Monday, September 22, 2014

Melissa's Home Grown Butternut Squash Honey Pie

Butternut Squash Honey Pie
with Honey Whipped Cream
and my backyard Purple Dahlias
A Few Squash from this Years Garden

Whole Wheat Pate Brisee Dough sweetened with Honey
2 1/2 c. King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour
2 sticks of unsalted butter
1 Tbsp. Honey
6-8 Tbsp. Ice Water
Place 1st three ingredients in a food processor and pulse until it looks mealy. Then while running machine add Tbsp.'s of Ice Water until dough forms into a ball. Form 2 balls of dough and wrap each in saran wrap and place in refrigerator to chill for 1/2 hour. You will only need one ball for the bottom crust but you can save the other ball for a Quiche or other Tart on another day. Keeps for about a week in the Frig
and wonderful to have on hand.

Filling Recipe:
After you Line a Pie Place with Crust and brush milk on it.
Place 3 eggs, 1 3/4 c. cooked Butternut Squash, 2/3 c. Honey, 1 Tbsp. Cinnamon, grate some Nutmeg, 1/2 Teasp. Ginger, and 1/4 Teasp. Mace, and 1/2+ c. milk in a mixer and mix well, then pour into pie crust.  Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes then turn down oven and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

I serve with Freshly Whipped Heavy Cream flavored with Pure Honey for a little Sweetness and serve on a pretty plate.

There is nothing like cooking out of a Fall Garden and I particularly love this time of year with all the honey I have and want to use it in everything!

Happy Fall Cooking and I hope You enjoy this Honey of a Pie!
Melissa Abbott

Friday, September 19, 2014

Abbott Honey will be at the Rockport Farmer's Market (across from the Blacksmith Shop and T-Wharf) Last Dates of this Fall - Sept. 20th and Oct 4th Sat. 9am-1pm

Abbott Honey will be at the 
Rockport Farmer's Market 
(across from the Blacksmith Shop and T-Wharf) 

Saturday 9am-1pm 

 Wonderful Fall Local Honey! 

This honey won't last forever and if you want to get some for gifts or for your winter tea, now is the time to stop by and pick some up. I will be at the Rockport Farmer's Market this Sat Sept 20th and Sat. Oct 4th for the last time.

I also have copies of The Legacy of Three Melissas, my historic Cape Ann Cookbook and Memoir available and they make great gifts too!  See you There!

I have so enjoyed meeting new friends and old ones this summer at the Rockport Farmer's Market. Thank You for supporting me and my efforts with my backyard beekeeping on Cape Ann. 

For Those of you who can't make the Market, You may order the Honey Online at this Link:

Kind Regards and Happy Fall, 
Melissa Abbott

Monday, September 8, 2014

Melissa's Wake Up Conditioning Honey Peppermint Body Wash

Have you ever read what is in a body wash bottle? Chemical's you can't even pronounce are what make up most of it. I like the smell of Peppermint. It is enlivening and smells good plus I don't want to strip my skin of oils. You can pay a lot of money for body wash and soaps so I investigated some alternatives, tweaked the recipe and came up with this version which I like. It was a little bit of an investment to buy all the various ingredients but I managed to order everything on and have it sent directly to the house. I am sure I can make several variations of this shampoo but in the end I should have a very economical product I can make at home. I also love the idea of not buying a lot of plastic bottles and using and reusing things I have around the house already.

Jojoba Oil

1/4 cup Distilled or Rain Water
1/4 cup liquid Castile Soap - I use Dr Bronners organic baby mild soap
2 tsp Jojoba Oil
1/8 tsp Peppermint Essential Oil
1/8 tsp Tea Tree Essential Oil
1/4 cup Aloe Vera
1 tsp. Glycerin
1 tsp. honey

Flip Cap Bottles or Foaming Bottles to dispense - You can repurpose an old shampoo bottle or use a Squeeze Ketchup Bottle purchased at the $1 store
$1 Store Squeeze Bottles

Aloe Vera

Mix all ingredients, then
add 1/4 cup distilled water or rain water.
Store in a bottle. Use as you would any body wash. The smell is fantastic and it leaves your skin smooth and glowing!

Your entire body will be left nourished, quenched, smooth, and invigorated. It smells delightful too!
Aloe Vera 
Castile Baby Soap

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

CAPE ANN FARMERS MARKET EVERY Thursday from Sept 4 - Oct 9 - 3pm-6:30pm Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, MA.

Carson Greta Af Klinteberg of the Knead Dough Bakery with her local Nisu and Anadama Bread and myself Abbott Honey with local East Gloucester Honey and local "Legacy of Three Melissas" Cookbooks will be sharing a booth at the 
EVERY Thursday Sept 4 from 3-6:30pm 
Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, MA. 
We will be there every Thurs. thru Oct 9th. 
Hope to see you there!!