#loveyyc – #community is such a cool thing – #calgary – #ilovewhereilive

From now until November 5, 2016 you have an opportunity to show Calgary some love. In particular you can show Calgary’s businesses some love.

Tourism Calgary and Calgary Economic Development have partnered to, “celebrate our city, people and all the countless things that make Calgary one of the greatest cities in the world”.

It’s a call for citizens to advocate for our community and to engage and to support local businesses. Boom, bust or flood, Calgary is strong and here’s another chance to prove it. Get involved by:

1 – being inspired by the video above
2 – using and following the hashtag #loveyyc from now until November 5
3 – choosing activities to attend and businesses to support on #loveyyc day November 5 from the list at Visit Calgary

It’s just that easy. Local businesses have all been called to action to offer special promotions to locals. My company Calgary Food Tours is offering 20% off all tours between now and November 5th and we added a special Savour 17 SW tour for Saturday, November 5 so we can be part of the celebration of our city. Just use LOVEYYC as the promo code to save and come and join the fun.

Cool thing #47 on this blog

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Happy #Thanksgiving – Our Canadian version makes The New York Times

It’s pumpkin time – photo credit – Karen Anderson

It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. It’s time to savour food, savour life and savour it all.

In most of the country the narrow daylight that Diana Krall so achingly croons about shines softly on trees glowing with amber, scarlet, magenta and gold leaves. Farmers’ markets bulge with pumpkins ready to line walkways and front porch steps. People take long walks and come home rosy-cheeked and ready to sip a little cider. The transition from summer to winter is long and lingering – languid even.

That’s most of the country. Meanwhile here in Calgary, we woke up to our first blizzard this morning and a blanket of white snow now covers my lawn. That’s life in this land where Rocky mountain steeples tower over these wind-swept and often parches and brittle Prairies below. Still we’ve cause for excitement as we huddle around the fireplace this weekend.

Earlier in the week, local cookbook author extraordinaire Julie Van Rosendaal asked her friends and followers what would be a uniquely Albertan Thanksgiving food? The New York Times had called and wanted her to contribute.


I hoped Julie would be able to write about Winter’s Turkeys because of their humane animal husbandry practices and the taste that results from all the TLC they bestow on their bountiful birds but alas, turkey was already taken. Julie came up with the perfect solution. She wrote about infusing turkey leftovers into something all Albertans love – pirogies

Here’s the article: Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes from Across Canada. Too bad they didn’t spell favourite the Canadian way, eh? Just kidding. The research is thorough. All 10 provinces and three territories are covered and I learned a lot about my own country.

What are your favourite recipes for Canadian Thanksgiving?

I’ll be brining my Winter’s Turkey in a soy and oh so Canadian maple solution before roasting it to bronzed perfection. I’ll make brussel sprouts with bacon, rutabaga puff, sesame coleslaw, Yukon Gold mashes spuds, golden beets with pistachio dressing, herb and mushroom stuffing, tomato aspic and softly spiced orange cranberry sauce. There will be a butternut squash soup to start and a golden apple Tarte Tatin with vanilla ice cream for dessert.

I’ve so much to be thankful for. I hope you and your family and friends enjoy a bounty as rich as Canada’s wherever you may live. It was nice that The New York Times described our food and favourite recipes but just between you and me, I think they missed the thing all Canadians are most grateful for. It’s the fact that we are Canadians.

Happy Thanksgiving indeed.


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#Zucchini as the symbol of abundance. Avoiding #foodwaste. My @AlbertaatNoon column for August

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The bounty of summer – photo credit – Karen Anderson

It happens. You go away for a few days in August and come back to a zucchini patch that has hatched green baby belugas. Apples cover the lawn like a spilled bag of marbles under your backyard tree. The kitchen table is covered with the peaches that you just had to stop at that roadside stand for. The bounty of summer is upon us and for most of us, it’s more than we can use.

Contrary to what we’re often told, there isn’t so much of a food shortage in the world but rather, food is not equally distributed and a full 40 per cent of food is wasted. It never has the chance to make it onto the tables of the hungry and there are a lot of hungry people. The U.N. says 800 million people suffer from chronic hunger and 2 billion – a third of the world – suffer from hidden hunger.

Several Alberta organizations are working to do something about food inequity. This post will reveal who they are and how you can support them. As for those zucchini posing as big green baseball bats? Consider this post Zucchini 101 where I’ll reveal my Top 10 things to do with the wild child of the garden. Continue reading

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#hikingfood for #Alberta peaks and valleys

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Breakfast Buddy Cookies – photo credit – Karen Anderson

These Breakfast Buddy cookies are good. They’re even bordering on good for you – if a cookie ever really could be. I learned to make them when I was a young nurse. A dietician friend shared the recipe and I’ve modified it over the years.

They’re loaded with bran flakes, have white cheddar for a little protein and chewy dried cranberries to go with the crispy crunch of the baked bran and whole wheat flour. They’re how we start the day when we head out for a hike. When we reach the peak, our health consciousness hits a valley – as you’ll see at the end of this post. Continue reading


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Cool Thing #46 – when your friend Janice Beaton gets an article written about what she loves!

Now this is definitely cool.

I’ve known Janice Beaton a long time and always admired her taste and style. She’s a straight-forward Maritimer like me but she’s also filled with dichotomies. She’s at once sophisticated and granola, worldly and ultra-local, spiritual and poetic. She’s a contributor to life and a cheese grande dame. It’s so nice to see someone I love so much given the spotlight.

Here’s the Avenue Magazine piece from the Source: 10 Things Janice Beaton Loves

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#SummerFood in #Alberta – my @AlbertaatNoon podcast and a little treat from @pieholeyyc

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Sour cherry pie from THE PIE HOLE and Bakery – photo credit – Karen Anderson

Today on CBC Radio’s Alberta at Noon we talked about Alberta’s Quintessential Summer Foods. You can listen to the podcast here. I’m on at the 30:20 mark in the show.

The Cedar Planked Prime Rib Roast of Alberta Beef “mystery recipe” from today can be found here or on the CBC Calgary or Edmonton Facebook pages. Congratulations to the winner of two tickets to Rootstock.

I always make the featured recipe for my CBC colleagues to sample but since I wasn’t quite up to  planking a roast first thing this morning I took them another great summer treat – a still-hot-from-the-oven Sour Cherry Pie from THE PIE HOLE and Bakery in Calgary. I can’t believe I forgot pie as a quintessential summer food in my previous post.

I’ll include some photos of my recent visit to this charming little pie shop. I hope you’ll support them. They buy a lots of local fruit so your money will support many local businesses with a local multiplier effect. I’ll end this post with a great “hack” for easy summer entertaining. Continue reading

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Quintessential #Summer Foods #AlbertaEvents and a #recipe that might surprise you – my @AlbertaatNoon column for July

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Cool and creamy gelato from Pulcinella Ristorante – photo credit – Karen Anderson

I’ll be on CBC Radio’s Alberta at Noon tomorrow (July 28, 2016 – 99.1 FM) between 1230 and 1 p.m. talking about quintessential summer foods. What’s your must-have summer food? If you’re anything like me, it changes by the week because there’s something new to savour with each seven day growing unit in our brief Northern summer.

I hope this post of fun food photos and events (including Food Day Canada this weekend) inspires you to hit the giant tasting trail that is Alberta or to search for your own favourites wherever you savour it allContinue reading


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