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Introducing Brown Eggs and Jam Jars {giveaway}

In the beginning there were a thousand little ideas, two notebooks filed with scribbled recipes, and a title I just couldn’t get out of my mind. Now, after nearly two years of writing, recipe developing, food styling, photographing, editing, and designing…we have a cookbook.

In the early stages, it felt like Brown Eggs and Jam Jars was writing itself in my head. Memories from my past intertwined with experiences in the present and fused themselves into headnotes and essays. It’s not that writing over seventy thousand words was easy, but they flowed naturally. I had a string of recipes to share and a story to go with almost every one.

Fortunately Penguin Random House Canada gave me an opportunity to write this book. They embraced everything from the title to the theme, and even made room for a collection of my father’s original illustrations. The end result is a cookbook I am immensely proud of and thrilled to present to you, all jitters aside.

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Weekend links, photos – and a podcast

It’s the weekend at long last and we’re cherishing these slow days before I head out on a small book tour (dates/locations can be found here).

Yep, my cookbook officially releases next week, although it has already been spotted in bookstores from Halifax to Seattle. I’m finally starting to feel like an author. Maybe.

A little bit of fun: my friend Tsh had me as a guest on her awesome podcast: The Art of Simple Podcast. We chat about our respective holidays on different sides of the globe, healthy family food habits, what it was like to photograph a cookbook with no food waste, and the beauty of slow blogging.

Fun fact: it was five years ago today when Tsh and I launched Simple Bites together, so in a way, this was a mini reunion of sorts. She’s currently traveling the globe with her family of five, so a podcast is about the closest we get to hanging out together. Go give it a listen!

Here’s what I loved reading around the web this week:

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Date Night In: Carrot Salad with Cilantro & Cinnamon

These are the days I feel most like hibernating. It’s February during a cold snap, and just the walk around my car to brush off the snow leaves me chattering under my layers.

It takes a good hour to thaw out from any outing and so I prefer to stay in as much as possible, thank you very much, and that includes for my date nights with Danny. The comforts of home overrule a chic destination on the town any evening of the week. Fortunately a new cookbook landed in my mailbox recently – the much anticipated Date Night In: More than 120 Recipes to Nourish Your Relationship by Ashley Rodriguez. It’s inspiration for delicious food and drink pour deux, sure enough, but her book is much, much more than that.

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Sunday Dinner: Beef Stroganoff with Roasted Mushrooms & Meyer Lemons

I think my Monday may have gotten the upper hand, had it not been for my Sunday dinner leftovers.

Soft egg noodles, bits of buttery beef in gravy, roasted mushrooms and slivers of Meyer lemon to cut the richness. I ate them from a bowl with a kid’s fork, standing in my kitchen looking out at the bare trees brushing a blue sky. It was a moment of quiet; a reset in a day that was rowdy, hectic and loud.

The beef stroganoff had graced our table for Sunday dinner, our main meal of the day, and everyone had murmured their approval between bites. Fortunately, I had the big camera handy before we ate, and through its lens, this dish is now conveyed to you. I think you’re going to like it.

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Weekend Links & Photos

This week was split between kitchen days and office days, each as furiously busy as the next.

A few book tour dates are shaping up with several more to come, and those details are getting sorted out as time marches on toward my cookbook’s release day. It’s exciting and a little terrifying. It’s definitely happening.

Just a quick reminder to say that if you did pre-order Brown Eggs & Jam Jars (thanks!), you can take advantage of the Bonus Recipe Bundle that is my gift to you. It has these eight, all-new recipes and they are sure to become your new favourites.

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Here’s what made me hungry around the web this week:

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