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Pan-fried Feta Cheese

Ingredients

1 feta cheese block

1 egg

3 tablespoons of oil or butter

1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

1 small jar of sun dried tomatoes

AUNT SUE’S ® Organic Light Amber honey

 


Directions

Beat egg in small bowl and spread panko breadcrumbs onto small plate. Dip entire feta cheese block into beaten egg, coating all sides. Then, place feta into breadcrumbs and cover well. Transfer cheese block into pan with heated oil. Fry both sides until golden brown and crusting. Remove from heat and top with sun-dried tomatoes and honey! Serve with crackers.

No Bakes Dates

Ingredients

1 package of pitted dates

8 oz cream cheese

1/4 cup crushed pistachios

SUEBEE® honey

 


Directions

Make a slice into the date. Spoon cream cheese into dates. Top with crushed pistachios. Drizzle with honey. Serve immediately!

Honey Brunch Punch

Ingredients

3/4 cup simple syrup

1/2 cup lemon juice

1 1/2 cups orange juice

1 1/2 cups bourbon or whiskey

1 liter of ginger ale

Maraschino cherries

 

Simple Syrup

1 cup water

1 cup SUEBEE® INFUSIONS®  Lemon flavored honey

 


Directions

Mix all ingredients in large bowl except ginger ale. Right before serving add ginger ale. Garish bottom of each glass with cherries. Pour and enjoy!

To make simple syrup mix 1 cup water and 1 cup SUEBEE® INFUSIONS® Lemon flavored honey tin saucepan. Bring to a boil, then cool and store in refrigerator.

Honey Cinnamon Twists

Ingredients

2 cans of refrigerated crescent rolls

2 tbsps SUEBEE® INFUSIONS®  Vanilla flavored honey

1/4 cup butter or margarine

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon, combined

 


Directions

Create eight rectangles from the crescent dough on two baking sheets. Melt butter, then add honey, cinnamon and brown sugar. Stir to combine. Pour about a tablespoon of mixture onto the rectangle of dough. Roll dough lengthwise and twist to create a spiral effect. Bake at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes. Remove from oven when cinnamon sticks are golden brown. Sprinkle with sugar mixture and drizzle with honey.

Fire Cider

Ingredients

2 cups apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup AUNT SUE’S® RAW & UNFILTERED Honey

1/2 cup horseradish, grated

1 orange

1 lemon

5 garlic cloves

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

 

 


Directions

Combine grated horseradish, garlic cloves and cayenne pepper into a 1.5-2 quart mason jar. Zest the lemon and orange, then squeeze remaining juice from both fruits into jar. Pour apple cider vinegar into jar to the top. Seal the jar. Use a piece of parchment paper between lid and jar to keep vinegar from touching the metal. Shake well and and store in a cool place for 3-4 weeks. Shake once a day! After 3-4 weeks, add honey and shake well again. Cider should taste sweet and spicy. Once opened, store in the refrigerator. You can add additional spices and foods like cinnamon, jalapeños, ginger, turmeric and rosemary to adjust your flavors and provide that extra punch of flavor.

Honey Mustard Sauce

Ingredients

1/4 cup mustard

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup SUEBEE® honey

 


Directions

Combine all ingredients in bowl. Stir until well blended! Enjoy with a warm pretzel, baked chicken or on your favorite brat!

Texas Roadhouse-style Cinnamon Butter … With a Twist!

Ingredients

1/2 cups salted butter, softened

1/4 cup AUNT SUE’S® Raw & Unfiltered Honey

1 tsp cinnamon

 

 


Directions

Combine all ingredients in bowl. Using hand mixer, whip all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Enjoy on your favorite breads! Store in fridge.

Honey Yogurt Bark

Ingredients

2 cups vanilla-flavored greek yogurt

1/2 cup sliced strawberries

1/2 cup blueberries

SUE BEE® INFUSIONS® Strawberry Honey

 


Directions

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Spread greek yogurt across baking sheet. Top with strawberries and blueberries. Drizzle with honey. Freeze for 4 hours. Remove from freezer, break apart and enjoy. Store in freezer in airtight container.

DIY Tuna & Honey Cat Treats

We love our four-legged friends, which is why we often feature homemade pet treats made with honey. In the past, we’ve featured recipes for our precious pooches: Peanut Butter Banana Honey Pet Treats and our Oats & Honey Dog Treats. But this one is for the cat owners.

And it is pawsibly the tastiest homemade cat treats your kitty has ever had! It’s a recipe for Tuna & Honey Cat Treats, and it’s the cat’s meow. It makes kittens smitten. Your feline will do a beeline to this treat. So, whip up a batch right meow!

