants – to increase the food (agricultural farm produce) needed to provide as plentiful a living for people as possible. In expressing these sincere thoughts and  sentiments, we wish all the beekeepers of the great family of Apimondia as well as the other bee lovers A PROPEROUS HAPPY NEW YEAR.”

 We are attempting to bring Apimondia to the U.S. in 2019 and we hope that you have a chance to jump on our website or Facebook page at Apimondia USA Bid for 2019 and follow along on the progress. We are really needing beekeepers everywhere to donate funding so we can make the effort successful. We would  greatly appreciate anything you may be able to donate. If even a small percentage of beekeepers in the country just gave 5 – 10 dollars we would have what we need to make Apimondia USA 2019 a real possibility. There will be a team from the United States attending this year’s event in South Korea and if you would  like information on going there or donating contact Debbie Seib or me through the website: http://www.apimondiausabidfor2019.org/ 

 Here in the Midwest our bees have been out taking cleansing flights and looking for anything edible in these 69 degree days. It seems as if we only had a couple of weeks of winter back in early December and, in Southern Kansas, at least, there's been no snow as our temps have been too warm.  The bees are flying almost every day and expending lots of energy. I'm talking to lots of folks in the area who are finding lots of dead bees that have died for no apparent reasons again. Lots of bees, dead in clusters with an inch or two of dead bees below and sitting right under rings of honey. For some reason, it seems the bees aren't moving to the honey a few inches away during cold spells or are just not eating the honey that is there. Reports from some folks who are calling us for nucs are stating they have lost 50% or more already. That exceeds our losses so far which are at around 38% and I'm finding much the same. Dead bees during a winter that really hasn't been extreme by any means, with honey stores very easily accessible. I am just always surprised every year by this inability of the bees to get through the winter months. I have a friend who has been getting bees from us every year who is nearing 80. In the 1960's, he ran around 500 colonies. He has been keeping bees for over 50 years and he is thinking about just giving it up because every year for the past ten years he loses such a large percentage of his bees. It's sad when people who have been around bees and want to keep a few hives for a small production of honey and pollination of their gardens just can't get their bees through the winter, especially when they may not have taken any honey this year or last and the bees die with honey on them. But it is difficult to keep buying nucs or packages to rebuild every year.  We need to find some answers soon!

 Again I hope you enjoy your time spent here at the ABF E-Buzz and that you find many items of interest to you that benefit your beekeeping experience. We've lots of new buzzmakers and updates on our new Honey Queen and Princess, a wonderful new recipe and lots more!


Happiest Place on Earth Welcomes ABF: ABF Annual Conference in Anaheim – More Highlights of the Conference

by Regina K. Robuck, ABF Executive Director

Anaheim played host to our 2015 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow. Over 900 attendees escaped their freezing weather to come to sunny California and Disneyland Hotel for a week of education, networking and fun. Check out some more of the highlights from the week below:

2015 Annual Conference SponsorsThe ABF would like to thank its many sponsors that donated heavily to making the conference such a special occasion.  Our Platinum sponsors were Dadant and Mann Lake, who are always there to lead the way for sponsoring much of our tradeshow and events.  Many thanks to our Bronze Sponsors Beekeeping Insurance Services; Brushy Mountain Bee Farm; Global Patties; Hummerbee; Kona Queen Hawaii and Pierco. We would like to thank Beekeeping Insurance Services sponsored our name badge lanyards and in tandem sponsored the conference bags. The week was kicked off with a welcome reception in the tradeshow that was sponsored by California Almonds and members of the ABF Board. We would also like to thank our break sponsors Burleson’s; California State Beekeepers Association; Dadant; JZs BZs Originals; Kelley Beekeeping and Veto-pharma along with some members of the ABF board for their support and sponsorship of other breaks. Your continued support of the beekeeping industry is greatly appreciated. 

2015 American Honey Show
.  Mary Kettlewell, Honey Show Committee Chair, reported there were 64 entries in the show and the competition was tough. Of course that's what we expect from our North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow attendees. A big congratulation to our "Best of Show" honey entry from our ABF President, Tim Tucker of Niotaze, Kansas. His Dark Honey was really a premium honey that I am sure demanded a great deal of preparation and care to meet the tough grading guidelines for the Best of Show designation. The "Best of Show-Related Items" went to Judy Schmaltz of Clarkston, Michigan for her beautiful artistic beeswax candles. The variety of honey products included was impressive.  All of the entries were then auctioned to benefit the American Honey Queen Program.  Congratulations to all the winners!  Click here to view the complete list of the 2015 American Honey Show winning entries.  Also, special thanks to our many Honey Show sponsors. 
 
