Super Bowl Weekend


Super bowl weekend complete menu and recipes. Enjoy!

Boise Foodie Guild

01Feb2015_1c_Captains-Shack-SuperBowlFare_SteamedShrimp-TartarSauceActually, a weekend full of some really fun food. And some I had never made – Crayfish Pie. Made them in individual servings using a cupcake pan. Worked well. And they were good! The Crayfish Pie is a traditional New Orleans dish.Here is my recipe for Crayfish Pie. Enjoy!
And really, I never expected the Denver Broncos to pull this one off. But happy they did. 24 – 10 over the Carolina Panthers. But Carolina is to be congratulated on a superb season – 17-2! Wow!
But now, for the food. We had a great time preparing and securing all of this. Took probably two days and that is where the fun is – prepping. A lot of food for two of us – I really expected more, but that didn’t happen. Anyway, look at what we made and devoured! Left-Click any of these photos to see enlarged. Cheers!

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Mardi Gras and Valentines Day At Parma Ridge Bistro


Some great events coming up in February at the Parma Ridge Winery Bistro!

Treasure Valley Food and Wine Blog

Parma Ridge Specials LogoHere is the latest information from Parma Ridge Winery (Parma, Idaho). Looks like there are some wonderful menu items. Thanks Stephanie and Chef Storm for sending these notices. I still want to get the TVWS Board there on some Sunday for brunch, but I will definitely let you know and make reservations.

“Join us this weekend for a little bit of fun. We have specials all weekend long.
Don’t forget our Mardi Gras Celebration on Saturday February 6 from 12- 7 p.m.!

Friday February 5, open 12-7 p.m. with our Regular Menu and Wine Tasting all day and Happy Hour Specials Friday from 4-7 p.m. with purchase of glass of wine, mimosa or beer:
2 Sliders with Rosemary Truffle Fries: Pork, Mesquite Ground Beef, “Triple B“ or “Deluxe” – $6.50
Parma Ridge Grilled Romaine Salads: Bacon & Blue Cheese or Chicken Caesar – $6.50
Chargrilled Kielbasa on Pretzel Bun…

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Breakfast at St Lukes!


A good stay at St Lukes. I don’t want to do it again, but this was good!

Boise Foodie Guild

19Jan42016_1h_Bob-OHSurgery_Room-ViewWell, I could have said, “Breakfast At Tiffanies”,but this is more fun; or so they say. The photo here is from my room at St Lukes Regional Medical Center here in Boise, while I had my OHS. The RN’s all called it the Taj Mahal – the original is in Agra, India – of Boise – one of the better rooms. And while I’m on the subject, let me say this about that. (I’ve heard that before!) My surgical team was superb – there were at least 4 of them. It was awesome. Everyone helped me through the rough spots; the psychological anxiety. I would not hesitate to recommend the surgical staff to anyone who might need heart surgery.
But there is another side of this “coin”. I am very happily married to an RN. So I pretty much know how they react to a given medical situation. The 15…

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Indian Creek Winery Visits the TVWS


Great wines from Indian Creek Winery in Kuna, Idaho. Super good Petit Verdot!

Treasure Valley Food and Wine Blog

Indian Creek Winery Opens Their Library of Pinot NoirsThank-You Mike and Tammy Stowe McClure and Bill and Mui Stowe for joining in on the festivities. Your wines are still some of the best in the AVA. The unlabeled 2014 Indian Creek Petit Verdot is superb! The very best and I am so glad you are not blending this. That, IMNSHO, would be a waste. When they presented this unlabeled, barrel wine, they did it blind and asked the tasting participants, “What do you think it is?” Yea! I got it! Fun! Fun! Fun! You gave us a great program and Mike it was super that you “roamed the crowd” and answered any questions that folks had. Here are some photos from the night. Enjoy! Left-Click any of these photos to see enlarged.

 Indian Creek Winery fact sheet for the winery and tonight's wines. Indian Creek Winery fact sheet for the winery and tonight’s wines.

2014 Indian Creek Petit Verdot2014 Indian Creek Petit Verdot

Indian Creek Winery Owners and Winemakers. Bill Stowe, Tammy Stowe McClure, Mui Stowe and Robin sitting with them. Mike McClure, winemaker, was busy on the floor. Indian Creek Winery Owners and Winemakers. Bill Stowe, Tammy Stowe…

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Beef Short Ribs Borscht


Great alternative to the “official” borscht. Give it a try.

Treasure Valley Food and Wine Blog

21sept2013_2_robins-bday-captains-shack_gumbo_getting-happyYou say you don’t like borscht? Or beets? The addition of the beef short ribs and the carrots, sure does sweeten the flavor of the shredded beets. The red color is still there for the soup, but the beet flavor is very mild. Robin and I think it is a superb alternative to an “official” borscht. Here is the recipe, if you want to try this – Beef Short Rib Borscht. Print one out. It takes a while to cook, we use the CrockPot, but it is well worth the effort. Left-Click any of the following photos to see them enlarged. Enjoy and let us know how you liked it. Notice that there is no cabbage in this borscht. Cheers!

Onions are caramelizing in the beef fat. Onions are caramelizing in the beef fat.

Braised - caramelized - beef short ribs, beet stems and potatoes are waiting for the beet cooking liquid. Braised – caramelized – beef short ribs, beet stems and potatoes are waiting for the beet cooking liquid.

