Robin’s Birthday Dinner at Alavita in Boise

Yum Birthday dinner for Robin. Take a look.

Our Retirement In Idaho

The rule is: If it’s your Birthday, you pick where you want to eat and you can have anything on the menu. There are several photos I have of Robin, and this is one of my favorites. She is beautiful! and the Love of My Life. Happy Birthday!
She chose Alavita in Boise and it was good. One of the last times we will be able to sit on the patio – the weather is changing. Here is what we had for dinner. And thanks Marnie and Eric for joining us. And Chris and Anna were there in spirit. Left Click any of these photos to see them enlarged. Cheers!

Robin. And the shirt says

I’m a September woman. I was Born with My
Heart On My Sleeve
A fire In My Soul
and A Mouth I Can’t Control

Marnie and Eric

Chef’s House Salumeria Board
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Boise Farmers Market – Dee’s Rum Kãx


And such a great morning it was. 50 degrees F and light winds. Snow in the mountains; None in the valley!

Six weeks and the market moves indoors to the Fulton Street building. But for now – Rum Cake from Dee’s Rum Kãx! And delicious it is! And some really great fruit – Israeli Melon from Rice Family Farms and some fresh Salad Greens from Ohana No-Till Farm. From Chef Jake Sandberg and Crispeats, an awesome Asian Salad. Here is some information about Dee’s Rum Kãx.

Business card. I did not find an email or web address.

Rice Krispie Bars and Rum Cake

The Rum Cake I bought. Delicious and moist!

Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

Paddles Up Boise

We had a good lunch today. Different, but good. Look at Paddles Up Poke for a very sufficient Hawaiian bowl. They’re open HOURS: Monday – Saturday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sunday: Closed LOCATIONS: WE DELIVER IN DT BOISE! and they are located at Downtown Boise: 237 N. 9th St. Boise, ID 83702

Paddles Up Poké is Idaho’s first and only specialty poké restaurant, located in the heart of Downtown Boise. Paddles Up provides Idahoans with a quick meal to support their active lifestyles. Whether you’re in need of some fuel between meetings, or just grabbing a bite to eat before you hit the river, Paddles Up has got you covered!

Robin had a Paddles Up Bowl – Tuna, Avocado, Onion, Cucumber, Green Onion, Ginger, Sesame Seeds which, she said was pretty good. I had a Lucky Peak Shellfish – Shrimp, Scallops, Crab, Sweet Onion, Cucumber, Sweet Korean, Carrots, Green Onion, Sesame Seeds, which was good, I will get a small bowl next time. I just wish the shrimp were something larger than the micro salad shrimp and bay scallops – the small ones. hey were 1 oz servings. I will rate this at a 31/2-Star restaurant. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

Inside. Order at the counter. It moves pretty quickly.

Lucky Peak Shellfish Bowl

Here is a little more about them from their webpage.

Poké (pronounced POH-KAY) means “to section, slice, or to cut.” This Hawaiian classic is a very casual meal, that families in Hawaii have been packing on the go for years. Poké has now evolved into trendy rice bowls that are customized per order. This tasty lunch is simple: chunks of raw fish marinated in our special house Piranha Sauce, packed with all the tasty toppings that you can find on your classic sushi rolls, and served on top of a bed of brown rice, white rice, zoodles, or fresh mixed greens.

Paddles Up was founded in August, 2016 by Dan Landucci. When you heard the name you may have said, “Why Paddles Up?” Well, to answer your question, when you’re rafting, putting your paddles up signifies to get into attack mode when approaching rapids. The term stuck and putting your paddles up has become a life motto for the Landucci family. In August, Dan decided to put his paddles up and attack his life long dream of owning a restaurant. Dan partnered up with his long time friend, Jordan Tapangco, and together they have built a spot where Idahoans can go to refuel for their next adventure in life.

Two New Sources in Sidebar

I have placed two new sources, both can be found at the Boise Farmers Market at 10th and Grove on Saturday mornings, of food and sauces in the sidebar under “Buy Local” and will remain there permanently. Both places offer really good products. Give them a try.

Chef Jake Sandberg, Crispeats

MFT Sauces, Scott Tharpe
Here is a link to their website: MFT Sauces (You can order online)

Some Good Summertime Meals at The Captain’s Shack

Ah yes! Life in the kitchen in one of the hottest July’s on record at The Captain’s Shack (The Shack). But so much fun to make and serve. Some of these dishes are “eye candy”, too. Some have recipes; Some don’t. (If you want a recipe, just let me know. I’ll see what I can do.) As with most photos on this blog, Left Click them and see them enlarged. Enjoy these photos and if you make any of the recipes, let us know how you liked them. Thanks and Cheers!

Mango Salsa

Fruity and sweet with a moderately spicy component. Great with seafood.

