Fabulous food from farm (or ocean) to table is what we are all about! Below are some of our favorite recipes and some local food resources that can make your stay at Bee’s Knees even more special.

Bees Knees Fruit Farm and Country House

Amazing Grazing

This local company creates gorgeous charcuterie boards, brunch grazes and other delicious treats. We often recommend them for gatherings at the big house or for events in the barn and have always been delighted with their beautiful presentation, amazing (truly) food, and quality service.

Bee’s Knees Cocktail

The bee’s knees, along with the cat’s whiskers, entered the US lexicon in the 1920s. Both phrases are called into use to describe something of excellence. The Bee’s Knees, a sweet, citrus cocktail, lives up to its moniker, and will [read more]

The BEST Fish Sandwich

Laurie Lee’s Fussy Fishwich (enough for two sandwiches and a little left over) Do you remember Petes Seaside Cafe in Avila Beach? How about Miss Barbara’s By The Sea? It was so much fun at Avila Beach back in the 70’s. [read more]

Ribollita Italian Vegetable Soup

Toasted Bread, Bean and Vegetable Soup This lighter version of the hearty, comforting Tuscan vegetable soup is excellent for chilly days and foggy evenings. This recipe serves 6. The only thing better than soup with bread? Soup that not only [read more]

Sicilian-Style Beef Stew

Sicilian-Style Beef Stew Beef stew gets the Sicilian treatment with the addition of red wine and olives from the southern region of Italy, plus fragrant herbs and citrus peel. For the best flavor, season the meat with salt and pepper [read more]

Fresh Fig and Cheese Canapes

These fresh fig canapes are best when served immediately after making. The flavors of the sharp arugula, creamy cheese and salty prosciutto meld beautifully with the sweetness of the figs. Ingredients: One pound fresh figs, rinsed, dried, and tops removed [read more]

Watermelon, Cucumber and Mint Infused Water

This flavorful and refreshing water is simple and satisfying. Aqua Fresca Bee’s Knees style! Ingredients: Filtered water Cubed watermelon Sliced Persian cucumber Crushed fresh mint Ice Combine all ingredients except ice. Let rest in the refrigerator for at least 1 [read more]

Bee’s Knees Mediterranean Salad

Ingredients: One cup cooked Quinoa (red or white) 15.5 oz. can of cooked, rinsed, and drained black beans 15.5 oz.  cooked, rinsed, and drained chickpeas (garbanzo) A handful of fresh chives blunt cut to 1/2 inch pieces. 1/2 shallot minced [read more]

Fresh-picked Garden Picnic Delights!

These picnic skewers are best when served chilled. Recipe: Chubby wood skewers Fresh picked sweet cherry tomatoes Fresh picked sweet and purple basil with stems. Fresh mozzarella cubed Artichoke hearts/ freshly steamed or canned large pieces Whole pepperoni peppers (jarred) [read more]

Lisa’s Signature Basil Tomato Tart

Ingredients:One frozen unbaked pie crust1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese5 Roma or 4 medium tomatoes1 cup of loosely packed fresh basil leaves4 cloves of garlic1/2 cup of mayonnaise or salad dressing1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese1/4 tsp white pepperFresh basil [read more]

Finn’s Blueberry Lemonade

Recipe Notes Serves 4 to 6. Ingredients ½ cup sugar 1 cup fresh blueberries ¾ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 cup plus 5 cups water Directions Combine the sugar and 1 cup of the water in a saucepan over medium-high [read more]

Scalloped Potatoes with Caramelized Fennel

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, divided 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 fennel bulbs (about 1½ lb.), trimmed, quartered, cored, thinly sliced (about 6 cups) Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper ½ cup dry white wine or [read more]

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Cake

Ingredients: Blueberry Cheesecake: ¾ cup fresh blueberries 16 oz. cream cheese- room temperature 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla 2 eggs + 1 egg yolk- room temperature 1/4 cup sour cream 1/4 cup [read more]

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