My sister recently moved back to Reading after being away for over a decade. I’ve often heard people speak of how they long to move out of this small town; I feel much different. We have four beautiful seasons here. We have access to fresh, organic produce grown and produced by farmers and artisans who are dedicated to their craft. We are a day’s trip from some of the oldest and most beloved American landmarks on the east coast, including scenic beaches and beautiful mountains. From broadway to our nation’s capitol, and from fishing to skiing, its all within a short distance to our affordable and family friendly communities that grace the greater Reading area. Clearly I’m one of those people who believes that Reading can and will come back with a vengeance with the right leadership, guidance, and community support. I’ve experienced the magic of Penn Street, and more recently, Penn Avenue myself back in it’s heyday, and I do solemnly believe that we are on the cusp of a revival.
With that said, I continued the conversation with my sister, nearly 6 years my junior: one of the greatest pleasures of living in a small town is meeting people who recognize us as a product of our parents and grandparents. Many times, I get a “wow, you’re Lou’s daughter; now that you mention it I can see the resemblance.” I love that.
A family friend for nearly 3 decades stopped by my house the other day and gave me some of his fresh, local honey. Wow, what a treat! He was certain to mention that raw honey contains traces of bees wax, but that is still okay to eat. This is a very simple to prepare recipe, especially if you use pre-cooked shrimp; it can be used for a quick week-night dinner.
Before this day, I really didn’t know that much about local honeybees or raising a colony other than it certainly tasted good. As it turns out, many people call on my friend, Jim-the-Beekeeper, when they find bees swarming around their homes and decks in the early part of spring. He visits their home as soon as possible, many times within an hour of when they call on him; he safely removes their bees and gives the bees a new home on his bee farm in Bern Township. I encourage you to make this recipe with local honey and you’ll see how much more delicious it can “bee”. Oh, and if you happen to have a bee problem, don’t hesitate to call my friend Jim. You can reach him at: 610-568-0832 or beeremovalreading.com
1 lb pasta
Shrimp (about 1 lb, cooked, cut into bite size pieces)
4 tbsp. coconut oil
2 tbsp. flour
juice of 4 limes
1 tbsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 cup honey
Whisk the flour and coconut oil over medium heat until the flour is dissolved. Add lime juice and honey slowly to incorporate. Add shrimp. Sprinkle red pepper flakes at the end for serving.