• Classic Pork Chops

      By Chef Mike Edgar, Photos by Twisted Tree Photography Now that meal prep is top of mind for many, here’s a pork dish that is easy to make and features a delicious cranberry touch. Thick and juicy oven-baked pork loin chops, smothered in a savoury, brandy reduction and topped with a cranberry-mustard are a wonderful… [Continue Reading]

      Classic Pork Chops
    • Ansel, Our Photoshoot Dog

      BY JENN WEBSTER Just in case you’re not on our subscriber list, we thought we should bring you all up to speed on our latest photoshoot, appearing in the Jan/Feb issue of Western Horse Review. Through this publication, I truly believe we are changing the world in a perhaps small, but significant manner. Even via… [Continue Reading]

      Ansel, Our Photoshoot Dog
    • Ringing in 2020

      BY JENN WEBSTER & ALL PHOTOS BY Twisted Tree Photography. Make-up by Ivonne Arsenault of One Beauty, Calgary, ABHair by Michelle Walsh of One Beauty, Calgary, AB How are you ringing in the New Year? We’re skipping the resolutions and the big bash parties this time – instead choosing to spend the evening with friends… [Continue Reading]

      Ringing in 2020
    • Horses with Heart – Sergeant Reckless

      BY DEBBIE MACRAE She was truly a gift of love – her life exchanged for a limb. His sister had stepped on a land mine and $250 meant that Kim Huk Moon could buy her a leg prosthesis. It was the Korean war. But to do so, he had to let his filly go… He… [Continue Reading]

      Horses with Heart – Sergeant Reckless
    • Cowgirl Room Revamp

      Check out this beautiful revamp of a little cowgirl’s bedroom. We are so in love with this room makeover, that is nearly finished! This special cowgirl wanted a farm/ranch/cowgirl theme. Her grandfather assisted in bringing her mother’s vision for her bed come to life. Underneath, the shelves can house books, toys or Breyer horses. In… [Continue Reading]

      Cowgirl Room Revamp
    • Your Winter Home in AZ

      Are you thinking of venturing to Arizona this winter? With blizzards already in full force here in southern Alberta, Siggins Horse Company, located in Eloy, Arizona, is a full service equine facility offering full care board services, team roping practices and jackpots, and much more. Horse training, lessons and horse sales are also part of… [Continue Reading]

      Your Winter Home in AZ
    • Doc West on Rural Crime

      In light of the southern Alberta story of Edouard Maurice who recently filed a counterclaim against the convicted criminal who drove onto the Maurice property south of Okotoks, AB, on Feb. 24, 2018 and rummaged through his vehicles, we thought it might be prudent to run an archive from our Doc West March/April 2017 column.… [Continue Reading]

      Doc West on Rural Crime
    • Ranch Country Horse Sale 2019

      The 15th Annual Ranch Country Horse Sale Inc. (RCH Sale) was held at the Maple Creek, SK, Agricultural Grounds, on Saturday, Sept 14th, 2019. The Ranch Country Horse Sale members include the Perrins, the Parsonages, and the Bertrams. The High Selling Saddle Horse was Lot #47, MM Docs Cowboy, a 2015 buckskin gelding consigned by… [Continue Reading]

      Ranch Country Horse Sale 2019

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Classic Pork Chops

By Chef Mike Edgar, Photos by Twisted Tree Photography

Now that meal prep is top of mind for many, here’s a pork dish that is easy to make and features a delicious cranberry touch. Thick and juicy oven-baked pork loin chops, smothered in a savoury, brandy reduction and topped with a cranberry-mustard are a wonderful way to enjoy a sit-down meal with your family.

BRINE

2 Cups Water
1/2 Cup of Salt
1/2 Cup Sugar
6 Cloves of Garlic
2 Tbsp. of Whole Black Peppercorn
Handful of Fresh Thyme
2 Cups of Ice Cubes

BRINE METHOD
Dissolve the salt and sugar in water. Add aromatics. Bring to a boil and pour over ice cubes. Stir until melted.
 