Huevos con Mango Salsa and Avocado

Poached Idaho Trout Nage
Here is the recipe: Idaho Trout Nage

Eggs Florentine
Tomato and Bacon Sourdough Toast

Zucchini Galette

Crab Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms
Recipe: Crab Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

Chicken Yakitori with Jasmine Rice
Recipe: Chicken Yakitori

We modified the Yakitori sauce somewhat and have our own Teriyaki sauce that we use. Here are the recipes: Sauce Recipes.

And if you are interested, here are some of the main sauces we use. Enjoy.

Peas and Beet Greens
Jasmine Rice

Salmon Yakitori
Lemon Rice
Green Salad
Shaved Baby Golden Beets
White Carrot Threads
Heirloom Tomato
Martin’s Swiss Dressing

Biscuits and Herbal Sausage Gravy

Curry Chicken Salad
Avocado Slices
Heirloom Tomato Slices
Acme Toasted Sourdough

Peach Jam on Cinnamon Pinwheels

Peach Jam on Cinnamon Pinwheels
Vanilla Ice Cream and Peach Jam Drizzle

Awesome 34th Anniversary





Oh my! Such a great weekend. And such a great 34 years with the Apple of My Eye! Thank you Robin for those years. Here is a little bit of how we spent – ate – our way through the anniversary days.





On Friday, July 14th, we went to Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro. And once again, we were not disappointed! This is still a 5-Star bistro! This is their new sign along Hiway 95.

The Love of My Life and 34 wonderful years!

And for dinner, we both had a superb

Prime Rib
Garlic Potatoes
Grilled Asparagus
Storm’s Grilled Bread

And a full flight of wonderful wine. Robin and I both agree that Chef Storm’s Prime Rib is the best in the Boise area. Even better than Chandler’s in Boise. And that is not an easy task to accomplish.

And then, Saturday morning, after coming home from the Boise Farmers Market at 10th and Grove, we were watching Chef Rick Baylis on PBS and he made what looked like a fantastic Huevos con Salsa de Mango y Aquacate. I thought that I could duplicate that. I did. Here it is and all from scratch!

Shackmade Salsa de Mango

Huevos con Salsa de Mango
Aguacate y Carne de Res Rebanada

This is what I made for Robin. Had to use some of her left-over Prime Rib!

Huevos con Salsa de Mango y Aguacate

This is what I made for myself. Really yummy and very easy to do. One could very easily make this for a breakfast party.

So there you have it. Eating our way through our anniversary weekend. And it’s only Saturday!

Wonderful June Plates


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Ah yes, so much fun to make these dishes. Some of the recipes are available and printed here. Enjoy! And yes, Idaho does raise shrimp and Australian Sea Bass. Look for Garden Creek Farms, Challis – “…Natural, Fresh, Sustainable Fish and Produce Production – Aquaculture and Aquaponics …”, ID (208) 339-4326 or email at Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

Fruit Salad
Fresh Strawberry
Fresh Baby Spinach
Blackberry Balsamic (Celia’s Gourmet Food, Celia’s Gourmet Foods and Olive Oil Dressing

Herb de Provence Butter
Fresh Rosemary
Fresh Lavender Blossoms
Fresh Thyme and Thyme Flowers
Fresh Oregano and Oregano Flowers
Fresh Chives
1/2 lbs Unsalted Room temperature Butter

Mix all together

Place the butter/herb mixture on Saran (plastic) wrap.

Roll into a 2″ dia log and freeze.

Idaho Shrimp Pasta
Garden Creek Farms Idaho Shrimp
(braised until just pink in the Herb de Provence Butter)

Braised Pasta
(break pasta – thin spaghetti – into 3″ pieces. Add butter to pot and “fry” the pasta. Add water and cook as usual)

Diced Fennel Frons

Fresh Raw Cold Salad – Fresh Beet Threads
Fresh Raw Carrot Threads
Martin’s Swiss Dressing

Australian Sea Bass Dinner
Garden Creek Farms Australian Sea Bass
(egg dip, flour, egg dip and Panco. Fry over low heat until golden brown.)

