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.

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.

Order Brown Eggs & Jam Jars!

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. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. La Torontoise says

    Aimee, happy New Year!
    Much health and prosperity!

    Congratulations on the book!

    All the best and I look forward to reading more on this blog:- )

  2. Happy new year, indeed! I’m SO excited to know that your book is on it’s way so very soon and these bonus recipes? The icing on the cake! (sorry, couldn’t resist) 🙂


  3. Aimee, these recipes look wonderful!! Congrats on your upcoming book ~ I’m so excited to see it 🙂

  4. Thanks for the incentive to pre-order. It will be such a nice January gift to receive your cookbook in the mail.

  5. Absolutely beautiful Aimee!! So excited for you!!

  6. Yay! Happy New Year indeed! Can’t wait to try these and then soon your book.

  7. Happy New Year! So excited for your book!

  8. Congratulations on your book! I absolutely love coming to this site. You have such a down to earth approach to your food, feeding your family with so much love and detail. I pre-ordered my copy. Can’t wait!

  9. Happy new year Aimee! All these recipes look fantastic!

  10. Aimee, I have pre-ordered and can’t wait. As a fellow Montrealer and home cook (@jellybean604) I feel as if I know you. Enjoy following you on Instagram and reading about your little family. You are making us proud

    • Joanne, thank so much for the pre-oder and for the support! I love hearing from locals and it happens much less than you would think. Thanks for following along. Hope to see you at a book event in the near future. 🙂

  11. Beth Gillespie says

    This is so kind! Thank you. I preordered the cookbook, and this is such a treat! I also love that one day it will arrive like a surprise – it’s my favourite part of pre-ordering!

  12. That is so exciting!!! All the best in 2015!

  13. What an exciting year ahead! Will there be an electronic version of your cookbook?

  14. Congratulations on the impending release! It’s happening the day after my birthday, so it looks like I’ve bought myself a little present. 🙂 Happy New Year!

  15. Bonjour Aimee ! You got delicious list of recipes in this post. I would love to make maple chips. :). Also , you have great website. thank you…

  16. Congratulations Aimee–I’m anxiously awaiting your book’s arrival today!

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