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Chocolate recipes for Valentine’s Day (and my February @AlbertaatNoon column on @CBCradio One)

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Chocolate is a great ingredient. You can eat it on its own and savour every morsel or you can add it to your baking for a loving touch everyone will appreciate.

For my Alberta at Noon Column this month I talked about bean to bar chocolate-made-from-scratch and a company called Choklat. Their’s is the kind of chocolate I eat straight up oe in the over 1000 kinds of truffles they make on site or melted in the cascading bliss of a chocolate fountain fondue for two. I want to savour every last gram of this expensive but exquisite chocolate.

This post will highlight a few recipes that do not call for such expensive and distinct chocolate. Single estate chocolate would be wasted in baking that calls for the alchemy of many ingredients combining to create something new and fabulous as a whole. I hope you’ll read on and see what treats I have in store for you.

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Rambling through Rajasthan – my @AlbertaatNoon podcast for January and photos to bring it all to life

Travelling is a great way to Savour it All

Travelling is a great way to Savour it All

Today on Alberta at Noon I talked about a few recipes from my recent trip to Rajasthan, India. You can listen to that broadcast here. I’m on between the 28:10 to 34:10 marks in the show.

In my column today I talked about the colours of Rajasthan. I tried to convey in words on the radio a few of the images that have stuck in mind. I did not end up feeling that my brief words did this justice so I’ve put together a slide show so you can really begin to see why colour is such a phenomenon in this arid North Indian desert state.

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Recipes from Rajasthan to warm up our Canadian January – my @AlbertaatNoon column this month

Lal Moss and complementary vegetables and chapati  A lovely lunch at Rohet Garh in Rajasthan, India photo - Karen Anderson

Lal Moss and complementary vegetables and chapati
A lovely lunch at Rohet Garh in Rajasthan, India
photo – Karen Anderson

This week on Alberta at Noon I’m going to talk about my most recent culinary expedition to India. In November I took 21 guests to explore the food and culture of the capital region of Delhi and two of India’s Northern States: Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

I especially loved Rajasthan which is renowned as the land of colours.

The colours dazzle against the backdrop of landscape’s sandy hues. The tropically hued fuchsia and tangerine saris of the women flow like nectar giving our eyes, like hummingbirds to the flower, a little relief from the neutral tones which though soothing do not tend to be as life-giving. The colours of Rajasthan light up like match tips in the equally bright turbans of the men which change from village to village, occupation to occupation, and perhaps signal that molds that castes were made of are hard to shatter. You see a rainbow of colour in the food markets that materialize on street corners just as the evening meal must be shopped for and of course those were my favourite colours of all: the aubergine and bright green of indigenous eggplants, the scarlet of tomatoes and the muted tones of neatly bundles onions, herbs and India’s own culinary gems; her spices.

The people of Rajasthan truly manifest their culture’s belief that “Guests are Gods”. My business partners at Indus Travels and Hi Tours of India live and breathe this philosophy in every action they take for me and my guests on my annual odyssey to their homeland. They have become my second family and even though we are half a world away for 50 weeks each year I hold them dear and look forward to our yearly fortnight reunion.

This post will share a few of the many recipes that the expert cooks I met in Rajasthan so generously shared with me. I thought they might be just the thing to help us savour it all on cold Canadian January days when we might not otherwise feel quite up to the task.

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My top three gifts for food lovers for @AlbertaatNoon

I wrapped up a basket of biscotti for my colleagues at the CBC today. They work hard all year to entertain and inform us. It's fun to treat them to some Christmas Cheer. photo - Karen Anderson

I wrapped up a basket of biscotti for my colleagues at the CBC today. They work hard all year to entertain and inform us. It’s fun to treat them to some Christmas Cheer.
photo – Karen Anderson

Today on CBC Radio One’s Alberta at Noon I presented some fun gift ideas for the food lovers on your shopping list. Here’s the podcast for this December column and my discussion with host Frank Rachow. I’m at the 24.48 mark in the show.

