What’s Cooking This Weekend, Aimée Wimbush-Bourque?

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What’s cooking this weekend? Are you looking for a menu that soothes wintry blues? I thought this week we’d check in with Aimée Wimbush-Bourque, the Montreal-based writer and cook behind Simple Bites. Aimée knows how to deal with cold weather better than most, and her warm, nourishing family cooking is on full display in her brand new book Brown Eggs and Jam Jars. Here’s what she has planned for the winter weekend ahead.

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What are you cooking this weekend, Aimée?

I’m in balmy Vancouver prepping some Cumin Crostini with Radish Chive Butter for 30 or so people. It’s all part of a book signing + cooking demo for my newly released cookbook. For a few days I can pretend spring is imminent before I return to the frozen East Coast. Whole Wheat Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Orange Zest are also on the docket, because cookies are essential — especially on Valentines day.

If I were at home, I’d cook a roast for Sunday dinner and invite guests to join us. Or maybe my Beef Stroganoff with Roasted Mushrooms & Meyer Lemons. There’s also this fresh carrot salad that I am constantly craving. I’d make that too. And dessert? Vegan Pumpkin Seed Cocoa Brownies are on regular rotation.

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Do your cooking plans require a certain tool? What is it, and what do you like about it?

I hesitated at first, but in the end I tossed a rasp into my suitcase for the trip out West. It will do double duty grating the radish for my butter, as well as zesting fragrant orange peel for my cookies. I couldn’t get by without it. Fortunately checked baggage are not examined.

Who’s on dish duty?

He doesn’t know it yet, but perhaps Ethan Adeland of Food Bloggers of Canada. He is lending me his kitchen to prep for my event and since he’s a gentleman……weeeeell, fresh baked cookies are always a good trade-off for dish duty.

Thanks so much, Aimée! Readers, your turn: what’s cooking?

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Visit Aimée Wimbush-Bourque online & find her book

→ Find Aimée’s new book: Brown Eggs and Jam Jars: Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites – $18.75 at Amazon

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