What a fun way to start the day. Here’s the video from my early morning appearance on CTV Morning Live Calgary with Courtney Ketchen where I got to talk about Alberta Food Tours’ new season and share an easy recipe for a truly Alberta Salad. Why use ingredients that travel from afar when we’ve got incredible produce, organic canola, mustard and honey right here?
The four experiences Alberta Food Tours offers in Calgary are: Craving Kensington, our newly designated Canadian Signature Experience – Inglewood Edibles: Made by Mavericks, Savour 17 Ave SW and Sunday Brunch and a tour of the Calgary Farmers’ Market.
In Banff, there’s Eat the Castle at the Fairmont Banff Springs, in Canmore you can join us for the Canmore Tasting Trail and in Edmonton we have two tours, Downtown Delights and Strathcona Brunch and Bakeries.
Our hashtag is #EatAlbertaFirst because choosing and eating Alberta ingredients first really makes a difference to the food businesses and farmers we love to support. If you haven’t experiences a food tour yet, what are you waiting for? Come on out and eat, engage and explore with my company and the 19 guides we employ. (Pro tip: this is also a great Mother’s and Father’s Day gift!)
With my company Alberta Food Tours, Inc. I used to develop a different holiday shopping for food lovers tour every year for about seven years. One year we decided to celebrate Canada’s diversity and enjoy learning about how other cultural groups celebrate the winter season. Here’s a few recipes inspired by the deeply fun deep dive we took that season including some fun recipes for Chinese New Year. Continue reading
A Cowboy Christmas is an excellent theme for Alberta food lovers and I’ve rounded up some of my favourite cowboy cuisine recipes to help that idea along. Whether you find the time to enjoy them over the holidays or you corral them to enjoy later, it’s all good.
What could express the down home goodness of our famous Albertan hospitality better than making a few gifts from your kitchen for friends and family? Here are a few favourite recipes I have developed or collected over the years. From easy chocolate bark to DIY soup, hot cocoa and cookie kits to slightly more involved thumbprint shortbreads and peanut brittle, I hope you’ll find something to increase your own joy as you increase that of others. Continue reading
No, I’m not Italian. Yes, I’m a wannabe. Now that we’ve got that out-of-the-way, let’s bond because if you’re reading this, chances are, you admire the Italian culture and food as much as I do.
The year I did “An Italian Christmas” theme for our Alberta Food Tours pre-Christmas shopping tours for food lovers we were embraced by my Italian business owner friends. A lot of these recipes either came from them or were inspired by them. They are good, very good or in Italian, bene – molto bene!
Nothing says party to me like a punch bowl. When I get my punch bowl out, it is usually to make something special for the designated drivers and youth in our crowd. Having someone fuss over a special drink for them, makes them feel as cared for as the other guests and that’s what hospitality is all about.
Still, if you are going to make a boozy punch the general formula is this – booze, more booze, fizzy beverage, spice and ice. Punch is easier than serving individual drinks and now that you know the formula, you can come up with endless “punch lines.” Read on for a bevy of holiday beverage ideas.
This chapter could also be called – Dessert Me and Make it Delicious.
There are so many calories floating around over the holidays, it pays to be wise and choose your dessert indulgences carefully. The recipes included here fit that criteria. They are definitely delicious and oh so worth the splurge.
Note: These recipes are part of my holiday recipe collection. They are tastes my family loves, and I’ve made every attempt to give proper credit to the creators. Continue reading