Rose Reisman’s Rush Hour Meals: Recipes for the Entire Family + A Blog Hop Giveaway

Roasted Brussel Sprouts Salad

You ever have one of those weeks or maybe months where you can barely find time to brush your teeth let alone get some time to do something solely for yourself?  Double, triple booking yourself as you try to get the most out of each and everyday?  Running kids here and there, working an extra hour on a project, agreeing to host yet another family gathering?  We all have been there.  So where do we scrape together more time?

Mexican Lasagna

Mexican Lasagna

Sought after speaker, author, restaurant consultant and writer Rose Reisman knows a thing or two about being a busy lady.  For years she has honed her talents in the kitchen and written countless recipes that have been both delicious and good for your well being. With her latest book, Rush Hour Meals, Reisman tackles one of our biggest desires. Putting a healthy, tasty meal on the table for our loved ones while spending minimal time in the kitchen.

Lemon Chicken Scaloppini

Lemon Chicken Scaloppini

Classics dishes are given a healthy twist and presented in a way that breakfast/lunch/dinner can be ready in as soon as a rerun of Friends has played. Salads, soups sandwiches, pasta and meat dishes, desserts and breakfast. A wonderful variety of recipes to please everyone’s palates. No hard to find ingredients or obscure flavour combinations. Just a collection of simple, delicious recipes for the everyday cook.

Meatball and Rice Noodle Lettuce Wraps

Meatball and Rice Noodle Lettuce Wraps

Thanks to Whitecap Books myself and a wonderful group of ladies have had the chance to cook from this book; one that needs to be in everyone’s cookbook collection. And we want you to have a copy too!

Check out these other great bloggers to see what they tried from Rush Hour Meals

Cara from Words To Eat By made a Kale Salad and Gnocchi

Anna from Hidden Ponies made Pork Tenderloin with a Mango Avocado Salsa

Erin from How To Eat made the Meatballs Wraps and Black Bean Burgers

Regina from Leelalicious made Sweet Potato, Cranberry and Quinoa Salad

Sarah from Kiwi and Bean made Beef Kofta

Caroline from Do It All Working Mom made Baked Potato Parmesan Chips and Potato, Asparagus Breakfast Hash

Laureen from Art and The Kitchen made Meatball and Rice Noodle Wraps

Katrina from Kitchen Trials made Roasted Sweet Potato Skins

Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs made Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

And make sure you enter the contest below to win your own copy of Rose Reisman’s Rush Hour Meals.

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No purchase necessary to enter. 

Giveaway will run from Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 12:01am to end on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 11:59pm. Winner is chosen at random via Rafflecopter. Winner will be contacted via email and given 48 hours to respond.  If not, a new winner will be chosen. Winner selected MUST correctly answer a skill-testing mathematical question. Winner’s name will be displayed on Rafflecopter widget. Email address will never be given out to any third party or anyone for that matter. 

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Nourish: Whole Food Recipes featuring Seeds, Nuts and Beans + A Blog Hop Giveaway

Nourish

I will attest to the fact I wished carrots tasted like french fries so I could convince myself to eat more of them.  I really, really wish this!

Thanks to Nettie Cronish and Cara Rosenbloom I’m discovering that while whole foods won’t have that greasy, deep fried yumminess they still elevate my tastebuds, open up all my senses and make my body feel better. Healthy can taste great. Rosenbloom, the registered dietician, and Cronish, a chef have come together to create a cookbook full of delicious, healthy recipes encouraging readers that including nuts, seeds and beans into their recipes and their diets is a fabulous way to eat.

Chana Masala

Chana Masala

Nourish is not about a massive overhaul of your life.  It’s about incorporating healthy ingredients into food that you probably already eat at home.  Beans added to salads and soups, crunchy seeds stirred into grains, nuts coating your favorite meats.  Simple yet wonderful changes to easy and incredibly tasty dishes.

Thai Peanut Noodle Salad

Thai Peanut Noodle Salad

All throughout the books the authors include nutritional information about the very things you should be eating and educate you on how to make these additions to your everyday meals. All of the recipes are vibrant and easy to follow, with mouthwatering photos to draw you in and after cooking many of the recipes they are just as divine to your taste buds as they are for you eyes.

Pistachio Studded Quinoa

Pistachio Studded Quinoa

Thanks to Whitecap Books and a group of amazing Canadian bloggers one reader has chance to receive a copy of this lovely cookbook.  You can enter by scrolling down to the bottom of this post and clicking on the rafflecopter link.  And by visiting the links to my blogger friends and entering there you have so many chances to win this great book. And you may also discover some new go to blogs along the way. These ladies rock!

