Sue’s Savory Muffins

Homemade Savory Muffins | Foodal.com

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a healthy muffin for snacks or when time’s too tight for breakfast? Well, look no further because Sue’s Savory Muffins are not only delicious, they’re full of wholesome ingredients – and not a grain of added sugar! Read along now for the delicious recipe.

How to Bake with Whole Grains at Home

Baking with Whole Grains | Foodal.com

Baking with whole grains can be difficult, and all too often the results are dense and dry. Learn how to incorporate more healthy and flavorful grains into your baking without sacrificing quality. With just a few easy adjustments you’ll be making tasty cookies, cakes, breads, and scones that are packed with whole grain goodness.

Spelt: Remedies from the Fields

Spelt - natural remedies from the field | Foodal.com

Related to the wheat plant, spelt is naturally high in fiber, and an excellent source of protein. Because of its rich nutrient content and active ingredients, spelt makes an excellent dietary base for those recovering from illness.

Butternut Squash Spelt Biscuits

Autumn Squash | FoodLovesWriting.com

I have the worst case of writer’s block. I don’t know what to say. I feel like Tim is going to tell me, any minute, that he’s finished what he’s doing and we need to go, so I can’t focus on what I’m writing because I keep thinking, we’re about to drive to the grocery store and we also need toilet paper and I can’t forget to set my alarm clock for tomorrow morning at 5:30 a.m.! It’s Thursday night, the one night this week when we haven’t had something going on, and what was supposed to be a relaxing evening at home has turned into a nonstop day that continued into a nonstop night, and it’s 8:30 p.m., we’re only now about to go to the store, and I still haven’t written a blog post.

Part of the busy schedule this week has been, get this, because of food. In a strange turn of events, we ended up with three CSA boxes in the last two weeks, giving us bushel and bushel and bushel full of fresh food, all of which we needed to do something with so as to avoid the one thing I absolutely do not want to do, as in, waste any. This may have led to tears once or twice. Besides beets (roasted!) and beet greens (pesto!) and yellow squash, eggplant, tomatoes, bell peppers (ratatouille!) and potatoes (home fries! mashed! fritters!), we’ve had squash. Oh, have we had squash: butternut, acorn, spaghetti. Most of it roasted, so as to make pureé. Also, pumpkin—namely, a 20-pound monstrosity I carried around the house and outside for a photo as if it were a small child. Well, it weighed as much as one.

The Giant Pumpkin | FoodLovesWriting.com

And tonight, while the fridge is stocked with roasted peppers and sautéed beet stems and a tomato-kale-pepper salad, while there are half a dozen butternut squash biscuits left on the counter and some quinoa grains soaking to be cooked tomorrow, I’ll be honest and say I know a week of longer work days and unexpected meetings and two extra bushels of vegetables is not exactly the stuff of nightmares, but, honestly, I’m tired. Tim and I are having friends for dinner tomorrow and then an overnight guest through Monday, and as I sit here, looking at the photographs of squash and biscuit dough, reading through the paragraphs I’ve written, the main thing I keep thinking is, would I want to read this if I were someone coming to the post? And I want to start over. But then, what would I write? See sentence two above.

Flour and Dough | FoodLovesWriting.com

The thing I’ve found in the last year or so, especially back in the midst of planning a wedding, is that when I get too busy, the kind of busy where I’m running from one thing to another, seldom processing anything, I only function at 50, maybe 60%. This is fine when you’re doing the dishes—less fine when you’re trying to put together paragraphs (and, ahem, putting together paragraphs is what some of us do for a living).

Cutting Biscuits | FoodLovesWriting.com

Writing is thinking. If you can’t think, you can’t write, mark it down. And the best writers, the ones who turn words with precision and truth, are the ones who are taking time to think about what they say.

Butternut Squash Biscuits | FoodLovesWriting.com

So tonight when I have nothing to say, I guess I’m really saying, help! I need time to think! And so, while Tim and I run out to buy groceries and Q-tips, cracking open a chocolate tart between the two, I say to him, listen, let’s talk. How are we so rushed lately? What is going on? And we talk and we think together, and we look for ways to pare down and take tasks off our plates.

And by 11 p.m., we’re in bed, me on my laptop, writing these last words (because I love this place! So it stays!), Tim surfing the Internet from his phone, ready to rest.

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How to Make the Perfect Apple Strudel

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In terms of how to make the perfect apple strudel, the third try was the charm, helped by a few family secrets. Practice really helps. If you want to have the best apple strudel, then you should try this easy recipe. Check it out now on Foodal.

Spelt Carrot Cake

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Waiting is the name of the game with this carrot cake, and I can tell you just how long. You will be surprised with your first bite. This cake is moist and spiced, nicely complemented by the hints of maple in the ricotta frosting. Try this recipe now. Read more on Foodal to get important tips.