Easy Easter Egg Colors

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Awesome Easter Eggs this year. Thanks to Janie Burns, Meadowlark Farms, for the brown eggs. Recipe: 1 T White Vinegar, 20-24 drops of Food Color and 1/2 c Water at room temp. Mix and place eggs in the dye. They will dye up quickly. The ones pictured here are about 30 seconds. The colors are really intense and I like them. Enjoy!

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Ridge Winery Lamb Meatloaf

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The other evening when we were at a Ridge Winery tasting, they suggested to go with their Estate Cabernet Sauvignon to have a Ridge Winery Lamb Meatloaf. We did not have any of the cab, but we do have some 2003 Ridge Winery Lytton East Zinfandel and it is an awesome wine! We still have 5 bottles in our storage. We made the meatloaf and it too is awesome. Look at these photos I took of the dinner and the the Sunday morning breakfast consisting of a Shrimp and Fresh Asparagus Omelet. Yummers!

2003 Ridge Winery Lytton East Zinfandel. AP - $164.00!

2003 Ridge Winery Lytton East Zinfandel
AP – $164.00!
Yes, a very special wine.

Ridge Winery Lamb Meatloaf cooling.

Ridge Winery Lamb Meatloaf cooling.

Ridge Winery Lamb Meatloaf Baked Idaho Potato with Creme Fresh and Chives Fresh Green Salad with Tomatoes

Ridge Winery Lamb Meatloaf

Baked Idaho Potato
with
Crème Fraîche and Chives

Fresh Green Salad
with
Carrot Strings and Tomatoes

Fresh Idaho Asparagus
with
Idaho Wild Garlic

Vanilla Ice Cream with Apricot Purée

Vanilla Ice Cream
with
Apricot Purée

Shrimp and Fresh Asparagus Omelet Acme Bake Shop Toasted Sourdough

And then for breakfast Sunday morning, something simple and easy and non-complicated. A change of pace!

Shrimp and Fresh Asparagus Omelet
Acme Bake Shop Toasted Sourdough

And just as a note: The lamb is from the Felzien Family Farm where we get all of our fresh lamb. The eggs are from Meadowlark Farms, where we get all of our eggs. The asparagus and garlic are from the River View Gardens. The sourdough bread is from our favorite bakery Acme Bake Shop. The carrots were from Rice Family Farms. We really do try to keep our food supply local and we do Buy Idaho! Cheers.

A Great 2nd Week at the Boise Farmers Market

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Farmers-Market-ChickenThe word is … Last week, the Opening Week for the market – was a HUGE success! In the 4 hours that the market is open, there were over 6000 people who visited the market. Most of the vendors were sold out. And if you need a list of the venders, Look Here. You will be surprised as to the number of vendors and the products that are available. I have tried to show some of the vendors in the following photos that I took today. These are the ones that I normally frequent. There are food booths, and some wonderful coffee, too, that will provide some delicious treats. Pasta, waffles, doughnuts and cupcakes, wine and beer, pasta and other goodies, to name a few. Enjoy the photos and tour of the Farmers Market! It was a beautiful, sunny morning so I did not alter the photos. I left the shadows and sunshine in!

Janie Burns, Meadowlark Farms. Eggs, lamb, chicken and a pleasant smile!

Janie Burns, Meadowlark Farms. Eggs, lamb, chicken and a pleasant smile!

Acme Bake Shop. Awesome sourdough and old world style rye. They also have ciabatta, focaccia, potato bread and a large variety of other breads. Fresh baked everyday. Some of the best bread in Boise.

Acme Bake Shop. Awesome sourdough and old world style rye. They also have ciabatta, focaccia, potato bread and a large variety of other breads. Fresh baked everyday. Some of the best bread in Boise. Say Hi to Michael and Soraya for us.

Gaston's Bakery. Wonderful croissants - plain, almond, ham and cheese - and a variety of speciality breads. Say Hi to Mathiew for us.

Gaston’s Bakery. Wonderful croissants – plain, almond, ham and cheese – and a variety of speciality breads. Say Hi to Mathiew for us. Robin says the best almond croissants on the 3rd Rock from the Sun!

Idaho Honey. Great tasting honey and a wonderful Creamed Honey. They do sell online so check their link out in the sidebar!

Idaho Honey. Great tasting honey and a wonderful Creamed Honey. They do sell online so check their link out in the sidebar or Right Here!

Rollingstone Chevre. If you like goat cheese, Robin does and I like some of it, then you will need to stop by and talk to Karen Evans about her cheese.

Rollingstone Chevre. If you like goat cheese, Robin does and I like some of it, then you will need to stop by and talk to Karen Evans about her cheese.

River View Gardens. Great fresh garlic, asparagus, spinach, lettuce and onions. They have awesome garlic selections in the fall. Several varieties - I think they have about 9 varieties last year. They also provide information sheets about the differences in the garlics.

