Cuts of Beef and Pork

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Did you ever ask yourself, “Where did this cut of beef, or pork, come from on the animal?”. Well here are some charts that may help. Left-Click to enlarge. But before you look at these charts, look at this interactive link on Common Cuts of Beef. Left-Click these graphics to see enlarged. Cheers and enjoy!

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And here is a pork chart.

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NW Wines and Food at “The Buzz”

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09Sept2014_1_The-Buzz-NW-FoodWine_Wine-BarCristi and Tommy keep “adjusting” the floor plan of The Buzz. They have moved the wine bar around to be able to add more table space. You can see the “adjustment” in this photo.
The dinner tonight was OK. I have had better at the Monthly Wine Dinners. But, I have also had worse. I think that by tonights dinner – Wednesday, things will be adjusted. Many thanks again to Peggy Hands-Behrens and Joseph Geist for helping with the wine pouring, table settings, menu planning and bussing the tables.
Cristi opened the evening with a 2013 Split Rail Rosé of Tempranillo that was pretty good. I was surprised. Mellow and smooth with a long finish and good appeal. [17] $15.00. Here is what else we had. Enjoy! Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

Cranberry Feta Pinwheels A very good opener and I don't like Feta! There were none left ove3r on my plate. 2011 Iris Pinot Noir 13.5% alc. light on the body and balance. fair appeal [16]

Cranberry Feta Pinwheels
2011 Iris Pinot Noir
13.5% alc. light on the body and balance. fair appeal [16] $19.00

A very good opener and I don’t like Feta! There were none leftover on my plate.

[caption id="attachment_12654" align="aligncenter" width="524"]Shrimp Louis Pasta Salad 2011 Willamette Chardonnay 12.5$ alc. very light on the bouquet but moderate balance and finish. Went well with the salad. Good salad!

Shrimp Louis Pasta Salad
2011 Willamette Chardonnay
12.5$ alc. very light on the bouquet but moderate balance and finish. [15] $21.00

The chardonnay went well with the salad. Good paring and good salad!

Vegetable Barley Soup 2010 Basel Claret 14.3% alc. good body and bouquet. moderate finish [15] $22.00

Vegetable Barley Soup
2010 Basel
Claret
14.3% alc. good body and bouquet. moderate finish [15] $22.00

The soup, to me, was over spiced. It wiped the wine out and the wine emphasized the spiciness. The carrots and celery needed to be cooked a little more.

Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots 2013 Saviah Creek Jack Syrah 14.1% alc. great bouquet, balance and body. mild finish [18] $16.00 Some servings of the pot roast needed to be cooked longer. They were tough. And again, the carrots and potatoes needed to be cooked a little longer. I missed some gravy with the pot roast.

Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots
2013 Saviah Creek
Jack Syrah
14.1% alc. great bouquet, balance and body. mild finish [18] $16.00

Some servings of the pot roast needed to be cooked longer. They were tough. And again, the carrots and potatoes needed to be cooked a little longer. I missed some gravy with the pot roast. My two slices of bread – gravy soppers – were good. Thanks, Tommy!

Vanilla Cupcake with Coffee Buttercream 2009 Brian Cellars Byzance 14.3% alc. Awesome! great balance and finish with a good appeal. The wine was a perfect match. A winner! [19] $30.00

Vanilla Cupcake with Coffee Buttercream
2009 Brian Cellars
Byzance
14.3% alc. Awesome! great balance and finish with a good appeal. The wine was a perfect match. A winner! [19] $30.00

Cristi said she would work on the recipe for the Coffee Buttercream and post it. I hope so. It was that good. See the photo below for the wine bottle label.

Brian Carter Byzance a blend of

Brian Carter Cellars Byzance – a blend of 53% Grenache, 23% Syrah, 18% Mourvedre, 4% Cinsault and 2% Counoise. A very good wine. We bought 1 bottle.

Joseph Geist brought these two wines for us to savor. I really liked the apricot. The pomegranate very tart. I did not care for this one.

Joseph Geist brought these two wines for us to savor. I really liked the apricot. The pomegranate was very tart. I did not care for this one.

