This quote comes from Giselle Courteau in the book Food Artisans of Alberta. Along with her business partners, Jacob Pelletier and Garner Beggs, Courteau has been sharing world class baking for 10 years at Duchess Bake Shop in Edmonton’s Westmount neighbourhood.
The trio also self-published an eponymous cookbook that shares many of their most beautiful professional bakery recipes. It garnered a Taste Canada Gold Medal and was since purchased by Appetite Canada – a division of Random House. They are very good at sharing their baking.
No matter the time of year or external temperature in Edmonton, you’ll always find a line-up outside their door on 124 Street. That’s why it’s fabulous news that Courteau and company will now open a second location on Edmonton’s south side in Ritchie Market.
AND… at the same time, they are also launching a new cookbook called Duchess at Home. Read on for a fabulous recipe from the new book and more stories about the tremendous success of this Alberta business.
Tuesday, September 17 – 6:30 pm at the Cookbook Co Cooks, 712 11 Ave SW, Calgary Come meet Gail Norton and Karen Ralph, authors of Calgary Eats, and chefs featured in the book. Tix –$50 per person* at 403-265-6066 extension 1
*Registrants will take home an autographed copy of Calgary Eats: Signature Recipes from the City’s Best Restaurants and Bars ($40 value).
Author Gail Norton is the fairy godmother of the Calgary’s food scene. For over 30 years she’s boosted restaurants and chefs through the magazine City Palate she co-founded and through her cooking school and cookbook slash gourmand store, Cookbook Co Cooks. Along with her friend, the accomplished cook and sommelier, Karen Ralph, she once again showcases our food community of local chefs, farmers and producers. This time with a collection of 80 signature dishes by the city’s top chefs called Calgary Eats.
A follow-up to the best-selling Calgary Cooks, these chef-tested recipes, with stunning photographs by Chris Amat, will help we mere mortals re-create the signature dishes of our favourite chefs and restaurants. Read on for one of the books most scrumptious recipes – Rogelio Herrara’s (Alloy Dining) Flourless Chocolate Cake.
I usually only make potato salad when it practically makes itself. By that I mean, I open the fridge door and there’s a few leftover boiled potatoes and peas staring me in the face. Cue the lightbulb over my head. From there it’s easy to boil and peel a few eggs and rummage around the fridge or garden for some fresh radish, onions and herbs.
I hope you enjoy this easy recipe. As summer wanes, we’ll be eating more and more root vegetables but the ones featured here are still kissed by the garden freshness of their companion ingredients.
I’m home in New Brunswick for a family wedding this weekend. That’s a big deal and there’s lots to celebrate as weddings are the best way for family’s to reunite. Still, as great as that is, it’s not the big things that get me excited about being home. It’s always the simple things.
Like this quiche, for example. It’s simple, it’s real and it’s easy. It’s the kind of recipe that my Mom pulls out of an old cookbook or drawer filled with a hundred other recipes on loose bits of paper. She pulls a homemade pie crust lined pan from the freezer because she can! (You can too – just check out the pie-making lessons with my Mom here and here.) And, then she throws the few ingredients together and pops it in the oven while I make a salad. We sit and have a cup of tea and before we know it, time together has flown and we are eating this lovely lunch.
The recipe follows. I hope you make it and eat it with your Mom. If you are lucky enough to still have her, savour every minute with her. I sure do.
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. Continue reading →
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 →