Breakfast Crepes or Blintzes


Such a yum breakfast. First time I have ever made crepes.

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I have never made crepes. Robin has and they are super. This morning she said for breakfast she wanted Ricotta and Fruit Crepes. Here is what I came up with …. under her direction! The filling: 1c Ricotta Cheese, 1/2 c fresh Blueberries, 1/2 c currents soaked in Elderflower Liquor and Lemon Zest. Mix altogether and let set for 15 minutes. Here is what the cooking process looked like. The recipe is attached to each photo.

People have asked if there is a difference between blintzes and crepes and if so, what is the difference. There isn’t much if a discrepancy as both items use the same ingredients and the cooking process and techniques are very similar. Crepes are generally cooked through on both sides whereas blintzes are only cooked on one side; reserving the uncooked side for fillings. Crepes and blintzes have the consistency of thin pancakes. Crepes originated…

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Sunday Breakfast and Dinner


Good meals with recipes.

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These two items are so much fun to make. Somewhat quick. Somewhat involved. Always good. Give them a try. Enjoy!


Breakfast Potato Eggs Line a muffin tin with thinly sliced potato slices. Bake off for 20 minutes at 425 degrees F until potatoes aare slightly crisp. Fill with a mixture of beaten egg, cheese, green onion, salt and pepper. Bake at 425 degrees F until eggs are set. Remove an let cool 5 minutes. I used the convection for baking these. Top with Salsa or Pico de Gallo.

Breakfast Potato Cups

Line a muffin tin with thinly sliced potato slices. Bake off for 20 minutes at 425 degrees F until potatoes are slightly crisp. Fill with a mixture of beaten egg, cheese, green onion, rendered bacon pieces, some salt and pepper. Bake at 425 degrees F until eggs are set. Remove and let cool 5 minutes. I used the convection for baking these. Top with Slasa or Pico de Gallo.

Bre akfast Potato Cups Plated. They should come right out of the muffin tins as a unit. Serve with fresh fruit. Breakfast Potato Cups Plated. They should come right out of the muffin tins as a unit. Serve with fresh fruit.

Heirloom Carrots, Fresh Corn Pork medallions with Port Wine and Herb Reduction

Heirloom Carrots
Fresh Corn
Pork Medalions

with
Port Wine and Herb Reduction

Port reduction – Using the cast iron skillet that the pork was done in, add 1 T Olive Oil, 2 c Port Wine, 1 T fresh…

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European Tour at The Buzz Wine Dinner


Yum wine dinner last night at The Buzz in Boise.

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10Nov2015_1e_The-Buzz-Monthly_Blind-Tasting_Buzz-InsideAnd a great tour it was! Cristi and her daughter took a cruise through parts of Europe, touching the shores of France, Italy, Spain and Gibraltar. And Cristi brought to the table some different, and some very good, wine and entrée treats. Here is what we had. Enjoy! It really was an exciting evening with all these different foods. Hope you can make the next one. $20 a plate plus five or six wines. Sorry that I did not post the Buzz last month, but the photos I took were terrible. Hopefully, this month, the photos are better.

Antipasti (Italy) and Croquettes (Spain) NV Minnonetto Prosecco [18] $18.00

Antipasti (Italy) and Croquettes (Spain)
2013 Tannat
[19] $20.00

Traditional French Salad 2013 Tannat [19]  $20.00

Traditional French Salad
2012 Eguren Temprenillo
[15] $15.00

A perfect match between the wine and the salad.

Potaje (Gibraltar)2012 Eguren Tempernillo [15] $15.00

Potaje (Gibraltar)
2013 Chateau Pilet
[18] $24.00

Pork (Portugal) Pasta (Italy) Grilled Vegetables (Portugal) 2013 Chateau Pilet [18] $24.00

Pork (Portugal)
Pasta (Italy)
Grilled Vegetables (Portugal)
2007 Lan Rioja
[18] $24.00

Tiramisu (Italy)NV Marguis dela Tour [17] $14.00

Tiramisu (Italy)
NV Marguis dela Tour
[17]…

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Chili Rellenos


Such a yum breakfast but could be an “anytime” meal!

