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Mulligatawny Soup: Curry in a Hurry
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I detest food waste. It’s a trait I come by honestly. My mom had five kids plus dad to feed and typical of the farmers in our corner of Saskatchewan, she and dad were children of the Great Depression who were raised with not 10, but 11 Commandments—the extra one being Thou …
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Camp Cookhouse, Elkwater, AB
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I am still dreaming about the socca (chickpea pancake) I had at the Camp Cookhouse in Elkwater, AB. If you’ve never been to Cypress Hills Provincial Park south of Medicine Hat, put it on your places to visit in 2018. And, go eat at Camp Cookhouse. You can thank me later. …
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Canadian Prairies’ Best New Restaurants of 2017 via Eat North
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Food writer, Dan Clapson, and I put our heads together to collaborate on this article about the fantastic restaurants that shone this year on the prairies. Let’s spread the word so the rest of Canada knows what we’ve got! We may be small in number, but we’re mighty in talent. &#...
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New Year’s Eve Guide to Bubbly
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Happy New Year’s Eve! Today many of you will be scrambling to buy all the things you still need for tonight including Champagne for the midnight toast. Champagne is the king of bubbles with a storied history unto itself. It has spawned many quotes from the likes of Winston Churchill, …
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CBC Edmonton’s Best Restaurant List 2017
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Phil Wilson (Baconhound), Edmonton AM host Adrienne Pan, and I offered up our picks for 12 food categories: Best Restaurant, Best Vegetarian, Most Creative, What/Who to Watch, Best Brunch, etc. We debated over the 12 categories. What category should make the cut? Is 12  too many? Not enough? This...
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Praise be to Salz!
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This was my response to a friend commenting on how wonderful it is to find someone who makes a decent sausage. Edmonton, as of late, is home to new crop of very fine sausage makers: Steve Furgiuele of Fuge Fine Meat;  Peter Keith and Will Kotowicz of the Secret Meat Club (and their …
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Town Square Brewing – Pizza and beer ‘should’ go together, but…
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They opened the beginning of November joining Edmonton’s burgeoning craft brew scene. They’ve got the right idea (I mean, it’s pizza and beer, come on…), but what the heck is going on in that kitchen? Or, in those tanks? You can listen to my on-air review with Mark Connoll...
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Alder Room – Modern, experiential, regionally inspired…
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Ben Staley is pulling out all the stops (and buzzwords) in his latest venture, Alder Room. Four nights of the week, Alder Room serves between 15 and 20 courses in a tasting menu affair. The night we went, 17 courses were offered. FYI: the cost at present is $160 plus $50 …
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The Little Frickin’ Donut Shop in Devon, Alberta
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I love it when you come across a little place—independent store or restaurant—in small towns. That tells me the owners are salt-of-the-earth, serious about putting down roots, and committed to their community. All that applies to Mandy and Cory Woytkiw, owners of Frickin’ Delights, a donut ...
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The Butternut Tree at the Ledgeview Centre
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Chef Scott Downey is hoping he’s got the right stuff to make his Butternut Tree restaurant a longstanding occupant of the space inside the Ledgeview Centre at 9707 110 St. Several restaurateurs have tried before but it’s a quirky location and most have only lasted a few years, if that...
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