Wine Meet-Up and Reel Foods Oyster Bar

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03Sept2014_1_Wine-MeetUp_Flatbread_SignOn Wednesday, we joined the Wine Meet-Up group for a gathering at Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria in Boise at 800 W. Main, Suite 230, Boise, ID 83702 and their phone is (208) 287-4757. Not bad, overall, but their food, at least two of them that we had, were very spicy and Robin could not finish all of hers. It might be a good idea if the Wait Person would explain that some menu items are spicy. Our Waiter, Dallas, was very good, except he did not tell us of the spiciness. Their menu and bar offerings are readily available at Boise Menu. Here are some photos from our visit. I do hope that you enjoy it when you go there. Ambiance is really very good and children are welcome, they even have a childs plate of pasta, which Robin got. And they do advertise that their products are purchased locally as much as possible. I can not, however, give them more than 3-Stars out of 5-Stars because of the spiciness of the foods. Enjoy these photos. Cheers!

Robin at Flatbread.

Robin at Flatbread.

Making pizza in a wood fired oven.

Making pizza in a wood fired oven.

Part of the interior of Flatbread in Boise.

Part of the interior of Flatbread in Boise.

Claire Fenton, Organizer of the Meet-Up group, and Bev Fraser of Fraser Winery in Boise.

Claire Fenton, Organizer of the Meet-Up group, and Bev Fraser of Fraser Winery in Boise.

They list this as a Classic Caesar 10.25 Artisan Romaine, Fresh Parmesan, Focaccia Croutons but without anchovy it is not the classic version. Calling this a Classic Caesar Salad is like calling a Reuben Sandwich with Thousand Island a "classic" Reuben. It is not!

They list this as a

Classic Caesar
Artisan Romaine, Fresh Parmesan, Focaccia Croutons

but without anchovy it is not the classic version. Calling this a Classic Caesar Salad is like calling a Reuben Sandwich with Thousand Island dressing a “classic” Reuben. It is not!

Baked Goat Cheese Robin had this and it was very, very spicy. She could not eat it all.

Baked Goat Cheese

Robin had this and it was very, very spicy. She could not eat it all.

Pepperoni-Sausage-Mushroom Pizzetta This is what I had, It too was spicy, but not as bad as what Robin had.

Pepperoni-Sausage-Mushroom Pizzetta

This is what I had, It too was spicy, but not as bad as what Robin had.

Robin then had Pasta Alfredo Picky and Proud! A delightful change from the spiciness of her appetizer of goat cheese.

Robin then had

Pasta Alfredo
Picky and Proud!

A delightful change from the spiciness of her appetizer of goat cheese.

I had this Summer Gnocchi 12 House-made Ricotta Gnocchi, Creminelli Proscuitto, Grilled Broccolini, Local Mushrooms, Roma Tomatoes, Pinot Grigio Cream, Shaved Parmesan (available after 4pm) It was very good with a nice cream sauce.

I had this

Summer Gnocchi
House-made Ricotta Gnocchi, Creminelli Proscuitto, Grilled Broccolini, Local Mushrooms, Roma Tomatoes, Pinot Grigio Cream, Shaved Parmesan

(available after 4pm)

It was very good with a nice cream sauce.

04Sept2014_1_Reel-Foods-Oyster-Bar_BuildingThen on Thursday morning, Robin said she would like to go to Reel Foods Oyster Bar for a Lobster Roll. Their address is 611 Capitol Boulevard, Boise, ID 83702, and their phone is (208) 342-2727 And who am I to refuse a good lobster? Here is their Menu, and it is a good one. Yummers!

Robin sitting on the patio at Reel Foods Oyster Bar waiting for our Lobster Rolls..

Robin sitting on the patio at Reel Foods Oyster Bar waiting for our Lobster Rolls.

They now offer Sushi. too. This is not the raw one.

They now offer Sushi. too. This is not the raw one.

Lobster Roll and Fries

Lobster Roll and Fries


We could have had potato salad instead of the fries. We just love this seafood market and get 99% of our seafood from there. They even have a section of frozen, overstocked seafood selections at quite a price discount.

September At “The Buzz”

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The beer steins we have on "The Self".

The beer steins we have on “The Self”.

Ah yes! Here are our steins. Do you have a stein on “The Shelf” at the Buzz? Hmmmm. Why not?
Here is the latest news from Cristi and the September schedule of events. Hope to see you there so we can say Hello and have a glass of wine together.
Such a good Wine Dinner for an awesome price. 5 course dinner and at least 6 wines and all for $20 a plate. And then there are other events happening at the Buzz too. Look here.

Hi, fall is in the air and life is getting either back-to-normal or crazier each day. Or if you are like our family crazier each day is back to normal. Our renovation is complete and if you have not had a moment to stop by and check out our new growler and kombucha stations, please do. We always try to have some local beers on tap and our kombucha is all organic (and is made in Bend).

