Genki Takoyaki Food Cart

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19April2015_1_Takoyaki-Rhett_CardA novel idea – especially in Boise. Japanese food from a food cart. Rhett Atagi and Christy Beavers keep the food moving and the crowd happy as they prepare the dumplings and pass them out to the patrons at the Boise City Market. You can also find them at other events in the Boise area. Give them a call and see where they are located and at what event. Might be an idea to have them at a neighborhood gathering or family gathering. You will have to check with them. Good, classic Japanese dumplings. Give them a try.

Rhett Atagi and Christy Beavers.

Rhett Atagi and Christy Beavers.

The dumplings being made. The octopus ones seem to be the standard for this food cart. Other types are also available. They usually have two different types being prepared.

The dumplings being made. The octopus ones seem to be the standard for this food cart. Other types are also available. They usually have two different types being prepared.

Rolled Chicken Breasts

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Stuffed and Rolled Chicken Breasts spinach, black forest ham and swiss cheese Avocado and Cucumber Salad Steamed Asparagus with Housemade Hollandaise Sauce

Stuffed and Rolled Chicken
spinach, black forest ham and swiss cheese

Avocado and Cucumber Salad

Steamed Asparagus
housemade hollandaise sauce

2012 Schloss Vollrads Estate Qualitatswein Rheingau Riesling

National Eggs Benedict Day!

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Yup! Today is National Eggs Benedict Day. So treat yourself! Have them for lunch or dinner, if breakfast is already past for you. There is a recipe for Hollandaise Sauce in the recipe file above. Enjoy!

Eggs Benedict Black Forest Ham Toasted English Muffin Housemade Hollandaise Sauce Cantaloupe Wedge

Eggs Benedict
black forest ham, toasted English muffin, housemade hollandaise sauce
Cantaloupe Wedge

Good Breakfast Fruit Tart

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14Apr2015_1_Captains-Shack-PlumTart_Ready-For-OvenWe had some Purple Plums that had to be used. What to make? How about an easy and simple Plum Tart? Maybe for breakfast? Works for us. Here’s how we did it.
Make a basic pie crust. Use your favorite recipe, but keep it simple. After refrigerating for several hours, roll it out so you will have some edges free of fruit. Place on a silpat. Sprinkle with Turbinado sugar. Add sliced plums – or any fruit – to within about an inch of the edge. Sprinkle with about a Tablespoon of cinnamon sugar. Roll up the edges to form a “dike”. Lightly butter the rim. Cook in a 350 degree F oven for about 30 minutes.

Hopefully you will end up with a plate like this. Add the Mint Sprig and a little Mascarpone Cheese.

Hopefully you will end up with a plate like this. Add the Mint Sprig and a little Mascarpone Cheese. Enjoy!

Breakfast Follows Dinner

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Anyone for a waffle?

Anyone for a waffle?

Well, maybe not this luscious Strawberry Waffle with Whipped Cream at the Boise Farmers Market, but then again ……. Maybe so! The dinner below, mixed some very good Chicken Meatballs with rice and the side of coconut oil sauteed Shiitake Mushrooms and Fiddlehead Ferns.
Breakfast then was a bechamel made with coconut milk and steamed spinach. The coconut milk added a rich and a little sweet component that went very well with the astringency of the spinach. Add some sourdough toast and a mock fried egg, and your breakfast will stick to your ribs. Enjoy these photos!

Housemade Maranara with Chicken Meatballs Acme Bake Shop Garlic Rubbed Sourdough Toast Coconut Milk Sauteed Shiitake Mushrooms and Fiddlehead Ferns

Housemade Marinara with Chicken Meatballs
Organic Pasta
Acme Bake Shop Garlic Rubbed Sourdough Toast
Coconut Oil Sauteed Shiitake Mushrooms and Fiddlehead Ferns

Coconut Milk Bechamel with Spinach Sourdough Toast Mock Fried Eggs

Coconut Milk Bechamel with Steamed Spinach
Sourdough Toast
Mock Fried Eggs

Sorry about the poor quality of this photo of the eggs as above. But it shows the layers of the breakfast.

Sorry about the poor quality of this photo of the eggs as above. But it shows the layers of the breakfast.

Drizzly Farmers Market in Boise

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11Apr2015_1_Boise-Farmers-Market_SignMaybe drizzly and somewhat blustery, but at least no snow or tornadoes or other such weather offerings! The crowd seemed to be down a little. Probably because of the stormy weather. Just the “die hards” ventured out to the market. We did get our fresh eggs from Meadowlark Farms, stock bones and fresh sliced pork belly from Homestead Farms, our weekly fix of sourdough bread from Acme Bake Shop – there are hot links to all of these venders in the sidebar. We also bought mushrooms, sorrel, watercress and fiddlehead ferns from The Mushroom Ranch. Enjoy these photos of the market this morning. Left-Click any of them to see enlarged. Cheers!

