Best Craft Beer Saskatoon: Fill Up Your Growlers This Weekend with These Microbrews

Where to fill up the best craft beer in Saskatoon

In celebration of Top of the Hops, happening this weekend at Prairieland Park, this post gives you the cream of the crop in the province’s craft brewing scene. Fill up your glass with something local! And don’t forget to visit me at the Do Sask booth to build your own pretzel necklace – good craft beer needs good craft snacks.

It’s technically spring, but the weather has been so hot it’s feeling like summer. Just as soon as the patios start bustling and the BBQs begin sizzling, people look for new ways to quench their thirst. One popular way to do that is to fill up a growler from a local microbrewer with the best craft beer in Saskatoon. 

As the craft beer scene in Saskatchewan continues to grow, with each year it adds a new crop of beer lovers to the province. For example, there’s an active “Beer lovers of Saskatchewan” group on Facebook where people discuss the best (and worst) of our local brews.

Recently, a member asked where he should go to fill up his growlers for the weekend. Here’s a look at the recommendations for best craft beer in Saskatoon, as listed by active group members. I’ve also added in top-ranking brews from Saskatoon Brewery Tour attendees’ feedback.

Did I miss a good one? Get in touch with me at info@dosask.com.

BEST CRAFT BEER SASKATOON

Most mentions goes to High Key Brewing Co. London Fog Porter, White Off the Hop White IPA, Jolly Roger Ale & Pomegranate Pale Ale

I’m really loving High Key right now, especially their London fog porter.”

“Nope, the london fog is terrible. No one should drink it so there is more for me.”

21st Street Brewery Hoodless IPA & Sweet Lea Kettle Sour

9 Mile Brewing Co. No. 229 Pale Ale

Nokomis Craft Ales Brown

Black Bridge Brewery Double IPA

Paddock Wood Heartstopper Hot Chocolate Stout

Prairie Sun Brewery Prairie Lily Lager

Pile o’ Bones Brewing Co. Simcoe Smash “Get that in your face hole ASAP”

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Things to do in Saskatoon this Weekend

Events for the week of May 23 to May 30, 2018

Events are compiled using the Do Sask Facebook Group community calendar. Group members are invited to share events and engage with each other about things to do in the city of Saskatoon. Think of it as an interactive community cork board.

THINGS TO DO IN SASKATOON THIS WEEKEND

Check out the listings below:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2018

12:00 PM Distillation of Resilience: Female Masculinity In Form at AKA Artist Run Centre
6:30 PM Linocut (Evening workshop) at Void Gallery
7:00 PM Salsa by the River at River Landing Water Park
7:30 PM Buffy Sainte Marie at Knox United Church
8:00 PM Pride and Prejudice at Persephone Theatre

THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018

12:00 PM Distillation of Resilience: Female Masculinity In Form at AKA Artist Run Centre
5:00 PM Drop in Bracelet Making at The Thursday Night Art Market at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
5:45 PM ADULT Dance course for Beginners at Alma Flamenca, Saskatoon Flamenco Music & Dance
7:00 PM Speed Dating for 35 to 45 at Finn’s Irish Pub
8:00 PM Pride and Prejudice at Persephone Theatre
9:00 PM Karaoke at Amigos Cantina

FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2018

12:00 PM Distillation of Resilience: Female Masculinity In Form at AKA Artist Run Centre
6:00 PM Prairie Grace Women’s Getaway Livingskies Retreat & Conference Centre
6:30 PM Top of the Hops at Prairieland Park
7:00 PM Nature Needs Half | NatureCity Festival Presents Harvey Locke at Aden Bowman Castle Theatre
7:30 PM Heart Songs (sing & play alongs) with Brian Paul D.G. & Friends! at d’Lish by Tish Café
8:00 PM Pride and Prejudice at Persephone Theatre

SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2018

9:00 AM Street Stall Saturdays at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
9:00 AM Westview Community Yard Sale
10:00 AM Saskatoon Mini Maker Faire at Prairieland Park
10:00 AM Mini Maker Faire 2018 at Prairieland Park
11:30 AM Card Readings at Crystal Cove
12:00 PM Distillation of Resilience: Female Masculinity In Form at AKA Artist Run Centre
2:00 PM May’s Hands-On History Crafternoon at Museum of Antiquities, University of Saskatchewan
6:00 PM Cocktails & Critters: Wild, Wild Pets Presented by Petplan! at Western Development Museum
6:30 PM Top of the Hops at Prairieland Park
2:00 PM & 8:00:00 PM Pride and Prejudice at Persephone Theatre

SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018

10:00 AM Valley Equestrian Centre Gymkhana at Rosthern, Saskatchewan
11:00 AM Vintage Clothing, Records, & Art Pop-up at Night Oven Bakery
1:00 PM Stage Makeup Workshop at Free Flow Dance Centre
2:00 PM & 8:00:00 PM Pride and Prejudice at Persephone Theatre
4:00 PM Agriculture Roundtable at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market

TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2018

12:00 PM Distillation of Resilience: Female Masculinity In Form at AKA Artist Run Centre
7:00 PM Swing on the Saskatchewan at River Landing Water Park
7:00 PM Do Sask Book Blub #5 at Park Town Hotel Lounge

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Things to do in Saskatoon this Weekend

Events for the week of May 16 to May 22, 2018

Events are compiled using the Do Sask Facebook Group community calendar. Group members are invited to share events and engage with each other about things to do in the city of Saskatoon. Think of it as an interactive community cork board.

THINGS TO DO IN SASKATOON THIS WEEKEND

Check out the listings below:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018

12:00 PM Spoken Word Poetry Workshop with Zoey Roy at PAVED Arts
7:00 PM Salsa by the River at River Landing Water Park
8:00 PM Pride and Prejudice at Persephone Theatre

THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018

5:30 PM CFCR Community Radio Burger & Beer Fundraiser at Capitol Music Club
5:45 PM ADULT Dance course for Beginners at Alma Flamenca, Saskatoon Flamenco Music & Dance
6:00 PM Spring Picnic at Stoffel acreage contact Marten Stoffel (306) 230-9291
6:00 PM Next to Normal at 816 Spadina Cres E
8:00 PM Pride and Prejudice at Persephone Theatre
8:00 PM WCSS Thursday Night Dance Party at Toon Town Tavern
9:00 PM Karaoke at Amigos Cantina

FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018

6:00 PM Next to Normal at 816 Spadina Cres E
7:00 PM Distillation of Resilience: Female Masculinity In Form at AKA Artist Run Centre
8:00 PM Pride and Prejudice at Persephone Theatre

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018

8:00 AM Quill Lakes area birding meet by the grain elevator at the Western Development Museum parking lot on Lorne Ave.
9:00 AM Street Stall Saturdays at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
12:00 PM Distillation of Resilience: Female Masculinity In Form at AKA Artist Run Centre
4:00 PM Cirque du Soleil Crystal at SaskTel Centre
6:00 PM Next to Normal at 816 Spadina Cres E
7:00 PM Air Guitar Saskatchewan 2018 Championships at Roxy Theatre
8:00 PM Pride and Prejudice at Persephone Theatre

SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2018

1:00 PM Brew Cruise at Saskatoon Brewery Tour
2:00 PM Pride and Prejudice at Persephone Theatre

MONDAY, MAY 21, 2018

7:00 PM Salsa by the River at River Landing Water Park
7:00 PM Free Pick-up Soccer Game at Confederation Park Community School

TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2018

12:00 PM Distillation of Resilience: Female Masculinity In Form at AKA Artist Run Centre
7:00 PM Vintage Swing at River Landing Water Park
7:00 PM Pop-up Clothing Swap Party for YWCA – Do Sask & Nature City Festival at YWCA Gymnasium
8:00 PM Pride and Prejudice at Persephone Theatre

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Online Dating in 2018: Six of the Most Frustrating Things According to You

2018 online dating scene is a pain

Last month, Do Sask followers were asked to post their single most frustrating thing about dating in 2018. While compiling the responses, it became obvious that the most frustrating thing about dating is online datingThis post features all comments organized by recurring themes. 

The term ‘online dating’ has become ubiquitous within the dating scene in general. According to an eharmony report, 36% of single Canadians have an online dating profile to increase their odds of finding a romantic relationship in person.

And according to you… online dating is kinda annoying.

What’s the most frustrating thing about online dating in 2018?

These are the biggest pains you’re currently facing in the dating scene. Keep in mind that Do Sask’s sample audience size is limited, so there may be other factors that have been left out.

1. When your group of friends is getting coupled up and there’s not a single mate left for you.

Trying to meet people outside of your immediate circle of friends and having a genuine conversation with them.”