Oh my. The finished product! And as the recipe says, "Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with the scallions, dill and a dollop of crème fraîche [or sour cream]. Serve with spicy mustard and slices of dark bread." The diced scallions and dill or fennel will really add to the flavors. Oh my. The finished…

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Happy Birthday, Angel!

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09Jan2016_1a_Angels-BDay-Twin-Dragon_BDay-GirlA very, very Happy Birthday to you Angel. And thank you so very much for having us at your party! The people were fun; The food was wonderful; The atmosphere was good. And you looked very happy. That is good. Here are some photos that I took at your party. Feel free to use any of them that you wish. The next birthday is a good one, too! Hugs, Angel. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

You can run, but you can't hide!

You can run, but you can’t hide!

Some of the party guests.

Some of the party guests.

More guests.

More guests.

Wonderful cake! Eat dessert first!

Wonderful cake! Eat dessert first!

Buffet line plus Family Style at each table.

Buffet line plus Family Style at each table.

Pork and Seeds

Pork and Seeds

Pot Stickers

Pot Stickers

More delightful appetizers!

More delightful appetizers!

Full plate.

Full plate.

Eggs In The Basket


A good and easy Idaho breakfast! Just takes a little time.

Boise Foodie Guild

16July2015_1_State-And-Lemp_RobinA good, and different, breakfast. Easy to do, just takes a little time. Simply potato hash browns, bacon or prosciutto and a little cheese. I also mix in some turmeric and onion powder with the melted butter when I add it to the potatoes. Really good flavors. Here are some sequential photos of the process. Takes about 1 hour, 20 minutes until it is ready to eat. Enjoy!

Prosciutto is diced and lightly browned. Prosciutto is diced and lightly browned.

Shredded potatoes are placed in a muffin tin and cooked - browned - in a 350 degree F oven for about 25 minutes. Let cool before adding the eggs. Shredded potatoes are placed in a muffin tin and cooked – browned – in a 350 degree F oven for about 25 minutes. Let cool before adding the eggs.

Eggs are placed in the cups and baked for about 20 minutes until the whites are set. Eggs are placed in the cups and baked, with the prosciutto, for about 20 minutes until the whites are set.

Plated. Prosciutto is added and a little cheese. Place under broiler until the cheese is melted. Remove and plate. Plated. A little shredded cheese is added. Place under broiler until the cheese is melted. Remove and plate. Everything in one serving. About 13.5 carbs per serving.

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Very Cold …. But Very Pretty


The "Spoon"We really are so lucky here in Boise. We can live in the “flat lands”, Boise city, or drive 10 miles, climb 5000 feet and be in the snow or the ski area. The snow generally, not always, stays in the mountains where it belongs. Here are some photos I took today on a little ride up the mountain – just to see what was on the other side. Just more mountains. I came home. Be sure to Left-Click the photos to see them enlarged. Cheers!

Over looking the valley. I am north of Boise.

Over looking the valley. I am north of Boise.

Again looking down into the valley. Some inversion is noticeable.

Again looking down into the valley. Some inversion is noticeable.

Valley overview in HDR

Valley overview in HDR

New Year’s Day Party – Meadowlark Farms


And it was a cold day. Clear, but cold. And as I write this, 7:50pm MST, it is getting colder. Here is the temperature as I write – glad I’m inside!
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But, regardless of the cold weather, it was a good party at Meadowlark Farms in Nampa. Janie and Lori always do such a great job. And the attendees always help with food and “joy” that they bring. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

Here are some of the sheep and lambs that are at the farm.

Here are some of the sheep and lambs that are at the farm.

Karen Evans (L), Rollingstone Chevre.

Karen Evans (L), Rollingstone Chevre.

Robin enjoys some wine and some "finger foods".

Robin enjoys some wine and some “finger foods”.

A plateful of some really good "goodies"! Pork, vegetable pasta, vegetarian chilli and black-eyed peas and ham.

A plateful of some really good “goodies”! Pork, vegetable pasta, vegetarian chilli and black-eyed peas and ham.

There really was a huge crowd there. My best estimate is around 70 people at different times. Great to pick up some fresh eggs, potatoes, onions and winter squash. I will miss the Farmers Market until next March.

Happy 2016 Everyone!


A super great New Year’s Eve dinner with my dearest Robin!

Boise Foodie Guild

November-2015_1_Robin-My-Phone-WalpaperAnd to say Good-Bye to 2015 and Hello 2016, how about a nice dinner consisting of Felzien Lamb Chops with Bearnaise Sauce, Poached Green Beans and a Spinach Salad with Micro Greens, Carrots and Tomatoes that was topped with a wonderful Champagne Pear Vinaigrette. And the perfect – and it was perfect – match of wine with dinner – 1997 Indian Creek Winery Pinot Noir. It paired better than some new 2013 Ravenswood Winery Old Vine Zinfandel. Now that’s saying something! And it has been said that Idaho can not make a good wine. Think again! Then for dessert, wonderful sliced Fresh Strawberries with Grand Marnier Whipped Cream (Sorry for the poor photo of the dessert). And the very perfect dinner partner, the love of my life, Robin! Love to make these dinners for her. Here’s to another great year, Honey! Cheers!

Braised Felzien Lamb Chops Poached Green Beans SApinach Salad with tomatoes, micro greens and carrots Champagne Pear Dressing

Braised Felzien Lamb Chops

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