You have to really want something to be willing to stick your hand in a nest swarming with stinging bees, and clearly, we all feel that honey is more than worth it. We've been harvesting honey for thousands of years now -- honey's history has long be engrained with ours -- and we're not about to stop anytime soon.

Beekeeping is a thriving profession -- you can even find beekeepers in the urban landscape -- because honey's one of those ingredients that just can't be substituted. It's just as sweet as sugar, but maintains its own unique taste. Honey comes in many different flavors and colors (depending on the flowers the bees frequented), so be sure to try plenty of them all in the recipes below.

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  • Tea With Honey And Lemon Compound Butter

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/20885-tea-with-honey-and-lemon-compound-butter" target="_blank">Tea with Honey and Lemon Compound Butter recipe</a> by thefood via Food52</strong>

  • Honey-Chile Chicken Wings

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/honey-chile-chicken-wings_n_1060867.html" target="_hplink">Honey-Chile Chicken Wings recipe</a></strong>

  • Rustic French Honey Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/14406-rustic-french-honey-cake" target="_blank">Rustic French Honey Cake recipe</a> by thirschfeld via Food52</strong>

  • Wilted Escarole With Feta, Walnuts And Honey

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/18952-wilted-escarole-with-feta-walnuts-and-honey" target="_blank">Wilted Escarole with Feta, Walnuts and Honey recipe</a> by Brooklyn Salt via Food52</strong>

  • Spiced Date And Honey Custards

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/spiced-date-and-honey-cus_n_1057499.html" target="_blank">Spiced Date and Honey Custards recipe</a></strong>

  • Burrata With Garden & Wild Berries And Honey

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/5081-burrata-with-garden-wild-berries-honey-balsamic-and-fresh-ground-pepper" target="_blank">Burrata with Garden & Wild Berries And Honey recipe </a>by thirschfeld via Food52</strong>

  • Baklava Cigars

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/baklava-cigars_n_1059664.html" target="_hplink">Baklava Cigars recipe</a></strong>

  • Baked Ricotta With Honey Drizzle

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/10370-baked-ricotta-with-honey-drizzle" target="_blank">Baked Ricotta with Honey Drizzle recipe</a> by Table9 via Food52</strong>

  • Honey-Buttermilk Waffles

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/honey-buttermilk-waffles_n_1056936.html" target="_blank">Honey-Buttermilk Waffles recipe </a></strong>

  • Spiced Chickpeas With A Drizzle Of Honey

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/spiced-chickpeas-with-a-d_n_1057464.html" target="_blank">Spiced Chickpeas with a Drizzle of Honey recipe</a></strong>

  • White House Honey-Oat Muffins

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/white-house-honey-oat-muf_n_1058795.html" target="_blank">White House Honey-Oat Muffins recipe</a></strong>

  • Honey-Lemon Dressing

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/honey-lemon-dressing_n_1058495.html" target="_hplink">Honey-Lemon Dressing recipe</a></strong>

  • Honey Spice Beer Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/honey-spice-beer-cake_n_1061333.html" target="_blank">Honey Spice Beer Cake recipe</a></strong>

  • Ginger Ice Cream With Honey-Sesame Brittle

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/18839-ginger-ice-cream-with-honey-sesame-brittle" target="_blank">Ginger Ice Cream with Honey-Sesame Brittle recipe</a> by Jef via Food52</strong>

  • Honey-Glazed Shrimp

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/18447-honey-glazed-shrimp" target="_blank">Honey-Glazed Shrimp recipe</a> by deana@lostpastremembered via Food52</strong>

  • Zucchini With Basil, Mint And Honey

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/13894-zucchini-with-basil-mint-and-honey" target="_blank">Zucchini with Basil, Mint, and Honey recipe</a> by amanda via Food52</strong>

  • Bing Cherries, Kunik Cheese & Honey Crostini

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/6294-bing-cherries-kunik-cheese-honey-crostini" target="_blank">Bing Cherries, Kunik Cheese & Honey Crostini recipe</a> by Nicole Franzen via Food52</strong>

  • Honey-Glazed Winter Squash

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/15389-honey-glazed-winter-squash" target="_blank">Honey-Glazed Winter Squash recipe</a> by figteam via Food52</strong>

  • Chamomile Lemon Cupcakes With Honey Buttercream Frosting

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/20905-chamomile-lemon-cupcakes-with-honey-buttercream-frosting" target="_blank">Chamomile Lemon Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Frosting recipe</a> by littleaccidentsinthekitchen via Food52</strong>

  • Short Ribs With Beer And Buckwheat Honey

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/9109-short-ribs-with-beer-and-buckwheat-honey" target="_blank">Short Ribs with Beer and Buckwheat Honey recipe</a> by merrill via Food52</strong>

  • Grilled Apples With Cheese And Honey

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-apples-with-chees_n_1056484.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Apples with Cheese and Honey recipe</a></strong>

  • Upside-Down Honey Cheesecake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/upsidedown-honey-cheeseca_n_1057643.html" target="_hplink">Upside-Down Honey Cheesecake recipe</a></strong>

  • Apple And Endive Salad With Dates And Honey Walnut Labneh

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/8750-apple-and-endive-salad-with-dates-pomegranate-sumac-and-honey-walnut-labneh" target="_blank">Apple and Endive Salad with Dates and Honey Walnut Labneh recipe </a>by onetribegourmet via Food52</strong>

  • Honey-And-Chile-Glazed Carrots

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/honey-and-chile-glazed-ca_n_1061087.html" target="_hplink">Honey-and-Chile-Glazed Carrots recipe</a></strong>

  • Honey-Soy Broiled Salmon

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/honey-soy-broiled-salmon_n_1049598.html" target="_hplink">Honey-Soy Broiled Salmon recipe</a></strong>

  • Lemon-Honey Semifreddo

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/lemon-honey-semifreddo_n_1058520.html" target="_hplink">Lemon-Honey Semifreddo recipe</a></strong>

  • Spiced Honey And Fig Tea Cakes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/spiced-honey-and-fig-tea-_n_1057681.html" target="_hplink">Spiced Honey and Fig Tea Cakes recipe</a></strong>

  • Honey-Sesame Shrimp On The Barbie

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/honey-sesame-shrimp-on-t_n_1057993.html" target="_hplink">Honey-Sesame Shrimp on the Barbie recipe</a></strong>

  • Orange, Ginger And Honey Custard

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/orange-ginger-and-honey-_n_1060900.html" target="_hplink">Orange, Ginger and Honey Custard recipe</a></strong>

  • Honey-Glazed Ham

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/honey-glazed-ham_n_1056720.html" target="_hplink">Honey-Glazed Ham recipe</a></strong>