Kelly from Kelly Neil Photography

Tiffany from Eating Niagara

Regina from Leelalicious

Redawna from Nutmeg Disrupted

Gwen from Devour and Conquer

Hilary from Cocoa Bean, the Vegetable

Erin from How to Eat

Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

Stephanie from Kitchen Frolic

Caroline from Do it All Working Mom

Libby from Libby Roach

Katrina from Kitchen Trials

Laureen from Art and the Kitchen

Emily from Best of this Life

Lauren from Lauren Follett Nutrition

Zannat from Food for Happiness

Sarah from Kiwi and Bean

Charmian from The Messy Baker

Make you leave a blog comment below telling me what changes you have made or would like to make to include nuts, seeds and beans into your recipes at home to be eligible for the rafflecopter entry.

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This giveaway is open to all legal residents of Canada who have reached the age of majority at the time of the contest in the province or territory in which they reside. 

No purchase necessary to enter. 

Giveaway will run from Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 12:01am to end on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 11:59pm. Winner is chosen at random via Rafflecopter. Winner will be contacted via email and given 48 hours to respond.  If not, a new winner will be chosen. Winner selected MUST correctly answer a skill-testing mathematical question. Winner’s name will be displayed on Rafflecopter widget. Email address will never be given out to any third party or anyone for that matter. 

Prize value is approximately $30CDN.

Whole Bowls by Allison Day

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I will honestly admit when I see cookbooks that focus on diet specific topics I generally pass them by.  I am the furthest from vegetarian there is and fortunately I don’t have a gluten sensitivity.  However when I had a chance to check out fellow blogger Allison Day’s (from Yummy Beet) new book Whole Bowls I took a moment to really think about why I should ( instead of should not) cook from it. Three things came to mind:

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Radicchio with Beets, Sweets and Classic Balsamic Dressing

First reason is the idea of recipes designed to be assembled tidily in your favorite bowl or plate. Each and everyone of Allison’s recipes are stunning to look at.  And she tells you how you can personalize them , adding or subtracting things or making parts ahead of time if you are super busy like I am. My slightly OCD personality loves these things.

Eat your Greens Salad With Chickpea Croutons and Green Goddess Dressing.

Eat your Greens Salad With Chickpea Croutons and Green Goddess Dressing.

As the title of the above recipe states and my second reason to opening this book is that I do in fact need to eat more greens. Reds. Oranges. Yellows. You get the picture.  I had planned on a weekly salads and veggies project for the New Year that has failed epicly so I was pleasantly surprised that simple recipes like this can help me along. And this dressing is outstanding.  The recipe makes much more than you need so it was perfect for veggies stick at lunch the next day and (sorry vegetarian friends) the best hot wings dip.

Double Grain Wild Mushrooms Risotto

Double Grain Wild Mushrooms Risotto

And the final reason is all about supporting my fellow writers and cooks.  It’s a tough world out there and any help we can give each other makes our community brighter. And by pushing aside my bias towards vegetarian based dishes and realizing I can still enjoy meat and the recipes in the book I have added healthy recipes to my repertoire. Delicious, gorgeous recipes.

I’m not the only one placing this cookbook front and center on my shelf. Check out what my friends are saying. And thank you Skyhorse Publishing for my wonderful copy.

Aimee (Simple Bites)

Charmian (The Messy Baker)

Jenny (The Brunette Baker)

Louisa (Living Lou)

Kelly (kellyneil.com)

Mardi (eat. live. travel. write)

Mairlyn (mairlynsmith.com)

Jan (Family Bites)

 

Per La Famiglia + A Giveaway

Okay let’s get all the disclaimers over with first.

Disclaimer 1: I received this cookbook free from the wonderful folks over at Whitecap Books.

Disclaimer 2: Emily Richards is my friend.

Nonna Ortenzia's Meatballs

Nonna Ortenzia’s Meatballs

With all that being said my opinions are 100 percent my own and none of the above influences any of the wonderful things I want to say about Emily Richards new book Per La Famiglia.  Because all I can say is wonderful things.  This book is absolutely brilliant. Aside from possibly one other book on my shelves I have never cooked so many things from one source and still haven’t covered all the sticky notes protruding along the pages. And everything worked. And was so freaking delicious.  It brought comments of “these meatballs are spectacular” to “please don’t make any other salad other than this one….ever again.”

Mixed Green Salad

Mixed Green Salad

Let me dial it back though.  One thing I pride myself on is keeping my reviews; whether it be cookbook, products or restaurant, in the realm of “profile”…not “review”. Flavours and preferences run such a spectrum across the food consuming community that who am I to say that something is the worst or best.

