Queen Bee Eats for a Day

while i’m away, my honey will…cook October 22, 2008

So I’ve been on a trip to Florida these last few days and left my honey to fend for himself. Well, almost for himself. I left him the ingredients and recipe for an autumn mushroom soup and a killer good tomato (and then some) sauce in the ice box him to fill in the rest. He has been a man on a COOKING MISSION.












Meal one – Mushroom soup with hazelnut gremolata. His comment: “I am pretty sure I used every bowl in the house”, since this soup called for 6 cups of crimini mushrooms, reconstituted porcinis and then another 12 ounces of assorted shrooms (we found shitaki, oyster, and chanterelle at out market), there was a lot of slicing and separating (yes he sliced all of the fungi by hand). This soup was also nicely healthful, not calling for any cream. So the pound of criminis were sauteed with carrots and onions, and then cooked an blended with veggie stock to make the soup base. The assorted shrooms were sauteed in a bit og butter and then mixed in towards the end. The hazelnut gremolata required roasting and chopping the nuts, and then mixing with parsley, garlic, and orange peel. “This was delicious, hearty, full of flavor, and worth repeating – with help and a hand mixer.”

I should add a disclaimer here, I did not leave him this recipe to attempt alone with any ill intent, I had expected to make it myself (with him as my ever trusty soux chef) but did not get to it before I had to leave town. The other recipe choices on the other hand, he chose solo.

Meal two – Spaghetti and meatballs. For his next meal, he found what was seemingly easy, but it turned out that “these recipes are more involved than they let on”. Browning onions and parsley prior to combining with the meat, then adding white bread soaked in milk, and the meatballs are actually baked in the oven after they are browned on the stove top. It was a spin on meatballs that he hadn’t attempted before. He was full of concentration, while I listened on speakerphone I could hear clanging of kitchen utensils, muttering under his breath, and the patting of two excited pooches hoping for just one meatball to fall to the floor. The end result – a plate of spaghetti and meat balls fit for a king.

But, thank goodness for leftovers! He needs a rest before attempting Meal three – butternut squash risotto with vanilla. I must say that I am uber impressed that he both chose a recipe that calls for a vanilla bean and then actually found one.

xoxo…miss you bebe,



Nani’s Herbed Tomatoes October 20, 2008

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Through the years, this little dish has been at almost every shower, party, and celebration thanks to our good friend Nani. We most recently had it at my wedding shower in St. Augustine last July, and it was a hit!

So, I decided, after all this time, I’d finally ask Nan to send the recipe, and she did. I made it Saturday morning and wanted to share the recipe with you.

Nani’s Herbed Tomatoes

6 medium ripe tomatoes, peeled
2/3 cup salad oil
¼ cup vinegar
¼ cup snipped parsley
¼ cup sliced green onions
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 teaspoons snipped fresh thyme or marjoram leaves or ½ teaspoon dried thyme or marjoram
1 clove garlic, minced.

Peel 6 medium ripe tomatoes; place in a deep bowl. In a jar, combine salad oil, vinegar, parsley, green onions, salt, pepper, thyme or marjoram leaves, and garlic. Shake well and pour over peeled tomatoes. Cover and chill at least several hours or overnight, occasionally spooning the dressing over. At serving time, spoon herb dressing over tomatoes again. Then transfer tomatoes to serving platter.

Serves 6.

Hint from Nani: If you have never peeled tomatoes before, it’s a lot easier when you drop them into boiling water for a minute or two, just until the skins break.

Nani has made these with large tomatoes as well as grape or cherry tomatoes. It works well with any type — I used plum tomatoes since it was just me this weekend.

Oh, and the longer you let them marinade, the better! I made these on Saturday morning, went out of town and ate them Sunday night for dinner and they were great!




The Sweetest Day October 18, 2008

Filed under: Food Holidays — queenbeeeatsforaday @ 1:34 pm
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Since today is The Sweetest Day, I thought, “why not mention it on our little food blog”.

The idea actually came to me when I received an email from Vosges Haut-Chocolat called “What IS Sweetest Day anyway?” I usually don’t read their emails too thoroughly, if at all, but this one caught my attention.

