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Curried Beef Short Ribs

Note: I found this was more realistically four servings.

Finishing this dish with lime zest and juice brightens its rich flavors.

Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces ribs, 2/3 cup rice, and about 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce)

2 teaspoons canola oil
2 pounds ...continue reading

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Queens & Drones

I went to my first beekeeping class tonight and I loved it. I was nervous getting there because I have only been to the fairgrounds twice and both times it was during the day. Fortunately they had "Bee School" signs up everywhere. I walked in the room and there had to be 45 people there. By the time class started it was closer to 60. I was amazed that there were so many others interested. I wondered if their friends thought they were crazy too.
The speakers were fascinating and I learned so much. I am already hoping to keep my first hive this year. After class I talked to one of the club members. He offered to have me come over and he'd open his hive for me. Do you think that is the way beekeepers flirt? Seriously, he was really nice and excited to have me pick up the hobby. He told me not to worry about getting stung. I honestly am not worried about it. Who wants to go through life not truly experiencing things because they are afraid to get hurt? Not me.

Cool bee facts:
1. Only females sting.
2. There are only 4 species of honeybees in the whole world.
3. There weren't any bees in the Americas before white settlers came, they were brought from Europe to pollinate crops.
4. Bees will only leave space between honeycombs if the space is between 1/4 & 3/8 inches.
5. Bees smell their way home and roam an approximately 2 1/2 mile radius.

PS I have bee homework. Gotta read some chapters in my "Beekeeper's Handbook."

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