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. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

Wild Blueberry Slab Cheesecake

This week, in classic mid-August Aimée style, I embarked on a few procrastibaking projects as a way to avoid my post-camping laundry and clean-up.

To be fair, I couldn’t wait to get back into the Simple Bites kitchen after a few weeks of travel. As is usually my custom when I road trip, I returned home with a stash of the most beautiful produce I encountered along the way.

This time I brought several pints of wild blueberries, for this Nova Scotia fruit grows wild all over the province and is free for the picking. Clara and I busied ourselves in a patch early one morning and produced enough for our buttermilk pancakes as well as a small store for the cooler.

Since then I’ve muddled a handful into a gin & tonic cocktail and topped a summer edition of my do-ahead muesli, but I saved the majority of them for a special baking project: cheesecake.

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A Summer Sunset Picnic for Two

In this summer sunset picnic for two, simple elegance meets seasonal eats in a pretty little dock feast. Strawberries are featured in the recipes and the mood is chill. Join us!

So far, Nova Scotia summers have been a continuous invitation to bring dinner outside and I’ve been happy to accept.

I’ve curated dozens of picnics for the beach, fired up the charcoal for patio eats and even brought a portable breakfast out in the kayak with me on a particularly fine morning.

Meals enjoyed al fresco are usually on the rustic side, as I’m often feeding a crowd, the majority of whom are small children. Their finely tuned palates gravitated towards barbecue chicken and fudgy brownies, which is all well and fine, but occasionally I crave something a little more refined and elegant.

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Herbed Butter with Edible Flowers

You can’t go wrong with bread & butter to round out a summer meal, especially when the butter is dressed up like an abstract piece of art and the bread is crusty and warm.

This seems like a springtime recipe, but all of my edible flowers are blooming right now and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to showcase them in a simple way.

It’s also not a real recipe-recipe, but more of a festive way to serve butter that highlights the colours and flavours of summertime. It’s perfect for a pretty little picnic on the dock or intimate dinner party on a summer’s eve.

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Strawberry, Cucumber and Radish Salad with Pea Shoots

I‘m smack dab in the middle of my five-in-five entertaining stretch of summer but I had to pause the kitchen play and open up the laptop to bring you this vibrant, seasonal salad.

It features everything that is flawless in Nova Scotia markets right now: fresh sugar snap peas, cherry red radishes, new cucumbers and ruby strawberries. I’ve even worked in wild rose petals, because they currently line the neighbourhood lanes, parks and walkways and I can’t resist bringing them to the table.

Alongside this salad recipe, you’ll also find a little more picnic inspiration because the Summer of the Picnic continues. This time I teamed up with my friend Kelly for a whimsical picnic on our lakeside dock. Read on to join in on the fun.

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The Best Picnic Foods (BBQ Chicken recipe)

There’s something so nostalgic about spreading a blanket and opening a picnic basket. Perhaps because it signals a pause in the day; an opportunity to both feast and feel the breeze on our faces.

Experience has taught me that nearly any element of a picnic can go awry – but if there is excellent food to pass around, most anything – from wind to bugs – can be all but ignored. Which is why I plan on the best picnic foods I possibly can and then hope the weather cooperates.

Today I’m sharing a round-up of picnic eats from snacks to salads, as well as our new favourite cold picnic chicken recipe. Grab a pen and paper and plan your menu for this weekend. Summer is in full swing and the Great Outdoors is calling.

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