PORK CHOPS METHOD
Sear your pork chops to start. Place two double cut pork chops, (bone in) into the brine for a minimum of eight hours. Remove from brine and dry. Preheat your oven to 425℉. Sear pork chops in a cast iron pan, for approximately five minutes a side. Place in oven, flipping every three minutes until you have an internal temp of 145℉. Bring out and rest for a minimum of five minutes.
 
SPICED SQUASH PUREE

1 Butternut Squash, Diced (Uncooked)
2 Tbsp. of Butter
1 Tbsp. of Olive Oil
1 Tsp. of Allspice
1 Tsp. Turmeric Powder
1 Tsp. of Ground Ginger
1 Tsp. of Salt 
1 Tsp. Pepper
1/4 Cup of 33% Whipping Cream
1/4 Cup of Water

SPICED SQUASH PUREE METHOD
Roast squash and spices in a preheated 425℉ oven for 25 minutes, until soft. Place in a blender with water and cream and puree.


CIPOILLINI ONIONS
1 Onion per person, Peeled
 
CIPOILLINI ONIONS METHOD
Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Pre-heat oven to 425℉. Roast onions seven minutes per side.
 

When arranging your pork chop plate, the asparagus & goat cheese strudel pairs well with the spiced squash puree.


ASPARAGUS & GOAT CHEESE STRUDEL

12 Asparagus Stalks
1/2 Cup Goat Cheese
3 Sheets of Phyllo Pastry
1 Tsp. of Salt
1 Tsp. of Pepper
1/2 Cup of Melted Butter
 
STRUDEL METHOD
Lay one sheet of phyllo pastry down on the cutting board, and brush with butter, repeat two times. Cut the phyllo into four rectangles. Season with salt and pepper and place three asparagus on each rectangle and then crumble equal portions of goat cheese on top. Roll phyllo around the asparagus and goat cheese. Roll to wrap them towards the centre of the spear. Preheat oven to 425℉. Place each pastry on a greased baking sheet and place in oven for six minutes a side.
 

This sweet and savoury brandy reduction is the perfect addition to pork chops.

BRANDY REDUCTION 

2 Cups Chicken Stock
2 Cups Brandy
1 Cup Honey
1 Tbsp. of Tomato Paste
Handful of Fresh Thyme

BRANDY REDUCTION METHOD
Place all ingredients in a pot and bring items to a boil. Boil until the consistency is that of a syrup.
 
CRANBERRY MUSTARD

1/2 Cup Yellow Mustard Seeds
1/4 Cup Brown Mustard Seeds
1 and 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
1 Cup Dry Cranberries

CRANBERRY MUSTARD METHOD
Cranberry Sauce:
Soak cranberries in water for two hours. Strain the water off. Puree in a food processor with half the maple syrup.

Mustard:
Place all mustard seeds and vinegar in a jar. Seal the lid. Shake well. Let sit in a dark place for 48 hours.

After 48 Hours
Remove half the mustard seeds and puree in food processor with the cranberry sauce and the remaining maple syrup.
Mix with the remaining mustard seeds. Serve with your pork chops. 

Ansel, Our Photoshoot Dog

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

BY JENN WEBSTER

Just in case you’re not on our subscriber list, we thought we should bring you all up to speed on our latest photoshoot, appearing in the Jan/Feb issue of Western Horse Review. Through this publication, I truly believe we are changing the world in a perhaps small, but significant manner. Even via western fashion photoshoots.

One of the ways we are doing that this issue, is by bringing your attention to the Heaven Can Wait Animal Rescue Foundation out of High River, AB. WHR readers have probably noticed, fashion photoshoots have become an important part of our editorial over the last few years. This issue was no exception. The only difference this time was that we included “Ansel,” the Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute-mix, seen in the spread you can find starting on page 46. (Trust me, you’re gonna want to renew your subscription if you haven’t already: www.westernhorsereview.com).

