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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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#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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My @AlbertaatNoon podcast for June – Growing #food #entrepreneurs in @Alberta

#IYP2016 chocolate lentil cookie by chef Liana Robberecht - photo credit - Karen Anderson

Chef Liana Robberecht’s Chocolate Lentil Cookie – photo credit – Karen Anderson

Here’s my Alberta at Noon podcast for June. I’m at the 9:50 mark in the show. Here’s a link to the Chocolate Lentil cookie recipe and if you are a budding food entrepreneur contact Alberta’s Food Processing Development Centre here.

I’ll be back on Alberta at Noon July 29 for a half hour call-in show about great food and farming events around the province at the peak of summer. Do drop me a line and let me know your favourites. Time on the land is a wonderful way to savour it all.

Happy summer. Karen

 

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@chefLiana’s Chocolate Lentil Cookie #recipe – My @AlbertaatNoon column for June

#IYP2016 chocolate lentil cookie by chef Liana Robberecht - photo credit - Karen Anderson

Chef Liana Robberecht’s Chocolate Lentil Cookie – photo credit – Karen Anderson

Doesn’t this cookie look amazing? I’ll bet you’d never guess that it’s made with lentils and chickpea flour and is chock full of protein, fiber and flavour. Do think the day will come when these will be in a vending machine instead of candy? That day might be closer than you think.

This month my column for Alberta at Noon is on food entrepreneurs in Alberta. My friend chef Liana Robberecht, executive chef at Winsport in Calgary, developed this recipe to feed Olympic and elite athletes. She recently presented these cookies at a gathering of chefs invited by the Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance to tour the provincial food processing development centre in Leduc, Alberta. The chefs were there to explore how their recipes using Alberta Pulses (peas, beans, chickpeas and lentils) could be scaled up for wider manufacturing and distribution. Alberta Pulse production has almost doubled in recent years. Pulses grow well here. So it only makes sense that, if chefs can find more things to do with them, demand will rise and the industry will continue to grow.

You never know. These are so delicious, I think they could really catch on. Goodbye empty calories. Hello healthy and very satisfying calories. That’s an entrepreneurial trend we can all take a second helping of. Read on for the recipe chef Liana has so generously shared.

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#Sourdough bread – history and methods – my @AlbertaatNoon column for May

sourdough cinnamon buns near Whitehorse, Yukon Territory - photo credit - Karen Anderson

Sourdough at Haines Junction Yukon Territory – photo credit – Karen Anderson

Keeping a sourdough starter requires some planning and dedication but for those that love the tangy taste, crumb infiltrated with air pockets and a thin but firm crust, it’s definitely worth the bother. This post will share some of the history and technique involved in building your own sourdough starter. Continue reading

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