Ingredients

  • 2.5 oz. canned tuna
  • 1 egg
  • 2 oz SUE BEE® honey
  • 1/2 oz grated carrots
  • 1 tsp rice flour

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a bowl, add egg (and beat), along with the carrot, tuna and honey. Add rice flour (if necessary) and mix step by step until a consistent dough remains. Form small balls of the mixture.
  3. Place the treats on a greased paper tray and bake at 180 C for 10–15 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and rest at room temperature.
  5. Store in a tightly sealed container for up to one week.

An Attitude of Gratitude

Sioux Honey family member looks back on a rewarding career

“People.”

That’s how Bruce Nyhammer describes his long career at the Sioux Honey Co-op. 

“Sioux Honey is a people business. That’s why I’ve spent so much of my career here,” says Bruce, who is retiring this year as Western Marketing Director after being a member of the Sioux Honey team for the past 19 years.

“Looking back, I actually have never worked for a so-called corporation, a large corporation, or a public corporation,” Bruce continues. “I’ve worked for either a privately held business or a co-op, and Sioux Honey is a co-op. It’s a little different, I think, and I’ve always enjoyed working with people more in an entrepreneurial type of a situation. And with Sioux Honey, you wear a lot of hats, and you work with a lot of people. You’re helping people do things in a lot of different ways, and it can be really exciting doing that. I’ve enjoyed that.”

What does longtime Sioux Honey family member Bruce Nyhammer love most about his job? People – from his fellow Sioux Honey sales team members (at left) to the Sioux Honey brokers he has worked with (middle) to Sioux Honey customers (at right).

Working for a co-op is especially gratifying, Bruce says.

“The people you’re working for are the people that own the company. At Sioux Honey, there’s over 200+ beekeepers, and that’s really who you’re working for.”

“And, of course, the association is the marketing side, and working together with other associates has been very rewarding. I think that we’re all working together toward the same goal. The beekeepers are obviously so important to our company. They are our company; they’re supplying our honey. And we’re selling the best honey there is … there isn’t any better honey that’s found in the U.S.”

Helping others is a theme that flows through everything he and the Sioux City, Iowa-based co-op does, Bruce says. It’s a trait he learned from his father and his uncle as a child.

Bruce’s parents owned a general store and, before school, beginning when he was 8, Bruce would help get the store ready for the day. It began with sweeping the floors, and the responsibilities grew from there.

At left, Bruce’s co-workers having fun by photoshopping his face on a beekeeper. At right, Bruce with his family.

“I really learned a lot from my dad. He was my first mentor,” Bruce says. “He taught me a lot about the grocery industry and about things in general. And through the years, I’ve had different mentors. My uncle was a significant mentor, too. My Mother also had a big influence on my life and has always been my biggest supporter.”

At Sioux Honey, Bruce says he benefitted from several longtime employees who helped him learn the honey business. 

“The first person I worked for was Jim Powell (a former vice president of sales and marketing at Sioux Honey). And he helped me along,” says Bruce. “As well as Dave Allibone (past president), and Mark Mammen (president emeritus). And then, more recently, Alex Blumenthal (current president and CEO) was also influential.”

“The other person who has had a big impact on my career at Sioux Honey is my wife, Diana. She has totally supported me on everything I do at Sioux Honey, whether it is early-morning calls, the travel I have done almost every week (before COVID), or weekend business.”

At left, store employees at Bruce’s family’s general store. At right, Bruce and his wife, Diana.

Bruce says he always tried to go that extra mile when working with grocery store associates and food brokers. The extra effort, he said, has ultimately benefited Sioux Honey.

“All the food brokers I have worked with over the years have been a big part of the success I have had, as well as the success of selling Sioux Honey products.”

“And even customers – helping them helps us,” Bruce continued. “I like helping others do well, and so does everyone at Sioux Honey. I always feel if they’re doing well, we’re doing well. 

“If I can help our brokers sell our product, then they’re going to do better, and Sioux Honey is going to do better. And even our customers. If I could tell them about the honey industry and how important Sioux Honey is to the industry, that always helped gain more distribution for Sioux Honey.

“So I really like to work with other people, and that’s always been the best way. One person can’t do it all, but helping others expand on what they’re doing has always helped Sioux Honey.”

Evolution of Sioux Honey

A lot has changed in the honey business since Bruce began working at the co-op. Honey was bottled in glass containers when he started, rather than the industry standard plastic that the majority of honey is packaged in now. 

“When honey was sold in the glass jar, we used to put lights behind the product in stores and the lights would shine through the glass jar, and the honey would just sparkle,” Bruce recalled.

Another change? Fewer honey companies were competing for shelf space. 

“It’s evolved to today where over 800 different companies show up in the grocery stores throughout the country,” Bruce says.

In addition to more competition, there are more varieties of honey available today, and Sioux Honey has been at the forefront of creating new honey products. In recent years, the beekeeper-owned co-op has developed new flavors, such as SUE BEE® INFUSIONS™ Strawberry, Lemon and Vanilla honeys, as well as SUE BEE® Hot Honey, which Bruce helped develop.

