Brown Eggs and Jam Jars COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY!


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Having followed the urban homesteading adventures of Aimee Wimbush-Bourque on her much admired blog, Simple Bites, for the past couple years, I was delighted to be asked to review and make a recipe from her new book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars, for the Food Bloggers of Canada Brown Eggs and Jam Jars blog tour.

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The book is every bit as heartwarming and down-to-earth as Aimee’s blog,  and really deserves the time it takes to occupy the kids with some play-doh, brew yourself a cup of tea, and cuddle up by the fire for a leisurely peruse.  Packed with irresistible seasonally-inspired recipes like sticky maple blueberry pudding, roasted peach barbecue sauce, and sour cream pear pie with cornmeal pecan streusel (!!), your copy of the book is bound to quickly look like mine – riddled with sticky tabs on the concoctions you can’t wait to try.  Connecting the recipes is Aimee’s beautiful prose, telling the stories behind the food she presents the reader, and offering tips on urban homesteading and involving kids in the kitchen – two of my favourite culinary pursuits.

As you can imagine, choosing just one recipe to make as a contributor to the BEJJ blog tour was unspeakably challenging, but I thought it my obligation as the sole East Coaster from the group of bloggers participating on the tour to make Aimee’s Nova Scotia Seafood Chowder.

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I was happy enough NOT to have my daughter participate in the making of this chowder, I have to admit – it ended up being a thoroughly meditative, contemplative process I embarked on, on just the type of blustery, damp day that seafood chowders are meant to brighten.  Not an original East Coaster, I had always thought that my simple version of chowder – onions, garlic, wine, seafood and cream – was quite delicious.  I have realized, after making Aimee’s version, accented with fennel, saffron and tomatoes, that my chowder is truly just adequate, and that this will be my go-to recipe from here on out.  This recipe pulls together in time to decide, spontaneously, on a somewhat indulgent weekend lunch – complete with a glass of white wine – but is exquisite enough to save for when your prairie-dwelling relatives show up expecting fresh, locally-caught seafood.

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There are two ways to get your hands on this recipe and the 99-or-so others that grace the pages of Brown Eggs and Jam Jars:  you can enter my give-away, sponsored by Penguin Random House Canada Limited, who graciously provided me with an extra copy of the book to give to YOU, or you can grab it on Amazon or at your favourite bookstore.

To enter, simply comment below, and I will draw for the giveaway on Thursday, February 26th.  Only Canadian residents will be considered for the give-away.

To increase your chances of winning a copy of Brown Eggs and Jam Jars, hop on over to the other blogs on the FBC Blog Tour, and enter their giveaways too!  Here’s who they are:



53 comments on “Brown Eggs and Jam Jars COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY!

  1. I love the idea of a nice hot seafood chowder right now with the weather we’ve been enduring. Haved loved Purple House Cafe for ages and only just discovered Aimee’s a couple of weeks ago and look forward to reading more from her too.

  2. This sounds like a recipe I could serve when people come to visit a displaced east coaster and expect fresh fish, even though I can’t try it while making it!!! Although the iced cider caramel corn sounds right up my alley!!! Miss you guys!!

  3. i would love to win this cookbook – i have been eyeing it for months (i entered at every blog!!) Thanks for the chance!

  4. Me me me …. i would love a copy of the book! Im going to try this with my toddler … right now he’s “super into souper’s for supper!” as we say at home … yum!

  5. I would love a copy of this book! I started following Aimee on Instagram recently and her cookbook is on my must-buy list!

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  7. My husband would shudder to think that I want another cookbook to add to my collection but this one sounds wonderful.

  8. I’m like you — I have never wavered from the typical chowder recipe I was raised with, and I also think the chowder in my family is amazing. I would love to try this kind, one with tomatoes, which I think would be delicious! Great choice!

  9. Thank you for the chance! I’m dying to get my hands on a copy of this book! Can’t wait to read about preserving!

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  12. Great post! I am now thinking my own version of chowder that we make in our pressure cooker while tasty may lack in the flavour palate compared to Aimee’s!

  13. This looks like such a lovely book. There really is an art to simple cooking, isn’t there!! The stew sounds delicious!!

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