River View Gardens. Great fresh garlic, asparagus, spinach, lettuce and onions. They have awesome garlic selections in the fall. Several varieties – I think they have about 9 varieties last year. They also provide information sheets about the differences in the garlics.

Rice Family Farms. Carrots, parsnips, radishes, lettuces and a variety of fresh produce.

Rice Family Farms. Carrots, parsnips, radishes, lettuces and a variety of fresh produce.

Purple Sage Farms. Great almost year round produce. Lettuces, herbs, fermented products, cabbages in the fall and other wonderful products. They have an extensive greenhouse setup that you can tour if you call ahead.

Purple Sage Farms. Great almost year round produce. Lettuces, herbs, fermented products, cabbages in the fall and other wonderful products. They are also going to have some Fenugreek – an spice used in the cuisine of India. “Fresh fenugreek leaves are an ingredient in some Indian curries. Sprouted seeds and microgreens are used in salads. When harvested as microgreens, fenugreek is known as Samudra Methi in Maharashtra, especially in and around Mumbai, where it is often grown near the sea in the sandy tracts … When sold as a vegetable in India the young plants are harvested with their roots still attached and sold in small bundles in the markets and bazaars.” [Wikipedia] They have an extensive greenhouse setup that you can tour if you call ahead.

Volcanic Farms. Here we have some Chard. They also have other green vegetables.

Volcanic Farms. Here we have some Chard. They also have other green vegetables.

As an End-Note, the Big Valley Ranch is at the Farmers Market and they are supplying Highland cattle meat. The ranch is located in the Horseshoe Bend area. I will be sure to check them out next Saturday. I/we have never eaten Highland beef. “The meat tends to be leaner than most beef because Highlands get most of their insulation from their thick shaggy hair rather than subcutaneous fat. The coat makes them a good breed for cold northern climates and they are able to thrive in outdoor conditions that would defeat most other breeds of domestic beef cattle.” [Wikipedia] “It is beef that comes from Highland cattle that is superior in flavor, tenderness and cooking. Highland (sometimes called Scottish Highland) is a distinct breed of cattle that are generally smaller than Angus…” [The Reluctant Gourmet] Here are some Cooking Tips for preparing Highland beef. Interesting. Sounds a lot like the preparation for Buffalo.

Sweet Dessert

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Personally, I think anytime that you can get good ones – notice I said good ones – is the perfect time for apricots. And when we can not get our fruit fresh off the tree, pick them ourselves, or from our local Farmers Market, then we go to Hood-Crest (Muirhead Canning) and buy one of the 6-pack of great fruits. Last night, Robin asked if we had any of the fruit left. I checked. Apricots, plums and pears. She said that we should have the apricots. So here is what I made. Simple. Easy. Good! Enjoy!

Hood-Crest Apricots Pound Cake Vanilla Ice Cream

Hood-Crest Apricots
Pound Cake
Vanilla Ice Cream

Sweet Mustard Chicken Thighs

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This was a great alternative to fried or the basic baked chicken. A little sweet from the brown sugar and a little tangy from the mustard, without the strong mustard presence. I did tweak the recipe a little since the cayenne made it a little to hot for us. Changed it to red pepper flakes. Plus the sauce was not thick enough and just a little bland. You can see the recipe here: Sweet Mustard Chicken Thighs. It is in PDF format. I suppose that if you don’t like chicken thighs – second joints – you can use legs or breasts but make sure they still have the skin on and bone-in. And the wine went extremely well with the dinner. The wine is from Idaho as were the beets, beet greens and strawberries. Enjoy!

Sweet Mustard Chicken Thighs Fresh Beet Greens with Bacon Fresh Sliced Beets with Balsamic 2008 Vale Wine Co Merlot

Sweet Mustard Chicken Thighs
Fresh Beet Greens with Bacon
Fresh Sliced Beets with Balsamic
2008 Vale Wine Co Merlot

 Pound Cake Fresh Strawberries Ice Cream

Pound Cake
Fresh Strawberries
Ice Cream

Yummy Grilled Idaho Beef

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You might say that this was the “First of the Season” grilling, although I have grilled this past winter. This was a great change for dinner for one night. Loved the Beef Rib Steak from Homestead Farms. Medium rare, and tender. And of the two wines we had, we much prefered the Indian Creek Cabernet over the Bitner Vineyards Cab. The Indian Creek had a lot of fruit forward and went extremely well with the grilled beef. The Bitner Cab is probably on the “downhill side” of perfection.
The beef was from the Farmers Market, the sourdough was from the Farmers Market and the lettuce was from the Farmers Market. The potatoes were Idaho potatoes and the wines were from the Snake River AVA, Idaho. Eat Local! Enjoy!

Homestead Farms Beef Rib Steak Idaho Grilled Potato Wedges Slaw on Purple Sage Lettuce 2004 Bitner Vineyards Reserve Caberbet Sauvignon 2008 Indian Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Homestead Farms Grilled Beef Rib Steak
Idaho Grilled Potato Wedges
Slaw on Purple Sage Lettuce
Acme Bake Shop Toasted Sourdough
2004 Bitner Vineyards Reserve
Cabernet Sauvignon
2008 Indian Creek Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

Crab Poached Egg

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If you like crab meat and you have some of the Crab Meat Pie left over, then here is a great use for some of it. Not much, because it is pretty rich. But try these eggs. Really different and good. Cheers. They might even be good with a little Hollandaise Sauce on them. Enjoy!