The Mushroom Man. Fresh mushrooms,  fiddlehead ferns, sorrel and watercress is available from them.

The Mushroom Ranch. Fresh mushrooms, fiddlehead ferns, sorrel and watercress is available from them.

Those who braved the cold drizzle loved the market experience.

Those who braved the cold drizzle loved the market experience.

Even the "Little Ones" in their own Surry!

Even the “Little Ones” in their own Surry!

And the waffles were great also!

And the waffles were great also!

Banjo pickin' and singin'!

Banjo pickin’ and singin’!

Need for coffee. Neckar Coffee makes a good cup of coffee!

Need for coffee. Neckar Coffee makes a good cup of coffee!

Anyone for a waffle?

Anyone for a waffle?

Mine.

Mine.

Awesome bread from the Acme Bake Shop!

Awesome bread from the Acme Bake Shop!

How about some fresh beets?

How about some fresh beets?

Such a great source to find some deliciously fresh local produce and foods. Hope to see you at the Boise Farmers Market at 10th and Grove next week. If you see me, say “Hi”. Cheers!

Diet and “The Heartbreak of Psoriasis”

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21sept2013_2_robins-bday-captains-shack_gumbo_getting-happyAnd Robin has it and the infection drives her “nuts” sometimes! But she located this interesting article from Embrel, Psoriasis – Your Condition. “Plaque Psoriasis Is an Immune Disease; Treat It From Within.” In other words, modify your diet. Key word: Modify, Not eliminate. And do it slowly; One food group at a time or item within the food group; Not all at once. Looks like we will return to our high seafood diet and chicken diet, at least for a while. The last paragraph in this article is important and something to remember. And to let you know, we do not eat a lot of “Junk Food”. Maybe a burger once a month – Maybe! Here is part of an article from Embrel Do enjoy the information. If you have psoriasis, it might be worth a try. Good luck and Stop Scratching! (My Dad always said, “Home is where you can scratch where it itches!”)

Your Personal Elimination Psoriasis Diet
Here are eight foods and beverages that get mentioned often by people as possibly causing their psoriasis flare-ups. You might consider cutting them out of your diet one at a time to see if any have an effect on your symptoms:
Alcohol. “First and foremost, stop drinking,” Bagel says. Here’s why: Alcohol opens the blood vessels in the skin. When your blood vessels are dilated, white blood cells, including the T cells that are believed to be responsible for psoriasis, can sneak into the outer layers of your skin more easily — and you don’t need to be inviting more T cells. “Your psoriasis symptoms may worsen even if you’re a light-to-moderate alcohol user,” warns Chelsea Marie Warren, RD, a dietitian and certified wellness coach in Portland, Ore.
Junk foods. Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition. Junk foods tend to be high in saturated and trans fats and refined starches and sugars, all of which can promote inflammation. Another reason to avoid junk foods is that that they are high in calories with little nutritional value, and people with psoriasis often have weight problems. “If you have psoriasis, you have an increased risk of heart and vascular diseases,” Bagel says. “Being overweight adds to that risk.”
Red meat. Red meats contain a polyunsaturated fat called arachidonic acid. “This type of fat can worsen psoriasis symptoms because it can easily be converted into inflammatory compounds,” Warren says. Also include on your foods-to-avoid list: processed meats such as sausage and bacon.
Dairy products. Like red meat, dairy products contain the natural inflammatory arachidonic acid. “Cow’s milk is one of the biggest culprits,” Bagel says, because it also contains the protein casein, which has been linked to inflammation. Egg yolks, too, are high in arachidonic acid, so consider nixing them from your diet.
Nightshade plants. Some people report that consuming plants from the “nightshade family” — which includes peppers, white potatoes, eggplant, and tomatoes — exacerbates their psoriasis. These vegetables contain solanine, a chemical compound that has been shown to trigger pain in some people. “Certain patients believe that if you avoid these vegetables, you decrease your symptoms,” Bagel says. “I’m not so sure about that, but I’m not opposed to people trying it.”
Citrus fruits. Sometimes, an allergic reaction can cause psoriasis to flare. Citrus fruits, such as grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and limes, are a common allergen. See if eliminating them from your diet improves your skin. This prohibition includes their derivatives as well, such as lemonade or grapefruit juice.
Gluten. Gluten is a protein found in some grass-related grains, including rye, wheat, and barley. Researchers in Portugal found that psoriasis symptoms in some people with a gluten sensitivity improved after they avoided gluten in their diets. Studies are ongoing, but the idea of psoriasis patients benefitting from a gluten-free diet is still controversial, Bagel says. Even if it works, he adds, it’s not an easy diet to follow.
Condiments. Some people with psoriasis find condiments and spices to be their enemy. The ones that seem to cause the most trouble for people with psoriasis are pimento, cinnamon, curry, vinegar, mayo, paprika, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup. They’re on the no-no list because substances in these condiments can increase inflammation.
Although research has yet to confirm a direct link between what you eat and psoriasis flare-ups, you might find that your condition improves when you avoid one or more of these foods. Be sure to share what you discover with your doctor so you don’t miss out on any important nutrients

