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Roast and boast but don’t forget the side action this Thanksgiving

Curried Apple and Celery Salad, Savour it All blog, Karen Anderson

Curried Apple and Celery Salad – photo by Karen Anderson

The frosty mornings have begun in earnest where I live. With each silver plated morning, the leaves on the apple tree outside my kitchen window turn a little more golden. The apples have gone from shades of magenta to crimson rubies.

How can we not be inspired to cook with these darlings of the season? They will keep the doctor away if we will only eat one per day. They will stay true while other fruits fade away like a summer romance. They were juicy while they lasted, but nowhere to be found now. Apples have a place in the crisper from now until their last crunch in late spring.

I’ve blogged about Thanksgiving turkey dinner. I’ve blogged about Thanksgiving sides. This quick apple recipe is a favourite because it is made with ingredients you almost always have on hand. It’ll be amongst the sides on my table next weekend. I’m grateful for another year of good health, another chance to give thanks for the food on my table and especially to give thanks for the the farmers who grew it. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving 2017. Continue reading

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Corn Chowder and Buttermilk Biscuits 101 – a cooking lesson with my friend Lisa Neiles

Baking Powder Biscuit recipe on Savour it All blog

We bond with friends for different reasons. With my friend Lisa Neiles, we have several ties that bind us.

We are both Maritimers and we both love to cook. Add in that we have children the same age and husbands that work long hours, and you’ve got a solid friendship – even if we don’t get to see each other as much as we’d like. When we do get together, it is relaxing and fun. We chat about “home”, kids, hubbies, travel and we share recipes and a good meal.

This post brings you along for some corn chowder and biscuit making in the kitchen with two friends. Continue reading

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On carrots and writing for Alberta Health Services’ applemag.ca

I was a nurse for over 20 years. I was a Masters-prepared Nurse Practitioner for 10 of those years. I left that profession because, though I loved working with people, I wanted find ways to help people stay healthy instead of caring for them once they’d become very ill. I saw that the further we got from food as a society the sicker we were getting. I thought writing about food and starting up food tours would be fun ways to engage and connect people with the source of food and all the health and joy it can bring to our lives.

I’m very pleased that after 11 years in my new career I have the opportunity to go full circle and to write for Alberta Health Services’ health magazine (applemag.ca) on the topic of healthy food. It’s a dream come true to write for a magazine whose credo is “Be healthy. Be Well. Be informed.”

In my regular “Food Sight” column I’ll be writing about a different great ingredient each issue. For the food issue I also got to write about five ways to build a healthy plate. Here are the first two pieces. Grab a carrot to munch on and have a read.

 

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Talking about Alberta’s signature foods on Global Calgary

Talking about Alberta’s signature foods – bison, beef, honey, Red Fife Wheat, canola, Saskatoon berries and root vegetables – is a great way to start any day for me.

Here I am on Global TV Calgary doing just that.

Watch the segment, get a super easy recipe for an Alberta Grizzly Gold appetizer and come on out and join one of the 15 talented food tour guides that lead our Alberta Food Tours in Calgary, Canmore and Edmonton during our 2017 season. It’s a great way to savour it all – Alberta-style.

 

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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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5 #Lentil #recipes to say goodbye to the International Year of Pulses #IYP2016 @pulsecanada @LovePulses @CdnLentils

Well deserved kudos to the United Nations for designating 2016 and the International Year of Pulses. Canada is the top grower of pulses in the world. Pulses are the dried seeds of peas, beans, chickpeas and lentils. They are nutritional powerhouses.

The recipes in this little five video series above are beautifully presented by Canadian Lentils. Take a look and you’ll be inspired to intersperse a few of these recipes in your holiday meal-planning. While most Canadians gain six pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years Day you can pause, take your pulses, avoid the “holiday six” and spring into 2017 eating healthfully and supporting thousands of Canadian pulse farmers as you do so.

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

Latvian Bacon Rolls - Piradzini - Piragi - savour it all blog

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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