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Dine In/Take Out: #Calgary Eats – Part of the My Hometown Series Part 1

The Keg – 130th Ave

For my money, the Keg on 130th Ave, has the best chefs. The picture above is Creole Chicken. I get this every time I visit this location. Its served with shrimp and scallops and they are done to perfection! The scallops just melt in your mouth. Obviously, they have someone cooking that knows how to do seafood. This is not the case at all the Keg’s in town. Try something different instead of the usual steak. I think you’ll be impressed. Creole Chicken is $23.95 on the menu and yes, it looks exactly like that each and every time.

Olive Grove – Midnapore

If you are feeling like a cheesy, thick crusted pizza, this is the one for you. This particular location takes care when preparing your pizza and doesn’t skimp out on the toppings. They have a varied menu including beef dips and potatoe skins or if you are feeling a little fancier, you can always try the veal. For me, however, this is where I get my pizza from. A large, 2 topping pizza, will run you around $25.00.  It’s a good price! You can easily feed 3 – 4 people with this pizza!

The British Chippy – Bridlewood

This is about as close to British Fish and Chips as you will eat in Calgary. Small 10 table restaurant with a very busy takeout service. Menu is simple. They have cod and chips, haddock and chips, steak and kidney pie, steak and mushroom pie. Can’t get more British than that unless you take a look at their sides where you will find mushy peas. A must in Britain although not to my taste. How about a little snack? Well, you can have a chip butty. It’s chips on a buttered bun! Oh it’s good alright. All the food here is yummy. Fish is lightly battered, thick pieces and made to order. The only draw back to this superb joint would be their prices. A little on the high side. Everything seems to be an add on dish. Want coleslaw with your fish, its extra. Want mushy peas, well, that’s extra too. Average cost for dinner for two: $30 – 35. Portions aren’t so big but definately worth trying.

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August 29, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pepperoni Sticks and Pizza Pretzels

This is an all time fan favorite! At least in my household. These are really simple to make and kids can help. Perfect for school lunches, late night hunger or appetizers for unexpected guests.

DOUGH (breadmaker)

1 1/8 cups of warm water

1 tablesspoon yeast

1/4 cup sugar

add first three ingredients to breadmaker and leave for 3 or 4 min

add

1 egg

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup shortening

3 1/2 cups flour

NOW THE HOW TO

Once your dough is ready, preheat your oven to 250 degrees and turn off when heated. Place an oven safe dish in the oven filled with water. This will help your dough to rise and keep it moist.

Pepperoni Sticks

This dough recipe will easily make  2 dozen lunch size sticks or 4 dozen snack size

Slice pepperoni sticks in half. Then slice in half lengthwise. Each pepperoni stick yields 4 lunch size sticks.

Cut dough into 24 equal pieces. Roll dough out like a long snake. Wrap dough around the pepperoni stick on an angle. (like you’d see a peppermint stick or twisted ribbon or a barbershop sign 🙂

You don’t have to cover all the stick. Spaces inbetween the dough will fill in once the dough rises again.

Pinch ends together and roll pepperoni stick on table to smooth out dough (you can roll it in cheese if you want for a change)

Place wrapped pepperoni in oven on greased and floured cookie sheets (be sure your oven is off at this point) and let rise 20 to 30 min or until dough has doubled in size

Remove from oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees

Cook 5 to 10 min depending on size. Once the dough is nicely brown, they are ready.

To keep dough soft, brush with melted butter while still hot.

These freeze extremely well!

*NOTE Don’t have pepperoni sticks? Just roll dough out in cheese and make cheese sticks instead!

Pizza Pretzels

Roll dough out as described above (in pepperoni sticks)

Be sure to pre-heat your oven to 250 degrees and turn off when heated. Place an oven safe dish in the oven filled with water. This will help your dough to rise and keep it moist.

Twist dough into pretzel shapes or the intitial of your child. Any shape you like

Sauce:

Your favorite pizza sauce  OR mix the following ingredients

1 small can of tomato sauce

1 or 2 cloves of crushed garlic

1/2 tsp of italian seasoning

Brush sauce on rolled pretzels and put on greased and floured cookie sheet.

Let rise 20 – 30 minutes or until dough has doubled in size

Remove from oven and preheat to 375 degrees. Cook for 7 to 10 minutes or until nicely browned

Brush with melted butter once removed from oven to keep dough soft.

Bon appetite!

August 14, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 12 Comments

Mmmmmm…Chili Cheese Dog

The summer is a great time for barbeque whether you’re having a backyard party or a quiet family dinner. When you put something on the grill, it just tastes better. Hot dogs are a great example of this. They take only a few minutes but come off the bbq juicy and looking so good. Part of eating a delicious meal is how it looks. The char marks are appealing. Good looking food invites you to taste it.

Hot dogs are family friendly and easy on the pocket book. They can be served up in so many ways. All you need to do is put the ingredients on the table and everyone can eat their own cuisine. Growing up, my favorite hot dog topping was peanut butter! Oh Yeah! I still eat them that way sometimes. This weekend though, I chose to top them up with homemade chili.

Have leftovers? Slice them up and add them to baked beans for a yummy side dish. (makes the beans go further too!)

I wonder what I should barbeque next time?

August 7, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

   

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