Daybreak Alberta
with Chris dela Torre

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Wake up to the weekend with Daybreak Alberta, featuring interviews with newsmakers, artists and provocateurs from the province and beyond. Host Chris dela Torre presents the music, people and events that make up life in Alberta, from jazz standards and indie music to home renovation tips and fine wine. Follow us on Twitter @daybreakalberta for access to free swag and exclusive giveaways during the show.

November 23, 2014: The Interviews

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Daybreak Alberta host Chris dela Torre speaks to veteran jazz drummer, Jerry Granelli. The Halifax musician is the last surviving member of the Vince Guaraldi Trio, the group responsible for the beloved and ever-enduring A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack. After decades spent trying to distance himself from the album, Granelli will be performing A Charlie Brown Christmas for audiences in Calgary in St. Albert.

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Daybreak Alberta contributor Nola Keeler takes a cooking class on holiday-themed hors d'oeurves from Edmonton chef, Gail Hall. Take a listen and jot down the recipes below to try them at home.

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Yield: 12


12           ¼" slices                               English Cucumber (wash and score with a fork before   


½             cup                                         Fairwinds Farm Peppercorn Goat Cheese

12           ¼" square                            Pieces of Red Bell Pepper for garnish


Using a piping bag with a star tip or a teaspoon, place a dollop of goat cheese on each cucumber slice and garnish with a piece of red bell pepper.




Yield: 3 to 4 cups dip


This dish is so easy to put together and it has the benefit of being healthy too! It takes minutes to put together if you have a food processor or blender. It's always a good idea to add some protein to your hors d'oeuvres buffet and this one is packed with protein and fibre: 4 oz of dip is equivalent to 4 oz of protein from meat sources.


1              15 ½ oz. can                        White Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed

1              14 ½ oz. can                        Artichoke Hearts, drained and rinsed

2              cloves                                   Garlic, crushed

2              tbsp                                       Fresh Lemon Juice

2              tbsp                                       Olive Oil

3              tbsp                                       Grated Parmesan Cheese

1              tsp                                          Chopped Fresh Rosemary

                to taste                                                Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper

                drizzle                                   Olive Oil

                pinch                                     Ground Cayenne Pepper

In a food processor, blend beans, artichoke hearts, garlic and lemon juice to a smooth paste. While the machine is running, add 2 tbsp olive oil for a smooth consistency. Add the Parmesan cheese and rosemary. Adjust flavour with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl and before serving, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with cayenne pepper. Serve with your favourite toast points, warm sliced naan or pita and fresh vegetable crudités . This dip can be made a day ahead, just cover and refrigerate and bring it to room temperature before service.




Yield: 12 pieces


12                                           Dates (pitted and split in half lengthwise, hinged)

½             cup                         Goat Cheese

1              tbsp                       Cointreau

½             tbsp                       Orange Zest


Mix goat cheese with Cointreau. Place in piping bag and pipe into date. Top with orange zest.




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Is four days of Black Friday three days too many? Retail futurist Doug Stephens thinks so. Doug is Daybreak's resident retail analyst and the author of The Retail Revival: Re-Imagining Business For The New Age of Consumerism.

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November 23, 2014: The Playlist

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6:10am: Relevant Moments - Mike McDonald

6:27am: Strike - BMBSHL

6:40am: Wild Strawberries - Gordon Lightfoot

7:10am: Stay With Me - Sam Smith

7:21am: London Calling - The Clash

7:25am: Something's Got A Hold On Me - Etta James

7:53am: Winter Solstice - Cold Specks

8:10am: Long Road - The Strumbellas

8:25am: I Love You Money - Lowell

8:38am: Help Is Just Around The Corner - Coldplay

8:55am: Linus and Lucy - Vince Guaraldi Trio