With the launch of the new site it was only fitting to introduce a new blog theme, “Morsels and Musings”. This is an opportunity for me to share a bit about myself–the recipes I am loving, fun kitchen tips, worthy reads (be it books or clips), and wellness tips that are important to share but not meaty enough for an entire post. I hope you enjoy these little snapshots of my life and my loves.
- Currently Craving: My go-to morning drink has been a warm cup of Chai tea. This soulful, herbal blend of spices can contain a variety of spices like cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and clove which are fitting for the season. Naturally sweet, these spices have long been revered for their medicinal benefits. This blend is known for its calming nature and it is thought to aid in digestion. Rich in antioxidants, Chai spices blends can boost the immune system and decrease inflammation. Keep it sugar free yet rich and tasty by adding unsweetened vanilla coconut milk which, when frothed, is divine.
- Kitchen Hack: Oh, butternut squash how I love and hate thee. Seriously. I have nightmares about a challenge on The Next Food Network Star when I decided to make butternut squash for a few hundred people with only 45 minutes to cook. Imagine that. I had to peel and cut nearly 20 squash in about 5 minutes. It was frantic and insane and while I got the job done I was left with bloody blisters on my hands from gripping up my knife in the fury of it all. Lesson learned to say the least! To avoid the angst of peeling butternut squash, try this kitchen tip: poke holes in your squash with a fork and pop it into microwave for 3 minutes or roast it in the oven at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes then peel in amazement as that hearty skin slides off like butter. Hey, you could always buy the pre-cut varieties as well and don’t dismiss frozen butternut squash which works wonderfully in soups.
- Recipe Love: speaking of squash, I love delicata squash for many reasons including the fact that you DON’T have to peel it! Ha! It’s truly a seasonal ingredient which means I joyfully include it in many of my meals this time of year. If it is new to you, check out this simple recipe for Maple Roasted Delicata Squash from the blog or get creative with this Delicata Squash Taco recipe from my colleague, Katie, at Mom’s Kitchen Handbook.
- Quote Love: My instagram page houses some of my favorite moments, recipes and quotes. Are you following along? Join me! In the meantime, here is a poem worth carrying in your back pocket and a blog post on owning our stories.
- Book Nook: Over the next few weeks I will be updating the shop with links to purchase some of my favorite things. This will include a book nook because who doesn’t love a good read. I am kicking it off on the blog today with some link love.
Have you had a chance to purchase my new book, Whole Cooking and Nutrition? If so, I would love to hear your favorite recipes and even see pictures of your creations. If you have not purchased your copy, this is your chance. With 150 easy to prepare recipes, practical cooking and planning tips and information of creating joyful eating experiences, this book is for everyone!
Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations. It is an easy yet profound read that deserves a place on every book shelf as you can read it over and over and continue to learn something new.
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