“When you are the only single person you know in your age bracket. And none of your friends know any singles so you are always the odd one out. And vacation prices are always based on double occupancy.”

“There are very few ways of meeting people outside of dating apps and most of my single friends are gay.”

2. When your match’s online dating profile doesn’t match the person sitting across from you.

“So many people are in relationships but try to hook up with someone by putting a fake profile online. They talk to you then tell you “[oh] btw I’m married so we have to keep this on the DL”. How frustrating!”

The lies, oh god the lies!! “5’8” (as I tower over him), “athletic build” (video game couch potato build). It’s like, just be honest people.”

“How fake people can be over the internet.”

3. When unsolicited nudes arrive in your messages. C’mon, it’s 2018!

“The inappropriate pictures some men send, without warning ⚠, on dating apps!”

4. When people want to skip ahead to a quick hookup instead of developing a genuine connection.

“People wanting to “date” for the sole purpose of having sex.”

“Dating apps suck for meeting up with real people and always having to have the hookup convo.”

Finding someone that is serious about relationships and not asking if I’m DTF or if I’m interested in sleeping with younger men.”

“Meeting someone who is truly looking for a relationship.”

“I find is a lot of people want instant gratification. You’re talking to someone and showing interest and if you don’t immediately want to be their girlfriend they move on.”

5. When a combination of infinite options, unrealistic standards, and flaky partners make it hard to think long-term.

“From a male perspective…. the high expectations and constant rejection. Very frustrating.”

“The “way” to meet people but none of them fully tell the truth online…..then you “waste” time talking to them…then meet them…..then never see them again…..

“The choice paralysis of online dating. It affects both sexes, and can manifest different ways, but it’s all frustrating in the end. Everything could be going so well but then they ghost, or bench you for another option… Other times you find yourself hyper-analyzing a potential partner, wondering how many red flags are too many? Are you just being overly critical? Are you settling? Or do you actually deserve better?”

When you are excited about someone and then they ghost you. When you didn’t see it coming and are left wondering what happened. It makes it difficult to continue to open up when there is a new connection.”

“Finding people who say that they are interested then they tell you something all together different months down the road.”

6. When your desire for an old-fashioned meet-cute conflicts with your deliberate intention to be found.

“Dating sucks in your 30’s. It is scary and unnerving!! I hate meeting people online so I just don’t bother.”

“How the internet accelerated the process. Most of you can remember the not-so-distant past when relationships formed authentically. Memories are made when things aren’t rushed and I miss that.”

“It’s hard to narrow it down to one thing!! I know online dating is super popular but I really miss a good ol’ fashioned date with someone you met the old fashioned way! But I feel disconnected when I’m not on dating sites! It’s hard to meet someone that you don’t work with!! Oh the joys of dating in 2018.”

“I’d say the social dynamic of texting and messenger is annoying. I wouldn’t even mind talking on the phone these days but everybody is scared to have phone conversations.”

“The most frustrating thing about dating in 2018 is not being able to see facial expressions when online dating.”

Thanks to all the Saskatoon singles who took the time to leave their comments for this post!

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Saskatoon speed dating saves you from the online dating experience by putting you in front of at least 7 singles in one night. On average, 80% of attendees find a friend or more.  Register for the next event in Saskatoon! Please check the Do Sask Eventbrite page for upcoming dates and details.

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10 Ways to Celebrate Canada Health Day without Getting a Physical

Celebrate Canada Health Day

Canada Health Day is today, May 12. It’s not Christmas, but taking care of your health is the best gift you’ll ever give yourself.

So what am I doing this week to celebrate? While I do make a point to check in with my doctor regularly, total health is so much more than visiting the clinic every few months. In my opinion, it’s the daily habits that truly make a difference.

Getting back to healthy habits can be way to eliminate your risk of heart failure and mental disorder. Next to cancer, heart disease is the number 2 leading cause of death (Stats Canada). And according to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health issue in any given year.

Here are a ten simple ways you can celebrate Canada Health Day that don’t involve a visit to your doctor.

1. Make exercise fun again.

Remember when you’d go to the park and shoot hoops with your friends for hours on end? You’re never too old to make it happen. Saskatoon has some offbeat exercise clubs including acroyoga, aerial dance, and beach dodgeball leagues. Or go old school and call a friend to play a game of 21.

2. Start a walking, or running club.

We hardly got any colour at Color Me Rad.

