Recipes

The crisp crunch of a carrot fresh from the farm. The sweet juice of an apple picked right from the tree. The bright colours of fall harvest. The comforting smell of root vegetables roasting in the oven. Food not only gives us fuel, but also keeps us healthy, brings us together, and shapes our memories.

Gail was passionate about inspired cooking and quality ingredients. She and her students experienced the joyous sharing of locally sourced foods, simple recipes, a contagious zest for learning, and exciting opportunities to explore the world through the culinary arts.

We are pleased to share some of her recipes with you.
Cheddar Cheese Beer Spread

Perfect for the Super Bowl or any other sports gathering.

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Vegetarian Burger

For February 2015, Gail’s vegetarian burger was the featured burger at Delux Burger Bars in Edmonton. For each burger sold, $1 was donated to Autism Edmonton.

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Lomo Saltado (Peruvian Beef Stir Fry with Potatoes)

One of the many dishes ChefGail fell in love with during her culinary tour of Peru in March 2015. Delicious to eat, easy to create! The dish is served topped with fabulous French fry potatoes. Rather than fry the potatoes, ChefGail roasted them as per the method here.

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Peruvian Quinoa Salad

Lots of protein in this dish when you combine quinoa with beans. This salad was a favourite on ChefGail's culinary tour of Peru. The method includes tossing the cooked quinoa lightly in simple syrup and then toasting it. What a lovely way to add flavour and crispiness to the quinoa.

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Nachos with Fresh Guacamole and Pico de Gallo

This dish is a must when watching sports, especially with hockey playoffs. Homemade guacamole and pico de gallo layered with your favourite nacho chips and cheese can be made in a few minutes. Here’s how!

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Rhubarb Nectar

Rhubarb is one of those ingredients that doesn’t get the recognition that it deserves. A plethora of it is grown in Alberta and that could be why!! Keep in mind that it freezes will if you can use it up right away (just cut it into small pieces, put in freezer bags, remove air and […]

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Roasted Potato Salad with Bacon and Pesto

Make this salad a day or two in advance to really take advantage of the pesto flavour!

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Phyllo Strudel with Chicken, Smoked Bacon, Pine Nuts and Goat’s Cheese with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

This is one of ChefGail's favourite savoury phyllo strudel recipes. Once you get the hang of working with phyllo, it will become one of your favourites too! Try different cooked fillings too!

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Beet Borscht with Chèvre and Fresh Dill

Regardless of its origin (Russian, Poland, Ukraine, Romania…), every beet borscht recipe is the ‘right’ one. This one has a modern twist and was a popular dish at ChefGail's award winning catering company, Gourmet Goodies, created by my former executive chef, Dave Nicolson, who’s is Scottish by the way! Serve with lots of rye bread […]

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Smoked Bacon and Potato Soup

ChefGail prepared one of her favourite soups on TV. It uses ingredients from farms that were visited a local culinary tour, including bacon from Irving’s Farm Fresh in Round Hill.

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Pasta Amatriciana

Pasta with Bacon, Onions, Tomatoes, and Cheese

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Chicken Cacciatore

This recipe is delicious. ChefGail used it forever and never tired of the flavour. Watch ChefGail prepare this dish on Global Edmonton: https://globalnews.ca/video/2243198/in-the-global-edmonton-kitchen-with-gail-hall . The aroma is intoxicating!

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Pumpkin Butter

In pumpkin season this recipe makes great use of your hallowe’en pumpkin. It’s super easy and tastes fabulous. Use on your favourite breads and crackers and it makes a lovely hostess gift.

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Pumpkin Bread

America's favorite sweet bread.

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Pumpkin Cookies

Soft and scrumptious—you can make these cookies in 30 minutes!

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Pumpkin Purée
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Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

A delicious and simple recipe to make. Feel free to use Prosciutto or Pancetta instead of Bacon. ChefGail's preference was to use locally smoked bacon from organics or Farm Fresh producers typically available at Farmer's Market.

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Fresh Asparagus Salad

Fresh Asparagus is available from local growers in May and June. This is the time to try to this salad. Remember fresh asparagus can be eaten raw and none of the locally produced varieties should have wooden stalks to cut off.

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Phyllo Cups with Sweetened Whipping Cream and Fresh Fruit

The crispiness of the phyllo filled with sweetened whipped cream and topped with seasonal fruit, is there perfect blend of texture and taste. The phyllo cups can be baked several days ahead of time. Keep at room temperature covered with a light tea towel.

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Italian Baguette Sandwiches

If you love the sandwiches made at an Italian deli, here is ChefGail's version done on a French Baguette. Slice thinly for appetizers and on the thicker side for lunch.

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Salsa Verde

Easy to make in 10 minutes and perfect with fish, chicken, pork or beef.

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Breakfast Sandwich

A delicious and healthy start to your day.

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Make Your Own Pita Pizzas

Quick and delicious for lunch or dinner.

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Homemade Granola Bars
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Granola Cereal
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Bananas Dipped in Chocolate with Almonds

Easy, healthy and delicious, this dessert will be popular at any time of year.

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Chelo Chicken

Just a hint of curry doesn't overpower the dish.

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Rice Pilaf

This pilaf can be made with any rice, just adjust cooking times as per the directions on the package.

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No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Cookies

ChefGail made these as a child with her best friend Gay Spiegel. They were one of her favourite cookies!!

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Carrot Ribbon Salad

This salad can be made in a matter of minutes. Feel free to modify it to suite your taste. If you are in a hurry, use a vegetable shredder or food processor to shred the carrots rather than using a carrot peeler to make ribbons. Mix salad with ingredients and dressing and let stand at […]

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Bannock with Sautéed Onions, Peppers and Garlic Sausage

A delicious one pot camping recipe - and it can also be made at home!

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Baked Apples

An easy and delicious way to use up your bumper crop of apples!

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Apple Strudel

ChefGail grew up with this recipe and at first made the dough from scratch and then discovered that phyllo can work too!

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Red Onion and Tomato Salad

This salad is like a fresh salsa and is great with BBQ foods too! So easy and quick to make at any time of year! ChefGail had special memories of her mom making this quick salad in the summer time when the family had BBQ for supper...

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Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes with Chèvre

A delicious side dish that can be made with local ingredients year round.

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