A sneak peek of the Jan/Feb 2020 Photoshoot, featuing “Ansel” and “Pickles” the pony. Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

With a western winter and skijor theme, Ansel fit right in. He even made friends with “Pickles,” the pony belonging to my kids who casually walked inside the mansion we used for our shoot location, like she had done it a million times before. (Gotta love good-minded animals!)

Now here’s the real story. Ansel is the survivor of an atrocious hoarding situation that occurred in Milk River, AB, five years ago. He was one of 201 dogs seized by the Alberta SPCA from a property occupied by April Dawn Irving, 59. Animals found there were malnourished and dehydrated, with parasites and filthy, matted fur. Some had broken bones and gaping wounds. Five dead dogs were also found on the property.

Heaven Can Wait provided emergency care for Ansel and three other huskies, as well as three Komondors and an Irish Wolfhound. All eight were brought to health – treated for parasites, vaccinated, spayed and neutered, groomed, and fed with supplements for weight gain and coat health. After being worked with and having their personalities assessed, they were adopted into loving homes.

Ansel is now thriving and was a pleasant addition to our photoshoot. Aged six, he lives with a Calgary, AB couple and a Siberian husky companion. He is affectionate and healthy, and loves his home comforts and outdoor adventures.

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

Heaven Can Wait is a no-kill shelter and serves a wide area of rural communities in southern Alberta including farms, ranches and acreages. It has approximately 40 dogs and 150 cats in its care. Many are available for adoption, although some are considered sanctuary animals due to health or behavioural issues. The rescue has an ongoing need for donations – its biggest expense is veterinary care. For information on how to help and details of adoptable animals, visit www.heavencanwait.ca or follow their Facebook page.

We learned in December 2019 that sentencing in the Milk River case was delivered at Lethbridge Provincial Court. Irving was banned for life from owning animals in Alberta after pleading guilty to four counts of causing an animal to be in distress. Although issued $15,000 in fines, she did not have to pay due to time served in custody.

Ringing in 2020

BY JENN WEBSTER & ALL PHOTOS BY Twisted Tree Photography.

Make-up by Ivonne Arsenault of One Beauty, Calgary, AB
Hair by Michelle Walsh of One Beauty, Calgary, AB

How are you ringing in the New Year? We’re skipping the resolutions and the big bash parties this time – instead choosing to spend the evening with friends and family and the genuine people in our lives.

Here’s what our evening will look like:

Friends gathered, with drinks in hand, dressed to the nines in the amazing western lifestyle clothing now being offered at Lammle’s Western Wear.

(From Left to Right): Cruel Denim horse print burgundy women’s shirt, $79.95; Cruel shimmer duster with lace, $89.95; Rock & Roll Cowgirl Take No Bull striped women’s blouse, $79.95; Rock & Roll Cowgirl velvet bell bottom women’s leggings, $59.95; Tuf Cooper performance stretch poplin brown and cream men’s shirt, $74.95; Powder River Outfitters wool heather men’s charcoal vest, $119.95; Tribal stretch velvet burgundy rose women’s shirt, $69.95; Miss Me Abstract Life bootcut women’s jeans, $149.95; (Sitting in Front) Ariat Showtime Ancho Chile women’s top, $69.95; Ariat Lady Luck bomber White Sands women’s jacket, $109.95; and Scully floral embroidered western sport coat, $239.95; Stetson Diamond Dot burgundy print men’s shirt, $89.95.

There will be lots of food. Mostly appetizers, so people can visit and graze as they go by. Finger food is the perfect compliment for a New Year’s Eve get together. Like these chicken schnitzel and smoked salmon sliders, prepared for us by Chef Mike Edgar:

Or this plate of Arancini, which are small balls of rice stuffed with a savory filling, coated in breadcrumbs, and fried.

