Love: Scampi Style

We’re very lucky to be featured on CTV Morning Live every month, dishing up some great things from healthy meals to events at the market.  Today, we learned ways to woo your loved one this Valentine’s Day from Chef Brain Plunkett from Blu Seafood.  He shared a dead simple, delicious recipe to impress your sweetheart that can be whipped together in less than 10 minutes.

Scampi

Market Sourced Ingredients

1 lb. (454 g)  Scampi  from Blu Seafood

1 cup tomatoes, diced from Gull Valley Greenhouses

1 tbsp. shallots, finely diced from Cherry Pit

1 clove garlic, crushed from Cherry Pit

½ cup basil, chopped from The Cucumber Man

1 tbsp, olive oil from Soffritto

1 oz. butter

2 oz. white Wine

Start by splitting the scampi tails to de-vein (here’s an easy how-to video) and season with salt and pepper.  Add olive oil to a sauté pan and heat until almost smoking.  Add the butter and the scampi and quickly turning so to prevent overcooking.  Add the shallots, garlic and tomato; cook fro 2 minutes, add the basil and white wine, cook 1 minute more.  Remove the scampi then simmer the sauce for 1 minute and pour over the scampi. Serve and enjoy!

Super Bowl Fare

Whether you  favor the Seahawks or Broncos to win the 48th Super Bowl, one thing is for certain, you’re gonna need some food.  And if there’s one thing we’re good at, it’s providing you with delicious (and easy) food options for your big party or small get-together.  We still have some of the incredible Grey Cup Grub, but our fantastic vendors are running some specials specifically for Super Bowl this Sunday.  Check ’em out:

Big D’s Smokehouse is running a killer special: ham coil, beef brisket, chili, coleslaw, potato salad and corn bread for only $50!!! (+tax)

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Sandwiched

Want some delicious Hot Chicks for the Super Bowl?  Ok so that’s not exactly the kind of hot chick we were thinking of, but Sandwiched can take care of that for you… contact them by 4pm Saturday, February 1st to get your catering order in!  (Email sandwichedyyc@yahoo.ca)

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No party in Alberta is quite complete without jerky, and we now have Longview Jerky at the market!  They carry 19 different varieties of beef jerky, and they also have elk, chicken, and turkey jerky!

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Whipping up a batch of nachos?  You’ll need a wicked tasty bowl of guacamole and Cherry Pit has the easiest whip-it-together-in-less-than-3-minutes guacamole ever.  And it’s damn tasty.

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And we can’t forget the mainstay football party grub: chicken wings!  Wild Fire Wings has a whopping deal: buy 3lbs of their killer organic Sunworks Farms wings, and receive the 4th pound FREE!

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For more great one-stop party food ideas, check this out.  We’ve got ya covered.

Warm Winter Salad

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With a New Year often comes resolutions, or rather goals… some of them are lofty and some mere lifestyle changes.  Regardless of how wild or realistic your resolutions, we are confident we can help keep you on track.  Healthy eating doesn’t need to be all drab diets and crazy cleanses full of listless salads, murky smoothies, and lack luster mains.  No, it can be invigorating, delicious, and easy!  This warm winter salad is perfectly seasonal with sweet potato, beets, carrots… and local too, even better.  AND, it’s warm so you can still feel cozy on those chilly January eves without breaking the calorie bank.  Eat as a main or as a side to lean protein and you’re set!

Market Sourced Ingredients

1 small sweet potato (about 8 ounces), cut into 1-inch pieces

3 multi-colored carrots, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces

3 small red beets & 1 golden beet, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces (candy cane beets are a gorgeous variety when in season)

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup pistachios

2 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (you can add an extra splash if you’d like a bigger kick)

2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat the oven to 425°. In a cookie sheet,  roast the sweet potato and beets for about 45 minutes, turning once or twice, until tender and lightly browned in spots.  Peel when cooled; slice beets  thinly and cube the sweet potato.

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Meanwhile, slice the carrots thinly using a mandoline or hand held slicer. And prepare the pomegranate seeds.  Set aside.