Baked Pasta with Sausage and Ricotta

Baked Pasta with Sausage and Ricotta

So let me tell you about this book and why it may just be what you have been waiting for.

Per La Famiglia is a collection of Southern Italian recipes from the life of Emily Richards. Dishes “for the family”. With each page she invites readers into the stories and memories of her close knit food-centric family, showing cooks how to make simple dishes like her mixed green salad, to homemade gnocchi and preserves to roasts and seafood specialities.

Garlicky Green Beans

Garlicky Green Beans

She makes seemingly difficult tasks, like homemade pasta, refreshing and uncomplicated.  Pizza, pasta, meats and vegetables all get their fair share in the limelight as you turn pages and discover more and more dishes to mark for later. She invites you into her home with her voice and you begin to feel like maybe you went to family dinner or two.

Its recipes like the filling in this Squash and Hazelnut Rotelle was almost devoured before it made it to the sheets of pasta, yet once it came together I regretted not having those early bites to make one more roll for later.

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And this Polenta with Sausage and Rapini? I had plans to eat it all week for lunch. Then my co workers tried it.  I got it for lunch one day.

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For anyone looking for gorgeous, simple southern Italian recipes bursting with flavour Per La Famiglia is the book you want on your counter.

Thanks to Whitecap books, Emily and an amazing group of bloggers we are offering you a chance to win your own signed copy of Per La Famiglia. I don’t know if you noticed in the picture of meatballs that gorgeous shred of cheese? That and all the cheese I needed were effortlessly grated using one of my many Microplane cheese graters. And thanks to the wonderful folks over at Microplane; the winner will also receive an Elite Grater/Zester set along with the cookbook. Perfect for all of the recipes you won’t be able to resist.

Mixed Peppers and Bocconcini Pasta Salad

Mixed Peppers and Bocconcini Pasta Salad

For multiple chances to win make sure you visit all the participating  sites.  These brilliant writers and photographers are also cooking their way through Per La Famiglia and can’t wait to share what they think as well.

Jenny from The Brunette Baker

Julie from Dinner with Julie

Chrissy from The Busy Baker

Brittany from My Daily Randomness

Libby from Libby Roach Photography

Kristy from She Eats

Gwen from Devour and Conquer

Tiffany from Eating Niagara

Nancy from Gotta Get Baked

Amanda from Once Upon a Recipe

Nicole from Culinary Cool

Carole from The Yum Yum Factor

Kelly from Kelly Neil Photography

Christina from Strawberries for Supper

So check them out and enter here to win that fabulous prize. Make sure you leave a comment (mandatory for entering) telling me which of the above recipes looked the tastiest.(Oh and don’t forget to read the legal)

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Void in Quebec.

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Giveaway will run from Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 12:01am to end on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 11:59pm. Winner is chosen at random via Rafflecopter. Winner will be contacted via email and given 48 hours to respond. If not, a new winner will be chosen. Winner selected MUST correctly answer a skill-testing mathematical question. Winner’s name will be displayed on Rafflecopter widget. Email address will never be given out to any third party or anyone for that matter.

Prize value is approximately $75CDN.

Cookbook Review: Celebrating the Foods of New Mexico

Foods of New Mexico (2 of 5)

Any cookbook you get that the origins are from a cooking school you are almost guaranteed a go to reference whenever you need it. Not because they are going to give you the basics tools to learn but because they know how to teach someone to cook. And if they can do it live in a classroom they can easily translate it into cookbook.

Foods of New Mexico (5 of 5)

Celebrating the Foods of New Mexico by the Santa Fe School of Cooking (Gibbs-Smith) is such a book.  It holds a regular flour covered, greasy, sticky place in my kitchen because it gives simple techniques to make fresh and delicious Mexican food from homemade tortillas to salsas to Goat Cheese Enchiladas.

Foods of New Mexico (4 of 5)

It takes the basics and adds a little punch like with this grilled pineapple salsa.

Foods of New Mexico (1 of 5)

Most importantly it makes the home cook feel like they can easily accomplish a genre of food that may have been daunting in the past.  It is not a large book. Instead it saves each page for the most flavourful dishes they believe you would enjoy the most.

Foods of New Mexico (2 of 5)

Celebrating the Foods of New Mexico is about the foods the chefs from the school love to cook.  And have cooked time and time again.  Guaranteed success in your own kitchen.  Pick up your own copy over at Amazon or Chapters.  Or enter below for a chance to win your own copy.

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*I  received a copy of this book free from the fabulous people over at Raincoast(Thank you, thank you) however all opinions and photography are solely my own.

