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. 

Prize value is approximately $25CDN.

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

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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.)

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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. 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.

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.

The Cookbook Collection: Brown Sugar Kitchen

Brown Sugar Kitchen Cookbook

There are a few restaurants in my neighborhood that I like to call my local.  Places I rarely go a week without visiting at least one of them.  There is the greasy spoon that serves a cheap, quick and delicious breakfast, the corner diner that makes a mile high club sandwich and the Irish watering hole, an short 5 minutes walk door to door that frequently reinvents their gastro pub style menu and has all my favorites on tap.

I love this idea of a location where regulars are easily spotted and newcomers are clambering at the door to try.  Because inevitably word of mouth brings everyone in.  And this place you call your own stays open, stays popular yet stays exactly the way it is that drew you in in the first place.


Cheese, Bacon and Onion Biscuits

Cheese, Bacon and Onion Biscuits

Brown Sugar Kitchen (Chronicle Books) is a collection of recipes and stories from an establishment such as this.  Located in West Oakland, California Chef Tanya Holland has turned a nondescript brown boxy building nestled in the front of a scrap metal yard into a bustling, soul food producing restaurants that is favored by the locals and draws in the food enthusiasts.  And at the heart of it all is a menu full of down home, fuss free yet full of flavor dishes that can now be recreated in your own home thanks to this beautiful book.  If the rich and satisfying dishes don’t draw you in, the heart warming stories and narratives from the people who help create the character of Brown Sugar Kitchen will make you want to live in the neighborhood.

The very first recipe in the book, Cornmeal Waffles with Apple Cider syrup sets the tone of a collection of soul warming dishes like Fried Chicken, Macaroni and Cheese, Jerk Ribs and Pineapple Upside Down Cake.  Chef Tanya believes in using the freshest ingredients from local growers and recipes like the Spinach Salad with Roasted Apple Dressing, Toasted Pecans and Goat Cheese will inspire you to head to your local farmer’s market to pick up the best products you can find.


Spicy Pulled Pork

Spicy Pulled Pork

As you flip through the pages reading peoples stories about the foods they love from Brown Sugar and their passion for their hometown you get the feeling that you are reading through Chef Tanya own personal scrapbook which she so graciously has allowed you read.

And for a limited time you can have a chance to win your own copy of this amazing book.  Enter below and make sure to leave me a comment about your favorite local.

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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 January 28, 2014 and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner will be selected.
Contest runs from January 12, 2015 to January 27, 2015.

*I have generously received  Brown Sugar Kitchen free of charge however all opinions are entirely my own.

Gatherings by Jan Scott and Julie Van Rosendaal


When I was asked if I wanted a chance to review and blog about a new cookbook with a group of really talented bloggers and writers it’s was a no brainer.  Especially when the authors of the book are people you know.  Because you can always trust that a cookbook is going to be phenomenal and the recipes out of this world when you know and trust the people behind it.

Jan is a super talented event planner, creator of Family Bites and food writer who I met during a “gathering” I organized for bloggers over a year ago.  Unfortunately several chairs and people separated us during dinner and I didn’t get to chat with her nearly enough but her warm spirit can felt in each page of this cookbook.

Julie is a pro at this cookbook thing having published 5 best selling already.  She is the mastermind behind Dinner with Julie as well as a writer, editor, photographer but most importantly she is so kick ass funny and down to earth you instantly feel like you’ve known her forever. Every time I’m in the same room as her I know I’m going to laugh my ass off.


Between the two of them they have created this outstanding book about “bringing people together with food”.  I love this concept.  As a partner of a non foodie I have on several occasions taken advantage of his guy nights to invite a group of friends over to test out new recipes on.  They are also non foodies so I love the looks on their faces when they have tried something for the very first time.  Laughs and good food is guaranteed.

One of my favorite chapters in the book though is Date Night.  It is so easy to forget the importance of taking time away from the din and stress of every day life.  Parties don’t have to be big and over detailled with large complicated meals and extensive guest lists.  It can be a simple meal for two that brings all the important things; love and companionship back into the foreground.

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No one is excluded from this Cookbook.  Kids birthdays, sleepovers, cocktail parties, book clubs are all broken down into incredibly useful tips and suggested recipes to make planning a breeze.  The recipes are fun and so easy to follow.  I made the Parmesan and Thyme Puffs and though it was my first foray into Choux pastry the instructions were written in such as way that there was no chance I could fail.  And when the instruction said to enthusiastically stir the dough I knew I was being guided by the perfect people.

For anyone who wants to bring people together more often but with less stress Gatherings is a perfect addition to your cookbook collection.  Head over to Recipe Geek and check out Mardi Michels Review and a chance to win your own copy of Gatherings.  Mardi is the person who gathered all these great bloggers together to celebrate this outstanding book.

Check out her review as well as these other great bloggers in this week long blog tour!