I don’t know about you, but walks are always so much better when catching up with friends. It doesn’t have to be a large group to be a club – keep it small if that’s what you prefer. All that matters is that you stay accountable and meet up a certain amount of times per week/month to walk it out.

3. Round up the girls for a healthy food potluck or BBQ.

Contrary to popular belief, not every gathering has to have meat. Try to go meatless and see how creative you can be! Assign each friend a dish to bring and ask them to keep it clean. Walk the aisles around the perimeter of your nearest grocery store (fresh produce and dairy), instead of going to the aisles in the middle (preserved foods).

4. Go to a workshop to learn about meditation.

If you follow along in the Do Sask Facebook group, there are a number of activities in the city that encourage meditation. Some are free! Give it a look and if you don’t see what you’re looking for, start up your own event or group.

5. Push yourself to reach some new goals.

Setting SMART goals each week is part of adopting healthy habits. Try to keep them within arm’s reach, as lofty goals such as “lose 10 pounds in 1 week” will often leave you more discouraged and more likely to fail in the long-run. I put things like “make meal plan on Sunday” and “limit alcoholic drinks to under 5 per week” on my list of goals. These are all working towards the larger goal of feeling healthier every day.

6. Park at the last lane of the parking lot.

My husband Chris often chooses the furthest parking spot from the door. I grumble, but it’s actually a good idea to work in exercise in everyday moments like going to work and running errands. That way you’re building up your recommended 60 minutes of activity per day over the course of the entire day, not lumping it together in one hour that you may not have.

7. Bike to work!

Amy Bike Commuting to Work

I used to bike commute in Calgary every day during the spring, summer, and fall rain or shine. (I tried it in winter, but fell off my bike down an icy hill and called it quits.) 45 minutes in the morning pumped me up for a day at the office, and 45 minutes at rush hour helped me avoid traffic calmed me down on the way home. As a bike commuter, I was the most fit I’ve ever been and felt pretty good about myself.
Now that I work from home, biking is something I have to work hard to make happen. I’m looking at joining a biking group to get back at it. Friendly reminder: Bike to Work Day is May 16!

8. Go screen-free.

As a solo business owner, it is hard for me to cut out screens out cold turkey. What I’ve started doing is plugging in my phone to charge at the end of the night starting at around 9 pm, so that it’s far enough away from me that I can wind down for the evening. Some of my colleagues have chosen a day of the week to go without their phones to greater well-being. Choose whatever method that works best for you and stick to it.

9. Sign your organ donor card.

A big decision like organ donation deserves some dedicated thought. On a positive note of encouragement, one of the Humbolt Broncos crash victims, Logan Boulet, saved the lives of 6 people because of his decision to sign. Organ donations have spiked since news was shared about this tragic hero. It’s definitely worth considering.

10. Learn more about mental illness.

Different forms of mental illness affect my family members, so I have been aware of it since I was a teen. I am not ashamed to admit that I have sought help for different issues tied to mental well-being throughout my adult life. Facing your fears and learning about psychiatric disorders will put you in a good place should you or anyone close to you be diagnosed with a mental condition.

These tips for a healthy lifestyle are things I have learned over my life time. I hope they inspire you to celebrate Canada Health Day in a fun way!

As a reminder, before you ever consider changing your diet or exercise routine, always consult a physician.

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Pick 10: Keep it Chill this Summer with Ice Cream Dates in Saskatoon

Confetti Cone at Chardon Ice Cream

It’s only the middle of May, but the city of Saskatoon has already seen temperatures hit close to 30 degrees. As quickly as the heat comes, so do cravings for ice cream in Saskatoon. Why not satisfy your urges for quality time with bae and something sweet at the same time? An ice cream date is just the ticket.

Now that you’re out of your winter hibernation-mode, ice cream business owners are grabbing their scoops and hitting the ground running. The choices on this list come from a mixture of personal taste, social media reviews, and some good ol’ fashioned qualitative research. I really do love my job!

Without further ado, here are my top dates for ice cream in Saskatoon:

Cover your cone in a new flavour dip!

Ice Cream in Saskatoon: Confetti Cone at Chardon Ice Cream
Photo via Amy Rederburg.

Chardon Ice Cream has an array of dipping sauces for their soft-serve ice cream. Sure they have standbys like chocolate and butterscotch, but you won’t be disappointed if you try something new. Last summer, I ordered both the toasted coconut and confetti dip flavours (on separate days, folks). Each flavour was delicious in its own way!