 

Contest Rules:

Open to legal Canadian (excluding Quebec) and US residents.
No purchase necessary to enter.
Canadian Winner is required to answer a skill testing question. Winner will be notified by email on January 20th, 2016 and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner will be selected.
Contest runs from January 10, 2016 to January 17, 2016 at 11:59pm.

A Cookie Bonanza with Butter Celebrates! (plus a giveaway)

Butter Celebrates (1 of 1)

As you may well remember this time last year I was wrapping up my 52 Cookies-A New Cookie a Week for a Year feature and you may also remember how I felt about doing such a laborious task. Yet the one thing that stood out the most after this endeavour? I sure know how to throw down batch of cookies when I need to! (I also seem to need to make many dozens of multiple kinds in one afternoon. Cookie me crazy.)

Butter Celebrates (6 of 6)

This is why when I was asked to be apart of a blogger review of the new Butter Celebrates! by Rosie Daykin (Random House) and time became of the essence I knew where my success would lie. Plus my co workers, who reaped the benefits from last year, have been hinting lately they missed my treats.

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You might remember a group review we also this time last year for Rosie’s first fabulous book Butter Baked.  This time around Butter Celebrates! is pages and pages of beautiful classically design sweet treats perfect for every occasions.

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Whether you want ideas for Mother’s Day, baby showers or holiday celebrations Butter has you covered. Cakes, pies, sweet treats and of course cookies burst off the pages making your mouth water. And the furry friends are included too with a whole chapter about Zelda, the Daykin family rescue dog and treats perfect for their sensitive little fur-tummies. Butter Celebrates! is table top worthy with stunning photography however you won’t resist dusting it in flour as you bake up many of these wonderful treats.

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In classic blogger tradition we have banded together again and want to bring you the most amazing of prizes. Enter the contest below and you may be the lucky winner of a Butter Celebrates! cookbook signed by Rosie so you can try these recipes at home. She will also send you a box of goodies from the Butter store in Vancouver B.C. Perfect in time for the holidays.

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Visit each participating blog and check out their review of Butter Celebrates! and get more chances to win. And if you haven’t visited my friends before you really need to check out their blogs. Such a super talented group of ladies.

The Brunette Baker baked a gorgeous Guiness Cake with Pretzels.

Strawberries for Supper made “Hostess” Cupcakes.

Planet Byn tried out the Orange Gingerbread Cake.

Devour & Conquer gets ready for the holiday season with the Christmas Panettone.

Sweet Twist of Blogging gets citrusy with the Lemon Loaf.

Libby Roach gets cute with Gingerbread Guys.

Family Bites follows the cute with Animal Cookies.

Sweet Style CA tried a decadent Chocolate Gingerbread Genoise.

eat.live.travel.write celebrate with Champagne Cupcakes.

Kelly Neil goes classic with Peppermint Nanaimo Bars.

I Sugar Coat It baked the Eggnog-less Bars.

Once Upon a Recipe dazzles with a Banana Pecan Caramel Cake.

Make sure you visit all and enter below for your chance at this amazing prize.

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This giveaway is open to all legal residents of Canada who have reached the age of majority at the time of the contest in the province or territory in which they reside. Void in Quebec. 

 

Winner must answer a skill-testing question. 

 

No purchase necessary to enter. 

 

Giveaway will run from Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 12:01am to Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 11:59pm. Winner will be contacted via email and name will be displayed on Rafflecopter widget. Email address will never be given out to any third party or anyone for that matter. 

 

Prize value is approximately $125. 

 

* I have generously received a copy of this book free of charge from the publisher Random House. As always, all opinions are one hundered percent my own.

Cookbook Review and Giveaway: Eat Istanbul, A Journey to Heart of Turkish Cuisine

Eat Istanbul (2 of 3)

As we move along on my cross country culinary cookbook journey leaving gorgeous Thailand behind with all it’s spice and vibrancy we head to another country with equally exciting flavours to discover. Eat Istanbul takes us on a journey through a fusion of middle eastern, mediterranean, asian and balkan influences that make up the heart of Turkish cuisine. Kebabs, pilafs and salads are plentiful throughout this book but authors Andy Harris and photographer David Loftus also show us dishes of elegance, using fresh, high quality ingredients.

Eat Istanbul (3 of 3)

Typically not spicy, Turkish food relies on the burst of freshness from zesty spices and warming spices to tantalize your palate and expand your view of this ancient cuisine.With over 90 recipes, Eat Istanbul helps you discover the ease of making the classics and while introducing you to many more delights.

Thanks to the amazing people over at Raincoast Books I’m giving away a copy of this beautiful book.  Head over to my facebook page The Tasty Gardener and like or comment on the giveaway post.