The Sweetest Day began in the early 1920s when Midwestern candy company employee and do-gooder, Herbert Birch Kingston, decided that he wanted to bring a little joy into the lives of people who were usually forgotten – mostly orphans and the poor. So with the help of some friends and celebrities (like Theda Bara!) he started giving out small gifts and candy to the less fortunate.

The holiday is still observed mostly in the North East and Great Lakes Regions of the United States, but people all over the country do celebrate it. It takes place on the 3rd Saturday of October every year.

It’s nice to know that The Sweetest Day isn’t really just one of those “Hallmark Holidays…”, isn’t it?


How Much Pizza Can You Eat? October 17, 2008

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Alright, well here is another weirdo food news story I came across. Apparently these weird food stories are quite the norm lately. And since it took place in my hometown, I guess I better talk about it!

Last Sunday, in Times Square, food-eating champion, Joey Chestnut (what an awesome food last name for someone who just eats and eats and eats) set a world record for eating 45 slices of pizza in 10 minutes!

He won the first Famous Famiglia World Pizza Eating Championship and is now known as a “Pizza Powerhouse”! I know Famous Famiglia only because one day, about 6 years ago, I discovered it on a starved rampage through Terminal 6 (Jetblue) at JFK airport. Pizza for breakfast had never been better!

12 October 2008, Times Square, 1st Famous Famiglia World Pizza Eating Championship

They also have a few locations throughout the Big Apple, and all over the country in airports, universities, and other similar locations. For airport pizza, which is usually like mall pizza (ugh), it wasn’t half bad.

Anyway, let’s get back to Mr. Chestnut, shall we? He’s 24 years old and from San Jose, California — our other bee’s new neck of the woods. And he’s got some serious pizza-eating technique — fasting for a couple of days, then folding each slice to make them go down easier.

And this isn’t his only success — in 2007 he won Coney Island’s July Fourth Hot-Dog Eating Contest! (I can deal with one hot dog, but 59 in 10 minutes???)

Chestnut has made it his business to travel the U.S. and enter these eating contests. Is anyone else picturing the pie-eating contest scene in Stand By Me?



Speaking of Lobster… October 15, 2008

Filed under: Ice Cream — queenbeeeatsforaday @ 1:16 am
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The other day, when I read that story about the poacher with a bunch of lobsters down his pants, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the day I did the same thing…just kidding! But thinking of lobster adventures did remind me of a trip to Bar Harbor, Maine a couple Septembers ago.

We went on a cruise that took us through New England and Canada with my grandparents, Nana and Papa. It was a fun time, and one of the most enjoyable places that we visited was Bar Harbor.

Once we disembarked the ship we headed for the car rental facility so that we could spend some time at the top of Cadillac Mountain. It was gorgeous and we really built up an appetite. And rightly so – we were in Maine, so we just had to have some lobster. All of us were looking forward to lunch, except maybe my honey (he eats three things – cheeseburgers, potatoes, and ice cream).

We shared an excellent lunch – Nana, Papa, and I enjoying Maine Lobster, French fries, and cold beers (yes, even Nana had a beer!) while Jon had his burger. It was delicious. After lunch, we dropped Nana and Papa back at the ship and we had a few hours left to explore Bar Harbor.

We happened upon a quaint little ice cream shop called Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium. It’s been in its most recent incarnation for about twenty years and is completely charming. Ben & Bill’s, like many other businesses in Bar Harbor, had quite the lobster décor. In fact, there’s a very tall lobster eating a giant ice cream cone out front! We both love ice cream, so went inside. Inside we found, much to our delight, so much candy, ice cream, and other goodies that it was hard to choose. Then, low and behold, I saw the menu (and the bucket) of LOBSTER ICE CREAM!

I had to ask for a sample.

I was slightly nervous yet greatly exhilarated as the spoon neared my mouth. (Imagine: I am grinning, about to taste this wild flavor while my future husband is gagging and turning green next to me at the very prospect of having any type of lobster, let alone lobster ice cream!)

