Two Superb Wine Dinners for Father’s Day

Yum wine dinners.

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The first one was on June 4th and we pared wines from 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards, 5900 Pearl Rd, Eagle, ID 83616. The second wine dinner was paring Koenig Vineyards, 21452 Hoskins Rd, Caldwell, ID 83607. Both wine dinners were at Chandlers Prime Steaks and Fine Seafood, 981 W Grove St, Boise, ID 83702. We had superb wines and food. If you are in Boise and want a fantastic meal – steaks and seafood being their primary dishes – be sure to go to Chandlers. Check all of the posted links for more information and their hours of operation. Enjoy these photos of the dinners. Let’s start with 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards. You can follow along for the ingredients with the posted menu. Double click any of these photos to see them enlarged. Cheers!

Some of the crowd for appetizers.

Eagle Hills AVA Association President.

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Buffalo Roast for Friends and Dinner

Such a yum dinner for friends. Buffalo Hump Roast.

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This was such a delightful meal to make for friends Krista and Jess – Krista helps weed the flower beds. And she even gave us a beautiful White Daisy plant for the front bed. – A couple of weeks ago, we made breakfast for Donna who also helps us in the garden. The breakfast was Eggs Benedict! – The buffalo was local from Brown’s Buffalo Ranch in Nyssa, Oregon. Phone: 1-(541)-372-5588 or 208-741-5449, 720 Stephens Blvd., Nyssa, OR 97913. Hump roasts can be tough. But this one cooked for 6 hours on low in the crockpot 1/2 cup bone stock and 1 cup sherry and it was awesome! Spring vegetables – baby carrots, baby turnips, spring onions and rutabaga – were placed in the broth at different times. Here are some photos. Enjoy!

Eggs Benedict

Fresh Beet Salad

Buffalo Hump Roast and Fresh Garden Vegetables. Served with Acme Bakeshop Garlic…

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Congratulations Anna!


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It’s been a “long haul”, but you finally made it! You are now a Dental Hygenist, working on your Board Exams. Congratulations!
And such a great party! A big thank-you goes out to your sister who hosted the event and made that awesome pulled pork, sauerkraut and bake beans! All of the “Little Ones” were good and extremely well-behaved. Fun to watch. Here are some photos from the day. And yes, there was some wine! Left Click any of them to see them enlarged.

Pulling the pork. Yum!

Potato Salad

Tres Leche

Dinner Plated

Anna (R) and Friend

Chris trying for Olympic Gold!

Chris is so good with the “Little ones”.

Chris and Anna

Snake River AVA in PureWow

Good travel information!

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Robin found this article at PureWow (PureWow Link) this morning. What they fail to mention are that some of the wineries have bistros and there are BnB’s available. Here, though, is the article. Cheers!

We’re calling it: This region is the next must-visit wine destination in the U.S. Spanning Idaho and Oregon, the bucolic plain is home to some super cool, young winemakers. The varied soil and microclimates allow growers to experiment with everything from Cab Sauvignon to classic Rhone varietals like Syrah and Grenache. Some wineries have even gone urban, clustering a few minutes from downtown Boise. Brb, we’re checking flights.

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Yea! The BFM is open!

Some yum meals at The Shack!

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Just a little cloudy and cool, but still fun to see all of the “new”, fresh produce. Great to see some new vendors, too. And with new vendors, comes new “kitchen” ideas and menus. And here are just a few. And with that, comes some new products. The first is Lions Mane Mushrooms. CAUTION:Know your wild mushrooms and the distributors before eating. Some are toxic!

Hericium erinaceus (also called lion’s mane mushroom, monkey head, bearded tooth mushroom, satyr’s beard, bearded hedgehog mushroom, pom pom mushroom, or bearded tooth fungus) is an edible and medicinal mushroom belonging to the tooth fungus group. Native to North America, Europe and Asia it can be identified by its long spines (greater than 1 cm length), its appearance on hardwoods and its tendency to grow a single clump of dangling spines. Hericium erinaceus can be mistaken for other species of Hericium, all popular edibles…

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Wonderful Birthday Party!


Thank-You Marnie for hosting this party! It was super. And the food! So much of it. Great to see some 20 of our friends and visit for a while. (you and Mom always look so good together!) Here are a few photos of some of the folks who were with us. Thanks Donna, for that awesome Birthday cake – German Chocolate Easter Basket and to Cary and Brian for 76 Trombones! Left Click any of these photos to see them enlarged. Here is the recipe for the Golden Chicken. Folks said it was “delicious”.

German Chocolate Easter Basket Cake by Miss Donna!

