About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites.

Chocolate Pavlova with Whipped Cream and Winter Fruits

What to eat for the holidays

How did it get to be the week of Christmas? I have no clue, but here we are and it’s high time to make a plan of action.

My holiday cooking strategy has been a little helter-skelter this year. December threw us a few curveballs, but this is Life; you can’t expect things to always go according to plan.

I have a feeling I’m not the only one just sitting down now with pen and paper and wondering “What to eat for the holidays?”. If you’re asking the same thing this Monday morning, then today’s post will be right up your alley.

I’ve rounded up some of my top hits from the archives, from drinks to dessert, main event and aaaaall the sides. So pour a coffee, start a grocery list and let’s figure this out together.

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gift wrapping

Weekend links {Eat Seasonal edition}

We’re all officially on Christmas break here on the urban homestead and it feels positively splendid.

Little Clara is on the mend and almost back to her old self. The school backpacks are stashed away for a few weeks, and we’re even sleeping in a little. Incredible! This week will be slower, wrapping up a few projects for Christmas and easing into the holiday fun.

My favourite links this week are from my fellow group of bloggers who love to celebrate the seasons through local fare. The #EatSeasonal gals have an incredible line-up of drinks, salads, sides and main featuring everything from brussels sprouts to butternut squash. There’s plenty of inspiration for this week’s menu plan, so hit the jump to read all about it.

PS. Our Bite this Book giveaway winner is Sharon Holbrook. Congratulations!

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Gatherings

Bite this Book: Gatherings

Folks, I have one more cookbook giveaway for you to wrap up my Bite this Book series in 2014. It couldn’t come at a better time, as we are preparing for the holiday season and some of you might be quaking at the thought of hosting.

Canadian food writers and my friends Jan Scott & Julie Van Rosendaal have joined forces to bring us guide to making casual entertaining simple and accessible. Gatherings: Bringing People Together With Food is a beautiful cookbook full of helpful tips for real get-together from cocktail parties to potlucks, equipping you to go fourth and entertain with confidence.

I can’t wait to put Gatherings to good use over the holiday season. I’ll be hosting a handful of events and will be counting on this beautiful book to help me survive and thrive. Bookmarked already are the chapters: Weekend Brunch, Snow Day, Holiday Open House and Cocktail Party.

Read on for an exclusive interview with both Julie and Jan, plus a chance to win a copy of Gatherings: Bringing People Together With Food!

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Sheet-pan turkey dinner

Sheet Pan Turkey Dinner

The other night I complained to Danny “I just want to get in my kitchen and cook for two days solid”. And I completely meant it.

This month is among the most exciting for whipping up tantalizing appetizers and show-stopping desserts, but I’m way behind. Yes, we’ve been back and forth from the hospital with Clara a lot, getting interrupted sleep and trying to prep for Christmas, too. It’s been okay, really; I know others are far worse off than we are, but man, I miss my kitchen.

So when I recently had an afternoon to throw something together for dinner, I put a spin on a familiar favourite. This new recipe is a direct result of craving holiday comfort food yet having limited time to prepare it (like last year’s Slow-Cooker Christmas Chicken in Milk).

I tend to stress eat and can’t subside on granola bars and wraps from the hospital cafeteria when times get tough. I need a meal. Well, enter the sheet pan turkey dinner.

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Brie & cranberry stuffed mushrooms

Simple Brie & Cranberry Stuffed Mushroom Bites

I‘ve got a easy little appy up over on JamieOliver.com and had to tell you about it.

Often the best bites at a party are the simplest ones. These festive little stuffed mushrooms were inspired by one of my most popular recipes, a baked Brie with cranberry sauce and heaps of walnuts. I wanted to create something just as tasty that left out the bread and crackers altogether.

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