We have a fun September planned, hope to see you soon.
Wine Dinner – September 9th and 10th we will be having our monthly wine dinner. It starts at 6:30 each night and the cost is $20 per person for dinner and wine dinner. This month we will be discussing Pacific Northwest and the wine of food from our own personal wine region.

Buzzopoly – On September 14th at 5 PM we will be playing our first life size game outside. Based on the game of monopoly, in a 90 minute game we will play. It is $20 a person, teams of up to 6, registration is at 5 “negotiations” at 5:30, play starts at 6 and game is over at 7:30 with prizes after. Cost includes drinks, food, and fun.

Our Music schedule for September:

5th Todd Palmer
12th Leta Neustaedter
19th Blaze and Kelly
26th Jean Cardena

Wine tastings every Friday and Saturday from 5-9:30; music from 7-9. Don’t forget we have appetizer, dinner and dessert specials to go along with the music and wine. No reservations needed, just come on by
Thanks for your support. We hope to hear from you about reservations or see each of you soon. Enjoy your September, and please drive carefully as the kids are back in school.
Sincerely,
Cristi and Tom Takeda
Buzz Coffee and Wine

Great Breakfast and Lunch

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Here are two meals that we have had this week. Very vegetable based, but not entirely vegetarian. I think both were superb and well worth repeating. What do you think?

Non-Traditional Eggs Benedict Grilled Prtabella Mushroom Spinach 2 Meadowlark Farms Poached Eggs Housemade Hollandaise Sauce

Non-Traditional Eggs Benedict
Grilled Portabella Mushroom
Steamed Spinach
Robin’s Housemade Lox
Two Meadowlark Farms Poached Eggs
Housemade Hollandaise Sauce

The portabella mushroom takes the place of the traditional toasted English muffin and we also added steamed spinach, to give the dish that Florentine look. This was really delicious. Then we had this wonderful soup.

Cream of Mushroom Soup with Fenugreek and Turmeric Acme Bake Shop Toasted Sourdough

Cream of Mushroom Soup
with
Fenugreek and Turmeric
 
Acme Bake Shop Toasted Sourdough

For a thickener we used steamed cauliflower florets that were emulsified in chicken or vegetable bouillon. The fenugreek gave the soup and very East Indian aroma and flavor and the turmeric gave it a wonderful soft, spiciness. The recipe for the soup is in the recipe file above or you can view it here: Cream of Mushroom Soup with Fenugreek and Turmeric. Enjoy!

Wake up! Breakfast Is Ready!

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Breakfast. I do like to make breakfast. And this one, we used up some things that were in the refrigerator. Broccoli and Potato cakes, for one. Here. Take a look. Cheers!

 

 

 
Two Meadowlark Farms Scrambled Eggs with Housemade Hollandaise Sauce Housemade Sausage Patties Broccoli and Potato Cakes

Two Meadowlark Farms Scrambled Eggs
with
Housemade Hollandaise Sauce
 
Housemade Sausage Patties
 
Grilled Broccoli and Potato Cakes

Dinner at Bombay Grill

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19Aug2014_1_Dinner-And-Movie-Night_Bombay-Grill_SignAnd a super dinner it was! This is still my first pick for Indian food here in Boise. Easily rates 5-Stars out of 5. I spent a year in India, when I was 15, and I remember the smells of the fragrant spices. The Bombay Grill takes me back in time and brings back the enjoyable aromas and flavors of the spices and food. They do offer a full vegetarian menu, although we had chicken.
Then we went to see The Hundred-Foot Journey, a movie I highly recommend, especially if you like cooking. Basically, it tells a story of the clash between two cuisines, French and Indian. An Indian family buys a rundown restaurant across the street from a high end French restaurant. They remodel the building and open up their own restaurant. The movie mostly takes place in France. Here are some photos from the Bombay Grill, 928 W Main St, Boise, ID 83702, (208) 345-7888. I just wish their website was up and running. Enjoy!

We arrived at Bombay Grill about 10 minutes before they opened. We were some of the first to be seated. Here you can see the interior of the restaurant.

We arrived at Bombay Grill about 10 minutes before they opened. We were some of the first to be seated. Here you can see the interior of the restaurant.

Good appetizers.

Good appetizers.

A nice light Lager from India.

A nice light Lager from India.

Robin had a medley of entrees. It gave here an idea of the range of the cooking style and the ingredients used.

