11 August Recipes to Make Right Now

It’s time for a peak-summer recipe round-up featuring all that is ripe and beautiful at the market and in our backyard gardens.

End-of-August produce can be almost overwhelming with its array of seasonal fruits and vegetables. From sweet corn to juicy tomatoes and bundles of herbs to luscious peaches, we certainly are spoiled for choice.

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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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Brown Eggs and Jam Jars

First things first: I’ve missed this space. Have I returned to stay? I’m not sure, but I had to tell you about my book. My book!
Brown Eggs and Jam Jars: Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites follows a year of seasonal eating on
my urban homestead — with family at the centre of it all. I share more than
one hundred recipes that have a touch of nostalgia, feature natural
ingredients, and boast plenty of love. And because I love being insanely useful, each chapter has
two extra features: one on urban homesteading and one on kids in the kitchen.


Brown Eggs and Jam Jars will inspire you to connect your family and food right where you are in life — from growing your own tomatoes to making a batch of homemade pickles. It’s packed with practical tips and tutorials and features a collection of all-new personal food essays.

For the next week or so, I’m offering a special gift. If you pre order the cookbook (kind of a big deal for book sales) I’ll send you a bonus recipe bundle with eight all-new recipes. Simply pre order the book from any of your favourite online book retailers and then fill out the form HERE.

Want to read what people are saying about Brown Eggs and Jam Jars? Head here.

I’m doing a small book tour and would love to meet you! Here are details:

  • TORONTO: All the Best Fine Foods. 1101 Yonge Street. Thursday, February 12, 5-7PM.
  • VANCOUVER: Barbara-Jo’s Books for Cooks, Saturday, February 14, 2-4PM
  • SMITHERS, BC (my hometown): Two Sisters Cafe, Sunday, February 15, 2-4PM
  • AUSTIN, TX: Métier Cook’s Supply, Saturday, February 21, 1-3 PM.

I’ll be updating this space with additional dates and locations (Brooklyn! Montreal!) soon.

Thank you ever so much for the support after all these years. It means the world to me. Remember, you can keep up with my kitchen adventures over on Simple Bites. I’ll see you there.

Weekend links

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving long weekend, fellow Canadians!

Weekend links

It’s been pure bliss to be back in my own kitchen after our road trip. I’ve wasted no time creating a sink full of dishes, and still the requests continue to come in from the boys for their favourite foods.

Here are a few links I’ve enjoyed this week and a few more reasons to stay in the kitchen a little longer…

Have a wonderful weekend, all.