Here’s the shortlist of the things I think the food lovers on your list will enjoy as follows:

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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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Holiday Party Planning 101 – my @AlbertaatNoon column for November

the holiday season is here and with it come many ways to light up our dark days of December photo - Karen Anderson

the holiday season is here and with it come many ways to light up our dark days of December
photo – Karen Anderson


Today I talked about planning a great holiday party on CBC Radio One’s Alberta at Noon. My number one ingredient for a great party? It has to be fun.

After all, isn’t that the whole point of getting together in the first place? So, how can you make this happen?

This blog will be filled with my top organizational tips to bring your plan together with ease so you can focus on the fun. Find the key recipes to go with each of the holiday party themes here.

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Savour food – at the source – my work with @CityPalate Foodie Tootle farm tours

Alberta harvest time land and skyscape photo from a moving bus - Karen Anderson

Alberta harvest time land and skyscape
photo from a moving bus – Karen Anderson

I just spent the better part of the last week planning, shopping, cooking, packing up, catering and leading a Foodie Tootle tour to four farms in one day for 43 guests. I’m pooped out but proud of the amazing farmers we visited yesterday and all the goodies my guests were able to gather for their Thanksgiving dinners next weekend.

I’m going to blog a little bit about each of the four farmers we visited this week. Those farms include the following:
Poplar Bluff Organics
Winter’s Turkeys
Highwood Crossing and the
The Saskatoon Farm.

All through this week, I’ll share some of the recipes these farms have inspired along with some of my family’s favourites.

Meanwhile, if you are wondering what a Foodie Tootle is, I hope you will enjoy this piece I wrote for City Palate describing the origin of the Foodie Tootle farm tours, their goals and what that typical experience looks and feels like.

cp_so13_tootles.pdf

Did you read the article? Here’s a sample of one of my Bad Turkey Jokes.
Why did the turkey cross the road? It was the chicken’s day off.

Here’s a better punch line to make up for that.

Apple Jack Frost Nipping at your Nose Punch
4 liters apple cider
1 bottle sparkling wine
2 cups Calvados
2 t. Fee Brothers whiskey barrel-aged bitters
Iced apple ring
Combine all of the above in a punch bowl and serve promptly upon guests arrival for a smooth opening to your holiday party. Make the ice ring by slicing 6 apples thinly, overlap them on the bottom of a ring mold, add just enough water so they’ll freeze in position, freeze, then fill the mold with water and freeze again until needed.

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Savour Food Savour Life – I get to judge best lobster dish in support of @HFHSouthernAB – @DeltaBowValley group’s 5th Annual #ThrilloftheGrill

I was born to eat lobster and I'm a fierce judge of its quality photo credit  - my sister Laurie Rans

I was born to eat lobster and I’m a fierce judge of its quality
photo credit – my sister Laurie Rans

I’m going to kick off my summer with a fantastic lobster dinner at the 5th Annual Thrill of the Grill. Why don’t you join me? Together we can raise a lot of money for Habitat for Humanity and have a lot of fun at the same time.

On Friday, June 21, Calgary-area Delta Hotel chefs will compete for the title of Thrill of the Grill Titanium Chef. The contest is in its 5th year and is followed up by the four Calgary-area Delta Hotels (Delta Bow Valley, Delta Calgary Airport, Delta Calgary South & Delta Lodge Kananaskis) hosting BBQ events throughout the summer months to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta. Over the past four years they have raised a total of $107, 000.

It only makes sense to start this fantastic seasonal event off on the first day of summer. Tickets are available at all of the Delta Hotels or by emailing amurlee.stobbs@deltahotels.com. Here’s how it all works.

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Savour Food – Cool things no. 12 – @offthebeatenpal – coming June 6th – a PBS TV show about Alberta cuisine and culture

The crew of "Off the Beaten Palate"  Lt-Rt Jong Won Ham, Dan Dor, James Klopko, (Brian Smith from Wild Rose Brewery), Michael-Ann Rowe and last but not least ME!