Mix the olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, parsley, and salt & pepper in a mason jar and give it a good shake.

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Drizzle the dressing on the vegetables to coat. Add pistachios. Season with flaked salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve immediately or at room temperature.

Holiday Gift Ideas

Sick of fighting for a parking spot at the mall?  Tired of the crazy crowds?  Need a last minute gift?

Well, skip the mall!  We have a plethora of gift options for pretty much everyone on your list.  AND, you can get a delicious cuppa and a meal while you’re here too.  Heck, the kids can even play in the Barnyard Kids Area to burn off some steam before they drive you nuts.

Need some ideas?  Check out the goods and then come on down.  We’re even open an extra day!

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Check out Artistically Inclined for handmade art work and Ursula Krol Photography for a wonderful selection of local natural photography for the art-lover in your life.

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Why shouldn’t the dog (or cat) get a treat too?  Pick up a stocking stuffer at Bon-a-Pet Treat for Spot while you’re shopping.Cribbage Works Collage

Have a cribbage lover in your life?  Crib boards, puzzles, card games, even hands-on Seedling toys can be found at Cribbage Works.

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Unique and beautiful gifts from Peru at D’Alpaca Peru for you.

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Need to chill out after a busy Christmas season?  Start the New Year on a relaxed foot with a wide variety of natural bath and body products at Eden Essentials.

Food on your Shirt Collage

Who doesn’t like as super cool shirt?  Food On Your Shirt has probably the most unique t-shirts this side of… well, heck anywhere… and if you’re lucky, you can meet the artist himself and snag a copy of his new cookbook: “Alice Eats” too.

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Handmade jewelry is always a lovely gift, and the offerings at Glasswurks are no exception.

Kinfewear Collage

Knives and razors might be an ‘odd’ gift, but we promise that your receiver will NOT be disappointed with the goods at Knifewear.  Things of beauty they are!

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Upcycling is a hot trend these days… and Rainbow Glass is a great place to find purses, glassware, scarves, necklaces, and more!

Silk Road Set

Whether you’re shopping for a seasoned chef, a foodie, or a novice, great spices are a really fantastic gift.  The Silk Road Spice Merchant puts together some stellar gift boxes with your choice of spices.

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Stillwater Jewelry has gorgeous handmade jewelry and carries comfy and stylish Neon Buddha clothing too!

Taste of Quebec Collage

A Taste of Quebec is a great place to pick up those nostalgic (and delicious) French-Canadian favorites: fudge and chow-chow for example!

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Tea lover on your list?  Totalitea has an impressive selection of teas and accessories for them.

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Willow Blooms & Garden has some unique gift ideas for the home.  AND, they also happen to have beautiful arrangements for your holiday parties and dinners too. AND, Willow will be open for online and phone orders while the market is closed December 24th – January 8th offering FREE delivery.

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Need to grab a gift for a kid (of the young at heart)?  Andy’s Toys has an incredible selection of wooden toys for kids of all ages, even adults!

So what do you think?  Check off the last items on your list AND beat the crowds?  Score!  We are open Monday, December 23rd from 9am-5pm too for the last minute items you need to make your holiday just right.

From everyone here at the Calgary Farmers’ Market, we wish you a very Happy Holiday and a joyful and prosperous New Year.

*Please note, we are closed from Tuesday, December 24th reopening on Thursday, January 9th.

Grey Cup Grub

It shouldn’t come as a surprise, even though our local Stampeders weren’t able to pull out a win last weekend, that we’re all pretty excited for the Grey Cup around here.  Call us football fans or food fans or… both!

Whether you’re hosting your friends or heading to a party, you wouldn’t want to fumble on the opening kickoff and show up without food, right?  And with everyone else rushing to the frozen snack aisle like a possessed linebacker… *ahem* we mean flocking to the grocery stores last minute to stand in long lines, we’d like to share some of the incredible (and tasty) things you can find right here in one stop.  Ready?  Huddle up, we’ll be your Grey Cup party quarterback.

