Summer picnics are supposed to be fun and relaxing, right? Tossing the football, lazy afternoons, juicy summer reads, children frolicking. To me, the idea of frying up a batch of chicken and making potato salad sounds anything but fun and relaxing. Who wants to be in the kitchen on a hot summer day attached to a frying pan getting greasy? Not I, Popeye! Picnics also tend to be a bit more impromptu, so I’ve developed three great picnic recipes using one roasted chicken that are make-ahead, easily transportable or enjoyable in your own back yard, delicious - and these salads hold for days. So bring on that cold-cooked chicken!
We usually think about taking our whole body on vacation, but why not just take one body part: Your taste buds! Calgary and surrounding areas offer an abundance of opportunities to try new and unique meals, visit farms to learn about how food is grown, taste freshly picked produce from farmers' markets and take a step back into the past to learn about how our ancestors prepared food before the advent of electricity. It only takes a few hours in a day to expand your knowledge and palate. You can find gardens, festivals, historical sites and classes within the city and most farms and farmers’markets are a close drive. Not only is a food-cation easy to fit in time wise, they are a bit easier on the wallet.
Hosting a wine tasting in your home is a great excuse to come together with friends and sample new wines. So many of us get stuck in a rut with the wine we drink. We order the same varietal and often select wines from the same winery because it is what we know. Attending professional wine tastings at wine shops and restaurants can be intimidating to the average wine drinker. Many fear that they don’t know enough about wines to make a judgment about them. One’s fondness to a wine is unique. It is no different than how a person perceives art. While you may love Renoir, your friend may prefer Seurat. They are both talented artists, but not everyone will see them the same way.
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