The crew of “Off the Beaten Palate”
Lt-Rt
Jong Won Ham, Dan Dor, James Klopko, (Brian Smith from Wild Rose Brewery), Michael-Ann Rowe and last but not least ME!

Off the Beaten Palate is a fun TV show that I got to work on in September 2012. I was hired by Travel Alberta to act as scout, guide and production assistant for a TV crew based out of New York and Toronto. We spent a week visiting ranches, farms, restaurants and some of Alberta’s most iconic tourism destinations exploring the link between our cuisine and our culture. Travel Alberta’s whiz kid Jessica Harcombe-Fleming had worked on the project for several months and I just had to come in and put some icing on the big fat cake she had baked. She’s amazing.

Basically, from 5:30 a.m. to about 11 p.m. for a week straight, I drove the crew around, acted as their schedule “fixer”, props specialist, food stylist, caterer, photographer, social media coordinator and story consultant. It was a great privilege to find myself in this role and the crew headed by host Michael-Ann Rowe were amazing to work with. I loved my time with them and I loved introducing them to all my friends here in Alberta. I even got to be in the show. How fun is that? Pretty fun!

I hope you will all tune it to the broadcast. It will be on Detroit Public Television (DPTV) on June 6th at 7:30 ET. That’s Channel 81 on Shaw TV in Calgary. You can get more details here. You can watch lots of fun promo reels here.

I’d like to thank everyone who made this beautiful show possible and who bent over backwards to help us show the world how great Alberta’s Cuisine and Culture truly are. We had a week of perfect weather and every time I look at the rough cuts of the show or the promo reels I feel incredibly blessed to live in such a beautiful part of Canada. The Alberta show is part of a three-part Discover Canada series especially filmed for American Public Television. I hope all our southern neighbours will in the words of Mae West, come on up and see us sometime!

Of course, the best part of all for me is that being involved in this project has just made me Savour Food and Savour Life in Alberta more than I already do! Here’s a few more photos I took last fall just to give you a sample of what’s going to be served up in this fantastic Taste Award Nominated show.

Bison Short Rib sandwiches by chef Cindy Lazarenko, Culina Catering, Edmonton photo credit - Karen Anderson

Bison Short Rib sandwiches by chef Cindy Lazarenko, Culina Catering, Edmonton
photo credit – Karen Anderson

Spragg's Pork Spring Roll by chef Duncan Ly, Hotel Arts, Calgary Photo & styling credit - Karen Anderson

Spragg’s Pork Spring Roll by chef Duncan Ly, Hotel Arts, Calgary
Photo & styling credit – Karen Anderson

Game platter by chef Ralph Wollman, Rimrock Resort, Banff Photo credit - Karen Anderson

Game platter by chef Ralph Wollman, Rimrock Resort, Banff
Photo credit – Karen Anderson

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Savour food – cool things no. 11- @CalgaryFoodTour featured on @TourismCalgary Visit Calgary

We love to take guests to Alberta farms to "Taste this place" Here I am with Matt & Tilly at Winter's Turkey Farm  Photo credit - Karen Anderson

We love to take guests to Alberta farms to “Taste this place”
Here I am with Matt & Tilly at Winter’s Turkey Farm
Photo credit – Karen Anderson

Calgary Food Tours | Visit Calgary.

Thanks to Tourism Calgary for featuring my company Calgary Food Tours Inc. on their new Culinary Tourism feature page.

So many people look for food to enrich their travel. Exploring a city or country’s food is a great way to really get inside a culture and understand it. Food and culture have always been intricately linked.

Calgary Food Tours allows me to share my insights on how Calgary’s culture and food are linked with both local guests and visitors from around the globe. The culinary tours I’ve designed will help our guests discover all facets of Calgary’s culture. Here’s a dozen examples of how the links between our culture and cuisine play out in my business, life and city as follows:

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