Ultimate Burgers!

It’s burger and grilling time. Here are some wonderful burger recipes and suggestions. Have fun!

Boise Foodie Guild

‘Tis the season for that infamous burger. Here are some suggestions that you may like. Have fun with these. Most of the ingredientsn for the recipes listed below, can be found locally in Boise – Desert Mountain Farms for beef products, Acme Bakeshop for superb burger buns, Purple Sage and True Roots for vegetable products. If in Boise, check out the Boise Farmers Market.
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From Burgers Outdoor Grilling, here is the carmelized onion recipe.

Red Wine Caramelized Onions

Recipe adapted from Angie Mar, The Beatrice Inn, New York, NY
Makes 1½ cups

2 tbsp olive oil
1 lb (2 medium) yellow onions, thinly sliced
1 c Cabernet Sauvignon, divided
2 tbsp sugar, divided
sea salt and freshly ground black Tellicherry pepper

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent and lightly caramelized, 20 minutes. Add…

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Time to Start Griling.

It’s that time of year to fire up the grill! Here is some good information for the 3-2-1 Method for prok ribs.

Boise Foodie Guild

3April2016_2d_New-CharBroil-Grill_Mod-Smoker-BBQ_Grill-WorkingI have been hearing a lot in the past several years about the 3-2-1 Method of grilling ribs. Here is the latest information that I could find. Not difficult at all and some of the pro grillers use this method. In his article, The Controversial 3-2-1 Method for Ribs, Steven Raichlen, Grilling Authority, http://www.barbecuebible.com, says that,
“Competition barbecuers sometimes call it the “Texas Crutch.” In a nutshell, you break cooking ribs into 3 time blocks:

3 hours of smoking unwrapped at 225º F, followed by
2 hours of cooking wrapped in foil (with a little liquid, such as apple cider), followed by
1 hour of cooking unwrapped at a higher temperature, with a generous basting of barbecue sauce

The process gives you meat so tender it virtually slides off the bone, with the multiple layers of flavor most of us associate with great barbecue. And within a predictable 6-hour…

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Soft Cheese Information

Great information on soft cheese and wine by Robin.

Treasure Valley Food and Wine Blog

Home Winemaking 101 - Main EventRobin wrote this wonderful explanation particularly for the TVWS (Treasure Valley Wine Society) Board, but I think it needs to be read by a wider audience. And, she is certified in cheese knowledge. There is a photo at the end of the article of the cheeses she is talking about. Enjoy!

Triple Cream Cheeses
TVWS Board mtg. May 24

USA Cowgirl Creamery Petaluma and Pt. Reyes station – Organic Mt. Tam
$29.99/ lb Cows milk

French St. Andre Triple Cream Brie from near Burgundy, France
$14.99/lb…. Cows milk

La Tur Caseificio dell Alta Langa, Italy
Pasteurized Cow, Goat and Sheep 3 milk Soft ripened cheese.

Bread $2.49 Grapes $8.50 @$3.99/lb

Broadbent Selection NV Vino Verde $8.99

Macedon 2015 Pinot Noir – Macedonia north of Greece. $14.99

Americans consume 33lbs of cheese/year
There are 2000 varieties of Cheese first made ~ 8000 BC. Some Milk was stored in…

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St Lawrence Gridiron Visit

Great meal this afternoon. Give it a try.

Boise Foodie Guild

23May2016_1a_StLawrence-Gridiron_LogoReally a good visit. Good burgers, some of the best succotash I have ever eaten, some of the best shrimp and grits and good selection of beers and wines. Nice interior – different but friendly. Great interior design and artwork, including the lighting. Ww would definitely go back. Here is their inportant information – St Lawrence Gridiron Boise Website, Downtown Boise, ID, 705 W Bannock St,(208) 433-5598. Monday – Thursday, 11 – 11, Friday 11 – Midnight, Saturday 9:30am – 12am, Sunday, 9:30am – 9pm, Brunch On Weekends 9:30am-2pm. A great patio area weather permitting. They do their own smoking of brisket and turkey and I hear it is outstanding. They also try very hard to source their products locally. Definitely a really good bistro in downtown Boise. 4-Stars and well wworth the trip. Here are some photos of our visit. Enjoy!

Happy Hour information. Happy Hour information.

Smoking brisket  for 9 - 12 hours, and turkey. Smoking brisket for 9…

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A Little More On Spice and Herb Blends

Here is some yummy info for you. Fresh from our kitchen.

Boise Foodie Guild

Spice-Graphic_GoodThere is a huge volume of information and suggestions and personal “likes” out there on spices, herbs and spices from around the world, herb and spice blends, grilling and BBQ herb and spice mixes. Here, for instance, is information – including recipes for making your own – on spices from around the world from TheKitchn. Spice Mixes From Around The World. (There are some really good ones listed there.)
This is interesting from the FoodNetwork, “Bottled grill seasoning blends are often expensive, heavy on the salt and preservatives and lacking in the flavor department. When you make your own, you control the ingredients and the flavor. Basic blends include salt, red and black peppers and additional flavor from garlic salt or onion powder.” To me the really interesting statement is “…heavy on the salt”. We really try to watch our intake of salt. And here is more information on…

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From Our Kitchen To Yours!

