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Spice it Up – Pesto

Spice it Up – Pesto

Pesto is usually a classic combination of basil, garlic, pine nuts, and olive oil, puréed into a potent paste of sorts, and the perfect summer condiment.  No cooking required, it can be served alongside grilled meats, roasted vegetables, or tossed with pasta. Not only...

Surviving COVID-19: How Alberta’s Restaurants are Changing

Surviving COVID-19: How Alberta’s Restaurants are Changing

In the last few months, restaurants and bars across the province have faced unparalleled challenges.  Without the ability to serve customers in their restaurants, many businesses have had to make significant adjustments in order to survive this pandemic, and we have...

Step By Step: Going Crackers?

Step By Step: Going Crackers?

This should be the season of backyard entertaining, with some tasty snacks, fine friends, and a tipple or two. But with the pandemic continuing to keep us on lockdown, plans of grand gatherings are put on hold. This doesn’t mean the snacking has to stop. Quite the...

When Doors Close, Another Opens : The Leftovers Foundation

When Doors Close, Another Opens : The Leftovers Foundation

2020 has seen many restaurants and businesses making the tough decision to close their doors, even temporarily. Whenever this happens, we think of all the people affected - front of house, chefs, suppliers, customers - but how often do we consider the food that is in...

Fill Your Pockets: Empanadas

Fill Your Pockets: Empanadas

Generally, countries in South America like Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, and Peru, make the dough for their empanadas using wheat flour, while in Venezuela, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Guatemala, it’s all about corn flour. A sign of dough made well is that when...

Pizza Cheese

Pizza Cheese

When you think of pizza, do you imagine melting pools of cheesy goodness like we do? Usually it's the kind that stretches into long strings when you take a bite, but here are some suggestions that will bump up your pizza or flatbread to the next level!   Mozzarella...

Butter: back in our good books

Butter: back in our good books

Let’s face it – butter is an essential ingredient in some of our most favourite things. Chocolate chip cookies, brown butter ravioli, mashed potatoes, homemade salted caramel, grilled corn on the cob, hot popcorn, butter-basted anything… Not long ago, butter had a bad...

Whispering Cedars Ranch

Whispering Cedars Ranch

Alberta lamb can be scarce, but there is a growing demand for this local product. While beef will likely always be the king of ranchland in Alberta, another smaller and woolier livestock animal is becoming increasingly popular, especially with young upstart farmers....

Top Chef Canada: Meet Alberta’s Contestants

Top Chef Canada: Meet Alberta’s Contestants

Top Chef Canada is back and season 8 is slated to feature some of Calgary’s top culinary talent. One of these contestants is Elycia Ross, chef-owner of Little Truck on the Prairie, a food truck that emphasizes locally sourced and prairie-inspired eats. For Ross,...

Pizza Pairing Perfection

Pizza Pairing Perfection

Pizza can be as simple or as complicated as you like; that's the magic of it and why it's one of the most popular foods on the planet. It's a vessel for unlimited topping combinations from the tried and true to the never been tried before. Options are endless with...

Open That Bottle : David Farran

Open That Bottle : David Farran

“We really wanted to create an industry for Alberta, and I think we've accomplished that. We now have 37 distilleries in the province, and we are a force in the beverage industry here,” says David Farran, President of Eau Claire Distillery and of Alberta Craft...

A Sense of Place

A Sense of Place

True Italian Taste Can there be a country whose food and way of life are more intrinsically linked than Italy? Where people take such pride in their food history and heritage? We’re becoming increasingly interested in the food we eat - where it comes from, and how...

Open That Bottle: Gail Norton

Open That Bottle: Gail Norton

“I never could understand why people didn't want to go home for lunch or for dinner because we had great times at the dinner table eating (mother’s) simple but great food, and sitting around telling stories,” says Gail Norton, co-owner of Calgary’s The Cookbook...

2020 Food Trends

2020 Food Trends

Hindsight is said to be 20/20. And for the year 2020, food trends do nod to traditional approaches to eating. But this coming year — the start of a new decade — puts past and present on the same plate, combining innovation with old practices. That means renewed focus...

Christmas Controversy: Fruitcake

Christmas Controversy: Fruitcake

As far as Christmas controversies go, fruitcake is often at the centre of much debate. Team Fruitcake enjoys a good mixed peel when they see it, and the more raisins and currants, the merrier. It’s for these exact ingredients that Team No Fruitcake dislikes the...

Yakking Around

Yakking Around

Alberta Ranchers Expand Into the Yak Market Albertans produce a lot of different proteins. Obviously we have our cattle, but local ranchers are also raising pigs, chickens, turkeys, lamb, bison, elk, and even shrimp. Few of us realize, however,...

Spice it Up Fondue

Spice it Up Fondue

Fondue; it’s a popular option during the holidays that somehow falls by the wayside throughout the rest of the year. But who says you need a celebration to justify dipping bread and other goodies into cheese or chocolate? These ideas can help you to incorporate...

Open That Bottle: Laurie MacKay

Open That Bottle: Laurie MacKay

“I wish people would not ignore the sweet wine category. It breaks my heart. Rather than having a dessert, have this for dessert - or if you're having cheese, have this sweet wine and end on a high note,” says Laurie MacKay, CBC radio’s House Wine columnist.   MacKay...

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