Jasmine Rice
(brown Jasmine rice in butter; add water, 1T butter and Jasmine tea leaves. Cook over low heat covered until tender)

Steamed Sugar Snap Peas

Salmon Dinner
Braised Pacific Salmon in Celia’s Gourmet Foods Mango Balsamic and Butter
Steamed Sugar Snap Peas and Beet Greens
Jasmine Rice

Idaho Goat and Vandalia Onion Kabob
Grilled Peach
Green Salad

Carrot Threads
Martin’s Swiss Dressing
2015 Parma Ridge Carmenere

Scrambled Eggs
Fresh Fruit Mix
Acme Bakeshop Sourdough Toast


(Acme Bakeshop Sourdough Toast)
Fresh Vegetables
Rosemary/Garlic Sausage

Breakfast – Fresh Fruit Waffle with Bacon
Fresh Idaho Blueberries
Fresh Idaho Plums
Soft Idaho Egg
Idaho Honey

Deli Days – June 15 & 16

Ahavath Beth Israel

The Deli Days will be held June 15 and 16, 2017 at Ahavath Beth Israel, 11 N Latah St, Boise, Idaho. Today was a trial run and tasting for the sandwiches and some pastries. It was a yum day! If you don’t go and enjoy the food and traditions, your summer adventures will be incomplete. You can find them on FB at Deli Days Boise or CABI-Boise. Left-Click any of these photos to see enlarged.

Deli Days is Idaho’s Jewish Festival and happens every year on the 3rd Thursday and Friday of June. The event features traditional Jewish Kosher Deli Food, Homemade Desserts, Beer, Wine, Music, Dancing & More!

2017 Menu Includes HOT Kosher Pastrami and Corned Beef sandwiches,, hot dogs.
We also serve sandwiches and dogs on locally baked rye bread and buns. We have knishes, home made desserts, and local beer and wine… what more you could you want?

Slicing pastrami for the trial run!


Keeping the pastrami warm.


Reuben Sandwiches will be available on Acme Bakedshop Old World Rye or on their Sourdough. Condiments and dressings will be available.


Wondferful pastries are being created.



Pastries fresh from the oven.

The Buzz in Boise is Closing


Buzz Coffee and Wine
It is with very heavy hearts that Tommy, Cristi, Austin, and Bailey announce the closing of the Buzz.
We have truly enjoyed our time and will treasure the memories, lifelong friends, and relationships we have had the pleasure of forming.
Our last wine tasting and music night will be Friday May 26 from 7-9 featuring Dr Todd Palmer.
We will be having a “drain the keg” event on May 30 from 5-8. We will have appetizers and beer and wine specials to empty the kegs.
Between now and May 31 our hours will vary but look forward to seeing our friends just to say hello and get information to stay in contact.
Our future plans at this time are vague, at best, but we want everyone to know that we are truly heartbroken and will miss our Buzz family.
Thanks for doing business with us and blessing our family with the gift of you.
Cristi, Tom, Austin, and Bailey
Buzz Coffee and Wine
Buzz Coffee and Wine
2999 N Lakeharbor Lane
Boise ID 83703


We wish Cristie, Tommy, Austin and Bailey the very best in their future endeavors and challenges. We will miss their true friendship as we have been with them since the start. We will also miss our monthly Tuesday night Wine Club Dinner. Happy Trails, wherever they lead! We will see you Friday.

Lamb Roulade for Dinner



Oh yes! And a surprising dinner it was. I’ve/we’ve had Beef Rouladen several times. But lamb? This was a first. And this was superb!

A roulade is a dish of filled rolled meat or pastry. Traditionally found in various European cuisines, the term roulade originates from the French word “rouler”, meaning “to roll”.However, the term may be used in its generic sense to describe any filled rolled dish, such as those found in maki sushi.

A meat-based roulade typically consists of a slice of steak rolled around a filling such as cheese, vegetables, or other meats. A roulade, like a braised dish, is often browned then covered with wine or stock and cooked. Such a roulade is commonly secured with a toothpick, metal skewer or a piece of string. The roulade is then sliced into rounds and served. Of this common form, there are several notable dishes:
Braciole, Italian roulade consisting of beef, pork or chicken usually filled with Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs and eggs
Paupiette, French veal roulade filled with vegetables, fruits or sweetmeats
Rouladen, German and Hungarian beef roulade filled with onions, bacon and pickles. Also Kohlrouladen, cabbage filled with minced meat.
Španělské ptáčky (Spanish birds) are roulade in Czech cuisine. The recipe is practically identical with German Rouladen, perhaps omitting wine and adding a wedge of hard-boiled egg and/or frankfurter to the filling. Unlike the large roulade, sliced before serving, the “birds” are typically 10 cm (3.9 in) long, served whole with a side dish of rice or Czech style bread dumplings.
Szüz tekercsek (“Virgin rouladen”), in Hungary a dish[clarification needed] filled with minced meat.
Zrazy (or “rolada”), in Poland

Here is the Recipe for the Lamb Roulade. You can follow the photos for help. Enjoy!


Carrot planks on th bed of ground lamb.


Bok Choy on top of the carrot planks.


Spinich is laid in place.


Chopped Mint is sprinkled on the spinach.


Gently roll the lamb into a roll using the waxed paper as a helper to keep the roll together.


Place the roll into a bread pan.


The lamb has cooled and is now sliced.


Lamb Roulade
Spring Salad Mix
2015 Parma Ridge Carmenere