Category Archives: Savour food

Art Installation #5 – Cool things #16 – @CityPalate presents #CheflyScreenShots #film 2 celebrate 20th anniversary

Chefly shorts trailer from Ramin Eshraghi Yazdi on Vimeo.

Chefly Screen Shots
Wednesday, May 7 6:30 p.m.
Festival Hall in Inglewood

This event qualifies as both a very #CoolThing and a major #ArtInstallation. It promises to be quirky, upbeat and delicious and I’d say it’d be the funnest event this year for those that love food, art and film.

Here are the details and ticket link from the City Palate press release as follows:

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If you like #LocalFood #LocalFarms and #FarmersMarkets then you’ll love finding your #SoilMate

Watch the video above to learn about this new agri-enterprise that has the potential to change the way we source our food.

Recommend your favourite farms, farmer’s markets and wineries/meaderies. Spread the word, like farmer’s spread manure.

Let’s see all our soil mates get listed and help get this great seed of an idea growing at the same time.

Local food, farms and farmer’s markets help us savour it all.

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@AvenueMagazine’s Best Restaurants 2014 list for Calgary

Calgary is blessed with a true community of great chefs photo - Karen Anderson

Calgary is blessed with a true community of great chefs
photo – Karen Anderson

Calgary's Best Restaurants 2014 | Avenue Magazine.

It was great fun to be one of Avenue Magazine’s eight “best restaurants” judges again this year. Beyond the voting process, I was thrilled to have the chance to be a cheerleader for my favourites in Calgary’s burgeoning food scene. Admittedly, not all of my picks made it to the top 10 list above but there’s more to this annual March publication than first meets the eye.

Read on to see what I’m talking about…

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Ode to @JoyRoadCatering – coming soon to @CookbookCooks in Calgary

Dappled sunlight at day's end signals time for a Joy Road Al Fresco dinner  photo - Karen Anderson

Dappled sunlight at day’s end signals time for a Joy Road Al Fresco dinner
photo – Karen Anderson

Canada’s Top 40 under 40 Foodies, Dana Ewart and Cameron Smith of Joy Road Catering are coming to Calgary March 15 and 16, 2014 for a weekend of sharing not only their cooking but their cooking skills.

Joy Road’s Al Fresco Winemaker’s dinner series – held on the clay banks escarpment high above Lake Skaha in Penticton, B.C. each summer – has been listed in the top ten dining events to experience in Canada. Tickets for each season sell out as quickly as they are announced. Patrons eagerly await the chance to return to the bucolic setting and taste of place this team serves up with deceiving ease. A multi-course dinner for 40, paired with local winemaker’s bounty, served outside on crisp white linens – complete with elegant flowers, candles and a touch of whimsy – are carried out with the panache that only comes with mastery of the culinary arts. The vibe is French or Italian countryside without the pricey plane ticket and jet lag but with all the subtle pride in a region’s produce and terroir.

The Joy Road Catering Calgary events at The Cookbook Co. Cooks are as follows:

March 15 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – whole hog butchery – $135/person.
March 15 – 6:30 to 9 p.m. – Joy Road Catering’s wine paired feast – $100/person.
March 16 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – hands on charcuterie-making – $100/person.
All tickets are available through The Cookbook Co. Cooks by calling (403) 265-6066.

Want to know a little more about what makes Joy Road’s Ewart and Smith so special? Read on for a cozy peek into life lived on Joy Road…

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Eating the Mediterranean way – NEJM article shows it will help you live -to Savour It All – longer

Heart health is mostly in our hands

Heart health is mostly in our hands

Maybe it’s because I’m just back from a beach holiday where I ate fresh fish, fruit and vegetables everyday or maybe it’s because February is “Heart Month” but healthy eating is on my mind.

It could also be that I’m getting older and as The Rolling Stones infamous guitarist Keith Richards, says,

“The older you get, the older you want to get”.

If I have the good fortune to live a long time, I want to do that in health and prosperity. I think there are three things that are going to help me get there.

1. I cook (from scratch) and people who cook for themselves and their families are going to live longer because homemade food will always be healthier. A 2003 Harvard study led by David Cutler showed that most of the increase in obesity in America could be explained by the rise of food preparation outside the home.

2. I’m adopting the principles of the Mediterranean way of cooking and eating.

3. Last but not least, a body in motion stays in motion so you’ll always find me looking for ways to “move it, move it” as exercise is one of the most beneficial things you can do for a long and healthy life.

This post will examine what the mindful choice to eat in a more Mediterranean fashion might look like for a land-locked Albertan. I’ll also include a few articles that provide the evidence of why this really is a great strategy for living a longer and healthier life.

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Savour food – behind the scenes of the culinary school @SAITPolytechnic School of Hospitality and Tourism – a study in stainless steel

My friend and colleague John Gilchrist just wrote a bang-on backgrounder piece on SAIT Polytechnic’s School of Hospitality and Tourism’s Dean Tom Bornhorst last week in Swerve Magazine. The article was called

The Education Of A Chef

and I include it because if you want to understand how – like a great soufflé – Calgary’s culinary scene has risen so well and so high in the last few years – than all this background information is very helpful.

We do have an excellent culinary school in Calgary. The video below shows off the facility, the program and the instructors.

When you watch a promo video like that and a student says our instructors are soft; they want to help us; they want to find us jobs and they use their connections for us – you might be tempted to think that the comments were scripted. I know for a fact these things really are true. I have had the good fortune to witness many of the instructors interacting with and acting on behalf of their students. The instructors I know are kind, fun and passionate about what they do.