Donna and her parents. Great to have them Donna, they are always welcome.

Robin, Rali, Donna and Jan.

Bill and Mui Stowe (Indian Creek Winery, Kuna, ID) were there also. This is an earlier photo that I have of them.

Just a little of the wine that was there.

And Marnie and Eric

Bob and Gail McClellan Parker were there, too!

Cary and Brian entertain us with some great live music!

Awesome Visit to Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro

Awesome winery bistro 40 minutes from Boise! A must go on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday Brunch! Call for reservations, though!

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It’s been a while since we were here last. But just to let you know, this is still a superb, 5-Star bistro. Superb food. Superb wines. Superb staff. Our many thanks to Chef Storm and Sous Chef Megan and their staff for a great dinner. Stephanie and her servers were awesome and service and friendliness was super. Chef Storm made a post on FaceBook that shows you how dedicated Storm and Stephanie are. “It’s always exciting when you get a surprise visit from the health inspector. It’s even more exciting when you get 100% and they say they’re going to come back and have dinner with their spouse!!!”
And if you are planning to go to the Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro tomorrow for Easter, and you do not have reservations, I was told yesterday that they are sold out! But if you are going to visit them – and…

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Good Visit to Deja Brew in Meridian, ID

Another yum bistro in the Boise area.

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We did have a good visit to Deja Brew – Laugh A Latte in Meridian on March 23, 2018 at 112 East Idaho Avenue, Meridian, ID 83642. Phone – (208) 957-6442. Hours – Mon: 6:30AM-8:00PM, Tue: 6:30AM-8:00PM, Wed: 6:30AM-8:00PM, Thu: 6:30AM-9:00PM, Fri: 6:30AM-9:00PM, Sat: 6:30AM-9:00PM, Sun: 6:30AM-3:00PM. Good ambiance with plenty of open seating. It can be a little noisy, though; They need to turn the music back somewhat. You must order your food at the counter, but they will generally bring it to your table. They do have a good Breakfast/Lunch Menu with many varieties of coffee and tea. Their Dinner/Wine/Beer Menu, with a good selection of beer and wine. We will return to this bistro in Meridian. It is definitely a 4-Star restaurant/bistro. Here are some photos. Enjoy!

Their logo on the street side windows.

Robin checking the menu. The interior is very open, but can be…

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Buddy Crossed Over The Rainbow Bridge

Buddy, Dec 18, 2001 – Feb 17, 2018, was our rescued American Eskimo (Eskie) dog. left us yesterday, Saturday peacefully and quietly. We will miss him terribly.
We got him in 2005 and they said he was about 4 years old then. He came to us with a big problems – he was psychologically abused by a man. Loud noises, sudden moves, Mailman, skate boards, FedX and UPS trucks totally “wiped him out”. We did get him past those traumatic conditions. It took me almost 5 years to get him to roll over and let me rub his tummy.
But he was totally devoted to us, and we to him. He loved to walk and romp, but hated water. Here are some photos of him. Enjoy! Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.
A direct quote from Buddy,

I also have other toys that I like to play with. I love to play “Tug-Of-War” with my pull toys and am starting to like my “squeaky Ball”. But it sometimes makes a funny noise and I
don’t know what that noise is. I sometimes sleep on the bottom of the bed at nights. Its soooo cuddly. That way, if I need to go out at night, I have someone close by to let me out.

Buddy’s last photo.

Robin with Buddy’s Cousin Tasha

Cousin Sam and daughter Marnie. Sam was huge. Both he and Tasha were Samoyed.

Buddy loved Robin.

Buddy says, “My name is Buddy and I came to Robin and Bob on December 18, 2005. I am an American Eskimo (Eskie) and I am about 4 years old. I look like a Samoyed, but I’m not. I am from the family of Spitz. That makes me a Canis canis, and not Canis lupis, or so they say. “… No one knows exactly when and how the American Eskimo originated. However, the American Eskimo is one of the Spitz families of Nordic breeds, and is possibly related to the White German Spitz, Samoyed and White Keeshond. Evidence suggests that “White Spitz” dogs were first brought to the United States by German settlers.” (From I weigh about 28 pounds and probably won’t get much bigger, unless I can find some bacon or peanut butter cookies! I love to romp in the snow and play with my blanket. (That’s my blanket in the picture)”

Young Buddy (2005)

Bath time. He was not happy! (2009)

Buddy profile

His favorite past time.

Buddy at 4 years old (2005)

It took a long time to give him a tummy rub. (2006)

He thought he was a lap dog.

Protecting his toys (2005)

He came ……..

He saw ….

He conquored!







And then he was gone