Sourdough breads from Prairie Mill Bread Company
When it comes to soaking up soup, a flimsy slice simply won’t do. The multi-grain and Yukon sourdough loaves from Prairie Mill, an Alberta company with Calgary origins, have just the right amount of chew to handle hot stew. They’re also great on their own – slathered in butter, of course.
129, 4820 Northland Dr. N.W., 403-282-6455, prairiemillbread.com
Wild mushroom soup from Urban Butcher
This hearty soup has been a staple on the menu for years at Cilantro (part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts group). Now available to grab and go from CRMR’s Urban Butcher shops, you can serve it at your own table, or eat it on the couch, wrapped up in blankets.
2100 4 St. S.W., 403-245-6662, and two other locations, urbanbutcher.ca, @urbanbutcheryyc
Braised bourbon beef and mashed potatoes from Meez Cuisine
Is there a more comforting dish, especially in Alberta, than tender beef slowly braised with bourbon? Pair it with some mashed potatoes to catch the drips and there’s really no need to leave the house.
216, 10816 Macleod Tr., 403-264-6336, meezcuisine.com, @meezcuisine
Heavy cream from Vital Green Farms
Vital Greens organic farm near Lethbridge makes a 52-per cent heavy cream that is pure decadence. Drizzle it over your pie or keep a bottle on hand for any time you need to add richness to soup, coffee or anything else.
Available at Blush Lane Organics, blushlane.com, @blushlanecalg and other fine grocers around the city
Apple pie from Bite Grocer and Eatery
The apple pie of your dreams is at Bite in Inglewood – extra-deep dish with bronzed apples and a flaky crust just waiting for a scoop of vanilla (luckily, they sell Made By Marcus ice cream there, too).
1023 9 Ave. S.E., 403-263-3966, biteyyc.com, @biteyyc