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26Feb2016_1_Sushi-Joy_Robin_Right-FacingAh yes! Chili Rellenos. Robin makes the best I have ever eaten. It must be in the soft peak egg whites. Mine were good, but not that good. Here is a link to Robin’s Chili Rellenos. Fun to make. More fun to eat! Just takes a little time. And if you want to, you can roast the peppers over charcoal to give them an interesting twist. I used the stove. The eggs and the peppers came from our local farmers market.

Roasting the poblanos on the gas stove. Roasting the poblanos on the gas stove.

Frying the stuffed peppers in a neutral oil. I used Crisco. And in the stuffing, I used the Mexican blend cheese, available at most grocery stores, two of the egg yolks, cilantro chopped, coriander, cumin, sea salt and fresh ground black pepper. Frying the stuffed peppers in a neutral oil. I used Crisco. And in the stuffing, I used the Mexican blend cheese, available at most grocery stores, two of the egg yolks, cilantro chopped, corriander, cumin, sea salt and fresh ground black pepper.

The finished product on a bed of Bib lettuce. On these we used a enchilada sauce, but you could use pico de gallo or a salsa. The finished product on a bed of Bib lettuce. On these we used a enchalata sauce, but you could…

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Caesar Salad Dressing

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Actually, it’s not hard. Just takes some patience. And ANCHOVIES! I really don’t think a Caesar Salad is just that without the anchovies in the dressing. A Caesar Salad must have the anchovies! Here is a recipe we use. Enjoy.

Caesar-Salad-Dressing

Caesar Salad Dressing

Source: adapted from and photo from – http://www.thekitchn.com/
Makes: 1 cup

Ingredients:
1 (2-ounce) can oil-packed Anchovy Fillets, drained
2 cloves Garlic, coarsely chopped
3 lg Egg Yolks
1 t Dijon Mustard
2 T Lemon Juice
2 T Olive Oil
½ c Vegetable Oil
2 T finely grated Parmesan cheese
Freshly ground Tellicherry Black Pepper

Directions:
Make an anchovy-garlic paste: Mince the anchovies and garlic together until the mixture is mostly smooth and the garlic is minced, about 3 minutes; set aside.
Whisk the egg yolks: Whisk the egg yolks together in a medium bowl until smooth.
Add the mustard: Whisk in the mustard until just combined.
Add the anchovy-garlic paste: Whisk in the anchovy-garlic mixture.
Whisk in the lemon juice: While whisking, pour in the lemon juice, then whisk until smooth.
Whisk in the olive oil: While whisking, stream in the olive oil to create a thick emulsion. Once all of the olive oil is added, whisk for another minute to thicken.
Finish with vegetable oil: Continue whisking and slowly stream in the vegetable oil. Again, once all of the vegetable oil is added, whisk for another minute to thicken.
Season and serve: Whisk in the Parmesan cheese. Taste and season with fresh ground Tellicherry Black Pepper as needed. Serve immediately on Chopped Romaine Lettuce or grilled Romaine Lettuce.

Meals for Robin


Yum meals prepared. Fun to do. Love our kitchen!

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01Aug2016_1e_Captains-Shack-Robin_ Robin-SmilesLove the beaming smile she has in this photo! After she got home from the hospital, I had to change the meal plans, somewhat. Watch the sugars, not totally eliminate them. Keep the carbs to 60 or so a day, which is not hard to do. Keep the calorie count to a max of 2000 per day. That’s harder, but not impossible. Here are some of the dishes I came up with. Enjoy! All made from scratch with mostly local products from the Boise Farmers Market – eggs, sausage, Acme Bake Shop Breads, Fruit, Salsa, Pico de Gallo. We’ll start with breakfast.

2-Egg Cheese Omelet with Pico de Gallo Bacon Acme Whole Wheat Toast Fresh Canteloupe

2-Egg Cheese Omelet with Pico de Gallo
Bacon
Acme Whole Wheat Toast
Fresh Canteloupe

Sausage Gravy on Acme Sourdough Toast Over-Easy Egg

Sausage Gravy on Acme Sourdough Toast
Over-Easy Eggs

Strrawberry Waffles with Strawberry Sour Cream Topping Sunnyside Up Egg

Strawberry Waffles with Strawberry Sour Cream Topping
Sunnyside Up Egg

Lunch and “Tea Time”

Grilled Spam and Cheese on Acme Sourdough Toast Housemade Cream of Tomato Soup with Basil

Grilled Spam and Cheese on Acme Sourdough Toast
Housemade Cream of Tomato…

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Greatly Improved Sausage Gravy


Thanks to Chef Storm Hodges for his suggestions and guidence.