Robin had a sampling of entrees. It gave her an idea of the range of the cooking style and the ingredients used.

I always like the curry. Here is a chicken curry entree. Just spicy enough without being overpowering. Thanks to the Chef, Mr Singh, for coming to our table and talking to us. Your food is superb!

I always like the curry. Here is a chicken curry entree. Just spicy enough without being overpowering. Thanks to the Chef, Mr Singh, for coming to our table and talking to us. Your food is superb!

Shrimp and Peach Spring Rolls and Ceviche for Dinner

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Robin-Bob-In-Kitchen_Looking-RightWhat an adventure this was to make. Fresh veggies from the Boise Farmers Market as were the herbs. Fresh Ahi Tuna from Reel Foods here in Boise. All of these were YUM! Add to that a wonderful glass, or two, of Castaneda White Sangria from Spain, and we had an awesome meal. And, oh yes, we did find some fenugreek today – powdered, dried leaves and seeds. At the Indian Market on Fairview in Boise, if you are looking for it. (“Fenugreek is used as an herb (dried or fresh leaves), spice (seeds), and vegetable (fresh leaves, sprouts, and microgreens). Sotolon is the chemical responsible for fenugreek’s distinctive sweet smell … Cuboid-shaped, yellow-to-amber colored fenugreek seeds are frequently encountered in the cuisines of the Indian subcontinent, used both whole and powdered in the preparation of pickles, vegetable dishes, daals, and spice mixes such as panch phoron and sambar powder. They are often roasted to reduce bitterness and enhance flavor … 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, hence the name (Samudra, “ocean” in Sanskrit). Samudra Methi is also grown in dry river beds in the Gangetic plains. 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. Any remaining soil is washed off to extend their shelf life.’ [Wikipedia]) You can see these photos enlarged by Left-Clicking on the graphic. Enjoy these photos, but first some information on Spring Rolls. What are they?

Fresh spring rolls, are a Vietnamese delicacy known as gỏi cuốn. Depending on region, salad rolls were made differently. Some vegetarian families make vegetarian spring rolls rather than meat spring rolls. However, the typical ingredients include slivers of cooked pork (most often cha pork sausages), shrimp, sometimes chicken or tofu, fresh herbs like basil and cilantro, lettuce, cucumbers, sometimes fresh garlic chives, rice vermicelli, all wrapped in moistened rice paper. Fresh Vietnamese spring rolls can be made at home or found at Vietnamese restaurants and some grocery stores. They are served at room temperature with dipping sauce. Nước chấm, tương xào or a hoisin peanut sauce are all common dipping sauces. A typical hoisin dipping sauce includes chili, hoisin sauce, peanut butter and sugar. A standard nước mắm pha (nước chấm) dipping sauce is composed of fish sauce, lime, garlic, sugar, and chilies. [Wikipedia]

Our Spring Rolls had shrimp, cucumber, daikon radish, cilantro, Thai basil and mint. These were delicious and especially after we let them rest for several hours in the refrigerator. Then we made a dipping sauce of Sesame oil, rice vinegar and a good soy sauce, Johsen Organic Shoyu traditional soy sauce.

Our Spring Rolls had shrimp, cucumber, daikon radish, cilantro, Thai basil, fresh peaches and mint. These were delicious and especially after we let them rest for several hours in the refrigerator. Then we made a dipping sauce of Sesame oil, rice vinegar and a good soy sauce, Johsen Organic Shoyu traditional soy sauce. This is available at almost any Oriental market.

Then we made a wonderful ceviche. Here is a little information on ceviche from Wikipedia.

Ceviche (Spanish pronunciation: [seˈβitʃe]; is a seafood dish popular in the coastal regions of the Americas, especially Central and South America. The dish is typically made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices, such as lemon or lime, and spiced with ají or chili peppers. Additional seasonings, such as chopped onions, salt, and coriander, may also be added. Ceviche is usually accompanied by side dishes that complement its flavors, such as sweet potato, lettuce, corn, avocado or plantain. As the dish is not cooked with heat, it must be prepared fresh to minimize the risk of food poisoning.

The origin of ceviche lies in the area of present-day Peru. Ceviche is marinated in a citrus-based mixture, with lemons and limes being the most commonly used. In addition to adding flavor, the citric acid causes the proteins in the seafood to become denatured, appearing to be cooked. (However, acid marinades will not kill bacteria or parasitic worms, unlike the heat of cooking.) Traditional-style ceviche was marinated for about three hours. Modern-style ceviche, popularized in the 1970s, usually has a very short marinating period. With the appropriate fish, it can marinate in the time it takes to mix the ingredients, serve, and carry the ceviche to the table.
Most Latin American countries have given ceviche its own touch of individuality by adding their own particular garnishes.

