Maple Marshmallows

Making jam is easier than we think.

Drizzle extravagantly. Reading those words solidified that I was going to love my newest cookbook. With a focus on real food and family friendly dinners, Aimèe Wimbush-Bourque’s new cookbook Brown Eggs and Jam Jars is a delight for the home cook. It’s approachable way of using fresh and local ingredients makes nearly everything doable. I say nearly as I am not lucky enough to have maple trees in my backyard for fresh maple water. Maybe at our next house…

I’ve been reading Aimèe’s recipes at Simple Bites for nearly five years. Her food blog was one of the first that I followed, and I often recommend her recipes to friends. Over the past year, it’s been fun to watch the behind-the-scenes of making a cookbook on Aimée’s Instagram account. I pre-ordered the book and was so excited when it arrived on my very snowy doorstep.

Radish butter appetizer for spring

As I devoured the stories of urban homesteading, I started thinking of our spring garden, healthy ideas for the kids lunch boxes and was quickly reminded by my husband that owning chickens are not in our near future. Good thing we live in a town with a poultry farm.

Brown Eggs and Jam Jars is a cookbook for people wanting to cook from scratch, without it feeling like too much effort. The ingredient lists are not too long and generally available in most grocery stores. The measurements are in both American and Canadian, (she is Canadian by the way!)

Maple Marshmallows

My kids picked this to make first!

As an avid cook, I’m always excited when I learn new things in a cookbook. Here’s a few of my favorite tidbits so far:

  1. I’ve never heard of low-carbon cooking or hypercooking. Apparently it’s the new trend in eco-conscious cooking.
  2. The ring of a large mason jar is the perfect size to cut the dough for butter tarts.
  3. I’m questioning my store bought eggs as I’ve noticed the skin has been really thin lately…
  4. Buckwheat flour for those pancakes on the cover is on my grocery list.
  5. Sunday’s breakfast plan now includes Coconut Cream Baked Oatmeal.
  6. Le Creuset baking dishes are
  7. My spring garden is going to have baby spinach, radishes and more herbs this year.
  8. It’s okay to talk to kids about where meat comes from and why we eat it…
  9. Yet I’m inspired to eat more meatless meals.
  10. …you’ll have to read the book to discover you own new bites of knowledge.

Aimée personally granted me a copy to giveaway to my readers. Since I have a blogger crush it was especially exciting for me to get a personal email from her. I even remember meeting another Canadian blogger at a conference once and I had one of those, “you know her?!” moments. The other blogger said Aimèe was just a delightful in person and I’m sure you will also see this in the stories of she shares of her family and home in her cookbook.

Brown Eggs and Jam Jars CookbookPlease leave a comment below if you are interested to win a copy of the book. Open to both US and Canadian residents. A winner will be chosen after the comments close on February 21st.


You can also order Brown Eggs and Jam Jars over on Amazon. (affiliate link). Note- I bought my own book and this is an unsponsored post. I hope you will enjoy the book too. 

17 replies
  1. Kimberly @ Red Shutters says:

    Emily, you have made radishes mouth watering!

    I love finding a great new resource for my home, including cooking – so glad this book has been a great find for you!

    PS – Now, I’m dreaming of our backyard garden and summer……

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    It sounds like a great cookbook. I am not much of a “from scratch” baker, but I am willing to try.

  3. Cerissa says:

    Was just checking out this cookbook and coveting it! So glad to hear that you found it useful, now I’m sure it will end up on my shelf one way or another!

  4. Kathy says:

    I can’t wait to hear what you think and try recipes you’ve liked! Of course, if I win the cook book, then I will gladly be the first to try some of the recipes!

  5. Francine says:

    This book looks amazing – I’m a cookbook fanatic – I love to read them – but use them, too! Count me in the giveaway, please!

  6. Jackie D. says:

    This cookbook seems like a perfect mixture of recipes and stories sprinkled with how to discover acts of sustainability. I can not wait to see the amazingness in this book! Thanks for the giveaway! Crossing my fingers!

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