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*I would like to point out that I received a copy of this book free from the fabulous people over at Raincoast(Thank you, thank you) however all opinions and photography are solely my own.

Contest details:

Contest is open to Canada residents who have reached the legal age of at the time of the contest in the province and territory in which they reside. Void in Quebec.

Winner must answer a skill-testing question.

No purchase necessary.

Winner will be chosen by random using Random Name Picker. (MiniWebTools)

Contest will run for one week starting 12:01am November 09th and ends Saturday, November 14nd at 11:59pm.

Cookbook Review: Thailand, From the Source

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Over the next several months I will be travelling the world in my cookbook adventures. So many great titles have been released that when I realized that the ones I leaned heavily towards were country specific I decided to let you, my audience decide where I would begin my journey.  An overwhelming number of people chose Thailand, which who can blame them; with deeply soulful, exotic flavours Thai food offers dishes for everyone.

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Thailand, From the Source (Lonely Planet), ticks a lot of boxes in my list of criteria for cookbooks to make it onto my shelf and importantly to be used in my kitchen.  First the chapters are arranged per geographical area of the country as each point of the compass offers different textures, flavours and ingredients.

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Each recipe has gorgeous photos and easy to follow instructions.  Some of them take a bit of time to prepare while others like this spicy pork and basil take mere minutes.

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And probably my most favorite part of this vibrant book is the stories.  Each one of these authentic recipes are from local residents of Thailand and each person’s story is unfolds as you continue into the recipe. It’s a mystical journey through a beautiful country that happens to include amazing recipes.

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If you want to travel this culinary journey pgo pick up a copy of this stellar cookbook. Get outside your comfort zone and try some of these recipes to wow your guests at home. Or just sit back and read the engaging tales of chefs and home cooks alike. And if you want take your chance to win a copy of your own by entering the contest below. Come back each day for additional entries.

*I would like to point out that I received a copy of this book free from the fabulous people over at Raincoast(Thank you, thank you) however all opinions and photography are solely my own.

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Contest Rules:

Open to legal Canadian (excluding Quebec) and US residents.
No purchase necessary to enter.
Canadian Winner is required to answer a skill testing question. Winner will be notified by email on October 12, 2015 and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner will be selected.
Contest runs from October 7, 1015 to October 11, 2015 at 11:59pm.

The Canning Kitchen Giveaway

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I am not new to canning.  I grew up in a canning household. It took me until recently to start doing it as an adult but now I’m thoroughly enjoying the fruits of my labor as does my friends, family and co workers.  I’m a big batch dill pickle canner.  As in I made over 50 jars a year, in one day actually.  My DH is  a the main reason for the excess; he can kill a jar in a day, however I have discovered through recipients of my pickles that they are truly the best around.

When I heard that fellow blogger Amy Bronee from Family Feedbag had published her first cookbook The Canning Kitchen I was excited not only for her success but also because I knew my group of foodie sisters would be jumping all over this to support her.  I have been promoting the ease and joy of canning to them for a while now and this book is an absolute blessing to get them started. Small batch recipes with simple instructions; over the last several weeks I have been relishing (sic) the news of each of their canning successes. Who doesn’t get excited when they hear the tell tale pop of sterilization.

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The variety of recipes from jams to jellies to relishes and sauces in The Canning Kitchen are ingeniously creative. Apple Pie or Raspberry Cocoa jam. Garlic Rosemary Apple Jelly. Fennel Thyme Relish. Even a experienced canner like myself easily found a recipe to try.  This Triple Red Pickle is a perfect condiment on the side of any dish or garnished on top of some spicy tacos.

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If you are new to canning and want to give it a go this book a try. If you have canned your whole life but want a little creative variety go buy this book. You can also take a chance at winning a copy below.

And make sure you check out these posts from my blogger friends.  Some are newbies while others have had a taste of canning rewards.  All will tell you the same thing.  This is the best resource out there!
Beer Hive Grainy Mustard from Sweet Twist of Blogging
Blueberry Sauce from The Brunette Baker
Bread and Butter Pickles from Planet Byn
Crunchy Dill Pickles from She Eats
LEmon Raspberry Jamalade from My Daily Randomness
Orange and Blueberry Marmalade from The Messy Baker
Peach Jam from Cheslea’s Healthy Kitchen
Peach Chutney with Garam Marsala from Libby Roach
Tomato Red Onion Relish from Devour & Conquera Rafflecopter giveaway

*I would like to point out that I received a copy of The Canning Kitchen free from the fabulous people over at Penguin Random House Limited (Thank you, thank you) however all opinions are solely my own.