October 2014 

With grocery stores brimming with fresh produce recently plucked from farmers’ fields, there’s no better time to find kitchen inspiration by browsing the stacks of fresh, beautiful veggies at the market. If you’re ever at a loss for what to do with an ingredient you just brought home on a whim, you can always search our website for ideas (simply enter the ingredient in the search box at the top of each page), or get in touch with our Answer Line home economists. We can help. 

Squash Season

Happy autumn! It’s that time of year again when the fall colours come out, the temperatures drop and the turkey roasting pans are brought upstairs from the basement storage room. Fall is also squash season, when home gardeners who have carefully tended to their patch of squash reap the rewards of their summer work. If you’ve got some butternut or spaghetti squash from the garden looking for a good use, try one of these recipes. And not to worry, non-gardeners – these recipes work just as well with squash hand-picked at the grocery store. 
Butternut Squash and Kale Strata Harvest Butternut Squash Soup Spaghetti Squash with Browned Butter and Sage
Apple and Butternut Squash Soup Swiss Mushroom Spaghetti Squash Roasted Butternut Squash





Holiday Collection Cookbook Now Available!

The 2014 edition of our popular annual Holiday Collection cookbook has arrived from the print shop! 

The book features recipes from appetizers to desserts, including Edamame-Crusted Lamb Lollipops, Smoked Salmon and Avocado Crepes, Brie-Stuffed Baguette French Toast, Port-Poached Pears, and Eggnog Panna Cotta, along with mouth-watering photography, nutritional analysis, tips on entertaining and home safety information.

A selection of the recipes in the cookbook have accompanying video tutorials, which are available on our YouTube channel. These chef-led demonstrations guide you through making everything from English muffins to candied orange peels.

To get your copy now, visit our online shop at shop.atcoblueflamekitchen.com, or visit either our Calgary Learning Centre retail shop or the ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen office in Edmonton.
Coming soon to the following retail locations in Alberta:
  • Chapters/Indigo stores
  • Safeway
  • Save-On-Foods
​And online at indigo.ca and amazon.ca.

Chef's Choice

This month, Chef J.P. is recommending the Seafood Chowder in our new Holiday Collection cookbook. It’s as delicious as it is seasonally appropriate. 

“As the air gets crisper and the days get colder into the fall, this hits the spot with hearty potatoes and vegetables, as well as a nice mix of seafood,” says J.P. “It’s easy to make, and it’s a good way to get some seafood into your family’s diet.” 

The soup is equally at home on a lunch or supper table, where it’s a lovely sight after a Saturday morning spent raking leaves, or a Sunday afternoon getting the last root veggies from the garden. 

“It also pairs well with the Buttery Soup Crackers in the cookbook,” says J.P. “Who knew making your own crackers would be so darn easy?”



Classes, Classes, Classes!

If you’ve got some basic kitchen skills but want to take it a step further, give our three-part Cooking for Adults: Intermediate class a try. Each Saturday morning session at the Calgary Learning Centre runs from 9 a.m. to noon, starting on October 18 and ending November 1. Cost is $225 per person. 

If you like German finger food and refreshing beverages, give our Oktoberfest Celebration event a try. There will be culinary demonstrations at chef-led action stations, appetizers with a Bavarian twist and a special beer tasting from Calgary’s Village Brewery. The event runs from 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, October 24. Cost is $50 per person. To register for any of our Calgary classes, visit our website at shop.atcoblueflamekitchen.com.

In the Edmonton area, we're teaching two classes at the Dig In Horticulinary Festival in St. Albert on Saturday, October 11 – one is on jam making, and the other focuses on pickling. For more information or to register, visit our website

Thanksgiving 101

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we’ve been hard at work updating our Thanksgiving page with more recipes and tutorials, including a link to our How to Carve a Turkey YouTube video. In case you need some meal ideas, we’ve even come up with a Thanksgiving meal planning page to help you puzzle out what to feed your guests on the big day. If you still have Thanksgiving planning questions, our Answer Line home economists are always happy to help. Full contact details are available on our website.

Menu Planning

There’s been a lot of talk in the media lately about how onerous it can be to cook meals at home for your family. In our experience, a great deal of kitchen stress can be relieved by simply planning your meals ahead of time so that there’s no last-minute panic to grab groceries on the way home, or to figure out supper plans via text message. To help with this, we’ve spent a lot of time rethinking and redesigning the Menu Ideas area of our website. We’ve written a bit about the logic behind it in a blog post here, or you can just jump right in and start exploring. We hope you like it and find it useful. We’ll continue to post new menus to it regularly, so keep checking back.

Let us build your grocery list! Browse recipes on our app and have the ingredients added to a grocery checklist. Download the app here!

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Last updated on January 18, 2019