Foundation Luncheon.  Over 90 attendees were present at the Foundation luncheon to have a nice lunch in the Sleeping Beauty Room, fellowship, and celebrate the Foundation Scholarship recipients and the Founder’s Award. This year’s six Foundation Scholarship recipients represented various levels of study and interest and were excited to come to the ABF conference to meet fellow researchers and beekeepers.  The recipients were: 
  • Rachael Bonoan – Graduate student at Tufts University
  • Cameron Jack – Graduate student at Oregon State University
  • Christoph Kurze  – Ph.D. student at Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
  • Rong Ma  – Ph.D. student at University of Texas at Austin 
  • Stephanie Parreira  – Master’s student at Oregon State University
  • Elizabeth Walsh –  Graduate student at Texas A&M
The recipients received a $2,000 scholarship grant from the Foundation to continue with their course of study. The Founder’s Award came as a complete surprise to this year’s recipient, Jeffrey Pettis, of Beltsville, Maryland.  The Foundation unanimously agreed that David was the right choice this year.  Jeffrey received this award for his many outstanding contributions to apiculture education and research. 
  

ABF President and Vice President with 2015 American Honey Queen Gabriella Hemesath and 2015 American Honey Princess Hayden Wolf

2015 ABF Elections.  Elections were held during the annual conference and confirmed at the ABF Business Meeting. The results of which are as follows: representing the State Delegates Assembly are Davey Hackenberg, of Milton, Pennsylvania, Patty Sundberg, of Columbus, Montana, who will be continuing their second term of service and Jessie Brown, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, for her first term full term and Blake Shook, McKinney, Texas, for his first term. Mario Jakob, Umatilla, Florida, was re-appointed to the Commercial Beekeepers SIG for his first term. Joan Gunter, Towner, North Dakota, was elected for her second term on the Package Bee & Queen Breeders SIG.  Mark Hedley, Rochelle, Texas, was elected for his first term on Honey Producers-Packer SIG.  Emily Brown, Scottsdale, Arizona, was elected to the Small Scale-Sideliner SIG for her first term.  Congratulations to these individuals and we hope that they will bring a great deal of new ideas, insight, and experience to the ABF. Tim Tucker, Niotaze, Kansas and Gene Brandi, of Los Banos, California, were unanimously voted to continue their second year of service to the ABF. 
  
Annual Banquet.  Close to 300 conference attendees came together for Saturday evening to celebrate the week and honor those among its ranks.  During the banquet the ABF announced this year’s recipient of the ABF President’s Award- Dr. Jim Frazier, University Park, Pennsylvania in recognition of his outstanding and significant contributions to the American Beekeeping Federation and the U.S. beekeeping and honey industry.  Dr. Jim Frazier, University Park, Pennsylvania, was also recognized as the recipient of the Hoopergarner Award. The ABF also bid a fond farewell to the 2014 American Honey Queen, Susannah Austin, and 2014 American Honey Princess, Elena Hoffman.  In their place the ABF welcomed the 2015 American Honey Queen, Gabriella Hemesath, Clermont, Iowa, and 2015 American Honey Princess, Hayden Wolf, Tyler, Texas.  Congratulations ladies! 

Government Relations Update: Exemption from Hours of Service Rule for Bee Haulers 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced the comment period for a proposed rule that could exempt truckers who transport bees from the additional hours of service rest requirements which have been in effect since mid-2013. The additional 30-minute rest period required by this regulation could severely impact the health of a load of bees, especially during warm weather. ABF has been working with the California Farm Bureau Federation for more than a year in an effort to allow bee haulers the same exemption from this rule as has been granted to livestock haulers. 

The comment period on this proposed rule is open until February 9, 2015. Click Here for instructions for submitting comments.


The ABF urges members to support the adoption of this proposed rule by submitting comments to the docket prior to February 9th.


Bee Creative

The 2015 Good Food Award & the Newest Category- HONEY!
By Emily Brown, owner of AZ Queen Bee, LLC

In its fifth year, the Good Food Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception were held on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater in San Francisco.  The Good Food Awards celebrates food that is not only tasty but authentic and responsibly produced. Awards are granted to outstanding American food producers and the farmers who provide their ingredients. An annual Awards Ceremony and Marketplace is held in San Francisco each year to honor the Good Food Award recipients who push their industries towards craftsmanship and sustainability while enhancing the agricultural landscape and building strong communities.

