Barking up the right tree – Three wise gifts – #easyrecipes for a #DIYChristmas

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Easy to make food gifts for the holidays – photo credit – Karen Anderson

This post delivers three easy – mostly no bake – chocolate-y treats you can give or enjoy for the holidays. There’s a luscious Dark Chocolate Bark, Oreo Candy Cane White Chocolate Bark and my new favourite – Pretzel Toffee Crack. Chocolate is such a great ingredient.
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#namaskar – #yoga anyone can do – a video from @SadhguruJV

I have written about Sadhguru before. He is a teacher. He helps people along a spiritual path to living more consciously.

So much of the way we live is outwardly focused. Sadhguru is helping people go inward with yogic practices.

The video above is about one such practice: Namaskar. Sadhguru says that by simply folding your hands together you may unfold your being and that focusing your attention with love on something or someone for just three minutes a day can lead to harmony.  Continue reading

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@westjet #christmas miracle 2016 – and the coolest thing of all

I used to look forward to watching my favourite Christmas movies each holiday season. Now I look forward to a four minute video from an airline.

I watch my favourite movies because they capture the spirit of Christmas – love, peace, generousity and all that’s best in humanity. I watch these WestJet videos for the same reason. They remind me how connected we are and what magic we can make for our fellow human beings just by caring for each other. The movies may be classic, the videos fresh but, the message is the same. Out of profound loss and grief, joy can arrive out of caring. And THAT is the coolest thing of all.

 

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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 annual @citypalate holiday gift guide for food lovers

 Holiday Biscotti – photo credit – Karen Anderson

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Me neither.

I did make a list and check it twice. The list I’m talking about is my annual article on great gifts for food lovers for Calgary’s City Palate magazine. I came up with  17 gifts, gadgets and goodies for 2016.

Click on the link and check it out.

I hope my article helps you find “just the thing”. And now, I’d best get started myself…after just one more cookie!

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#loveyyc – #community is such a cool thing – #calgary – #ilovewhereilive

From now until November 5, 2016 you have an opportunity to show Calgary some love. In particular you can show Calgary’s businesses some love.

Tourism Calgary and Calgary Economic Development have partnered to, “celebrate our city, people and all the countless things that make Calgary one of the greatest cities in the world”.

It’s a call for citizens to advocate for our community and to engage and to support local businesses. Boom, bust or flood, Calgary is strong and here’s another chance to prove it. Get involved by:

1 – being inspired by the video above
2 – using and following the hashtag #loveyyc from now until November 5
3 – choosing activities to attend and businesses to support on #loveyyc day November 5 from the list at Visit Calgary

It’s just that easy. Local businesses have all been called to action to offer special promotions to locals. My company Calgary Food Tours is offering 20% off all tours between now and November 5th and we added a special Savour 17 SW tour for Saturday, November 5 so we can be part of the celebration of our city. Just use LOVEYYC as the promo code to save and come and join the fun.

Cool thing #47 on this blog

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Happy #Thanksgiving – Our Canadian version makes The New York Times

It’s pumpkin time – photo credit – Karen Anderson

It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. It’s time to savour food, savour life and savour it all.

In most of the country the narrow daylight that Diana Krall so achingly croons about shines softly on trees glowing with amber, scarlet, magenta and gold leaves. Farmers’ markets bulge with pumpkins ready to line walkways and front porch steps. People take long walks and come home rosy-cheeked and ready to sip a little cider. The transition from summer to winter is long and lingering – languid even.

That’s most of the country. Meanwhile here in Calgary, we woke up to our first blizzard this morning and a blanket of white snow now covers my lawn. That’s life in this land where Rocky mountain steeples tower over these wind-swept and often parches and brittle Prairies below. Still we’ve cause for excitement as we huddle around the fireplace this weekend.

Earlier in the week, local cookbook author extraordinaire Julie Van Rosendaal asked her friends and followers what would be a uniquely Albertan Thanksgiving food? The New York Times had called and wanted her to contribute.

Wowza!

I hoped Julie would be able to write about Winter’s Turkeys because of their humane animal husbandry practices and the taste that results from all the TLC they bestow on their bountiful birds but alas, turkey was already taken. Julie came up with the perfect solution. She wrote about infusing turkey leftovers into something all Albertans love – pirogies

Here’s the article: Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes from Across Canada. Too bad they didn’t spell favourite the Canadian way, eh? Just kidding. The research is thorough. All 10 provinces and three territories are covered and I learned a lot about my own country.

What are your favourite recipes for Canadian Thanksgiving?

I’ll be brining my Winter’s Turkey in a soy and oh so Canadian maple solution before roasting it to bronzed perfection. I’ll make brussel sprouts with bacon, rutabaga puff, sesame coleslaw, Yukon Gold mashes spuds, golden beets with pistachio dressing, herb and mushroom stuffing, tomato aspic and softly spiced orange cranberry sauce. There will be a butternut squash soup to start and a golden apple Tarte Tatin with vanilla ice cream for dessert.

I’ve so much to be thankful for. I hope you and your family and friends enjoy a bounty as rich as Canada’s wherever you may live. It was nice that The New York Times described our food and favourite recipes but just between you and me, I think they missed the thing all Canadians are most grateful for. It’s the fact that we are Canadians.

Happy Thanksgiving indeed.

 

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