Where: McKercher Drive

Create a personalized, blended-fresh fro yo.

Homestead Ice Cream is a Saskatoon hard ice cream lover tradition. However, on top of wacky new flavours of hard ice cream, they also have a frozen crushed fruit machine. I like getting blueberries with yogurt, squished into a waffle cone. If you’re vegan, you can order your crushed fruit with a banana base instead.

Where to get it: Victoria Avenue

Show your taste buds some Sask pride.

Get your hands on a cup of limited edition gelato using Saskatchewan-grown ingredients. Jerry’s Food Emporium offers a range of hard ice cream flavours, real-cream soft serve, fresh-made gelatos, and other dietary-restricted treats. Try the Rider Pride flavour on game day!

2 locations: 8th Street & 51st.

Come for the ice cream, stay for the dim sum.

Like many small businesses in Saskatoon, Noodle King & Ice Cream Queen is a shop that wears many hats. Taste one of over 32 flavours of gelato while you wait to get in for authentic Asian cuisine. Or try 30 flavours of hard ice cream. Plus, they have plenty of other desserts on the menu, including bubble tea and cheesecake.

Where to get it: 2nd Avenue N

The ice cream that gives you a reason to Instagram again.

According to one of the owners of Fable Ice Cream, the young couple tasted their way across America to find the best ice cream flavours before setting up shop last year in Saskatoon. If you haven’t seen their quintessential black-napkin-sugar-cone close up on your Insta feed, you’ve likely been living under a rock.

Where to get it: 633 Avenue H S

Scoop one up at the only double-decker ice cream bus this side of London.

This one of a kind roadside attraction located across from the famous Delta Bessborough is actually an ice cream shack. Plan to make a detour at Bus Stop Refreshments after a walk along the Meewassin River Valley. They have traditional hard ice cream flavours like Tiger Tiger, but I like the pumpkin pie frozen yogurt.

Where to get it: Spadina Crescent E

Shop vintage, sip coffee, and then break for dessert.


Saskatoon small business owners come up with some interesting business concepts! Back to Coffee Beans was recently featured by Andrew, an ex-Saskatchewanderer, in  a Tourism Saskatoon video. With all the variety under one roof, it certainly looks like a fun way to spend a half-hour or so.

Where to get it: 33rd Street

Say dybosia* after an authentic Ukrainian dinner on the river.

Traditional Ukrainian culture is a strong influence in the patchwork quilt of people that make up Saskatoon. So it makes sense that an ice cream shop nestled in front of the Remai Modern Art Gallery also serves Ukrainian sausage and perogies.
*Dybosia translates to “Cheers” in Ukrainian.

Where to get it: River Landing Splash Park

While the next two ice cream in Saskatoon date spots aren’t locally owned, they are gaining hype for their shareable, elaborate shakes and desserts.

Split your West Coast Bingsoo with someone special.

Ice Cream in Saskatoon: Bingsoo from Snowy Village
Photo via Snowy Village Facebook Page.

Inspired by East Asia, Snowy Village creates frozen desserts using fresh fruit, red beans, jelly, and cereals. Top yours with a scoop of ice cream, gelato, or frozen yogurt and whipped cream.

Where to get it: Preston Avenue S

Eat the power puff of internet-viral desserts.

JusFruit is another Asia-driven menu, featuring bubble tea, fruit drinks, candy-coated milkshakes, and more. The one thing I’m hoping to get my hands on this summer is the Hong Kong-Style Ice Cream Egg Puff Waffle. That name is a mouthful. Mmm… mouthful. *drools*

Where to get it: Attridge Drive

Ice Cream in Saskatoon Honorable Mention:

Open only for special events and private functions, the Mean Green Ice Cream Machine food truck is a staple of Saskatoon summer festivals. I like the Saskatoon Berry Milkshake. Find them using the link below for live updates on their wherabouts.

Where to get it: http://snackmap.com/

You have at least 16 weeks of nice weather to enjoy each of these ice cream dates in Saskatoon. And if you finish them all and want to try something new, Do Sask has plenty of other ideas to keep your summer dates on point.

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Things to do in Saskatoon This Weekend

Events for the week of May 10 to May 15, 2018

Events are compiled using the Do Sask Facebook Group community calendar. Group members are invited to share events and engage with each other about things to do in the city of Saskatoon. Think of it as an interactive community cork board.

