Hi, I'm Amy Bronee and thanks for reading my blog. You'll find here a collection of stories, recipes and images from my family kitchen in Victoria, British Columbia.

The content I share here on Family Feedbag is homemade. That means I develop the recipes, cook it from scratch, take the photos and package it all together with words to share with other home cooks. If there is one thing I hope you take away from this blog, it's that you truly value yourself as a home cook. The work you do is important, to your family and to your community. It's not just dinner. It's also love, culture, tradition and memories.

I'm proud to be part of the canning renaissance in home kitchens. My first cookbook The Canning Kitchen: 101 Simple Small Batch Recipes was released in June 2015 and is a Globe and Mail bestseller. Whether you have been thinking about trying canning, or you have been doing it for years, my cookbook will guide you through the simple steps to safely preserve delicious jams, jellies, pickles, chutneys and more at home. A favourite moment with the book for me was when Chef Lynn Crawford, a passionate preserver herself, tweeted that The Canning Kitchen was her new favourite cookbook.

To back up my canning credentials, in February 2013 I earned a certificate in home food preservation through the University of Georgia and the National Center for Home Food Preservation. If I can make jam from it or pickle it, I probably will.

I'm an agri-friendly food blogger, meaning I particularly enjoy learning about how food gets from the family farm to the family table, and I adore telling those stories and writing recipes that showcase those quality whole ingredients.

I have two boys - an 8-year-old and a 5-year-old. Although getting them to eat what's put in front of them is a constant challenge, it's important to me that my kids learn to prepare food from scratch and have fun in the kitchen.

Mr. Feedbag commutes to work on a bicycle and never says no to something home cooked. But he doesn't always leave the cooking to me. In fact, he makes an orzo dish with seared scallops that's one of my favourite dishes ever, and don't even get me started on his chicken enchiladas. He's the best.

I get a lot of inspiration from the casual cooking styles of Chef Michael Smith, Jamie Oliver, Ina Garten, Lynn Crawford and local chef Dan Hayes. Since early 2012, I have been teaching cooking classes at Hayes' cooking school, The London Chef, and at community centres around Victoria.

Family Feedbag was started in February 2011 and has received several awards and recognitions.

TO CONTACT ME: amybronee@gmail.com

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