Thursday, October 27, 2016

Stuffed Fingerling Potatoes

Stuffed Fingerling Potatoes sitting in a red dish. Recipe by BeyondUmami
When two bags of fingerling potatoes from EarthFresh arrived in the mail last week, the first question was not: "Why are there two bags of fingerling potatoes" but rather, "What shall I create with them?"

Typically, fingerling potato recipes involve pan frying, baking, cast-iron baking or deep frying. After a full day of baking, blogging and packing, I was getting hungry and I wanted something different with a quick prep and bake time and obviously tasty. Cheese and potatoes always go well together, and fingerling potatoes are no exception to that rule.

  • 1 small bag of fingerling potatoes 
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 green onion sliced
  1. Lightly scrub and wash the fingerling potatoes. Pat dry with a paper towel.
    Washed Fingerling Potatoes

Monday, October 24, 2016

2016 Edmonton Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival

The Edmonton Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival is back for its 15th year. Sponsored by Sobeys Liquor and Safeway Wine & Spirits, this year's tasty event happens in Edmonton for two days on November 4-5, 2016. If you have a chance to attend this year, you can taste the limited edition Taylor Fladgate 1863 Single Harvest Port or if you enjoy port the Aegusa 1941 Marsala Superiore Riserva (which apparently there are only 400 bottles of this port available in the world!) is also available to be tasted.

Once again the Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival takes place at the Shaw Conference Center on Friday November 4 and Saturday November 5. If you want to attend, you can purchase tickets online

Now for the exciting news! I have a pair of tickets to give away to one winner for the afternoon session on Saturday November 5 from 12-4pm in Edmonton!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Sour Cream Cherry Pie from Duchess Cookbook

Sour Cherry pie from the Duchess cookbook
As you may recall one of my Food Resolutions for the 2016 year was to cook recipes from the Duchess Bake Shop cookbook. Over the past year, one of the recipes I have enjoyed making is Sharileen's Sour Cream Cherry Pie Recipe from page 159. This pie has a super flaky crust mainly due to the addition of butter as well as lard. I like how Duchess' recipe uses a stand mixer, so all you need to do is mix the ingredients at slow speed with the stand mixer. The key is to ensure there are still small chunks of fat in the resulting pie dough. In the past, I used to find sour cherry pies as too sour, but this one has good balance between the sour and sweet and as the saying goes: when life gives you sour cherries, you make sour cherry pie!
cubed butter and lard

mixing the cubed butter and lard with flour

mixing the dough up with a stand mixer

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Edmonton Fall Home Show - Ticket Giveaway

It's that time of the year where the Fall Home Show comes to Edmonton on October 21-23, 2016! I know that it certainly does not feel like Fall here in Edmonton, and like you, all I want to do is stay indoors. However, this is the perfect opportunity to talk to experts, find some inspiration and get some practical information. I have been to the show several times over the years and there is always something to see, do or learn at the show - even if you don't own a house or live in one (like us). Aside from having the opportunity to ask designers about a home renovation, finding more information about doing a brand new build or a DIY project that you have in mind, there is also the Food Stage. Certainly, this is a part of the show that is particularly interesting for me. This year there are a number of Cooking Stage Guests throughout the weekend, including the opportunity for you to be an amateur cooking partner with either Chef Shane Chartrand (from Sage) or Chef Doreen Prei (from Get Cooking) on Sunday October 23.

Regardless of what you are interested in, I am sure you will find something exciting at the Fall Home Show. If you want to attend you can purchase your tickets online or in person. You can also try your luck at entering to win two tickets for the Edmonton Fall Home Show from me! Just enter your information into the rafflecopter below and following the instructions. The winner can choose any of the days to attend the show (Friday October 21-Sunday October 23) and will be picking up their tickets at the show office at the Edmonton Expo Centre. Contest starts October 13, 2016 and ends at

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Poached Eggs from the Dirty Apron Cookbook

Heritage Eggs from University of Alberta Farm
Over the past 3 years Dan and I have been part of the University of Alberta Heritage Chicken Program. As a result, we have a continual supply of gorgeous heritage eggs every two weeks. Before participating in the Heritage Chicken Egg program I was never a huge fan of eggs unless they were scrambled, in an omelette or used in baking. In fact, my point of contention of eggs was that I really disliked runny eggs; especially sunny side eggs or poached eggs. However, when we started the Heritage Egg program, I discovered that sunny side heritage eggs could be really tasty, so much so that it is the go-to method for cooking our heritage eggs. I've always wanted to try different methods for cooking eggs and was excited to try a poached egg recipe from The Dirty Apron cookbook. If you haven't heard of the Dirty Apron, this cookbook is a collection of the most popular recipes from Vancouver's Dirty Apron's cooking school's and delicatessen.
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