Jasper Farm To Table

Peach Pie, Elsie and a Book Launch

by Darcie Friesen HossackWriter-in-Residence One of the things about making a life that's centred around food, is that Chefhusband and I have almost always lived somewhere that friends and family want to visit. In the Okanagan, sun worshippers would arrive in...
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A Quandary of Cabbages

by Darcie Friesen HossackWriter-in-Residence Nouns of congregation are one of my favourite elements of language. A murder of crows. A suit of snails. A gang of elk. A pontification of priests. And now, because there doesn't seem to be a collective noun...
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Mennonite Roots, Mountain Soil

by Darcie Friesen HossackWriter-in-Residence     In my grandmother's kitchen, in the tiny village of Schoenfeld, twenty minutes south of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, there was always something cooking. As some of you will know from my name (Friesen), I come...
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A Place of Different Colours

by Darcie Friesen HossackWriter-in-Residence It took a bit of time before I adjusted to the particular light that falls over Jasper National Park. Unlike the bright, winepressed skies of the Okanagan, or the jewel tones of the Pacific, the mountains here...
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How the Cookies Crumble

by Darcie Friesen HossackWriter-in-Residence It was 4 o'clock in the morning when, after staying up to keep Chefhusband company though a long night of baking fiddly cookies for an upcoming event, my eyelids slammed shut. I wobbled, then nearly fall off...
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The Valley Veg

by Darcie Friesen HossackWriter-in-Residence It's a tricky business, doing these parking lot deals in the full light of day. After all, you never know who might be watching. For example, there's the couple sitting under the sunshade of their RV over...
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A Summer Wedding

by Darcie Friesen HossackWriter-in-Residence Twenty-six years ago, wearing more satin than anyone should on a late summer's day, I married my best friend. We would've preferred a May wedding. My dress was made for a May wedding. But July 31st,...
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Sisters, Summer and a Hazy IPA

by Darcie Friesen HossackWriter-in-Residence I'm sitting on the newly-expanded deck at Chalet #134 with a glass of Elephant Island Framboise in my hand. I don't make the habit of occupying space that belongs to guests. But my sister is here...
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The Drive is the Point

by Darcie Friesen HossackWriter-in-Residence There's a saying among those who make their beds at Overlander. And today, on the drive between the Town of Jasper and the Lodge, when it seems that all the citizens of the Park have come out...
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Simply Greens with Mustard

by Darcie Friesen HossackWriter-in-Residence The living palette of green here, on the edge and throughout Jasper National Park, seems almost impossible at times. Having lived in the Okanagan Valley for so long, Chefhusband and I became reconciled to the idea...
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Into The Wildflowers

by Darcie Friesen HossackWriter-in-Residence One of the first things Chefhusband and I noticed after moving to Overlander Mountain Lodge were the wildflowers. Around the first of June, if you visit places like the Valley of the Five Lakes, wildcrocuses appear along...
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