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Whether your guests have the appetite of an offensive lineman or punter, who doesn’t like a meatball sub?  With Spragg’s Meat Shop carrying some of the best ready-to-go meatballs around, this is an easy throw-’em-in-the-crockpot and slap-’em-in-a-bun (from Yum Bakery of course) meal for the game.

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Looking for something a little on the lighter side for a delicate wide receiver?  Prawns with cocktail sauce is a huge crowd pleaser and Blu Seafood has some incredible treats from the sea.  In addition to the best tasting prawns we’ve had (in our land-locked region), they also have some excellent crab cakes, salmon burgers, and seafood brochettes that are party-ready with very little prep.

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More of a meat-lover, kill-the-running-back, kind of defensive lineman?  Silver Sage Beef prepares a killer burger (slider and full-sized), they do up a damn good chili, and if you prefer beef in your subs, they also have prepped meatballs.  Not a bad selection.

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And what’s a Canadian party without a Caeser? Edgar Farms (part of Innisfail Growers Co-operative) is famous for their asparagus; we wait, not-so-patiently, for it to arrive on the shelves every June and Elna Edgar makes some mean pickles.  What’s better than a spear of pickled asparagus poking out of the signature drink Canadians love so much?  Nothin’.

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We know not everyone who has ever dawned shoulder pads and a helmet is a big ol’ meat lover, so why not offer them a lighter, equally delicious option?  Kin Sushi has a great selection of ready-made combos and they take larger orders for platter.  They also make a killer miso soup to warm everyone up.

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While we’re talking about healthy alternatives to your Grey Cup party, Cherry Pit has an impressive, and tasty, selection of ready-made salads, roasting vegetables, and made-to-order platters that will suit just about anyone’s dietary preferences or restrictions.

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You may be hosting friends and family in your home for the big game, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some great bar-style snacks at their fingertips.  Going Nuts has a massive selection of nuts of all kinds and flavors that will keep them coming back for more.

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We’re not sure we’ve ever been to a party of any kind that doesn’t have at least one dip as part of the snack/appetizer buffet.  The Stock & Sauce Co. has a vast and varied selection of dips from pâté  to pesto, tapenade to tasty dips, even a chocolate mousse that’s incredible on strawberries, these certainly won’t disappoint your guests.

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If you want a more traditional party spread, nachos or as mainstay as you can get when it comes to sporting events.  Los Chilitos Taqueria makes salsa and chips fresh daily and are quite addictive if we do say so ourselves.

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We’re on a dip roll, we’re not stopping now!  2 Greek Gals has you covered for bruschetta, antipasto, traditional Greek fare like melitzanosalata and tzatziki and some pretty martini-perfect olives for the women that are watching the game with the men.

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Martinis for the women, wings for the men?  Not a bad trade.  Wild Fire Wings has an extensive menu of hot-to-take-home or take-and-bake wings from the common buffalo to the not-so-common dill pickle or garlic & parm.  They use organic Sunworks Farms chicken and they have a buy 3lbs, get 1lb free deal.  Say wha?!  Touchdown!

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If you’re hosting a slightly more sophisticated crowd that prefers wine and cheese with their long bombs and 50 yards running plays, Fresh DELIcious offers a selection of import and local cheese and meat that could give any large deli a run for its money.  And they often have Thursday deals, so don’t count them out of your Grey Cup shopping.

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And while we’re challenging you not to leave any market stone unturned… we think you should try to slip in these vegan spare ribs from Hearts Choices.  Lighter than a full meat platter, and just as tasty, we think most people would be hard pressed to point out the vegan option in your party spread.

So there you have it!  A dozen quick and easy, one-stop shopping pick ups right here at the market and a drink garnish too!  So whaddya say?  Skip the long grocery lines and visit our vendors for a Grey Cup party that’s unlike all the rest.

