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Three Great Picnic Dishes - One Roasted Chicken. Butterfan takes your picnics to Nirvana!

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!

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Take a ‘Food-cation’ this Summer

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.

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Alberta Farmers’ Markets

The sweet smell of newly baked bread. The tangy taste of freshly squeezed lemonade. The spirited sound of a frisky fiddle tune! These are a few of the attractions that may greet you on a visit to a Farmers’ Market. Young Connor enjoys going with his mom to their local Farmers’ Market. He enthusiastically nibbles on the yummy cheese samples and dances to the lively fiddle music. His mom loves the market’s juicy red strawberries.

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Camp Treats for Your Little Sweets

Walnut Granola Trail Bars, Adapted from walnutinfo.com.

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