THINGS TO DO IN SASKATOON THIS WEEKEND

Check out the listings below:

THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018

12:00 PM Spoken Word Poetry Workshop with Zoey Roy at PAVED Arts
5:45 PM ADULT Dance course for Beginners at Alma Flamenca, Saskatoon Flamenco Music & Dance
6:00 PM Medieval Card Game Playtest at University of Saskatchewan
7:00 PM Speed Dating for Singles 25 to 36 – SOLD OUT at Finn’s Irish Pub
8:00 PM WCSS Thursday Night Dance Party at Toon Town Tavern
8:00 PM West of Mabou at The Bassment
8:00 PM Pride and Prejudice at Persephone Theatre
9:00 PM Karaoke at Amigos Cantina

FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018

12:00 PM Spoken Word Poetry Workshop with Zoey Roy at PAVED Arts
7:00 PM Rosie & the Riveters at Third Avenue United Church
7:00 PM Games Night at Amazing Stories
7:30 PM Uncovered: A Burlesque Show! at Remai Arts Centre
8:00 PM Pride and Prejudice at Persephone Theatre

SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018

9:00 AM Everything Country Outdoor Market in Hague, Saskatchewan
9:00 AM Beaver Creek Conservation Area birding meet by the grain elevator at the Western Development Museum parking lot on Lorne Ave.
10:00 AM Science Rendezvouz at the University of Saskatchewan
10:00 AM Etsy SK Spring Market at Station 20 West
1:00 PM Collaborative Game Production – Girls Learning Code
7:30 PM Uncovered: A Burlesque Show! at Remai Arts Centre
8:00 PM Uptown Stomp – Swing Dance at Free Flow Dance Centre
8:00 PM Pride and Prejudice at Persephone Theatre

SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2018

7:00 AM MVA Trail Bird Walk at the parking lot north of the Diefenbaker Centre on campus
2:00 PM Mother’s Day Chamber at Delta Bessborough
7:00 PM Sunday Kizomba Social at Lakewood Indoor Tennis Centre
2:00 PM & 8:00:00 PM Pride and Prejudice at Persephone Theatre

MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018

12:00 PM Spoken Word Poetry Workshop with Zoey Roy at PAVED Arts
7:00 PM Salsa by the River at River Landing Water Park
8:00 PM Comedy Night at Black Cat Tavern

TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2018

12:00 PM Spoken Word Poetry Workshop with Zoey Roy at PAVED Arts
6:00 PM New Landscape Plants Seminar at Dutch Growers
7:00 PM Vintage Swing at River Landing Water Park
8:00 PM Pride and Prejudice at Persephone Theatre

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Easy 2-Course Stuffed Chicken Breast Dinner for Date Night In

This stuffed chicken breast dinner for two is easy enough for a weeknight, yet impressive enough to make for your new bae.

Stuffed chicken medallions dinner with roasted potatoes and Parmesan asparagus. Chocolate mousse for dessert.

Last year, I joined a group called the Saskatchewan Bloggers Collective. Today, I’m playing host to one of its members, Kristen Raney, who calls Saskatoon home. Kristen has a green thumb and a gift for easy cooking. When I asked her if she’d be willing to whip something together for Do Sask, she came up with this surprisingly-easy, romantic dinner for two using simple ingredients you’ve got on hand. Take it away, Kristen!

You’ve been dating someone special and you want to take things to the next level; you want to cook for them.  I’ve come up with a fun date night meal that’s sure to impress.  There’s even a bit of team work involved at the end, and if you mess it up, you’ll have a fun story to share.

Tonight, we’re going to make stuffed chicken breast medallions, roasted asparagus and potatoes, and chocolate mousse for dessert.  There’s a bit of an art to getting a full meal prepared at the same time, so I’m going to walk you through it as if you are making everything in this meal.

Step 1: Roast potatoes in the oven.

Start by cutting 2-3 potatoes into medium sized cubes.  Grease half of a cookie sheet and sprinkle potatoes with salt and pepper.  Why half the sheet?  You’ll be putting the asparagus on the other half later.  Place the potatoes in a 375 degree oven.

Step 2: Prep filling and stuffed chicken breast roll.

Chop the broccoli for the chicken rolls in fine pieces.  Put in a bowl filled with a small amount of water and cook in the microwave for 5 minutes.  Drain the water and add the cream cheese and cheddar cheese.