Or this delicious Prosciutto & Melon Caprese Salad…

Prosciutto & Melon Caprese Salad
INGREDIENTS:
• Prosciutto x 10 slices
• 1/2 cantaloupe thinly sliced
• 1/2 honeydew thinly sliced
• 5 Red vine tomatoes quartered
• 5 balls buffalo mozzarella quartered
• Fresh figs cut in half x 5
• Fresh nectarines quartered
• Fresh basil leaves x 10
• Fresh mint leaves x 10
• Extra virgin olive oil
• Aged balsamic vinegar
• Salt & Pepper

METHOD: Randomly place Prosciutto, tomato, cheese, melon, figs, nectarines, mint, basil on your choice of serving platter. Drizzle with oil and vinegar so that everything on the board has a bit of each on it. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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Before the daylight fades away, we’ll grab the horses and our skies or snowboards and charge out for a little bit of skijoring fun.

And then, it’s time to warm up a bit around the fire…

There is nothing more comfortable than Manitobah Mukluks when you simply want to unwind.

Of course – if you know us – we usually get a second wind around 9:00 pm. So then it’s time to pull out the cocktail dresses and boots…

All dresses from Blondie Boutique. Jewelry by RKR Jewelry. On Him, outfit all from Cody & Sioux. Boots all from Alberta Boot Co.; (LEFT) Blue / Gray Python ladies boots, $785; (ON HIM) Peanut Brittle Alligator men’s boots, $1,800; (RIGHT) Electric Blue Lizard ladies boots, $975.

And when New Year’s Eve finally winds down, there’s nothing better than a hot bath and a whiskey.

Wishing you all a wonderful and safe New Year’s Eve!

Horses with Heart – Sergeant Reckless

BY DEBBIE MACRAE She was truly a gift of love – her life exchanged for a limb. His sister had stepped on a land mine and $250 meant that Kim Huk Moon could buy her a leg prosthesis. It was the Korean war. But to do so, he had to let his filly go… He […]

[Continue reading…]

Cowgirl Room Revamp

Check out this beautiful revamp of a little cowgirl’s bedroom. We are so in love with this room makeover, that is nearly finished! This special cowgirl wanted a farm/ranch/cowgirl theme. Her grandfather assisted in bringing her mother’s vision for her bed come to life. Underneath, the shelves can house books, toys or Breyer horses. In […]

[Continue reading…]

Your Winter Home in AZ

Are you thinking of venturing to Arizona this winter? With blizzards already in full force here in southern Alberta, Siggins Horse Company, located in Eloy, Arizona, is a full service equine facility offering full care board services, team roping practices and jackpots, and much more. Horse training, lessons and horse sales are also part of […]

[Continue reading…]

Doc West on Rural Crime

In light of the southern Alberta story of Edouard Maurice who recently filed a counterclaim against the convicted criminal who drove onto the Maurice property south of Okotoks, AB, on Feb. 24, 2018 and rummaged through his vehicles, we thought it might be prudent to run an archive from our Doc West March/April 2017 column. […]

[Continue reading…]

Ranch Country Horse Sale 2019

The 15th Annual Ranch Country Horse Sale Inc. (RCH Sale) was held at the Maple Creek, SK, Agricultural Grounds, on Saturday, Sept 14th, 2019. The Ranch Country Horse Sale members include the Perrins, the Parsonages, and the Bertrams. The High Selling Saddle Horse was Lot #47, MM Docs Cowboy, a 2015 buckskin gelding consigned by […]

[Continue reading…]

Behind the Scenes

BY JENN WEBSTER The Western Horse Review fall fashion shoot didn’t go as planned. Originally centered around a specific location, the Sept/Oct. photojournalism piece was forced in a new direction when Mother Nature rained us out. Which in turn, forced us to move the shoot location. There was however, a beautiful consolation in moving the […]

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