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Recipe of the Month
Lemon-Honey Ricotta-Stuffed French Toast with Strawberries
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 cups hulled and sliced fresh strawberries, plus more for garnish
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup half-and-half
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • 8 ¾-inch-inch-thick slices of good-quality challah
  • Confectioners’ sugar, optional
  1. Whip together ricotta, lemon zest, and honey. Set aside.
  2. In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add the strawberries, and cook until soft, stirring often. Add the sugar, and cook until the liquid evaporates and a chunky jam has come together. Remove from heat.
  3. In a shallow, wide bowl or pie plate, mix together half-and-half, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Spread four slices of the challah with ¼ of the ricotta mixture each. Spread the other four slices of challah with the strawberry jam. Close the sandwiches, and press gently but firmly together.
  5. In a medium skillet, melt another tablespoon of the butter over medium-low heat. Dip both sides of one of the sandwiches into the egg mixture, allowing each side to sit for about 5 seconds. Place the sandwich in the skillet, and cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side. Remove to a wire rack until all sandwiches have finished cooking.
  6. Cook additional sandwiches, adding more butter to the skillet as needed. When all sandwiches have been cooked, cut them on the diagonal, and serve dusted with confectioners’ sugar or drizzled with honey and topped with additional strawberry slices.
Adapted from recipe by Amy Scheuerman on

Inaugural Bee Symposium Attracts 360 Attendees

Saturday, May 9th, 2015, the Honey and Pollination Center hosted its inaugural Bee Symposium: Keeping Bees Healthy. Over 350 interested beekeepers, gardeners, scientists and students were in attendance.

Marla Spivak, the distinguished McKnight Professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Minnesota and winner of a MacArthur Genius Grant, delivered the keynote address.

Additional speakers included members of the Department of Entomology and Nematology: Brian Johnson, Elina Nino and Neal Williams and Amy Toth, Iowa State University and Nigel Raine, University of Guelph, Ontario Canada.

The day long event concluded with a trip to the UC Davis Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven.

Look at the Day's program, agenda, and more photos on our website.
Graduate student research was featured in poster presentations. First, second and third place awards of $1500, $1000 and $500 were presented to the top three places. See them here.
Doug and Julie Muhleman have honored the Honey and Pollination Center to be the steward of a $5000 award from the University – the Soderquist Award. The winners of this award donate the funds to research on campus. In addition, they matched this with a personal donation of $5000. $10,000 will be used to further pollination and bee health research at the University. Read the story.
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