LONE PINE DISTILLERY & THE LP SOUR
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"If you walk a mile in my shoes you’ll end up in a gin bar" ~Anon I had the pleasure of touring the Lone Pine distillery in Edmonton and meeting the gracious host and owner Bryan Anderson.  The space is light and airy with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the bar.  Take a step into the back and it's all business, with towering equipment perfectly gleaming at you from every corner of the room.  Top it all off with twin column 18-foot-high distillation towers and you know your in a distillery!  I got to sample the range of spirits being created and they are seriously g ..read more
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BEEF BOLOGNESE PASTA BAKE
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"When asked world-wide what makes Canadian beef great, people told us it is Canada itself"         ~ CanadaBeef.CA Canada is “The World’s Perfect Place for Raising Beef” and this is supported by all that makes Canada unique: in the land, hardworking people, good ethics and governance and sustainable practices. As a home cook and as a butcher I am constantly reminded just how good Canadian Beef is.  Beef is a regular star in many of the dishes I cook for my family and I was delighted to be invited to share a favourite recipe as part of ThinkBeef.ca  The c ..read more
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DATE NIGHT IDEAS
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"What is a date, really, but a job interview that lasts all night? The only difference is there aren’t many job interviews where you’ll wind up naked" ~Jerry Seinfeld For every bad thing lockdown has shown us, there has been a few little gems that have come from our current situation that I hope stay around for a lot longer than Covid!  Zoom for one thing has been quite the revelation hasn't it?  Whether you use it for work or pleasure, it has allowed us to be together when we must stay apart.  The cooking school I work for is now totally virtual (check out the fabulous range ..read more
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FREE SPIRITS: REVIEW & COCKTAIL (THE BLUEBIRD)
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“May the New Year bring you courage to break your resolutions early! My own plan is to swear off every kind of virtue, so that I triumph even when I fall.”  ~Aleister Crowley As soon as I awoke on New Years day the "go dry" adverts started popping up in my social media feeds.  I know quite a few people who are heading down that path.  I have tried and failed this a few times over the years.  I start with great intentions and then on a Friday night when I would normally be mixing up a delightful cocktail, I give in.  I love mixing up a great home cocktail and consid ..read more
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TONIC TALK
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"Me: Alexa, remind me to go to the gym.  Alexa: I have added gin to your shopping list" ~Annon Merry Christmas, happy new year and all that jazz.  It's been an embarrassingly long time since I graced this space but if you have nothing interesting to say you should perhaps just keep quiet until you do.  That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.   I have quite a few delicious cocktails to share, a new local Alberta gin to review and even a no alcohol gin review (don't worry, it's not all dry January preachy, I promise).  I will be sharing some recipes for homemade b ..read more
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FREE VIRTUAL KIDS COOKING CLASS
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“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”  ~ Julia Child Looking for something to keep the kids in your house busy?  How about a free 45 minute virtual cooking class? Here are the details: Click here to book your place in this class. Following on from her class on Chocolate Chip Cookies and a request for a class on Muffins, we’re adding this latest free class from Elyse’s home kitchen featuring her recipe for Blueberry Muffins. Elyse will be walking you through her family’s favourite Blueberry Muffin recipe in thi ..read more
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A FEW LINKS TO KEEP YOU SANE
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"There's no panic like the panic you momentarily feel when your hand or head is stuck in something" ~Peter Kay The world is a different place right now.  Our new normal is embracing life at home as much as we can.  I honestly don't know what this will look like in a few days, weeks or months but I know that if I don't do something I might go a little crazy.  The idea of homeschooling my kids fills me with dread!  Im not qualified, I am terrible at spellings and I have forgotten everything I ever learned in maths on purpose!   I might have had a slight meltdown the ..read more
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WORLD BUTCHER CHALLENGE: A LITTLE DEMO
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"Absence makes the heart grow fonder" ~Thomas Haynes Bayly Let's get a few things out of the way; Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, sorry I've been missing from this little space for so long.  All done, let's move on.  As I may have mentioned on more than one or five occasions, I am competing with Team Canada at the World Butcher Challenge in September.  "From January 17-21 Team Canada will travel a total distance of 39,723.8 kilometres to practice together. If anyone doubts how badly we want to win #wbc2020?? , we’ve already travelled this distance twice before to practice ..read more
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WORLD BUTCHER CHALLENGE 2020
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"The Greatest Butchery Event on Earth" ~WORLD BUTCHERS' CHALLENGE A little while back I entered a competition.  I had to post photos and videos of different cuts of meat, skills and techniques.  I nervously waited to hear back.  I really wanted to make the team!   Well, guess what, I totally made the team!  Heck yes!  Team Canada at the World Butcher Challenge...... So you are thinking, what is the World Butcher Challenge? The competition itself is conducted over a three hour and fifteen minute period with competing teams given a side of beef, a side of po ..read more
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TACOS AL PASTOR: FRIDAY, 12TH JULY
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“Yesterday I really wanted tacos. Today, I’m eating tacos. Follow your dreams.” ~Annon Tacos al Pastor at Get Cooking EdmontonThis Friday July 12th Chef Victor Hugo Raya will be setting up his Vertical Oven on the fabulous patio of Get Cooking Edmonton for a Pastor Party, featuring Tacos al Pastor. They will be serving up plates of 5 Tacos al Pastor, featuring homemade tortillas and Pork sourced from Irvings Farm, garnished with Pineapple, Cilantro and Lime. A vegetarian option is available, and the price includes Cilantro Rice, Refried Beans and a Salad of locally grown Prairie Garden ..read more
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