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My @Albertaatnoon food column on #cocktails – just in time for #CanadaDay – Have a great one!

Cocktail Culture - photo - Karen Anderson

Cocktail Culture – photo – Karen Anderson


Here’s my CBC Radio One Alberta at Noon Food Column podcast on Alberta’s cocktail renaissance. Find my piece with host Donna McElligott at the 15:30 mark in the show.
Thanks going out to Christina Mah and Katie Mayer of Hotel Arts Group for inventing the #GnomeComeHome cocktail for our listeners to try. It’s truly delicious. Cheers till next time. Karen

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The #Cocktail Renaissance – my June Column for @AlbertaatNoon

The origins of the cocktail are believed to have evolved after King William of Orange lowered taxes on distillation in 1688. There was a grain surplus that year in England and before long one in four buildings in London had a still for making gin.

Alcohol at the time was about the safest thing to drink as most of the leading causes of death were caused by drinking water.

By the 1730’s gin had become a problem for many – especially for the poor. For others it was drank in moderation with the addition of fruit juices and known as punch. This mixing of punch bowls in 1730’s England is now believed to be the first mixology bar tending.

This post will look at the history of cocktails and why – after years of focus on wine knowledge and a growing trend for craft brewing – popular culture has turned into a cocktail culture once again.

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An #Easter lamb recipe for my @AlbertaatNoon column – April

Voila - Chutney Stuffed Alberta Lamb for Easter photo - Karen Anderson

Voila – Chutney Stuffed Alberta Lamb for Easter
photo – Karen Anderson

Half the lamb we eat in Alberta is imported but, the superior taste of our local product means demand for it is on the rise. Lamb producers in the province are responding with a strategy to increase yields by 40% over the next 6 years. A recent Edmonton Journal article chronicled what life on Tangled Ridge lamb farm is like this time of year.

Taste Alberta: Local food movement fuels growing support for Tangle Ridge Ranch (with recipes and video).

Here’s a link to my visit to Ewe-nique lamb farm and a whole menu of delicious things to make for Easter, spring and beyond.

These are just two farms out of hundreds that need our support if we are to have a strong and secure local system filled with our dream farms. Supporting and finding the farms of our dreams and cravings – our Soil Mates – was the main focus of my Alberta at Noon column today. I hope you’ll help build this potential treasure trove of “local” by asking your favourite farms, farmer’s markets and wineries to register.

Spread the word, like you’d spread manure and we’ll all watch Soilmate dot com grow into a fabulous and powerful consumer and farmer resource. That will truly be something to help us savour it all.

Read on for the recipe for the delicious lamb roast pictured above.

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Recipes for two D-I-Y delectable gifts for food lovers – my December @AlbertaatNoon column

Spiced Apples and Holiday Biscotti photo - Karen Anderson

Spiced Apples and Holiday Biscotti
photo – Karen Anderson

For my December Alberta at Noon column on CBC Radio One today, I’ll share two recipes for those that would like to add a homemade touch to their gift giving this season. I’ll post some fun gift ideas you can buy in other posts this week.

The first D-I-Y gift is called Spiced Apples and you can find that recipe and step-by-step instructions here.

The second recipe is for something I consider truly scrumptious – my Holiday Biscotti – and you’ll find all the information you need to make them in this post.

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Savour Food – Recipes for Grass-finished beef and my @AlbertatNoon podcast

It's still common to see a cattle drive in Alberta - photo - Karen Anderson

It’s still common to see a cattle drive in Alberta – photo – Karen Anderson

Today is the first day of the 101st Calgary Stampede, so it only seemed right for me to talk about Alberta Beef for my monthly column on CBC Radio One’s Alberta@Noon.

You can listen to the podcast here. I’m at the 13:14 minute mark.

You can find the recipes here or below.

Check this post for a list of the Grass-finished Alberta Cattle Ranchers I found in my research this week. Please let me know if you find any others to add to my list. Alberta Beef is a great way to savour life during the Calgary Stampede and to savour the joy of great food any ol’ time.