Such a great time of year for kitchen activities. All fresh and local products!

Boise Foodie Guild

05Nov2015_1b_Rembrandts_Lil-Jake-Omelet - CopyIt could be anything! But hopefully, it’s always pretty good. Mostly healthy and always has a local product element. Local. That’s what we try to feature always! Beef, pork, lamb, seafood, greens, fruit, vegetables, eggs, mushrooms, sprouts. You get the idea. And what’s even more fun – sometimes … most times – is preparing the meals. Here are a few photos of some of the dishes we have made recently. If there is a recipe for the item, it may be in the recipe file as listed above or you can look for it by Clicking Here.
We were going to make Greek kabobs and I wanted to find a good Greek herb blend. There is a really good Greek restaurant near us, Mazzah Mediterrean and every time I walk by it, I get this wonderfully awesome aroma of Greek spices. So I found this chart of cultural Spice…

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“Travel and Leisure Magazine” Mention the Boise Foodie Blog!



11July2015_1b_BFM_Potatoes-Beets-Radish_BestWow! Travel and Leisure Magazine has us listed in an article in their latest issue! Here is a link to The Article. This article also makes for a good reference when you are traveling. Scroll through the information to see the different states and the superb restaurants.

The Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant in Every State

Idaho: Juniper
A perfect day in Boise isn’t complete without a bike ride on the Ridge to Rivers Trail System, a turn through the Boise Art Museum, and a meal at newcomer Juniper, which has quickly become a favorite for locals like Boise Food Guild blogger Bob Young. Chef Aaron puts Idaho on a pedestal, working closely with local farmers, growers, winemakers, and brewers throughout the Gem State, but it’s the restaurant’s funky personality that continues to dazzle diners. As a locally spirited gastropub, speakeasy, live music hall, and gin joint, Juniper is like one great love story about Idaho that never gets tired of being told. Pop in on any Wednesday to Saturday to try the $48 five-course dinner at the Chef’s Table.

Awesome Mother’s Day Weekend in the Kitchen

Really a great Mother’s Day weeekend in the kitchen! Check this post out. There are recipes, too!

Boise Foodie Guild

26Feb2016_1_Sushi-Joy_Robin_Right-FacingJust a super fun and good weekend celebrating Mother’s Day with Robin. 08May2016_1e_Captains-Shack_Buddy-RayExciting coming up with meals that were different and surprisingly good. Fun to make. Easyb to make, although some were rather involved. Great to have Marnie over for Sunday dinner. Even Ray, her Golden Lab, had a good time with Buddy.
Some of the photos that follow of the dishes I prepared have the recipe hotlinked in the article. Please feel free to use the recipe if you would like. The Coq au Vin – Chicken in Wine – is not difficult to do, but it does take some time. The Popovers are quick and easy. The Crab Cakes are different. We had these for both dinner a breakfast!

Crab Cakes on Biscuits with Strawberry Fan and Rumalade

Crab Cakes on Biscuits
Strawberry Fan and Remoulade

Here is the recipe for the Old Bay Crab Cakes. They are differently good.

Strawberry Pie After the Crab Cakes, we just had to have this Strawberry Pie. I'm not a baker, but this is wonderful!

Strawberry Pie

After the…

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Son In Law On a Sojourn

02May2016_1_Mac-Camino_MapMac and his daughter Sophia are on a sojourn to the Camino Trail in Northern Spain. They will be walking! Here is a FB page he started to keep everyone informed and to post photos of their trip. Press “Like” on the page. Mac and Sophia Camino de Santiago. Enjoy! There is a permanent link in the sidebar.

Yum Meals this Week!

Yummy and fun to do meals!

Boise Foodie Guild

26Feb2016_1_Sushi-Joy_Robin_Right-FacingYum meals an fun to do! Breakfast and twoi dinners. As folks say, “You do eat well!” and yes we do. Meals from scratch make it so much fun, interesting and nutricious. You can pick and choose what ingredients are included in the dishes. We try very hard to eat local. And now that Spring has arrived, the Boise Farm,ers Market is open every Saturday and we get fresh and locally produced items.
Let’s start with Tuesday dinner. A wonderful Asian Grilled Salmon, although I did not grill the salmon thgis time but rather braised it in the Asian marinade. And as a note, most – not all – but most of the ingredients to these dishes are local products – Idaho grown!

Tuesday’s dinner –
Asian Salmon Braised Mushrooms Steameed Asparagus

Asian Salmon
Braised Mushrooms
Steameed Asparagus

Wednesday –
Muishroom Omelet Fresh Fruit

Mushroom Omelet
Fresh Fruit

Lamb Chops wsith Mustard Cream Sauce Mashedd Parsnips, Turnip and Blue Potato Steamed Brusssels Sprouits in Balsamic Vinegar and Sherry Reduction

Lamb Chops
chardonnay mustard cream sauce

Mashed Parsnips, Turnip and…

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