Super Bowl Weekend

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01Feb2015_1c_Captains-Shack-SuperBowlFare_SteamedShrimp-TartarSauceActually, a weekend full of some really fun food. And some I had never made – Crayfish Pie. Made them in individual servings using a cupcake pan. Worked well. And they were good! The Crayfish Pie is a traditional New Orleans dish.Here is my recipe for Crayfish Pie. Enjoy!
And really, I never expected the Denver Broncos to pull this one off. But happy they did. 24 – 10 over the Carolina Panthers. But Carolina is to be congratulated on a superb season – 17-2! Wow!
But now, for the food. We had a great time preparing and securing all of this. Took probably two days and that is where the fun is – prepping. A lot of food for two of us – I really expected more, but that didn’t happen. Anyway, look at what we made and devoured! Left-Click any of these photos to see enlarged. Cheers!

We went to Powell's Sweet Shop and got some candy hearts and gilato. Look at the lid of the candy box on the copunter.

We went to Powell’s Sweet Shop and got some candy hearts and gilato. Look at the lid of the candy box on the counter.

Italian Peppers, Meatballs and Pasta. Thanks Paul!

Italian Peppers, Meatballs and Pasta. Thanks Paul!

Blue Crab Cakes

Blue Crab Cakes

Beet Panna Cotta. Delicious!!

Beet Panna Cotta. Delicious!! Beet Panna Cotta Recipe

Robin making 7 Layer Mexican Dip

Robin making 7 Layer Mexican Dip

7 Layer Mexican Dip

7 Layer Mexican Dip

Purging crayfish!

Purging crayfish!

Crayfish cooking

Crayfish cooking

Preparing the filling for the Crayfish Pie.

Preparing the filling for the Crayfish Pie.

Individual Crayfish Pies using a muffin tin.

Individual Crayfish Pies using a muffin tin.

Individual Crayfish Pie

Individual Crayfish Pie

Shrimp, Chicken Wings, Dips and Sauces. Plenty of Tailgate Food!

Shrimp, Chicken Wings, Dips and Sauces. Plenty of Tailgate Food!

Lots of food all weekend and generally all homemade. Waiting sorta of patiently for the BSU Broncos football season to start next Fall. Seems like it is so far away! We also made two salads – Fennel and Celery with Olive Oil and Balsamic Dressing and Sliced Cucumbers with a Balsamic Dressing. Delicious!

Breakfast at St Lukes!

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19Jan42016_1h_Bob-OHSurgery_Room-ViewWell, I could have said, “Breakfast At Tiffanies”,but this is more fun; or so they say. The photo here is from my room at St Lukes Regional Medical Center here in Boise, while I had my OHS. The RN’s all called it the Taj Mahal – the original is in Agra, India – of Boise – one of the better rooms. And while I’m on the subject, let me say this about that. (I’ve heard that before!) My surgical team was superb – there were at least 4 of them. It was awesome. Everyone helped me through the rough spots; the psychological anxiety. I would not hesitate to recommend the surgical staff to anyone who might need heart surgery.
But there is another side of this “coin”. I am very happily married to an RN. So I pretty much know how they react to a given medical situation. The 15 or so RN’s that attended me while I was hospitalized, were outstanding! They were/are the personification for Florence Nightingale. They are Angels of Mercy. And if a stay of this type can be fun, these folks made it so. I just have so much admiration and respect for what they do and how they carry their duties out. Are these the most perfect and awesome Registered Nurses in Boise? I only know these RN’s so my answer is Yes. A heartfelt thanks to all of you!

Sir Koffs-A-Lot. Hold the bear close to your chest if you must cough. It helps to alleviate the pain. (I didn't call it a Teddy Bear, Barbara RN)

Sir Koffs-A-Lot

Hold the bear close to your chest if you must cough. It helps to alleviate the pain. (I didn’t call it a Teddy Bear, Barbara RN)

Ready to check out and go home.

Ready to check out and go home.

Fresh Fruit Turkey Meatloaf Carrots and Corn

Fresh Fruit
Turkey Meatloaf
Carrots and Corn

And it was not bad. Rather good. Not Vincinos, but good! For breakfast I usually had a Sausage and Onion Omelet with fresh fruit and OJ.

Vincinos Brunch

Oh yes. I had surgery on the 19th, went home on Jan 23 and had a birthday brunch to go to on Jan 24. It was delicious! Yes. That’s lox!

Other goodies for brunch!

Other goodies for brunch!

Brunch plated.

Brunch plated.