“I was involved with that from the start, and it was truly something that we developed from the ground up, so to speak. Or maybe from the hive up,” says Bruce. “We had to test it, and test it and test it – we wanted it to be as pure and as good a product as possible. 

“We didn’t want to just throw something out there. So it took a lot of time, with other people in the company helping. It was really a team effort in building it.”

Bruce holding a bottle of SUE BEE® Hot Honey, which he helped develop.

Popular favorite

Like many Sioux Honey lovers, Bruce names SUE BEE® SPUN® Honey among his favorites. And he enjoys the original SUE BEE® honey in his tea each morning.

“I also put it in yogurt, which I have pretty much every day. Another great thing to add honey to is cereals, like oatmeal, during the winter months.

“We also use honey a lot in cooking. My wife will use it in recipes. There are so many things that you can use.”

Bruce likes to talk to people about the benefits of substituting traditional sugar with honey. He even convinced a guy he knows who works for a sugar company to make the switch.

“He prefers honey for his coffee now. I won’t tell what company it is,” Bruce says with a grin.

“Another big change at Sioux Honey, the industry and Sioux Honey is how we communicate. In the past, I was traveling almost every week. Since March of 2020, Zoom and Teams is now an everyday part of our vocabulary. As an example, I am on a Teams meeting daily with Sioux Honey associates, brokers and customers. We had a new VP of sales at Sioux Honey, Scott Lebow, and I met Scott via Teams, and we did not have the opportunity to meet in person for over six months. We have Teams meetings several times a day and have been able to really get to know one another.”

Bruce was honored recently with an award for his 19 years of service at Sioux Honey. At left, Bruce is joined by his wife, Diana. At right, Bruce is joined by Scott Lubow, VP of Retail Sales at Sioux Honey (at left), and Sioux Honey President and CEO Alex Blumenthal (at right).

What’s next for Bruce?

Can you guess what Bruce will miss most? If you said, “the people,” you are 100% correct.

“I am definitely going to miss working with all the great people at Sioux Honey. A lot of people there are not just my associates, but friends. And that also goes for the brokers and customers that I work with too,” Bruce says.

“Over the year, you develop both working relationships and friendships, and just talking to them every day … that, I’m going to miss.”

As for post-retirement, Bruce has some plans, including a few home improvement projects. He also wants to travel with his wife, play golf and visit friends.

“I think the toughest thing that I will have is not working on something for Sioux Honey every morning before seven o’clock. I’m probably going to miss that the most.”

“I would also like to thank all my family, friends, everyone at Sioux Honey, both current and past associates, as well as the Sioux Honey Board members and co-op members, and all the brokers I have worked with. I want to also thank all the customers I have had the pleasure to call on and all the many other people I have met in the food industry and organizations I have been part of for all their support. It has been my honor to know them.”

At left, Bruce with the Sioux Honey Co-op Board and Sioux Honey executives. At right, the one and only Bruce!

All of us at Sioux Honey are going to miss YOU, Bruce. You have been such an important member of our family for so many years. You are much more than an employee. You are our friend, our mentor, our colleague, and, most of all, you are family.

“If anyone wants to call me and talk about honey, I’ll probably be more than happy to do that,” Bruce adds.

We’ll try to let you relax and enjoy some much-deserved time off for a while, Bruce. But keep your phone close by!

Two-Ingredient Gluten-Free Banana Pancakes

Ingredients

2 eggs

1 large ripe banana

SUEBEE® INFUSIONS® Vanilla flavored honey

 


Directions

Mash banana in bowl with fork. Add two eggs and beat until well blended. The mixture will be slightly lumpy. Pour onto griddle or non-stick pan. Cook over low to medium heat until brown and flip. Top with sliced bananas and chocolate chips. Enjoy with SUEBEE® INFUSIONS® Vanilla flavored honey. For extra protein add peanut or almond butter!

 

No Bake Cheesecake Protein Bites

Ingredients

Crust

1 cup crushed graham crackers

1 tbsp of SUEBEE® INFUSIONS® Vanilla flavored honey

2 tbsp Almond Butter

 

Cheesecake filling

8 ounces cream cheese (1/3 fat)

1 cup zero sugar greek vanilla yogurt

1/4 cup vanilla protein powder


Directions

Crust
Mix crushed graham crackers, honey and almond butter until well blended. Line muffin pan with 8 baking cups. Fill cups about half way, then press down graham mixture with bottom of small glass.

Cheesecake Filling
Combine all ingredient in bowl and blend well with mixer until smooth and creamy. Scoop about 1/4 cup into muffin cups. Refrigerate for 4 hours (or freeze for a cold treat). Top with fruit of your choice and honey. Enjoy!

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