Question – What is sriracha?


Like it spicy? Look at this aarticle about Sriracha.

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sriracha-bottleActually, a very good question and I think Wendy Haight Scribner, on FaceBook, for asking, “What is “sriracha” and how do you use it when you cook??I just saw a video for pork chops and I’m wondering what this is made of?”
Well, Wendy and others, generally speaking sriracha is a red, spicy sauce a lot like hot sauce, but not as hot as jalapeno sauce. It really is a good one and we keep a jar in the refrigerator all the time. I’ll get you a better definition. From Wikipedia we read that,
inquiring minds need to know:

Sriracha (Thai: ศรีราชา, Thai pronunciation: [sǐː rāː.t͡ɕʰāː]; English /sᵻˈrɑːtʃə/) is a type of hot sauce or chili sauce made from a paste of chili peppers, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt. It is named after the coastal city of Si Racha, in Chonburi Province of eastern Thailand, where it may have…

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Chilean Wines Served at TVWS


Great night of Chilean wines at TVWS!

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10Sept2014_1_TVWS-Basque-Wines_2012-Serres TempranilloMany, many thanks to Garry Scholz for putting on a great event, even though he was fighting laryngitis. Some really good wines were presented to almost 30 people who attended. It seems as though the pre-pay through Brown Paper Bag was a success. If you want to attend, you will need to buy tickets in advance of the event. The TVWS then informs Meadowlake of the number of people who have paid and will be attending. The fee is non-refundable! I had to find someone to take one of our tickets as Robin could not be there. If you want to be on the invitation list, please let someone on the Board and you will be sent an invitation. (Here is a link to the TVWS Board of Directors) Here is what we had tonight. Enjoy!

One of the better wines, in my opinion. One of the better wines, in my opinion.

Some goodies on the appetizer table. Some goodies on the appetizer…

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A Hollandaise Sauce Variation


A yummy variation on the traditional Hollandaise Sauce.

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28Feb2016_1b_Captains-Shack_Waffle-Biscuits_Benedict_Salmon_and_Ham_Fruit_SausageHere is an interesting Hollandaise sauce – one of the Mother Sauces – that goes very well with Eggs Benedict, but with a twist. On the recipe as a note, is a description of Aleppo Pepper that is used in the recipe. A portion of that description, is printed below. This pepper can be found at Whole Foods and William Sonoma. Mildly spicy. Very fragrant. The recipe can be found in the Recipe File above and will be a permanent addition. For now though, here is a link – Roasted Garlic and Tomato Hollandaise. Try the recipe and let us know what you think.

Aleppo pepper (Arabic: حلبي فلفل / ALA-LC: fulful alab Ḥ ī) is a variety of Capsicum annuum used as a spice, particularly in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. Also known as the Halaby pepper, it starts as pods, which ripen to a burgundy color, and…

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Spaghetti with Housemade Meatballs and Marinara


Super good housemade Spaghetti and Meatballs with Marinara! Recipes are included.

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26Feb2016_1_Sushi-Joy_Robin_Right-FacingI’ve been looking for an acceptable marinara for quit sometime now. Years, min fact. Never was able to duplicate my Mothers, and it was awesome. Took her most of the day. But I came across this recipe from an Italian restaurant in New Jersey. And it is super. Think I’ll keep it. Takes about two hours to make and then dig in. The recipes for both the CS Marinara and the CS Meatballs is in the recipe file on this blog. (The link is in the header and by the photos below.) Here are some photos. Most ingredients used were from local farmers.

CS Meatballs. They are baked, not fried in oil.

CS Meatballs
(Recipe)

They are baked, not fried in oil.

CS Marinara

CS Marinara
(Recipe)

The plated dinner of Spaghetti, Meatballs and Marinara with Shaved Pecorino The plated dinner of

Spaghetti, Meatballs and Marinara
with
Shaved Pecorino

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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.