Brown Eggs & Jam Jars

Pre-launch jitters are a thing

If you’ve ever wondered about the lead-up to a book release, I can assure you that pre-launch jitters are a thing.

There are nightmares about arriving at your first book signing event only to discover that your work is nothing more than a ratty 3-ring binder with no pictures to speak of. That dream ends with everyone leaving disappointed, including you.

There are evenings when you look at the mess under your kitchen sink and think it’s positively unbecoming of a published cookbook author to conceal such a disaster. And so you empty the cupboard and scrub it clean at 11 o’clock at night.

Nervous energy can’t be helped. Heart palpitations. Stress eating. Bumbling email requests. It’s all party of the (my?) process and I’ll get through it. Right?

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BEJJ Bonus recipe bundle

8 new recipes from my kitchen to yours (BEJJ bonus recipe bundle)

First things first: Happy New Year!

2015. I’ve been waiting for this date for a long time. Friends, my cookbook release is just weeks away now, with February 10th set as the official launch day. Brown Eggs & Jam Jars went to press about a month ago and in a few short days, I’ll be holding one of the very first copies in my hands. The best belated Christmas present? I think so.

It was about this time last year when I was logging a lot of lonely hours at the library, hammering out essays, homesteading features and recipe head notes word by word. I remember one time, tugging on my coat yet again and announcing to the family that I was heading out to write, when my son Noah stopped me with a question.

“Which book are you working on?”
“Brown Eggs & Jam Jars” I responded, puzzled.
“YOU’RE STILL WRITING THAT ONE?”

Apparently one should be capable of simply turning out a manuscript at the drop of a hat. If only. Instead it is the cumulative work from kitchen counter and desk, laptop and Lightroom, assembled by many hands and carefully packaged into book form.

Soon I’ll be posting a preview of the cookbook and more behind-the-scenes fun. After that, I hope to share a handful of book tour dates. For now, I have something special to tide you over until the books are on shelves: a special bundle of eight all-new recipes. Developed in my kitchen and expertly packaged by Penguin, it’s just a preview of the good things to come in the cookbook.

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The Brown Eggs & Jam Jars Pre-Order Recipe Bundle

This exclusive recipe collection is a gift for all who pre-order the cookbook. These recipes are going to be your new family favourites for morning, noon and night. Here’s the line-up:

  • Cranberry Quince Conserve with Goji Berries
  • Apricot Cornmeal Muffins
  • Cream of Tomato Soup
  • Warm Roasted Cauliflower and Shallot Salad
  • Tomato Leek Gratin for Two
  • One-Pan Greek Chicken and Barley Bake
  • Healthier Pumpkin Spice Baked Doughnuts
  • Maple Apple Chips

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Winter preserves are every bit as delightful as their summer counterparts as demonstrated by this Cranberry Quince Conserve with Goji Berries. It’s a simple freezer conserve (meaning it is not canned in a traditional method but stored in the freezer) that is deliciously tart but has bursts of sweetness, thanks to the saucy cranberries and supple quince. I love to pair it with toast or a firm cheese and I also serve it as a garnish to a roast pork or chicken.

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Toasted walnuts? Yep. Caramelized shallots? You bet. With its tangy, salty, and umami flavours, this Warm Roasted Cauliflower and Shallot Salad is our salad of choice for the winter months. You’ll want to crank up the oven right away and make this for dinner tonight.

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It’s only fitting to include the recipe that got us through the book-writing process in the first place: One-Pan Greek Chicken and Barley Bake. Its simple one-pan method was ideal for those days when I seldom looked up from writing yet needed a soul-nourishing dish at the end of the day. This dish never failed to make the house smell intoxicating and was always well received by everyone around the table. It’s going back on my menu this week.

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The kids and I are hooked on Maple Apple Chips. Hooked, I tell you. They’re the perfect grab-and-go snack, helping to stave off sugar cravings for both parent and child. Bake them up crisp, or leave them slightly chewy—either way, you’ll love them too.

That’s the sneak peek! There’s also a velvety tomato soup, a snacking muffin, healthy baked doughnuts and a tomato-leek gratin that is one of our favourite “date night in” dishes. These great recipes just didn’t get developed in time to make it into the cookbook, but I wanted to send them to you anyway. I hope you love them as much as we do.

How to get the pre-order bonus recipe bundle:

You’ve been patiently waiting for the arrival of my cookbook and for that, I thank you. Perhaps this small collection of recipes can persuade you to hang on just a little bit longer.

Step 1:

Pre-Order Brown Eggs & Jam Jars!

Step 2:

Fill in the form at the bottom of this post once you’ve pre-ordered the cookbook (it’s after the jump!). Then sit back and wait for your BEJJ Recipe Bundle to arrive in your inbox (it may take a few hours!). It is currently formatted as an EPUB file that should work on any of your eReaders.

If you pre-ordered my cookbook already (thanks!) you still can get this free gift. Fill out the form below and enjoy 8 new recipes!

Lastly, a heartfelt “Thank You” for all the support. Your encouragement has blessed me so much since the beginning of this project and continues to remind me why I keep these recipes coming—for you.

Now, hit the jump below to find the form:

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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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Bite this Book: Good Cheap Eats {giveaway}

If you’re a long-time reader, you’ll remember the name Jessica Fisher from our Eat Well, Spend Less series which she spearheaded for over a year. Jessica is kind of an expert on the topic.

Now she has released a new book (we loved her Make Ahead & Freeze cookbook) and it’s absolutely fantastic. Good solid home cooking for families like yours and mine.

Good Cheap Eats (the book) is inspired by Good Cheap Eats (the blog), which I’ve been reading for the past five years. Jessica helps families and busy parents find better ways to get economical and healthy meal options on the table without sacrificing good taste or good nutrition.

Good Cheap Eats: Everyday Dinners and Fantastic Feasts for 10 or Less follows this theme, with over 70 two- and three-course meals (200 recipes) that feed a family of 4 for $10 or less. Along the way, Jessica has included over 100 tips for stretching grocery budgets, making ingredients go farther, and getting the most flavor from budget-friendly ingredients. Amazing!

Read on for an interview with Jessica and a chance to win TWO of her cookbooks.

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Michael Smith’s Family Meals (giveaway)

You know we recently vacationed in P.E.I, a place where beloved Canadian Chef Michael Smith calls home. You can’t go far on the island without seeing his face in a bookstore window or on a poster.

I’m a big fan of Michael’s cookbooks, Fast Flavours is in regular rotation – and his latest, Family Meals, is right up my alley. In fact, it hasn’t left my kitchen since it arrived in the mail; that is entirely the point of the book.

With sections such as ‘Lunchbox & Snacks’, ‘ Cook Ahead’ and ‘Family Meals in Minutes’, it’s obvious Chef Michael is familiar with juggling the demands of a busy household and a career.  And while many family cookbooks deliver recipes to cook for your family, Chef Michael’s shows you how to have fun in the kitchen with your family. It’s a subject we love around here!

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