Stained Glass Potatoes

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21sept2013_2_robins-bday-captains-shack_gumbo_getting-happyThere must be 100 recipes for Stained Glass Potatoes or Stained Glass Potato Chips. But basically, most of them just use parsley. We like the addition of other herbs and edible flowers – pansy, viola, violets, etc. These flowers and herbs add some color to the “window”. Much less, flavor to the chips. Fun to do, but somewhat time consuming – it takes a while to place the herbs and flowers just in the right place. We baked ours at 400 ºF for 6 minutes and then turned the baking sheet 180º for another 6 minutes. All of the recipes that we looked at said to line a baking sheet with parchment, place the potato slices on the parchment, add a second sheet of parchment and then a second baking pan. Weigh this all down with bricks. We used a cast iron skillet for weight. One source for the recipe is from Martha Stewart at Parsley Potato Chips. She uses parsley, but we like the flowers and herbs better. The preparation and cooking process is the same. Here is a pictorial journey through the process. Enjoy and remember, if you want to, Left-Click any of these photos to enlarge. Cheers!

Some of the herbs we used. Thyme, violas, chives, taragon and baby sage.

Some of the herbs we used. Thyme, violas, chives, tarragon and baby sage. Use your imagination and use any colorful EDIBLE flower or herb you can fine. Remember – If you put it on a plate, one MUST be able to eat it. In other words, Poison Ivy is not a good selection to put in these chips!

Brush unsalted butter on the parchment paper.

Brush unsalted butter on the parchment paper.

Dust the buttered parchment paper with sea salt. fresh ground black pepper and cayenne pepper.

Dust the buttered parchment paper with sea salt, fresh ground black pepper and cayenne pepper.

Slice a potato thin enough to be transparent. Lay on the buttered parchment and place the herbs and flowers. Butter the herbs/flowers.

Slice a potato thin enough to be transparent. Lay on the buttered parchment and place the herbs and flowers. Butter the herbs/flowers.

Herbs and flowers placed to "paint" a picture.

Herbs and flowers placed to “paint” a picture.

Creating the "picture".

Creating the “picture”.

Thin sliced potatoes and "stained glass" being made.

Thin sliced potatoes and “stained glass” being made.

The finished product.

The finished product.

Birthday Dinner

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05April2015_1_My-BDay_Table-FlowersMarnie and Mac gave me this wonderful birthday dinner. Thank-You! Delicious. Thank-You Chris for being there. Sorry we missed you Sophia.
The flowers here are from their front garden. Absolutely beautiful. Spring must be here, even tho\ugh there is snow in the mountains and there is a cold drizzly rain falling. April showers bring May flowers, or so it is said. There is even water in the irrigation canals, almost 15 days early! Hope there is enough water to last the season.
Do enjoy these photos of the dinner. Really wonderful.

Green Beans with Candied Walnuts

Green Beans with Candied Walnuts

Stained Glass Potatoes - Robin made these.

Stained Glass Potatoes – Robin made these.

Ham and Lamb

Sliced Ham and Sliced Lamb

The meal plated. Mac made the rolls - delicious!

The meal plated. Mac made the rolls – delicious!

Rabbit Cookies

Rabbit Cookies

Inside Out German Chocolate Cake by Marnie.

Inside Out German Chocolate Cake by Marnie. (I think it took her two days to make this.)

Oh yum!!!

Oh yum!!!

Breakfast At “The Shack”

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1-Tuscan-Kitchen

Ah yes. And a different one it was. When the Chef arrived, Robin ordered his black bean and fried polenta cake special. This plate comes with fried polenta cake, black beans with turmeric and cumin, pico de gallo and bean sprouts. Bob ordered the Chefs’ special fried polenta cake and jasmine tea mock fried eggs. Oh yum!! Here. Take a look and enjoy!

Robin ordered -Black Beans Pico de Gallo Guacamole Fried Polenta Cakes

Robin ordered

Black Beans
Pico de Gallo
Guacamole
Fried Polenta Cakes

I ordered Black Beans Fried Polenta Cake Jasmine Mock Fried Eggs Pico de Gallo

I ordered

Black Beans
Fried Polenta Cake
Jasmine Tea Mock Fried Eggs
Pico de Gallo

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