RECIPE 3 – HONEY-SPICED CHICKEN THIGHS is a savory delight.
INGREDIENTS: 2 teaspoons garlic powder / 2 teaspoons chili powder / 1 teaspoon salt / 1 teaspoon ground cumin / 1 teaspoon paprika / 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper / 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs / Cooking spray / 6 tablespoons honey / 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
DIRECTIONS: Preheat either grill or broiler.
Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl. Add chicken to bowl; toss to coat. Lightly oil grill grate. Place on preheated oiled grill. Cook 5-7 minutes per side. Alternatively, place chicken on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Broil chicken 5-7 minutes on each side.
Combine honey and vinegar in a small bowl, stirring well. Remove chicken from oven; brush 1/4-cup honey mixture on chicken. Back on the grill/ or under the broiler for 1 minute on each side. Serve with rice and veggie side of your choice.
SOURCE: Domenica Devine, Beekeeper, Irvine, California
FACT 2 – Bee warm! Its 10*F degrees in Nashville, but so much warmer in the bee hive. A healthy winter colony forms a cluster around their queen and winter brood, that cluster remains 95-98*F degrees throughout the winter.
How? Bees of almost all ages can vibrate their abdomen. The friction of thousands of bees simultaneously vibrating their abdomen raises the temperature in the same way that rubbing your hands together warms them.
The fun is in details: Bees can decouple their wings from their muscles, allowing them to more vigorously use these muscles without actually moving their wings. This can heat their bodies up to about 111*F, which is warmer than their flight temperature of 103*F. Brings new meaning to “group hug”.
CAMPAIGN UPDATE: And we’re off! The campaign started with funders on Day 2. Pals are sending recipes to be featured here. Friends are liking the Tennessee Artisan Honey Bar Facebook page. Farmers Market associates are alerting their Facebook friends that our campaign has started. Thank to everyone