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.

Pumpkin Spice Baked Doughnuts-1

The Brown Eggs & Jam Jars Pre-Order Recipe Bundle

This pre-order offer for a bonus recipe bundle is no longer available. Thank you for all your pre-orders! Brown Eggs and Jam Jars can be found in bookstores around North America and online.

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

Cranberry Quince Conserve-1

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.

Roasted Cauliflower Salad-1

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.

Chicken Barley Bake-1

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.

Apple Chips-1

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.

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A Winter Engagement Party | Simple Bites

A Winter Engagement Party

My computer and I have been enjoying time apart over the holidays. Remember all that kitchen time I was missing earlier in the month? Well I’ve made up for lost time this past week.

I’ll be keeping this short because I still have a house full of family, kids and dogs, but I wanted to share a few photos from the engagement party Danny and I hosted for my sister and his brother recently.

It was the perfect excuse to throw a party and I had so much fun working with a rustic winter theme – right down to the vintage toboggan that I turned into a buffet table. Whether you are hosting a winter dinner party or a big New Year’s Eve celebration you’ll find some good ideas in this post.

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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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