This year, the newest category Honey, joined the ten other previously celebrated categories including beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, pickles, preserve, spirits, and oil.  Awards were given to producers and their food communities from each of five regions of the US.  Nearly 1500 entries were received and only 147 winners were selected over all of the categories.  Judges from around the country participated in a blind taste test in September to determine the finalists, and then later the winners. 

In the Honey Category, twelve winners were announced and beautiful metal awards shaped like honey dippers were presented by Alice Waters, a famous supporter of the organic food movement and accomplished chef.  As a winner for “Pure Raw Honeycomb,” I was honored to give a speech on behalf of the Honey category.  I spoke about how I got started in beekeeping at a young age, my adventures in my growing “AZ Queen Bee” business, how much energy and effort it takes for bees to make honey, the various types of honey found throughout the United States as demonstrated by the array of winners on stage, and the importance of honeybees in our environment.  I closed with the following remarks:  “The footprint of a beehive is very small, yet its impact is far reaching in so many ways.  The story of honey goes well beyond the bottle. Honey connects us to nature, our community, and to our ancient past.  Thank you for celebrating this beautiful food through the Good Food Awards organization.  Stay Sweet my friends.” 

 Following the Awards ceremony, everyone moved into the Gala reception which featured winning products in their unaltered forms on regional tasting plates, as well as in original dishes conceived of by some of San Francisco’s most celebrated chefs.   The food was absolutely amazing and the winners and guests mingled and celebrated all evening.  Nearly 1000 people were in attendance and almost every state was represented.  Winners traveled from all over the country to be there that evening. 

I strongly encourage everyone to submit entries for next year’s competition. Details can be found at http://www.goodfoodawards.org.  Winners receive awards at the ceremony, a Good Food Awards seal for their winning products, national media coverage, and introductions to local and national buyers in the industry.    

This is a huge honor for the Honey Industry to be represented in an awards celebration of this magnitude.  The inclusion of honey in the Good Food Awards elevates honey to the platform where it belongs, raises awareness of honey as an artisan food and highlights the diversity of its flavors and floral sources.  Finally, this ancient sweetener is returning to the limelight and being appreciated for all its culinary glory.  


Bee Updated: Latest and Greatest News from the National Honey Board 

National Honey Board Announces New CEO!

Firestone, Colo., January 15, 2015 – The National Honey Board (NHB), an industry-funded agriculture promotion group, announced that the Board has unanimously selected Margaret Lombard as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective December 29, 2014. Lombard succeeds the NHB’s past CEO Bruce Boynton who announced his desire to retire in early 2014 after almost 26 years of service to the honey industry.

 

“After a thorough selection process, the Board is delighted to announce Margaret will lead the NHB as we navigate through the evolving and expanding landscape of the honey industry,” said Brent Barkman, Chairman of the National Honey Board. “Margaret has extensive experience in food marketing and a comprehensive understanding of the food industry. I have no doubt that she is the right person to take the helm at the NHB.”

 

In her nearly 25 years in the food industry, Margaret has held a variety of leadership positions, including Vice President of Marketing for Raley’s Supermarkets and Vice President of Shopper Marketing for a national advertising agency. She has a proven track record for successfully driving innovation and growth. Her past clients include Mission Foods, Blue Diamond Almonds and Avocados from Mexico. Margaret holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Design from the University of California Davis, and a Master of Business Administration degree from California State University Sacramento. Her background in food and her commodity board experience make her ideally suited to lead the next phase of the NHB’s growth and success.

 

“I am honored to have been chosen by the Board to lead the NHB into the next exciting era,” said Margaret Lombard. “The NHB is doing some amazing work and is perfectly poised for growth as the trend towards natural ingredients continues to explode. I look forward to working with our Board and our staff in driving growth for the entire industry.”

 

The National Honey Board is an industry-funded agriculture promotion group that works to educate consumers about the benefits and uses for honey and honey products through research, marketing and promotional programs.


Honey Queen Buzz: 2015 American Honey Queen and Princess Crowned

by Anna Kettlewell, American Honey Queen Program Chair

American Honey Queen Program Chair with the new 2015 American Honey Queen and Princess

Greetings Fellow Beekeepers! I hope you are as excited as the Queen Committee to begin a successful year of honey and honey bee promotions!

