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#FEASTthebook – a great way to #eatCanada150 and @feast_on upcoming book tour dates

Dana Vanveller and Lindsay Anderson - authors of FEAST - savour it all blog by Karen Anderson

Dana Vanveller and Lindsay Anderson – photo courtesy of the subjects

Four years in the making and it’s almost here!  FEAST: recipes and stories from a Canadian road trip is the perfect way for Canadian food lovers to celebrate our country’s sesquicentennial 150th birthday. No longer will you be stumped when someone asks you “What is Canadian food?”

Turns out the answer is as diverse as our country and often as quirky as our Canadian sense of humour. Authors Lindsay Anderson (no relation – rats!) and Dana Vanveller spent five months touring all 10 provinces and three territories in their tiny Yaris during the summer of 2013. They blogged their hearts out at Edible Road Trip and won Saveur magazine’s Best Travel Blog award for their efforts. They captured the stories of our people and places and they shared the joy of eating the food that came with each day’s adventure. Now they are sharing the recipes that go with the stories they served up.

Next week, these fresh voices begin travelling Canada again and it’s your chance to meet them and get a copy of what will surely become an iconic Canadian book. Tour dates, recipes and a chance for a bonus gift from the authors follows. Continue reading

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Chef Jinhee Lee – @Geenie52 – wins Gold at Canadian Culinary Championships #CCC2017

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Chef Jinhee Lee of Calgary (Gold) with Chef Eric Hanson of Edmonton (Bronze) and Chef Joe Thottungal of Ottawa (Silver) – photo courtesy of #CCC2017

I am thrilled for my friend chef Jinhee Lee. She just won the Gold Medal at Gold Medal Plates – the Canadian Culinary Championships.

I’ve known Jinhee a few years now. She was Executive Chef at Raw Bar by Duncan Ly at The Hotel Arts in Calgary and has moved with chef Ly to be his Executive Chef at the first restaurant where he is chef/owner.  Continue reading

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A #recipe for Latvian #BaconRolls – #Piradzini – #Piragi – in loving memory of a great cook and person – Aina Rans

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Latvian bacon rolls – photo credit – Zig Rans

Do you know about bacon rolls?

They are delicious little nuggets of bread dough stuffed with a sweet onion and bacon mixture. My sister Laurie’s mother-in-law, Aina Rans, immigrated to Canada from Latvia after WWII and along with her many talents she brought this recipe with her.

Canada’s Latvian community is scattered far and wide across our land but wherever you find a person of Latvian descent, you will find a version of this treasured and very tasty recipe. For my sister’s family, this Latvian specialty has become a Canadian Christmas tradition. I’ll share Aina’s recipe and Laurie and her husband Zig’s photos here. Continue reading

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#holidayshopping that’s #makingadifference – @offcutsyyc for @brownbaggingit – #ArtInstallation No. 21 – #coolthings No. 49

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Dave Bohati – The Food Stop

Fact: There are 3200 kids in Calgary that go to school hungry every day.

If somebody told you that you could feed a hungry child a healthy lunch for a month by spending 20 dollars would you do it?

If somebody told you that with that same 20 dollars you could feed a hungry child for a month and get a fun calendar of local chefs who a) don’t take themselves too seriously and b) take feeding kids very seriously – would you spend that 20 dollars to feed those kids?

This is the story behind  Brown Bagging It for Calgary’s Kids and the offcutsyyc calendar. Continue reading

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My December @AlbertaatNoon column – @ASpicyTouch #cookbook release w #NoorbanuNimji

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I am a food columnist for Alberta at Noon and at first glance it might seem terrifically self-promoting to talk about my own book for my monthly column but this story isn’t really about me at all. It’s about my mentor, Noorbanu Nimji. She is a great Alberta immigrant, cookbook author and cross-cultural success story.

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#WasteNotWantNot this #Christmas – #recipes from one of 2015’s most important food books by @TasteReport #CindaChavich

WasteNot_cvrRecipes and photos reprinted with permission from TouchWood Editions.

Cinda Chavich is one of Canada’s foremost food and travel writers and like cream that rises to the top, her journalism school education means she delivers top notch reporting on food issues. Her latest book, The Waste Not, Want Not Cookbook – Save Food, Save Money, and Save The Planet (Touchwood, 2015) is timely and empowering.

We all want to do something to help save our planet and Cinda helps us start in the heart of all of our homes – our kitchens – to do our bit to reduce the harmful effects of food waste. In this post Cinda shares a few recipes that are perfect for Christmas and she also “talks turkey” about avoiding waste in a season that can be fraught with excess.

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#Christmas (baking) in November – My November @AlbertaatNoon column with recipes from @CraveYYC & @aspicytouch

Thumbprint Cookies by Crave - photo - Karen Anderson

Thumbprint Cookies by Crave – photo – Karen Anderson

This summer I had the very pleasant task of writing a Christmas piece for Calgary’s Avenue Magazine on “How-To Entertain with Ease at the Holidays”. That piece will be in the upcoming December holiday issue. I loved writing it – even in the heat of summer – because it got me thinking about things that make a difference to an “ideal holiday experience” versus the harried and hurried one that leaves people frazzled, stressed and grumpier than Scrooge himself.

My holiday ideal is time to enjoy my family and friends. That means time to go skating or skiing or to just sit and watch movies or play board games together. At the same time, I like to share delicious festive food and treats with everyone and have my home look beautiful. To make it all happen, I’ve scaled back on the decorating, make lots of “to do” lists, buy some of the treats we enjoy and have a plan for the cooking I really like doing myself.

The key to success is to start early. So even though we haven’t even had our Remembrance Day holiday, like all my professional baker friends, I will start making batches of my signature Holiday Biscotti now. My mother-in-law is making Nanaimo Bars. My friend Annie is making her shortbreads (I’m going to share her recipe soon).

For you, I’ve gathered three great recipes of various levels of difficulty to help you should you choose to start now too.

Read on for Crave’s Thumbprint Cookie recipe, Peanut Brittle from my mentor Noorbanu Nimji and our new book A Spicy Touch – Family Favourites from Noorbanu Nimji’s Kitchen and last but not least – an easy Coconut Cashew Granola Fudge Bar that’s fun to make.

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