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#hikingfood for #Alberta peaks and valleys

breakfast buddy cookies - photo credit - Karen Anderson - Savour It All Blog

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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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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Anne’s Shortbreads – a #recipe for #Christmas #cookies and friendship that lasts

It’s Christmas and I’m missing my friend Anne. Last year about this time, Anne spent an afternoon in my kitchen teaching me to make her “Aunt Tibby’s Shortbread Cookies”. I thought I might miss Anne less today by spending a little time sharing her recipe and a few photos from that day. In writing about Anne’s recipe, I found myself also thinking about what makes a friendship last.

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#Christmas (baking) in November – My November @AlbertaatNoon column with recipes from @CraveYYC & @aspicytouch

Thumbprint Cookies by Crave - photo - Karen Anderson

Thumbprint Cookies by Crave – photo – Karen Anderson

This summer I had the very pleasant task of writing a Christmas piece for Calgary’s Avenue Magazine on “How-To Entertain with Ease at the Holidays”. That piece will be in the upcoming December holiday issue. I loved writing it – even in the heat of summer – because it got me thinking about things that make a difference to an “ideal holiday experience” versus the harried and hurried one that leaves people frazzled, stressed and grumpier than Scrooge himself.

My holiday ideal is time to enjoy my family and friends. That means time to go skating or skiing or to just sit and watch movies or play board games together. At the same time, I like to share delicious festive food and treats with everyone and have my home look beautiful. To make it all happen, I’ve scaled back on the decorating, make lots of “to do” lists, buy some of the treats we enjoy and have a plan for the cooking I really like doing myself.

The key to success is to start early. So even though we haven’t even had our Remembrance Day holiday, like all my professional baker friends, I will start making batches of my signature Holiday Biscotti now. My mother-in-law is making Nanaimo Bars. My friend Annie is making her shortbreads (I’m going to share her recipe soon).

For you, I’ve gathered three great recipes of various levels of difficulty to help you should you choose to start now too.

Read on for Crave’s Thumbprint Cookie recipe, Peanut Brittle from my mentor Noorbanu Nimji and our new book A Spicy Touch – Family Favourites from Noorbanu Nimji’s Kitchen and last but not least – an easy Coconut Cashew Granola Fudge Bar that’s fun to make.

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#recipe for Robin’s Nests – a little spring goody to make just for the fun of it

Robin's nests - photo - Karen Anderson

Robin’s nests – photo – Karen Anderson

I made a lot of these “Robin’s Nest” cookies for a Senior Citizen’s Spring Tea I was helping out with and they were a bit hit. Just make your favourite chocolate macaroon recipe and poke a little Robin’s egg blue jelly bean on the top of each.

I’m not usually very “Martha Stewart” but, yes, I have to admit that I did stand at the bulk bin and pick out all the jelly beans that were this pretty blue colour.

It was worth it.

My macaroon recipe follows in case you don’t have one of your own.

Happy Spring.

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Savour food – backpacker’s treats from chef Marianne Abraham of Mt. Assiniboine Lodge for @AlbertaAtNoon

A chef/angel lives here - kitchen door - Mt. Assiniboine Lodge photo - Karen Anderson

A chef/angel lives here – kitchen door – Mt. Assiniboine Lodge
photo – Karen Anderson

For my August column on CBC Radio One’s Alberta at Noon I’m going to talk about great treats for the hiking trail. This column is inspired by my recent trip to Mt. Assiniboine Lodge.

While I was at Assiniboine I had the delight of sitting down for a post breakfast coffee chat with their chef Marianne Abraham. This blog post will be a distillation of what we brewed up in that conversation including her picks for the backpacker’s treats that have been most popular with guests in the lodge’s 85 year history.

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