And wow…the buttery ice cream began to melt in my mouth only to reveal a very large chunk of frozen lobster! There really aren’t any words to describe it other than…ice cream…butter…lobster…cold.

It’s kind of like when you eat those popcorn flavored jelly beans…the flavor is amazing yet there is something not quite right with the texture. The sample spoonful was more than enough.

I got the Black Raspberry. My honey got the Mint Chocolate Chip.

They were delicious.


asian mini burgers October 13, 2008

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ground beef (1/2 pound sirloin, 1/2 pound chuck)
3-4 scallions, chopped
2 tsp. ginger powder
1/2 tbsp. garlic paste or roasted garlic
3/4 cup black sesame seeds
2 tbls. soy sauce
small potato dinner rolls, cut in half like buns
mayonnaise avocado,
smashed sprouts (radish give a nice kick)
Combine first six ingredients, do not over work the meat. Form into 2″ round burger about 1/2″ thick. These can be grilled outside or on a raised ridge grill pan. Flip only once, cook until your preferred degree of doneness. Spread mayo on bottom of roll half, top with burger, smashed avocado and sprouts, top with other half of the bread.
recipe by miss samantha bea

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The Bees


Our cake

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A jar of honey, two glazes, a special pan, marzipan bees with almond wings – super sticky – but we can handle it.

I think the cake set the mood for the shower as well as this blog – it really was meant to be made. And since it is a commonly known fact that our names actually translate to honey-bee in Greek, the cake was just calling us.

The pan: The beehive bundt cake pan we found (from Nordic Ware) was a little different than the one used to bake the cake we saw on the magazine cover, but it worked similarly. The batter is poured into two halves of a mold that are later pushed together. The cake produced was not quite large enough for the group at the shower, so we additionally baked an 11″ round cake for the base.

The batter: I’ll admit, I think any batter made with whipped egg whites yields a totally upstanding cake. It adds a lightness to a seemingly dense delicacy. The cake also had a nice spiced taste, calling for cinnamon and cloves in addition to honey, but we also added cardamon which in my opinion brings the taste from autumn leaves to Indian summer.

The glazes: There are two glazes here. The first is the honey glaze, this one is sticky and buttery and really too delicious to help yourself from licking your fingers (and then licking the spoon, but hold me back before stick my face into the saucepan – it was a very winnie the pooh experience).

The honey glaze acts as the glue to hold the bundt cake pieces together to form the hive. We found that this glaze also needs a little time to absorb into the cake. The second glaze is more like an icing (this one brings the sweet level up a notch, and although delicious, not completely necessary for the cake to be over the top).

The bees: Little marzipan bees, slivers of almonds as wings, each with a cute little face – not to mention that Meya and Haydn enjoyed eating them – the cake isn’t truly a beehive with out them.


cake and glazes

marzipan bees


Lobster Pants!

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And we’re not talking about some cute pants with lobsters embroidered on them!

We’re talking about some crazy poacher in San Diego (Binh Quang Chau) who got caught with six (yeah, 6!) LIVE lobsters shoved down his pants.

We came across this story this evening and couldn’t resist sharing it with you…we like seafood. But apparently not as much as some people do.

Good thing those lobsters in San Diego don’t have pincers…ouch!

Looks like he took the lobsters from the La Jolla State Marine Conservation Area and was caught only after some officials noticed that he had some odd bulges in his pants.

Binh ended up in jail and the lobsters got a second chance in the ocean.

You can check out the whole story here.


It All Started with a Cake October 10, 2008

Filed under: Cakes,Welcome — queenbeeeatsforaday @ 1:16 pm

A honey beehive cake that is…

Honey-Glazed Beehive Cake, marthastewart.com

This cake, to be exact.  Melissa found this recipe for a honey-glazed cake and thought it would be perfect for the wedding shower.  So we did a trial run of the cake in mid-July and it came out wonderfully.  So we knew it would be a hit at the shower!

And so the inkling for Queen Bee Eats for a Day was born.  Because we love to experiment with food, go to fun restaurants, and explore any area that we happen to be in we thought this would be a great way to share our adventures in eating!

So, in the words of Marie Antoinette, “Let them eat cake!

Hope you have as much fun as we do.