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A couple of weeks ago I was talking to Chef Storm Hodges of Parma Ridge Winery Restaurant about sausage gravy. He makes an awesome biscuits and gravy that are rightly called Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy with a Fried Egg served Sundays for brunch at the winery. And they are that good. I spent many years in south central Tennessee where biscuits and sausage gravy are a mainstay – especially with fresh poke greens. But Chef Storm’s sausage gravy is far superior! Yes it is! Thank you Chef for your suggestion.

Acme Bakeshop Toasted Sourdough Imkproved Sausage Gravy Over Easy Eggs

Acme Bake Shop Toasted Sourdough
with
Improved Sausage Gravy
Over Easy Eggs

Up to now, I always made my sausage gravy, or any gravy for the matter, using a roux of butter and flour. That probably has come to an end. Here is the recipe for the above pictured Toasted Sourdough and Sausage Gravy. (I didn’t have any biscuits…

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Slow Cooker Cooking


Good article on using your over recipes in the crockpot. What to watch out for and how to adapt the recipes.

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Crock-Pot-Blog-Post_PhotoAh yes. The infamous Crock-Pot, or Slow Cooker. In the article by the HUffington Post, A Brief History Of The Crock Pot, The Original Slow Cooker, they state that “… People tend to use the terms “Crock Pot” and “slow cookers” interchangeably, but they are not, in fact, interchangeable. While all Crock Pots are slow cookers, not all slow cookers are Crock Pots…Don’t get too disappointed. Just because the Crock Pot is a brand doesn’t mean it doesn’t have an interesting back story. In fact, the Crock Pot’s story is rooted in Jewish mothers and beans. The device was inspired by a dish the inventor’s mother told him about. From a humble bowl of bean stew grew a kitchen ware empire. Here’s the story:…Irving Naxon applied for a patent for a food heating device in 1936. His device consisted of an insert, held up by a case that held…

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33 Anniversary at Capitol Cellars in Boise


Superb 33rd anniversary dinner!

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14July2016_1b_33-Anniv_Capitol;-Cellars_GlasswareYou bet. Our 33rd wedding anniversary and Bastille Day celebration at Capitol Cellars with awesome French foods and wines. Visit theem at the preceeding link or at 110 S 5th St., Boise. (208) 344-9463. A great time and thank-you Marnie for joining us and thank-you to Dr and Mrs Jutzy – she was celebrating her birthday! It was a celebration dinner! The loud dude who sat at the end of our table should have stayed home! At any rate, it was a superb evening! Definitely 5-Star dining. They source their food products from local farmers. Just look at what we had.

The menu for the evening The menu for the evening

Logan Symser, General Manager, sabers a bottle of champagne. Logan Symser, General Manager, sabors a bottle of champagne.

Table decorations Table decorations

When we arrived, each one of us received a glass of 2015 Nicolas Pinot Noir Rosè. Then dinner started.

Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras brioche toast, broiled apricots, raspberry-balsamic glaze and micro greens 2006 Maison Nicolas Sauterne

Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras
brioche toast, broiled apricots, raspberry-balsamic glaze and micro…

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The Infamous Hotdog!


It’s time for grilled hotdogs!

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3April2016_1b_New-CharBroil-Grill_Mod-Smoker-BBQ-Grill_OpenAh yes! That ballpark treat! The fresh grilled hotdog rolling in the sand at the beach … or at the shore. Wherever or however, there is nothing better, IMNSHO, than a grilled hotdog or brat. I have two that I really like. But to be fair, all three of these types of hotdogs are good. Different flavors. Different textures. Different tastes. And the condiments that you might put on any one of these treats, will alter that flavor. Generally in a good direction.

Robin likes t he Hebrew National Hotdogs. And I must say, they're not bad. Robin likes the Hebrew National Hotdogs. And I must say, they’re not bad.

The Falls Brand, from Twin Falls, Idaho But I like the Falls Brand, from Twin Falls, Idaho

or the Johnsonville Cheddar Brat, or any of their brats. or the Johnsonville Cheddar Brat, or any of their brats.

And which one do I like best? It’s a mood thing. Or a beer thing. Which one will go better with a Stella and some fresh made baked beans. Maybe a little potato salad…

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