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.

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Weekend Links and Photos

Pinch me, because today and tomorrow I am working on a story with one of my very favourite magazines, in the comforts of my own backyard.

The kids and I are preserving summer produce with a few friends and a crew is here to style and photograph it all as we work (play, really).  I’m hoping I’ll be able to post a few behind-the-scenes photos on Instagram. Speaking of, are you following me there? I post my garden hauls, share what’s in the boys lunchboxes, and anything I happen to be currently crushing on…

Now here’s what I loved around the web this week:

And of course a few photos from the week:

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Ideas from a late- summer fridge | Simple Bites

Hungry? Ideas for good eats from my late summer fridge

I‘m a fan of organizing the refrigerator before a long weekend or major holiday. It happens at Easter, to make room for ham and cheesecake, and before Christmas, in order to house party punch and appetizers.

It makes me feel on top of things, at least in one department! This Labor Day weekend we’re having a few friends over and I’ve pepped a few things in advance so I can spend more time visiting around my grill.

I store a lot of items in jars, so I can see at a glance what I have on hand, and now you can too. Want to see what’s on those shelves? Hit the jump.

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Grilled Chicken & Sweet Pepper Fajitas

I‘m late to the grilling party this year, mostly because our ten-year-old gas barbecue finally called it quits earlier in the summer. I flipped a few burgers over a campfire, and even grilled trout over the open flame, but it wasn’t until we were well into August before we invested in a charcoal grill.

Just in time, too, because I can’t go through this time of the year with out grilled fruit salad, cedar planked salmon, or smokey shrimp tacos. This grilled summer vegetable salad is another favourite…and the list could go on and on.

Our Weber came at the recommendation of family grilling expert, Jan, and my photographer/grill master friend, Tim. I have been wanting to make the switch to charcoal for some time, although I wasn’t quite prepared for the learning curve. It’s…challenging. And how I love a good challenge.

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Weekend links and photos

I happily agreed to attend back-to-back barbecues this weekend because as much summer as possible must be crammed into the next few days.

School starts on Wednesday and so ends our string of late nights and early mornings. And so I’ve made one more broccoli salad, another gallon of sangria and rounded up the portable lawn chairs. There’s a slight chill in the air, but I’ll try to ignore it.

Here are some recipe for both avoiding summers’ end and embracing autumn and back to school:

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Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes

Garden Vegetable & Lentil Sloppy Joes (vegan)

Lightly spiced lentils mounded on a soft roll with avocado and tangy relish: this recipe was too good not to share with you.

I developed these vegan lentil sloppy Joes for Jamie Oliver, as they are focusing on special diets on his blog this month. By the way, if you follow a gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian diet, you certainly want to check out all the new recipes.

As for my contribution, well we’re kind of crushing on how good it is.

Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes

These Lentil sloppy Joes are a filling, frugal, and totally satisfying meatless main. Get the recipe over on JamieOliver.com!

Have a wonderful weekend, all!