Summer Appetizer Plate with Honey

by Jill Chen on June 20, 2012

in All Recipes, Appetizers, Boutique Businesses, Cheese, Maine, New York

Today, we officially welcome the first day of summer (hooray!).  According to the trusted Old Farmer’s Almanac, summer begins at 7:09 p.m. (EST) today. To celebrate the summer solstice, Jill has crafted a stunning summer appetizer plate where each morsel is drizzled or dipped or accented by some local honey we love.  Honey. Summer. Chic bites. Sigh. -Maggie

Some of us are afraid of bees, rightfully so, since just one sting can be pretty serious.

But I’ve come to really appreciate honey bees and all the work that they do and here’s why:

A single worker bee visits 50-100 flowers per trip and produces 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in her entire lifetime.  It takes about two million flowers to make just one pound of honey.  So when I taste this beautiful summer nectar, I am so very grateful.

Drizzled on a piece of fresh bread smeared with  homemade cheese  - it’s so chic and simple and fresh.

I had the pleasure of sampling honey from both a spring and fall harvest thanks to a package sent my way from Maggie.  Sparky’s from Maine was delightfully light, with great floral notes of spring flowers. Greenpoint Local from Brooklyn was rich, flavorful, and “chewy.” I found both had a depth of flavor you just don’t taste in over-processed supermarket honey.

To really let the honey shine, forage in your fridge and garden and then assemble a tasting board lined with fresh, chic summer appetizers. Experiment with sweet as well as salty ingredients that complement or contrast the sweetness of the honey.

Some blue cheese crumbled with pear slices, and dark honey. Divine.

Ricotta, prosciutto, basil and chives, and more honey. Yum!

I know a couple of boys  who would love to lick the spoon.

How about goats cheese, pears and arugula wrapped with prosciutto?

The first cherry tomatoes are here! We’ve had a steady supply in the garden since May.

Enjoy with baby boconcinni and basil, or just naked off the vine dipped in honey. Tastes like a really ripe, juicy persimmon. (Excuse me while I lick my fingers)

Snow peas and radishes are ready too. I threw in some salty capers for fun.

Thank you bees, for pollinating my garden and providing us with your sweet gift. In return, I promise to plant more flowers and leave you water to drink.

How will you enjoy honey this summer?  Tell us in the comments!

Summer Appetizer Plate with Honey  

Ingredients:

  • Honey
  • Salty meats
  • Mild and strong cheese
  • Sprigs of fresh basil, and herbs from the garden
  • Fresh vegetables and fruit in season
  • Assortment of bread and crackers

Directions:

  1. Wash, trim, slice and arrange on a tray or platter.
  2. Make a few up on the platter, drizzle with honey.
  3. Experiment and create your own combination.

All photos styled and taken by Jill Chen.

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Jill Chen

Jill Chen, photographer, graphic designer, and urban farmer resides in Toronto, Canada with her chickens and mini pet pig named Henry. After running a design studio for twenty years, Jill gave it all up for a simpler way of living. When she's not making food or photographing food, she's growing food with the goal of being self-sustaining with year-round organic produce, despite the harsh Canadian winter. Charcuterie, wine-making, mushroom cultivation, aquaponics and shrimp farming are just a few of the projects on her plate right now. You can follow Jill's blog, Freestyle Farm, for beautiful photos that will inspire you to cook or grow something.

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  • Josephine Rozman

    This post has made me so hungry! Beautiful photographs and delicious appetizers!

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      Yum, right? I am in love with it…

  • Dawn

    Thanks for all the great appetizer ideas.  These pictures are amazing Jill!!

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      They’re amazing photos, right? We <3 Jill!

  • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

    I am in love with this platter. I’m going to make my own version this weekend. Honey with cheese, meats, fresh veggies and herbs. There really isn’t much I want besides that… And a bit of wine. :)

  • Anonymous

    Perfection! Love this

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      Let’s meet up and share a platter sometime. :) Thinking of you, hope the USA was grand! xox

  • http://jlmnomnivore.blogspot.com/ Jessica

    Im in love with those little white dishes, totally precious!

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      I have some similar ones from a local restaurant supply store. Jill, where did you get yours? @JillChen:twitter 

      • Jill@FreestyleFarm

        Mine were given to me by my uncle who was purging his belongings. They are tiny porcelain squares with spoons that nest together.

  • http://twitter.com/cindyishungry cindy ensley

    local honey is my favorite souvenir to pick up while traveling. these dishes look amazing! also, love the photo with the pigs! 

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