The Orange Bee

Hello everyone – if you have been a subscriber on it is now time to visit the new site – (no wordpress in the address).  To continue receiving notifications of new posts you will need to re-subscribe to the blog at the new site.  I hope you won’t mind taking a minute to do this – I’ll miss you if you leave!

Enjoy the new and improved Orange Bee!

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New and Improved “The Orange Bee”

Tomorrow is the big day – my new and improved blog site will go live!  I am so ready to get back to sharing recipes with you!  The address will be – no more, which simply means I am self-hosted.  I am still quite unfamiliar with computer jargon and the building of a website but thank goodness for help with that.  I’ll share more about how it happened and who helped me on the new site.  I’ll also be sharing quite a bit about “meals for empty nesters”, beekeeping adventures as they unfold, and of course delicious recipes.  I’ll be looking for you on the flip side so come visit often.  If you experience difficulty with my new site please, please email me at linda@theorangebee and make me aware.

Looking forward to seeing you at the new site Tuesday!

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The New Orange Bee

The new Orange Bee is getting so close to going live.  I miss planning, preparing, cooking, photographing and sharing recipes with you.  Fall is around the corner and actually feels like it here in North Carolina.  That means fresh picked mountain apples and pumpkins are filling the stalls at my local farmers markets.  I am so excited about my new look and not so excited about learning the ins and outs of operating the new blog but hey I’m up for it!

Today I am testing the site – bloglovin’…anyone reading this familiar with it?


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The Orange Bee

The Orange Bee is undergoing a change – for the better.  January will bring the beginning of my fifth year of blogging.  My time flies!  I continue to enjoy blogging and never tire of trying new recipes in my kitchen.  You will notice a bit of an absence as I am at the limit of new photos I can add.  I don’t find looking at a cookbook without any photos to be  much fun and I feel the same about reading a recipe on a blog without a mouth-watering photo to gaze at.  Please pardon the lapse.

The new look will be self-hosted (for those of you who blog – you know what this means) and allow for unlimited photos and slide shows.  I’ll be sharing my newest bee adventures and of course recipes.  You’ll notice oodles of recipes for empty nesters, left overs and tips for preparing and cooking food for two.  Of course I’ll continue to cook with honey and talk a bit about what we all can do to save bees.

The process takes time and patience.  I am so excited to share the new look with you, so come back soon to see the new and improved Orange Bee!  Meanwhile I’d like to share a few favorite recipes from Augusts’ past.


Here is a great way to use up the end of summer tomatoes we all love.  Heirloom Tomatoes




Harvesting Hatch chilies takes place in August.  I’m expecting a shipment to arrive here in North Carolina today, thanks to the great folks at Central Market, Ft. Worth.  This salsa is a great way to use the chilies as well as juicy summer peaches!
Harvesting Green Chiles in the Hatch Valley



If you have a bushel of fresh picked blackberries this is one delicious pie!  (no more room for a photo but trust me and click on the link)

With the kiddos headed back to school these Monster Cookies would make a yummy treat tucked in their lunch boxes or after school with an ice-cold glass of milk.  Sweet!  Again, click on the link – it’s a cookie, it’s fantastic!


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Watermelon Gazpacho

Please pardon me for not sharing a honey recipe today, I simply had to share one of my favorite summertime recipes. This cool and refreshing watermelon gazpacho takes the heat out of a sweltering summer day or evening.

Last weekend my man Dan and I made a trip to the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market.  With summer fruits and veggies in abundance we brought home all of our favorites.  Continue reading

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Friday Fun Facts – You Can Help


Whole Foods CampaignTheBee

I shop at a local Whole Foods because:

1. It’s convenient
2. I can buy organic
3. I can find local NC or SC produce
4. Signage tells me where my food comes from
5. They carry non GMO corn on the cob ( it is sweet and delicious – I’m hooked)
6. I like their campaigns about helping save bees

3 ways to Help at Home
Plant Flowers. Grow a mix of native flowers with different colors, shapes and bloom times. Blooming herbs, fruits and vegetables are good choices too!

Make Space. Preserve some brush piles and bare patches of soil to help native bees dig nests.

Go Organic. To help promote healthy ecosystems, choose organic foods for your table and organic seeds and seedlings for your garden.

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Honey & Chile BBQ Sauce

Honey & CHile BBQ Sauce

I’ve never made BBQ sauce like this before, but I totally dig making my own sauces, dressings, rubs, mops, etc.  I’d opened a can of diced tomatoes and used just a bit so I needed to use up the remainder of the can.  After looking at the left over tomatoes every time I opened the refrigerator for a couple of days, Continue reading

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Friday Fun Facts – Killing Bees In Your Own Garden

Indian Blankets - food for bees

Do you know that those beautiful, colorful flowers you are bringing home from your local nursery or big box store could be killing bees that might venture into your yard or garden at an alarming rate?  Much research has been done lately regarding a class of agricultural pesticide named neonicotinoids and the general consensus is that it is killing our precious bees at a very fast pace.  This nasty poison is hiding in seed packets and flowering plants that are readily available for you and me to pick up at our local nursery, garden center or big box store.

I found an interesting article here which will enlighten you to how you can prevent bringing home poison to our very important bees.  I urge you to read this bit of news and do your part to help save the bees!  Just remember every third bite of food you eat will be pollinated by a bee.  Ban neonic pesticides!


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Zesty Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

Sugar Scrub

Here is a new one for ya’.  A recipe using honey that is a hand and body scrub.  With summer upon us we need to be sure and wear plenty of sunscreen but also to exfoliate.  I don’t know about you, but honestly I love for my body to feel soft and smooth as a baby’s butt.  Continue reading

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