This blog is not a glitzy video or flashy newspaper article. It’s more of an overdue thank you note to a few friends of mine – Andrew Hewson, Simon Dunn and Kat Mori – for the day last spring when I popped by with 25 people for a tour of SAIT’s culinary garden. Even though school was done for the year and they had started their summer holidays, they not only agreed to help me spread the word about Calgary’s thriving Urban Agriculture scene but they also treated our tour group to an al forno pizza making class and a tour of the pristine clean and seriously scrubbed post semester kitchen.

I call this blog post “a study in stainless” because beyond the colourful garden shots and short video of Dunn stretching pizza dough, what you’ll see is the massive amount of stainless steel it takes to outfit a professional kitchen. I had never realized it before that eerily quiet – where are all the students – day in this kitchen.

My husband makes more than a little fun of me because I have “a place for everything and everything in its place” in my home kitchen. I felt quite vindicated when my camera captured that adage in the truly silver lining of this kitchen.

For the pros, working as a team with everything in place – mise en place – is an axiom true for ingredients but also for their equipment. It’s one of the keys to running a successfully organized and smoothly operating facility.

I hope you’ll enjoy this behind the scenes visit to SAIT’s culinary school via these photos as much as I enjoyed being there in person with my culinary heroes – my amazing culinary instructor/chef friends. I don’t watch TV so these guys are my cooking rock stars. I doubt there could be any finer.

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Savour food – My Happy Thanksgiving @AlbertaatNoon food column

The Sides Show - a disappearing act photo - Karen Anderson

The Sides Show – a disappearing act
photo – Karen Anderson

This week we called my food column for Alberta at Noon on CBC Radio One, “the sides show”. Turkey dinner is on the short list for my last meal – I love it that much.

I love the whole package: the bird, the mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and I love all the side dishes. I divide sides into the ones you must have and two, the ones you can play around with.

My family has certain things they HAVE TO HAVE. Fair enough; I make them. But, as someone whose creative outlet is cooking, I also need my play time and a chance to try new things with each holiday meal.

I hope this podcast shares my enthusiasm and that you’ll try some of the recipes I shared.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. May each and every day give you a chance to savour your food and savour your life.

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Savour food – farmers I know – just in time for Thanksgiving – Winter’s Turkeys and how I cook mine

Corrine Dahm and Darrel Winter photo - Karen Anderson

Corrine Dahm and Darrel Winter
photo – Karen Anderson

I’ve known Darrel Winter and his wife Corrine Dahm since about 2005 when I started doing volunteer work for Slow Food Calgary. I met a lot of Alberta farmers in the six years I worked actively on the board of that organization. Winter and Dahm stood out. Anyone who meets them appreciates the honest and earnest way they conduct themselves and how that translates to the animal husbandry practices of their turkey farm.

In 2007 I first visited their farm and started calling it “the turkey spa”. Beyond a wholesome farm smell, the air is crisp and clean. There is fresh straw bedding laid daily for the turkeys. They have access to the great outdoors, food and water at all times. They are calm. Their life is calm. The only thing missing is a bit of Bach playing softly in the background.

Winter’s father converted the farm from chickens to turkeys in 1958 and Winter still feeds the turkeys the same program his father devised. We’ll talk a bit about that here, share some photos and I’ll share my favourite way to cook a turkey.

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Savour food – farmers I know – Tony and Penny Marshall of @HighwoodC and a recipe for easy oat buns

Freshly harvested organic barley field at Highwood Crossing Farm photo - Karen Anderson

Freshly harvested organic barley field at Highwood Crossing Farm
photo – Karen Anderson

Highwood Crossing Farm has been in Tony Marshall’s family for almost 120 years now. The farm is in Aldersyde, Alberta and hugs a curve in the Highwood River. It’s as though the land of the farm and the flow of the river are two lovers spooning. Most of the time, life is that peaceful and serene there.

In June of this year that was definitely not the case. That’s when we Albertans dealt with The Great Alberta Flood of 2013 and Tony and Penny Marshall of Highwood Crossing saw their Highwood Crossing Foods Ltd. processing plant in High River swallowed up by the river. To add insult to injury the basement of their beloved and beautiful home on the family homestead was also devastated. As always, they looked around and thought – things could be worse. They regrouped and are slowly rebuilding as they can. Before long Tony was making a joke that with all that flour and water in High River it was a good thing they did not also make yeast. High River would have had another mess on their hands the likes of a Ghostbusters movie.

This blog will talk about the Highwood Crossing organic grain farm, the products they produce and what’s involved in that process and then finish with a few of Penny Marshall’s delectable recipes. I’ve had the delight of trying these good things and enjoyed them so much I’m confident you will too.

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Savour food – The Holiday Dinner “Sides Show” for @AlbertaAtNoon

The Sides Show - a disappearing act photo - Karen Anderson

The Sides Show – a disappearing act
photo – Karen Anderson

We all know that turkey takes center stage on the holiday table but where would that big star of a bird be without its supporting cast?

This week on Alberta@Noon I’ll be talking about “the sides show” – all those yummy dishes that has turkey saying, “you complete me” – just like Tom Cruise in Jerry McGuire (he WAS a turkey until he figured that one out!)

This blog will be recipes, recipes and more recipes! I’m going to organize them in categories so if you are looking for something in particular just scroll down our Holiday Sides Show Menu. Happy Thanksgiving everyone and since these recipes are good for any holiday where turkey is a favourite I’ll just say Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Easter while I’m at it.

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