Next it’s time to prepare the chicken.  I’ve cheated a bit and purchased the filleted chicken breasts to make it easier to get a uniform thickness for the roll.  You can use regular chicken breasts, you’ll just have to tenderize them more.  Flatten the pieces out with a meat tenderizer.

Transfer all the pieces of chicken to a sheet of plastic wrap and lay them out in a rectangle. Spread the broccoli cheese mixture on the rectangle of chicken, leaving room at the edges.  Roll it up and close with the plastic wrap.  Try and squeeze the roll as compactly as you can.  Set it on a plate and put it in the freezer to set.

Step 3: Take two to whip the chocolate mousse.

Now for dessert!  This chocolate mousse is possibly the easiest thing you will ever make.  It’s two ingredients and it sets in less than a minute.  The extra layer of whipped cream in the picture is entirely optional.

Ready for it?  Whisk two cups of whipped cream with 1 package of chocolate pudding mix.  Done.  Add fruit if you feel like it.

Check your potatoes, but they’re probably not at the halfway point yet.  This means we have time for a story…

The recipe I’m sharing with you today is based loosely on what I made my now husband for our 6 month dating anniversary.  We were poor university students at the time, so when it came time to flatten the chicken, I realized that my student kitchen wasn’t quite as equipped as mom and dad’s and I did not have a meat tenderizer.

No worries!  I was resourceful.  I whacked that chicken with the back of a bowl.  My boyfriend looked on in equal parts sheer admiration and horror.  The meal turned out fine and we had a good laugh.

That Christmas, guess what he got me?

A meat tenderizer.

Before you think he’s the worst gift giver in the world, he followed it up with a really nice necklace. 🙂  Lesson learned?  Don’t buy your significant other a meat tenderizer for Christmas, even if they really need it.

Anyway, your potatoes are probably at the halfway point now, so let’s get back to the meal.

Step 4: Season asparagus with your Salt Bae.

Wash your asparagus and snap off the tough ends.  Take out the potatoes and flip them over.  Add the asparagus to the other side of the baking sheet.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper, as well as Parmesan cheese.  I added Parmesan cheese to the potatoes too, because we love our cheese.  Put the backing sheet back in the oven.

Step 5: Batter and fry your stuffed chicken breast roll.

Heat up a large frying pan with a centimetre of oil.  Yes, it’s a lot of oil, but pan frying tastes so much better than baking!!

Whisk one egg in a container with a large, flat bottom.  Set out a plate with panko bread crumbs.  Remove the chicken roll from the freezer and take off the plastic.  Carefully drench it in the egg, then transfer it to the plate of bread crumbs.  Pack as many break crumbs as you can on to the roll.  Transfer the roll to the hot oil.

Now comes the participation part of the night.  I found that the roll required two spatulas to flip.  Flipping the roll is the most terrifying part of the whole meal, but that’s why we kept the sides and dessert super easy.  It’s all about balance.  Cook the roll until golden brown, then cover with a sheet on tinfoil and leave it to set for 10 minutes.  Once it’s set, cut in slices and serve.

By now your potatoes and asparagus should be getting golden brown and close to done.  Set the table, light a few candles, and you’re all set for a night of romance.

Click here for Kristen’s 1-Minute Chocolate Mousse.

 

About the Author:

Kristen Raney is the voice behind the home and garden blog, Shifting Roots. Despite the meat tenderizer incident, her and her husband got married and now live in Saskatoon with their son. Kristen can be found puttering around in her garden, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and teaching children to sing.