Mardi from
Charmian from The Messy Baker
Marilyn Smith’s Canadian Cookbooks of the year


Amy from Family Feedbag
Jennifer from Seasons and Suppers


Isabelle from Crumb Blog
Jenny from The Brunette Baker
Stephanie from Clockwork Lemon
Valerie from A Canadian Foodie


Britt from My Daily Randomness
Robyn from Planet Byn
Libby from Libby Roach Photography
Meg from Sweet Twist of Blogging


Louisa from Living Lou
Liliana from My Cookbook Addiction
Rhonda from Olive and Ruby
Jenn from Chocolate Shavings

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*I received a free copy of Gatherings from White Cap books to review.  However all of my opinions (you know I have many) are my own.  And trust me I would have totally gotten this book anyways.

Butter Baked Goods Cookbook + A Giveaway

Butter Baked (4 of 9) Have you ever met somebody that you knew instantly they were doing exactly what they were meant to be doing with their life? That’s Rosie, the owner of one of Vancouver’s most popular bake shop and author of Butter Baked Goods Cookbook.  The minute you meet her you know that baking and creating treats for everyone’s enjoyment is exactly what she should be doing.

Despite her start in interior design, Rosie grew up knowing in her heart of hearts she was going to open this bake shop and the minute you step through the doors you know that was the perfect plan for her.  Warm and inviting with an intoxicating smell of sugar and butter and sweet goodness.  As beautiful as her shop her cookbook is equally as lovely. And once again an amazing group of food bloggers got together to taste and cook their way through these fabulous pages.

My first intention was to bake and write about the her Lemon Meringue Tart.  Silky lemon curd, sticky meringue and a buttery crust to die for. Butter Baked Goods cookbook And I planned on making these spiced Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Blondies that I knew my co workers were going to go nuts over. FotorCreated3 However it was DH’s choice of the Raspberry Custard Tart that really stole the show. Easy to prepare and oh so flavourful.  This will get made time and time again in our house.  Maybe I’ll use blueberries next time! Yum! FotorCreated1 I still have many more pages bookmarked to try but to help you decide that this is definitely a cookbook that needs to be on your table check out my fellow bloggers participating in this wonderful review and see the amazing things they tried from Butter Baked Goods.

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Butter’s Classic White Cake and Coffee Buttercream Frosting from The Brunette Baker

Butterscotch Walnut Bars from The Sweet Twist of Blogging

Vunderbars from Libby Roach

The Dream Slice from Planet Byn

Homemade Marshmallows and S’mores from My Daily Randomness

The Dunbar from Hidden Ponies

Chocolate Expresso Pound Cake from My Cookbook Addiction

Chocolate Honeycomb Brittle from Devour & Conquer

Morning Glory Muffins from Olive & Ruby

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Blondies from

Apple Bacon Cheddar Scones from She Eats

Jackson Pollock Popcorn from (Cooking For) Kiwi and Bean

Chocolate Pistachio Pound Cake from Crumb: A Food Blog

Kitchen Sink Bark from A Pretty Life

Orange Pecan Biscotti from Family Bites

And don’t forget to enter the contest below.  Rosie as per her incredibly generous nature is offering up  a signed copy of Butter Baked Goods AND a box of Butter Baked Goods! Perfect just before Christmas.

To enter just leave a comment below telling me what you favorite baked treat is and for multiple entries be sure to follow and click on any of the eligible links.

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The Messy Baker Monday: Piglet Muffins

One of my Food Friends has done the most amazing thing! She has published her first cookbook!

Our expansive gaggle of cooks, bloggers, writers and photographers are a tight knit group who love to support each other any way possible.  We are also the first to also keep it real and let each other know when things aren’t working, or don’t taste right, or that the instructions are confusing.  That’s why when you see any one of us promote the other it’s legit! We know you will love them as much as we do.

When the idea came up to share the love for our newly published friend everyone jumped on board.  Not only because we care about them but also because we knew that there would be some kick ass deliciousness happening.

So let me introduce you to Charmian Christie.

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A real world, flour on the floor, sugar in your hair home baker. This book is full of sweet and savory recipes that will satisfy all your favorite flavor combinations and make your mouth water.  Cute and wildly appropriate chapter titles tell you whats in store and gorgeous photographs make you want to dive into the pages.The Messy Baker

It wasn’t hard for me to decide the first recipe I wanted to make after reading it’s ingredient list that included caramelized bacon and smoked cheese. Caramelized freaking bacon!!!

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These muffins barely got made because I couldn’t stop eating the ingredients before they made it into the mix.  And the mix itself was so simple, so quick, such a great treat for a Sunday breakfast.

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From the oohs and ahhs I heard from the rest of the group as they tried some of the recipes I knew this cookbook would be a huge hit.  Which is why everyone needs a copy! It’s not a book with one or two recipes you may sort of like.  There are so many recipes that will blow your mind.  Be prepared to get it covered in butter and flour because you will keep going back to it time and time again.

Check out all the recipes my foodie friends also created from this stellar book.