KevinCooking w/ Fire, Dairy, Food Politics, From Local Farms, From the Garden, From The Wild, Grains, Pork, Poultry, U Pick Fruit, Veg1 Comment

Back in the spring of 2014, I was approached to produce a video for Slow Food in Canada, with the broad mandate of exploring what Slow Food in Canada ‘is’. It meant trips to Vancouver, Vancouver Island, the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys, central Alberta, Montreal, Vallee de la Batiscan, Lanaudiere, Cocagne in New Brunswick, Toronto, Tatamagouche Nova Scotia, and more, it’s … Read More

From The Farmers’ Mouth – Time to Vote

KevinDairy, Eggs, From Local Farms, From Local Farms - The Series, Gold Forest Grains, Grains, Irvings Farm Fresh, Lamb, Nature's Green Acres, Nature's Green Acres, Nature's Green Acres, Pork, Poultry, Serben Free Range, Serben Free Range, Serben Free Range, Smoky Valley Goat Cheese, Sundog Organic Farm, Sunworks Farm, Sunworks Farm, Veg3 Comments

My highlight reel of ‘From Local Farms‘ videos was just chosen by Daniel and Mirra of The Perennial Plate as a top-four contender in their recent video competition. I’m honored to be on the list, to say the least. The very reason I started a video series at all was directly because of Daniel and Mirra’s earliest episodes – inspiring me … Read More

From Local Farms – The Cheesiry

KevinCheese, Dairy, From Local Farms, From Local Farms - The Series, From the Cellar, The Cheesiry2 Comments

I left the Cheesiry feeling strangely like I’d just visited an old-world producer – and not simply because of the old-school pecorino they produce. There’s a wonderful vibe from the cheesiry being built into the heart of the family farm’s old cow dairy facilities which on a hot day offers a cool and patina’d experience – and stepping into their … Read More

The Elusive Butter and Cream

KevinDairy, From Local Farms, Johnson Family Farm15 Comments

Butter. It’s an important ingredient in my house, and I’ve long wondered why no small local producer made it. But I’ve now found it, and now know why it’s not done. Strangely, I discovered it in a board meeting – Sharon Johnson sitting in on a recent Alberta Farmers’ Market Association meeting, mentioned that she had dairy cows and sold … Read More

My Palate and Sinuses will Recover, Honest.

KevinCheese, Dairy, From Local Farms, From the Cellar, Smoky Valley Goat Cheese13 Comments

In 2006, a more than fledgling foodie at the time [and the year I started blogging], my wife and I spent a month traveling through western and eastern Europe, seeking regional food specialties. On that trip, having felt I knew cheese well, I went to France for the half-dozenth time, and had a major cheese awakening. Overall, their cheeses, even … Read More

Chocolate Espresso Chevrecake

KevinCheese, Dairy, From Local Farms, Smoky Valley Goat Cheese4 Comments

This was an innovative-idea-to-me, but I googled it and apparently others have already discovered it. Oh well. Originality is not my m.o. Chevrecake. Cheesecake happens to be my all-time-favorite-dessert, and a few years  back I spent some time mucking about with an individual [ramekin] sized chocolate espresso cheesecake recipe that I love dearly. It’s my birthday choice. And having recently … Read More

Jack-o-lantern & Chevre Cupcake

KevinDairy, Eggs, From Local Farms, From the Cellar, Grains, Green Eggs & Ham, Highwood Crossing, Root Cellar, Smoky Valley Goat Cheese6 Comments

Although not a big TV watcher, I have to admit I really love ‘Jamie at Home’. I was  recently watching his winter squash episode, and he  very quickly whipped together butternut squash cupcakes with a very low-sugar icing. ‘Hm’, thought I, ‘I have a bunch of jack-o-lantern pumpkin in the freezer that needs to get eaten’. Then, thought I, “I … Read More