Alberta is a great place to eat – photo – Karen Anderson
Click this The Local Pantry link to find an article I just wrote for Calgary’s City Palate magazine featuring 50 of my favourite local food and beverage products.
Choose these products first and you’ll help grow a strong Alberta and Canadian economy from within. We are blessed with the very best tasting food in the world.
I’ll eat and drink to that. In fact, I think eating local might be the very best way to savour it all.
Alberta harvest time land and skyscape
photo from a moving bus – Karen Anderson
I just spent the better part of the last week planning, shopping, cooking, packing up, catering and leading a Foodie Tootle tour to four farms in one day for 43 guests. I’m pooped out but proud of the amazing farmers we visited yesterday and all the goodies my guests were able to gather for their Thanksgiving dinners next weekend.
I’m going to blog a little bit about each of the four farmers we visited this week. Those farms include the following:
Poplar Bluff Organics
Highwood Crossing and the
The Saskatoon Farm.
All through this week, I’ll share some of the recipes these farms have inspired along with some of my family’s favourites.
Meanwhile, if you are wondering what a Foodie Tootle is, I hope you will enjoy this piece I wrote for City Palate describing the origin of the Foodie Tootle farm tours, their goals and what that typical experience looks and feels like.
Did you read the article? Here’s a sample of one of my Bad Turkey Jokes.
Why did the turkey cross the road? It was the chicken’s day off.
Here’s a better punch line to make up for that.
Apple Jack Frost Nipping at your Nose Punch
4 liters apple cider
1 bottle sparkling wine
2 cups Calvados
2 t. Fee Brothers whiskey barrel-aged bitters
Iced apple ring
Combine all of the above in a punch bowl and serve promptly upon guests arrival for a smooth opening to your holiday party. Make the ice ring by slicing 6 apples thinly, overlap them on the bottom of a ring mold, add just enough water so they’ll freeze in position, freeze, then fill the mold with water and freeze again until needed.
Holly Preston, host of Alberta at Noon proves radio people are smart & look great!
You can find the podcast from my Alberta at Noon food column on CBC Radio One today here.
I love feeding my CBC colleagues. They all have great palates and enjoy eating Alberta produce very much. I hope you enjoy the podcast. I’m at the 10:45 mark. Until next time…savour your food.
Plump juicy haskaps better known as honey berries and bright orange Sea Buckthorn
Edible Landscapes and Prairie Hardy fruit from The Saskatoon Farm in DeWinton, Alberta were the topics I discussed on Alberta at Noon this week. Here’s the recipe I developed to manifest this fun theme in our Alberta kitchens.
This week on Alberta at Noon on CBC Radio One (99.1FM) I’ll be talking about Edible Landscapes and my favourite place to source Prairie Hardy fruit trees and bushes – The Saskatoon Farm in DeWinton, Alberta. I’ve learned the hard way that plants have to be very hardy indeed to make it where I live in Calgary. We are on the edge of the Prairies and at the start of the Foothills of the Rocky Mountains. This means what we attempt to grow must be tolerant of our semi-arid, hot summer days with long hours of sunshine but also our cold nights and the fierce winds of snow and moisture eating Chinooks. Gardeners here must consider the Hardiness zone rating of every plant they invest in.