On behalf of the American Honey Queen Committee, I extend our heartfelt appreciation for 2014 American Honey Queen and Princess Susannah Austin and Elena Hoffman’s efforts to promote our industry. They demonstrated a true passion for honey bees, science, and beekeeping this year, and their travels took them to every time zone in the nation! They generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in free media publicity for our niche industry and will be lifelong promoters of our products. We are proud of their efforts and wish them much success as they continue their college studies in biology!

Susannah and Elena had the opportunity to promote honey and beekeeping during the 2015 North American Beekeeping Conference & Trade Show at the annual Kids and Bees program, which was a huge success! They were joined by our 2015 American Honey Queen candidates: Gabrielle Hemesath (Iowa), Kaylee Kilgore (Pennsylvania), and Hayden Wolf (Texas). These women represented their state associations with utmost professionalism and grace, making the decision difficult for our judges. Ultimately, Gabrielle Hemesath was given the position of 2015 American Honey Queen and Hayden Wolf the 2015 American Honey Princess. Gabrielle and Hayden have deep roots in the beekeeping industry and are excited to meet you, learn from you, promote honey, and teach about honey bees this year!

Gabrielle and Hayden’s official American Honey Queen Program orientation and training took place just 11 days after the conclusion of the 2015 North American Beekeeping Conference in Anaheim, CA. They travelled to Redgranite, WI, for a six-day intensive session, consisting of learning the program’s policies and procedures, giving effective media interviews with lots of on-camera practice, and beginning the 2015 social media efforts of the program. Check out the program’s Facebook page, blog, and YouTube channel to learn more about their training session. 

With training behind us, the Queen and Princess will hit the ground running with promotions in February. Thank you to all members who contacted me before and during the conference with your promotion dates and requests. The Queen Committee is working on a schedule now, and we look forward to hearing from more of you about your promotion ideas for the Queen and Princess. Please contact me as soon as possible to arrange a visit! Happy promoting!

 


Kids and Bees: "If You Can DREAM It, You Can DO it."

by Sarah Red-Laird, Bee Girl

The first girl through the door was wearing a handmade honey bee trucker hat and my heart exploded. Every event that I am lucky enough to participate in has its own magic, its own flavor, and its own unique buzz. The combination of the venue, the volunteers, and the kids make every experience stand out in my busy memory. 

 

Last year in Baton Rouge, Kids and Bees was a hearty success. About 500 littles and their bigs joined us. It was loud, it was enthusiastic, and it was BIG. Thinking of how to outdo myself after that to-do, and stay in good standing with my new-found position as Kids and Bees program director, began to worry me. How do I make this event special in comparison to Disneyland out the back door? How do I find and invite the right kids in a community of ten million? Yes. L.A. County has ten. Million. People. 

 

I begged a friend of mine to help whose normal clients include the Grammys and Apple. I wanted it to be so… Disney! I wanted to go over the top with the world’s best ever Kids and Bees. From glitter on everything to Elsa and Anna dressed as beekeepers and Winnie the Pooh giving out hugs and buckets of honey. Because like Walt Disney said, “If you can DREAM it, you can DO it.”           

 

Well, long story short – that didn’t happen. This event seemed to have its mind made up as to what it wanted to be when I started the planning process about a year ago. Things did not line up. Things weren’t happening the way I wanted them to. However, once I “let it go” (yes, that was a Disney pun), and let “my conscience be my guide” (yup, another one), I remembered that the bees themselves are just magical enough. Kids love bees, honey, and rolling wax candles, and you don’t have to have Elsa snowflake glitterbomb them to inspire that feeling.   

 

The day had a flow and an ease to it that became its mojo. About 350 kids and their parents came through the 20 activity tables, filling a ballroom and extending outside to the terrace of the Frontier tower. Volunteers spilled their knowledge and love for the honey bees to community members and conference attendees. From the comments on the table near the exit, I know that this day made a lasting impact on these kids and their understanding of the importance of bees. All-in-all, this was my DREAM, to reach the right kids and create an experience for them that would make a difference.   


This event was made fantastic by all of the volunteers who brought their smiles and bee love. Thank you to local beekeeper Sean Crowley for donating all of the beekeeping gear for the day. Thank you to the Los Angeles Beekeeper Association for letting us steal Bill and Clyde for the day. Thank you to all of the Honey Queens. Thank you to Bee Informed Partnership team members Dan and Tyler. Thank you Sam Comfort for your tunes. Thank you face painters Mary and Princess Elena! Thank you to HoneyLove’s Rob McFarland. Thank you, Russ Heitkam, for being our “Disney Character,” the Hero Beekeeper. Thank you to the Vitamin Bee team. -Thank you to New York City beekeeper Tim Cerniglia, for helping with set up and making sure I was caffeinated. Thank you to Tanja and all of the other beekeepers and bee lovers from near and far that gave their time and enthusiasm for the day. Thank you to Paramount Farms for the raw almonds for the kids to unhusk. Thank you to Terri for rolling those hundreds of candles. Thank you to Mann Lake for the educational material and wax for those candles. Thank you to Glory Bee for the Honey Stix. Thank you to all of the bee lovers and beekeepers who joined the event from near and far!! And especially thank you to the Foundation for the Preservation of Bees, who make this event possible every year!!