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Print Recipe
Easy 2-Course Stuffed Chicken Breast Dinner
A surprisingly-easy, romantic dinner for two. This stuffed chicken breast medallion recipe with roasted potatoes and asparagus is sure to impress your date.
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 45
Cook Time 60
Servings
2
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 45
Cook Time 60
Servings
2
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cut potatoes into medium size cubes. Grease half a cookie sheet and sprinkle potatoes with salt and pepper. Place potatoes in oven. Roast for 60 minutes and flip half way through.
  3. For the filling, chop the broccoli into fine pieces and put in a microwavable dish with a bit of water. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Drain water. Add cream cheese and cheddar cheese.
  4. Use filleted chicken breasts, or slice regular chicken breasts thinly. Flatten with tenderizer (or whack with a bowl). Transfer all chicken pieces to a sheet of plastic wrap. Leave room at edges. Spread broccoli mixture on chicken and roll it up, squeezing as you roll. Put chicken on a plate and freeze to set for 20 minutes.
  5. Wash asparagus and snap off the tough ends. Discard. Flip potatoes. Add asparagus to other half of baking sheet and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese. Roast for 25 minutes.
  6. Heat frying pan with 1 cm of oil on medium-high heat.
  7. Whisk one egg in a flat bottom container. Put Panko bread crumbs on a plate. Remove chicken roll from freezer and discard plastic wrap. Drench the chicken in egg mixture and dip in panko. Add extra panko. (Panko Bae). Transfer the chicken roll to hot oil. Flip roll when panko turns golden brown. Once all sides are brown (about 15 minutes), transfer to cooking sheet on tinfoil and let set for 10 minutes. Once set, cut into slices and serve.
  8. Remove potatoes and asparagus from oven. Serve immediately.

Things to do in Saskatoon This Weekend

Events for the week of May 2 to May 9, 2018

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THINGS TO DO IN SASKATOON THIS WEEKEND

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2018

5:45 PM ADULT Dance course for Beginners at Alma Flamenca, Saskatoon Flamenco Music & Dance
6:30 PM Crocus Hike at Cranberry Flats
7:00 PM Saskatoon Poetic Arts Festival at La Troupe du Jour
7:00 PM Cinergie Film Festival Presents: Demain (Tomorrow) at Francis Morrison Library

THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018

12:00 PM Spoken Word Poetry Workshop with Zoey Roy at PAVED Arts
5:00 PM Opening Night Thursday Night Art Market at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
7:00 PM Parents Game Café at Little Hands and Me Parenting Network
7:00 PM Saskatoon Poetic Arts Festival at La Troupe du Jour
8:00 PM WCSS Thursday Night Dance Party at Toon Town Tavern
8:00 PM Pride and Prejudice at Persephone Theatre
9:00 PM Karaoke at Amigos Cantina

FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2018

12:00 PM Spoken Word Poetry Workshop with Zoey Roy at PAVED Arts
7:00 PM Mindfulness for Young Adults at Balance Within Wellness
7:00 PM Saskatoon Poetic Arts Festival at La Troupe du Jour
8:00 PM Pride and Prejudice at Persephone Theatre

SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2018

8:00 AM Montgomery Place Garage Sale 2018 at community of Montgomery
9:00 AM Opening Day – Sask Food Trucks at StreetStallSaturdays
10:00 AM City Wide Food Drive for the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre
10:00 AM Free Comic Book Day at Amazing Stories
1:00 PM Attack of the 8 Wheeled Women 2018 at The Legends Centre, Warman
2:00 PM Breaking & Capoeira Boot Camp at Pure Energy Dance
4:00 PM RFYL Vol. 2 Reigning Champion 1v1 Bboy and Bgirl Battle at Bethlehem High School
7:00 PM Saskatoon Poetic Arts Festival at La Troupe du Jour
7:00 PM 10×10 Final Celebration and Silent Auction at Station 20 West
7:00 PM 3rd Annual Jane’s Walk at Northeast Swale
8:00 PM Pride and Prejudice at Persephone Theatre

SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2018

10:00 AM BCBG Garage Sale 2018 at Bridge City Bicycle Co-op
12:00 PM Canoe Club Open House at Saskatoon Canoe Club
12:00 PM Spoken Word Poetry Workshop with Zoey Roy at PAVED Arts
1:30 PM Yog-A-Wish at Moksha Yoga Saskatoon
2:00 PM Breaking & Capoeira Boot Camp at Pure Energy Dance
3:00 PM Crafty Sunday at Capitol Music Club
7:00 PM Sunday Kizomba Social at Lakewood Indoor Tennis Centre
8:00 PM Pride and Prejudice at Persephone Theatre

MONDAY, MAY 7, 2018

6:00 PM Cidne Treen & Dave Allen at Storyteller Monday Capitol Music Club
8:00 PM Pride and Prejudice at Persephone Theatre at Persephone Theatre

TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2018

7:30 PM Free Running Workshop at Craven SPORT Services
8:00 PM Pride and Prejudice at Persephone Theatre

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2018

12:00 PM Spoken Word Poetry Workshop with Zoey Roy at PAVED Arts
8:00 PM Pride and Prejudice at Persephone Theatre
9:00 PM Dirty Dancing at SaskTel Centre

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