Then we combined the spring rolls. Here we have the Peach and Shrimp Spring Rolls and Ahi Tuna Ceviche on a bed of Boston Lettuce. Mango Salsa and Rice Crackers. The ceviche had Ahi tuna, from Reel Foods in Boise, cut into small cubes, two diced spring onions, greens and all, and two diced fennel whites, one diced serrano chili and seeds and ribs removed and the juice of two limes. We let it cure in the refrigerator for 1 hour. It was delicious!!

Then we combined the spring rolls. Here we have the Peach and Shrimp Spring Rolls and Ahi Tuna Ceviche on a bed of Boston Lettuce. Mango Salsa and Rice Crackers. The ceviche had Ahi tuna, from Reel Foods in Boise, cut into small cubes, two diced spring onions, greens and all, and two diced fennel whites, one diced serrano chili and seeds and ribs removed and the juice of two limes. We let it cure in the refrigerator for 1 hour. It was delicious!!

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Brunch at Bella Aquila in Eagle, ID

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17Aug2014_1_Bella-Aquila-Eagle_SignWe have been here before and really do like their brunches. And it is always great to be there, too, when Ken Harris and Carmel Crock are performing. Great keyboard and vocal duo!
Today, Bella Aquila (see their link in the sidebar) had a special Denver omelet and it was really very good. Robin had a Crab Benedict and Fresh Fruit. Enjoy these photos and please do visit Bella Aquila sometime and do look for Ken Harris and Carmel Crock when they are performing around the Treasure Valley and surrounding area. Need some great musical entertainment at your next party? Their contact information is also in the sidebar. Enjoy these photos from today Cheers!

There are waterfalls on both ends of the patio. There is also inside seating.

There are waterfalls on both ends of the patio. There is also inside seating.

Ken Harris on keyboards and the charming Carmel Crock on vocals. The Dynamic Duo!

Ken Harris on keyboards and the charming Carmel Crock on vocals. Boise’s awesome Dynamic Duo!

Ken Harris

Ken Harris

Carmel Crock

Carmel Crock

Robin had this amazing  Crab Benedict with Fresh Fruit

Robin had this amazing Crab Benedict with Fresh Fruit

I had this delightful Denver Omelet Special with Hollandaise Sauce.

I had this delightful Denver Omelet Special with Hollandaise Sauce.

Such a good meal and great entertainment. The food alone warrants a return trip. It was that good. And we did watch Bella Aquila’a Kitchen Director Matt Alloway smoke some fresh salmon over mesquite. We asked if he needed someone to sample the salmon for doneness and the correct amount of smoke. He just held the pan higher and smiled! Bon Appetit!

Great Music at the Buzz

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16Aug2014_1c_Jen-Drake_Robin-BSU-ShirtAh, yes! Once again Jen Drake, Artistic Director at Serenata Chamber Orchestra, Section Viola at Boise Philharmonic and Head Cheese at The Drake Viola Conservatory. Studied Viola Performance at Michigan State, brought a group together to “jam” the night away – 6:00pm – 9:00pm without a break! A free ‘jam” – if you can read music and you play an instrument, you can join in. There was even a teen playing a sax a while back. Don’t be intimidated by the artistic level, they are there for fun and want you to join in. The Serenata Chamber Orchestra and Jen both have a FB page, so you can follow them there and get on an email list for future performances. It is an awesome evening of some awesome music. Oh, the cost. Zero, Nada, Nothing, Free! Buy some wine or beer or a dinner. That’s it. Just come and enjoy the evening. And I’m sure that if you let Cristi or Tommy know, they will put you on their email list for notifying you of events at the Buzz. There is a link in the sidebar. Like Robin’s shirt?

The Buzz

The Buzz

Some of the talented musicians that played tonight.

Some of the talented musicians that played tonight.

Se e anyone you know?

See anyone you know?

There is Jen in the gray shirt.

There is Jen in the gray shirt.

More musicians.

More musicians.

Our dinner Baked Beans Potato Salad Pulled Pork Sandwich and don't forget the new beer taps.

Our dinner

Baked Beans
Potato Salad or a Fresh Green Salad
Pulled Pork Sandwich
Wild Huckleberry Muffin
(not pictured)

and don’t forget the new beer taps.

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