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Chocolate Chip Cookies - makes 3 dozen
I like the combination of chocolate and orange. If you prefer more traditional chocolate chip cookies, substitute milk for the orange juice and vanilla for the orange extract. These cookies are meant to be slightly soft.

1/2 cup (125 mL) butter, softened
1/2 cup (125 mL) light, mild honey
2 tbsp. (30 mL) fresh or frozen orange juice
1/2 tsp. (2 mL) pure orange extract
1 egg
1 1/4 cups (300 mL) whole wheat or white flour
1/2 tsp. (2 mL) baking soda
1/4 tsp. (1 mL) salt
1/2 tsp. (2 mL) cinnamon
1/2 cup (125 mL) pecans, chopped
1 cup (250 mL) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). In a large bowl, cream butter and honey until smooth. Beat in orange juice and extract. Beat in egg.

In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add to honey/butter mixture along with pecans and chocolate chips.

Place teaspoonfuls of batter on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden.

Honey Mustard Dressing - makes 2 cups (500 mL)
This salad dressing also makes a wonderful glaze for ham or chicken if you leave out the mayonnaise.

1/2 cup (125 mL) light, mild honey
1/4 cup (60 mL) fresh or frozen orange juice
1/4 cup (60 mL) Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. (2 mL) mustard powder
1 cup (250 mL) mayonnaise
Salt and pepper, to taste

Blend honey, orange juice and mustard until smooth. Add mustard powder, whip in mayonnaise, then add salt and pepper. Mix well. Keeps for up to two weeks if refrigerated.

Honey Garlic Glazed Ribs - serves 4
Powdered garlic works best in this dish because it won't burn and get bitter the way fresh garlic can.

4 lb. (1.8 kg) pork back ribs
1 cup (250 mL) honey
1-2 tsp. (5-10 mL) garlic powder

Place ribs in a pot with enough water to cover; bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes or until tender. Remove thin membrane from inner side. (Ribs can be refrigerated overnight at this point.)

Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Mix honey and garlic powder in a small saucepan and heat on low.

Place ribs in a foil-lined baking pan and drizzle with half the honey mixture. Bake for 30 minutes, basting with remaining mixture every 10 minutes, or until ribs are glazed and crisp.

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