For the first seven years that I ran my company, Alberta Food Tours, I used to create a day long food tour each November that was all about holiday shopping for food lovers. We did themes like Christmas commandoes, an Italian Christmas, International Festivities, a Country Christmas, a Cowboy Christmas and an Angelic Christmas. I’d plan the whole day with deals for my guests at great locally oriented food and kitchen stores and we’d always have a splashy lunch to fortify our efforts.
At the end of the tour, everyone got a copy of a collection of Holiday Feasting recipes that I had gathered according to each theme. I added a chapter every year. It’s important to note that, while many of the recipes are my own or my family’s, many more are from favourite cooks and magazines. I’ve strived to give proper credit here.
Many of my neighbours were on those early tours and they still cook from that recipe collection. Now, the next generation, my friend’s grown children, are also asking for their own copies of these fun tried and true treasures. I had a look at the recipes, gave them an overhaul and thought it’d be fun to share them with you too. Here on Savour It All™ blog, the recipes will find a permanent home and since the holidays – and life in general – are all about sharing, this seems the perfect solution. Continue reading
I’ve had this recipe since 1983. I had just finished my nursing degree at Dalhousie University and was working at the IWK Sick Children’s Hospital and living with my dear friend Diane Bliss in Halifax. Diane grew up in Florenceville, New Brunswick and the recipe came from her Aunt Margie. This “Aunt” was not a blood relative but rather a term of endearment for her beloved neighbour Margaret McCain, a woman known for her good taste and devotion to children and family.
The McCain clan did rather well with frozen French fried potatoes. They are rather big in orange juice. And Diane had a fun summer job testing those yummy (addictive) Deep’n Delicious frozen sheet cakes in their corporate kitchens in Flo’ville. As wildly successful as Wallace and Harrison McCain made their company, I can only imagine how ever more exponential their success would have been if they’d added these chewy delicious chocolate chip cookies to their roster of offerings. It would have been a big poke in the belly to that little Pillsbury dough boy. I’m sure of it.
Anyway, I’m very grateful to Diane for making them for me all those years ago and for sharing the recipe. Thirty-five years later, they’re still my favourite. I hope you love them like I do. I truly think they are the best ever. Continue reading
The crisp, cool days of fall have arrived in Alberta. Yesterday, instead of making salad, I got out my stock pot and made a big pot of soup for our dinner guests and we were all the warmer and cozier for it. The good people at Apple magazine anticipate the shifts in cook’s seasons so, back in June, they asked me for a “how-to” make soup stock column for the fall issue.
This assignment was easy and a pleasure because soup stock is one thing I always have on hand. I add it to my favourite linguini with clam sauce recipe, use it to add flavour to mashed potatoes and of course, I make a variety of great soups with it. Soup means a lot to me. I’m a volunteer for Soup Sisters and have even contributed to three of their best-selling cookbooks. Click the link below to read my column, stock up and have a happy fall making soup to your heart’s content.
||Fall is the time to make soup. Check out my latest column for Alberta Health’s Apple Magazine and >
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August is a time for fruit gluttony – at least in my home. I’m just back from a week in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley where the fruit trees were laden with late season apricots, plums and cherries and early season nectarines and peaches. A case of juicy peaches came home with me and I’ve eaten them standing at the sink with juice dripping down my arm, I’ve made cobbler and crisp and now I’ve made these glorious pancakes that completely satisfied my need to squeeze as much of summer into my body as possible. Read on for the recipe. Continue reading
Looking for an easy breezy summer salad? Here’s one that celebrates two great Alberta ingredients, honey and canola, while maximizing the enjoyment of summer’s bounty of green on your plate. It’s from my latest column for Alberta Health Services Apple magazine and you can read the article and get the full recipe here.
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Thanks to Avenue Magazine – Calgary for featuring me along with Elizabeth Chorney-Booth, Gwendolyn Richards and Julie Van Rosendaal in this article where we got to share our summer soiree hosting tips.
Click here to read the article at the source: Entertaining Like a Pro: Tips from Four Calgary Cookbook Authors
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spring cleaning frittata – photo by – Karen Anderson
Spring was very slow to come where I live in Western Canada. We’d almost given up. On the upside, being stuck inside gave me a great excuse to do my spring cleaning and now that the good weather has arrived, I can be outside as much as possible. I think spring cleaning should always include the refrigerator. It’s time to pitch the biology experiments in the back of the condiment section and to take a renewed vow to reduce waste and “use it up by eating it up.”
When my editor at Alberta Health Services’ Apple magazine asked me for a spring recipe, I told her the story of how I get in this spring cleaning groove and that I love to make frittatas as the vehicle to not waste leftover bits of cheese and vegetables. With a thumbs up from her, that’s how the idea for my spring column was born. You’ll find the 100,000 copies of the spring issue on community news stands around the province now or if there’s not one near you, read on to find the recipe for this incredibly versatile and easy dish here. Continue reading