Sunday, November 12, 2017

Lobster Chowder


This is a rich chowder packed with hearty bits of lobster. It can be served in smaller bowls as a side dish, or larger bowls as the main course. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Alberta Style Beef on a Bun


While I’ve called Western Alberta my home for most of my life, I spent a year living in Southern Alberta back in the early 2000’s. For that brief moment in time, Hanna was where I called home. 

While living there, I noticed that every single local event, fundraiser, rummage sale, rodeo, or business barbecue I attended involved a Southern Alberta staple – “Alberta Style Beef on a Bun”.  It didn’t matter if it was summer, fall, winter, or spring, if you were having an event in Hanna, this style of beef on a bun would be there.

Most beef on a bun recipes involve thinly shaved slices of roasted beef, topped with barbecue sauce, and nestled on a bun.  Alberta Style Beef on a Bun is unique in that it involves slow cooking the beef in a homemade barbecue sauce, and shredding the beef rather than slicing it. The result is a sweet, smoky, melt in your mouth beef on a bun experience.

Though it’s been several years since I lived in Hanna, and a solid few years since I’ve had a chance to visit, whenever I make this recipe I’m transported back to the year I spent there. I reminisce about all of the great memories that I made, most of them accompanying a bun or two topped with this Hanna hometown favourite.   

Monday, October 9, 2017

Turkey Leftovers Soup

 
It's Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, and I have zero plans.  It's been a really long time since I've had zero plans for a couple of day, let alone a 3 day weekend.  I saw that my local grocery store had a really awesome sale on turkey's, so I picked one up and threw it in the oven around 1pm yesterday. 
 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Alberta Open Farm Days: Leaman Exchange

 
A replica of the family's gas station, owned by Cecil Sharman
The Sharman family has lived in the Wildwood area for nearly 100 years, on Leaman Road, located just 15 minutes West of Wildwood, Alberta. 8 years ago, Leanne Sharman, Grandaughter of Cecil Sharman, purchased a farm on Leaman Road with her husband David Scott, and together with their family created a hobby farm they named Leaman Exchange. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Alberta Open Farm Days: Farmer's Market Tour

 
One of my favourite aspects of summer is the abundance of locally grown fruits and vegetables.  It's not uncommon for me to take the 3 hour road trip simply to visit some of my favourite markets.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Jerk Chicken

 
This summer I volunteered for The Wild Mountain Music Festival.  The weekend was inspiring for a lot of different reasons.  I left with new friends, new experiences, and an intense craving for jerk chicken. 
 
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