Alberta cattle ranchers love  their cattle and most of them love to have a chance to tell you  how they raise them Photo of my friend Lindsay Eklund at LJ Ranch in Cochrane - circa 2010  - Karen Anderson

Alberta cattle ranchers love their cattle and most of them love to have a chance to tell you how they raise them
Photo of my friend Linsday Eklund at LJ Ranch in Cochrane – circa 2010 – Karen Anderson

Alberta Grass-finished flanks of beef barbecued Korean Style
Ingredients
2-3lbs flank steak
½ c. soy sauce
½ c. cane sugar
2T. toasted sesame oil
4T. lime juice
7 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. Gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste – optional – if you can’t find, use Sriracha)
Method
Score the steak with a sharp knife and place in a Ziploc bag. Whisk the remaining ingredients together and add them to the bag. Marinate the meat overnight or at least 4 hours. Remove the meat, just before grilling and pat it dry. Place the marinade in a saucepan and let it simmer until syrupy while you cook the steak. Grill the steaks 4 minutes per side. Remove and rest on a rack, tented in tinfoil for 5 minutes. Slice on the diagonal. Serve with a noodle salad, a spicy coleslaw or lettuce cups and store-bought Kimchi.

Light and Lively Noodle Salad
Ingredients
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T ginger, minced
1 t. chili paste
¼ Mirin or rice wine vinegar
1 T sesame oil
1 T honey
1 bunch of green onions, chopped on the diagonal
1 bunch of spinach, washed and roughly chopped
1 red pepper, julienned
2 carrots, julienned
1 pkg whole wheat, rice or mung bean vermicelli noodles – cook and drain, rinse in cool water and drain again, set aside
Optional Topping
1/2 c. chopped peanuts
1/4 c. cilantro, chopped
Method
Mix the first 6 ingredients together and then add them to the remaining ingredients in a large bowl, tossing to coat. Turn out on a platter and top with the peanuts and cilantro or slices of the steak and then the peanuts and cilantro.

Karen’s Bronco Bucking Coleslaw
Notes to the Cook
I love to serve this with this meal but it is even better with pulled pork, then I call it Karen’s Kick Pork Butt Slaw
Ingredients
1 green cabbage, roughly chopped
1 red cabbage, roughly chopped
10 carrots, diced in food processor
2 red peppers, julienned
2 bunches of green onions, sliced on diagonal
2 English cucumbers – seeds removed and julienned
1 – 445ml jar Hellman’s half the fat mayo
1/2 c. rice wine vinegar
1 c. Thai Kitchen sweet chili sauce
1 – 2 jalapenos, finely diced
S&P
Method
Place all the chopped vegetables in a large bowl. Mix the mayo, chili sauce and jalapenos together and then stir them with the vegetables till thoroughly coated. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Savour food – My #EdibleLandscapes #Food Column @AlbertaatNoon podcast

Holly Preston, host of Alberta at Noon proves radio people are smart & look great!

Holly Preston, host of Alberta at Noon proves radio people are smart & look great!

You can find the podcast from my Alberta at Noon food column on CBC Radio One today here.

I love feeding my CBC colleagues. They all have great palates and enjoy eating Alberta produce very much. I hope you enjoy the podcast. I’m at the 10:45 mark. Until next time…savour your food.

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Savour food – Trends for 2013

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Yesterday on CBC Radio One’s Alberta at Noon I presented Food Trends 2013 –  a brief summary of what food we’ll all be savouring in our lives in 2013 based on what’s currently trending globally to closer to home – locally.  The podcast above is the Cole’s notes version. I start at around the 17:30 mark in the show and have six minutes of precious air time. This blog will be a more comprehensive version.

I like patterns and I like to watch them morph over time. Long term observation makes it easy to spot changes. Changes make for good stories. Here are changes I’ve seen or am predicting. It’ll be fun to see what stories flow from them. I’ll start globally and work locally; that’s a continuing trend. Continue reading

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