A Plethora of Pumpkins

The ooey-gooey-slimy insides of a pumpkin aren’t for everyone and so carving a jack-o-lantern just might not be your thing.  But does that mean you can’t enjoy Halloween and take advantage of the big, beautiful orange orbs we have all over the market?  Absolutely not!  Maybe you want to do something different than your tried-and-true triangle-eyes.  Or perhaps you’re in an all-out-one-upping with your neighbor.   Whatever the reason, we’re here to tell you that there are lots of fun things to do with pumpkins: from painted pumpkins to party coolers, talking pumpkins too!

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Looking for neat, new deck decor this Halloween?  Pop by the dollar store and pick up some black spider lace, wrap it around a pumpkin (we particularly like the black on white for this effect) and voila!  A quick (and clean) variation on the carved pumpkin!

Painted Pumpkins

Or, if you’re looking for something a little more elegant, pick up some spray paint, tape off intricate designs, polka-dots, or spooky messages and save yourself the carving altogether.  You can even paint the mini pumpkins for festive centerpieces for your devilish dinner party.

Pumpkin Party Cooler

And while you’re in dinner party mode, offer up your ghoulish guests a beverage in an easily-hollowed-out pumpkin for a drink cooler.

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Or hollow out smaller pumpkins to use as bowls or vessels… you can make your party prep even easier by swinging by The Stock and Sauce Co. for all of your dips and soups!

Talking Pumpkin

And if you’re really in the spooky spirit, place the parents’ unit of a baby monitor inside a carved pumpkin and then speak into the transmitter when your guests arrive.  Eeek!

Grilled Apple, Bacon, & Cheddar Sandwich

It’s that time of year… the sun is rising a little later to crisp, cool temperatures, the kids are moaning to stay in bed a little longer, and your blissful sunny summer vacation is starting to feel just a little too far away already.  But with the warm days of summer slipping through or chilly fingers, beautiful gourds, greenhouse-treasures, and apples! are gracing our shelves.  There’s something really comforting about cozying up in a sweater with one of your favorite meals; ours is a grilled cheese.  Yes, you may say it’s just a sandwich…. but it doesn’t have to be.  With seasonal tart apples, smoky bacon, and oozy sharp cheddar, this isn’t just a sandwich… it’s a warm hug on a cold day, a nostalgic mainstay, a damn good quick dinner.  And if you don’t like apples or bacon (you might be a little crazy), but you can throw just about anything between two slices of fresh bread and make a hearty, kid-friendly, speedy dinner for those nights when you’re running out the door to soccer practice or piano lessons or just need a little piece of cheesy heaven.

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Market Sourced Ingredients

2 slices whole wheat bread from Yum Bakery

4 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked crisp from Spragg’s Meat Shop

4 slices Farm House Cheddar (we chose 8 years for it’s deliciously strong flavor) from Sylvan Star Cheese

1/2 Honeycrisp apple, cored, sliced thin from Souto Farms

*Brassica Whole Grain mustard from Blu Seafood

Butter

*This can be substituted nicely with the Stonewall Kitchen Roasted Garlic Onion Jam from La Cucina

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Preheat a seasoned grill pan or griddle over low to medium heat.  Assemble this sandwich just as you would a traditional grilled cheese sandwich: spread 1 slice of bread with some whole grain mustard, then top with cheddar (you can go as little or a lot as you like; we covered most parts of the bread with thin slices of cheese), the bacon, the apple slices, finishing with another mustard-slathered slice of bread.  We chose to use the Honeycrisp apple instead of say, Granny Smith, because it’s the perfect balance of tart and sweet that compliments the rich, sharp aged cheddar.  Unlike Granny Smith that are really quite sour, these may just be the perfect apple.

Butter the outsides of the bread generously and transfer to the pan. Grill about 3 minutes per side until golden. Remove to a cutting board and cut the sandwich in half on the diagonal to serve.  And if it’s a particularly crisp evening and you’re yearning for a hot bowl of soup to dip your ooey-gooey salty, sweet sandwich in, check out The Stock & Sauce Co. for a wide array of hearty, healthy soups.

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