Crab Meat Pie

Crab Meat Pie

Poached  Egg and Crab Meat Pie Acme Bake Shop Toasted Sourdough Bread

Poached Egg and Crab Meat Pie
Acme Bake Shop Toasted Sourdough Bread

The Boise Farmers Market Is Open!

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05April2014_1_Boise-Farmers-Market_BoothsSeems like it has been months since we could shop for local products at the farmers market. It has! It’s been since last December when they closed for the winter. But now it’s Spring and the market is Open! Yea! It was great to see the vendors there from last year and their fantastic Idaho products. Acme Bake Shop (fresh Rye and Sourdough), Gaston Bakery (Croissants), Meadowlark Farms (fresh Eggs), Purple Sage Farms (awesome greens), Idaho Honey, Homestead Farms (bone-in Rib-Eye steaks), Rollingstone Chevre and a host of others that I know I am missing. Here are some photos from this morning. I have been asked by many people when Acme Bake Shop will open a store front. I got the answer this morning, “It’s not in the business plan at this time.” Beside the Boise COOP, I will check next week to see where in Boise you can purchase their bread. Cheers and hope to see YOU there next Saturday! And please, Think Local – Buy Local. Support your local farmer.

Idaho Honey

Idaho Honey

Write their number down and give them a call. They will ship. Even to Florida. I asked!

Write their number down and give them a call. They will ship. Even to Florida. I asked!

Market overview before it opened this morning. It is open every Saturday now from 9:00am - 1:00pm.

Market overview before it opened this morning. It is open every Saturday now from 9:00am – 1:00pm.

Purple Sage Farms. Awesome veggies.

Purple Sage Farms. Awesome veggies.

Gaston Bakery

Gaston Bakery

After the market, one must have breakfast. Check this one out that I made for us! Gaston Bakery Croissant Purple Sage Farms Fresh Lettuce Meadowlark Farms Fresh Egg Boars Head Ham and Swiss Cheese (Not from the market!)

After the market, one must have breakfast. Check this one out that I made for us!

Gaston Bakery Croissant
Purple Sage Farms Fresh Lettuce
Meadowlark Farms Fresh Egg
Boars Head Ham and Swiss Cheese
(Not from the market!)

Scallops Alfredo

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We just had to come up with something for dinner and we were in “one of those quandaries”. Nothing really sounded good. Then I looked in the freezer and saw some bay scallops – the little ones – and thought, “Maybe a nice Scallop Alfredo.” I passed it by Robin and she said yes. So here is our dinner. And here too is our recipe for Alfredo Sauce. It’s not for the faint of heart – one must be quite heart healthy. (In her book “Easy Tasty Italian”, Laura Santtini says that an Alfredo Sauce is “.. the king of the fresh pasta sauces … and is described as a ‘heart attack on a plate’”) But also know that an Alfredo Sauce is one of the Classic Italian sauces that was designed to complement fettuccini pasta. Enjoy the sauce!

Oh, and yes, don’t forget the Boise Farmers Market at 10th and Grove starts tomorrow, Saturday April 5.
It runs from 9:00am – 1:00pm.
Support Your Local Farmers!!
See you there!
Scallop Alfredo Acme Bake Shop Toasted Sourdough 2012 Joseph Swan Vineyards Gewurztraminer

Scallops Alfredo
Acme Bake Shop Toasted Sourdough
2012 Joseph Swan Vineyards Gewurztraminer

Thank-You Chris For Dinner

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30Mar2014_1_Chris-Makes-Dinner_Chris-With-Ray-CricketBefore Chris made dinner for Marnie, Mac, Robin and myself, he was seen out in the yard playing ball with Ray, the Golden Retriever and Cricket, a German Short Hair. Both dogs like to play with each other, although Cricket is the oldest at about 12. Two delightful animals. With loving care like this, Cricket will do fine. But now for dinner. I knew Chris had a kitchen talent. He made the main course of Chicken Pasta and it was very good. I am sorry the Maddy and Sophia missed it. But Chris did make plate for Maddy. Enjoy these photos and Left-Click any of them to see enlarged. Cheers!

Chicken Pasta with Herbs Fresh Green Salad Fresh Homemade Rolls and a good Italian wine.

Chicken Pasta with Herbs
Fresh Green Salad
Fresh Homemade Rolls

and a good
2005 Barbaresco Red Italian wine

Robin made this Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake Dump it all together and bake it. Delicious!

Robin made this

Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake

Dump it all together and bake it. Delicious!

Cricket wants more!

Cricket wants more!

Thyank-You everyone for a delightful Birthday dinner. Until next year ……………….

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