For more pictures of adorable kids loving bees, check out the album here.

 


Bee Thinking

 Last month's riddle was: 

"The waves are my voice, So sing and rejoice. On a long road together, We're birds of a feather. Memories we share, While floating in air. Now you'll have a song, All the day long. I am both big and small, you can listen to all, With high treble or bass, I can scream in your face, Or dance all around, With soft and sweet sounds." Robert and Linda Lamothe got the correct answer: A Radio!  

Here's another riddle for you to wrestle with. Think you know the answer? The first to e-mail Tim Tucker at tuckerb@hit.net will lay claim to another fun ABF prize.

I'll introduce you to the sweet honey bees,

Made from the best of big old trees,

You can find a hive to keep bees in,

And the answer to this riddle lies within.  


Buzzmakers: Latest and Greatest Beekeeping Industry News

  • Help The Honey Bees ad campaign creator honored: Global creative agency Arnold Worldwide announced today the appointment of Jim Elliott to the new role of Global Chief Creative Officer. Elliott will drive Arnold's creative product across the network. He will be based in the agency's headquarters office in Boston. Learn more.
  • Enhancing Cropping System Sustainability Through New Crops and Management Strategies: Using cash cover crops to provide pollinator provisions in the Upper Midwest. Read more.
  • Will Hawaii lawmakers address concerns about pesticides? Hawaii doesn’t have any laws regulating what pesticides are sprayed on or around schools. And the Department of Education blames a lack of money for its failure to implement a program to limit schools’ use of pesticides on their own property. Learn more.
  • What is really killing the bees and other wild pollinators? A new review of other studies concludes that viruses carried by commercial bees can jump to wild pollinator populations with potentially devastating effects. Pollinators in some regions have suffered declines and various hypotheses have been offered as to why. Read more.

ABF Welcomes New Members — December 2014

  • Michael Becknell, Texas
  • Steven Bradshaw, California 
  • Robert Fassbinder, Iowa
  • Jim Foster, Arkansas
  • Steve Hendry, Georgia
  • Shane Hosea, Texas
  • Adrian Juttner, Louisiana
  • David Kelton, Alabama
  • Melanie Kempers, Canada
  • Kim Kester, Wisconsin
  • Bill Meyer, Alabama
  • Chris Moore, Texas
  • Cory Shenefield, Indiana
  • Derek Shenefield, Indiana
  • Gloria Shenefield, Indiana
  • Ken Smith, California
  • Richard Thill, California
  • Gary Winkel, South Carolina
  • Carin Zinter, Massachusetts

 


Recipe of the Month: Red Bee Brownies 

Source: Tim Tucker, ABF President 

Red-Velvet-Brownies 

Layer Ingredients:

1 stick unsalted butter
½ cup sugar
½ cup HONEY
2 tsp. vanilla extract
¼ cup cocoa powder
Pinch salt
1 tsp. red food coloring
1 tsp. vinegar
2 eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
¼ cup chopped toasted walnuts

Cream-Cheese Layer Ingredients:
 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
¼ cup sugar
1 egg 
¼  tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8 by 8-inch baking pan and set aside. Brownie layer: In a saucepan on medium heat melt the butter. Remove the butter to a large bowl and add the honey, sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder, salt, food coloring and vinegar, in that order, mixing between additions. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl and stir it into the cocoa mix. In another bowl, combine the flour and baking soda. Fold in the flour until lightly combined. Stir in the walnuts and pour the batter into the prepared baking pan, saving 1/4 cup of the batter for the top. Cream-cheese layer: Blend together the cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla in a medium bowl. Gently spread the cream-cheese layer on top of the brownie batter in the pan. Dollop the remaining brownie batter over the cream-cheese layer. Using a skewer or the tip of a knife, drag the tip through the cream-cheese mixture to create a swirl pattern. Bake the brownies for 30 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and allow them to cool completely before cutting.

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