This week was my birthday and it was a particularly nice one with lots of phone calls and good wishes and two of the best presents I've ever received. My sister Lisa sent a quilt she made for me (more about that later) and my friend Melissa gave me two jars of her own herb-infused honey.
Melissa is one of the most interesting people I know. She and her husband Charlie live in East Gloucester. They fish, trap lobster, raise amazing gardens, and keep bees. Recently Melissa began making herb-infused honey and I can tell you it is delicious.
The first jar I opened was the mint honey and it is wonderful--sweet but with a deep minty flavor. I drizzled some over some fresh strawberries I'd just brought home and was in heaven. I also stirred some into my home-made lemonade and cannot begin to tell you how lovely and refreshing it is.
The second jar is lavender-infused. I just had some on a whole wheat bagel and loved it. It is much more subtle than the mint but equally delicious.
Melissa sells her honey online. You can go to her web site and order it when it is available (it sells out fast and then she has to wait until her bees produce more. All the herbs she uses either come from her garden or from elsewhere on Cape Ann She also gathers beach roses and uses them in a Rosa Ragusa Honey.
On her blog she also posts incredible recipes, including one for the luscious looking treat below, Vanilla Bean Cheescake Pie with Home-style Honey Crust.
Thank you, Melissa, for a wonderful birthday treat. And to my friends in the blogosphere, grab some of her honey while you can. You won't be sorry.
Thanks for reading.