Indian Creek Winery Owners Bill and Mui Stowe

Indian Creek Winery Owners Bill and Mui Stowe

Roast Pork Spinach and Tomato Salad Oven Baked Escalloped Potatoes

Roast Pork
Spinach and Tomato Salad
Oven Baked Escalloped Potatoes

Marnie and Mac made this for us. Robin had dental surgery.

Brandy Poached Pears on Custard Pie Marnie and Mac made this, too!

Brandy Poached Pears on Custard Pie

Marnie and Mac made this, too! I want the recipe for this and the pork above!

Robin making Blueberry Crepes!

Robin making Blueberry Crepes!

Chicken Oveb Roasted Escalloped Potatoes Green Beans and Carrots

Chicken
Oven Roasted Escalloped Potatoes
Green Beans and Carrots

Special Food – Special Family

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03Nov2015_1g_Richards-Cafe-Vicino_Red-WineWell, tomorrow at this time who knows where I’ll be. Open heart surgery to start at 0530. Do people actually move around at that hour? But I am so thankful for Marnie, Mac, Carlynne – Robin’s sister who came to help all the way from Delaware – Chris and my Super RN’s who are always in my thoughts – Robin, Roli and Cristi. They will hold my hand as will my sister Peggy and my brother Alex, although they will be long distance.
But one must eat first. Carlynne took us all out for pizza last night at Flying Pie Pizza and it was super, although I think the service is really getting slooooooow. The pizza is still great; The service is not. Thanks Carlynne for this treat. I also came across this chart which helps to figure out recipes if you must change the size and servings. A conversion chart of sorts. Enjoy and I will see you all in about a week. Cheers! Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.
Recipe-Converter

Idaho Breakfast Idaho Polenta with Idaho Poached Eggs Falls Brand Bacon (Twin Falls) Blueberries (not from Idaho)

Idaho Breakfast
Next Generation Polenta

with
Meadowlark Farms Poached Eggs
Falls Brand Bacon

(Twin Falls)
Blueberries
(not from Idaho)

Flying Pie Pizza White Pizza with Artichoke and Cheese Variety

Flying Pie Pizza
White Pizza

with
Artichoke and Cheese Variety

Flying Pie Meat and Vegetable Pizza

Flying Pie
Meat and Vegetable Pizza

Tonight? Seafood dinner by Marnie, Mac and Carlynne. Homemade and good! Cheers!

Latest News From Parma Ridge Wine and Spirits


Awesome winery bistro food right here near Boise! You gotta try this. Big party going? Please call first for availability of seating.

Treasure Valley Food and Wine Blog

Parma-Ridge-PatioI just received this from Parma Ridge Wine and Spirits. It is always a joy to get this information from them so we can “spread the word”. Well worth the trip to go see them and visit for a while. Love the Bistro and Chef Storm’;s creations. And Stephanie’s artwork on the walls. Delightful.
The Avielle pictured her is a delightful blush of Merlot. Mellow, slightly sweet but not overpowering and it pairs well with a variety of Chef Storm’s plates. Here is the information. Enjoy!

Join us this weekend for Fabulous Food, Wonderful Wine and an Awesome Atmosphere!

We are open 4 days this weekend in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 18. Weekend Hours are Friday, 12-7 pm and Sat, Sun & Mon 12-5 pm. In addition to our Friday Happy Hour from 4-7, we will do an ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR on…

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“The Buzz” – Enoteria – Land of Wine


Good and exciting Italian wine dinner at the Buzz.

Treasure Valley Food and Wine Blog

12Jan2016_1c_Buzz-Italian-wine_The-BuzzNo. Enoteria does not necessarily refer to The Buzz. However, there are many win es to be found at The Buzz. Enoteria, in this case, refers to Italy, or “the land of wine”. “… Because of its rich diversity of grape varieties and many acres dedicated to cultivated vines … In more ways than one, Italy became a gigantic nursery and a commercial hub positioned at the heart of the Mediterrean for what would become western civilation’s first ‘globally’ traded product – wine.” [wine lecture, The Buzz] As the vintners of Italy, primarily in the Tuscan region, became aggressively determined to enter the world stage as a major producer of wine, some of the best wines ever produced included the varietals Amarone, Barolo, Brunello di Montalcino and Passito de Pantelleria. Another true Italian wine is a Pinot Grigio – Pinot Gris is a copy, albeit sometimes a…

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Yummy Beef Short Rib Borscht

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21sept2013_2_robins-bday-captains-shack_gumbo_getting-happyYou say you don’t like borscht? Or beets? The addition of the beef short ribs and the carrots, sure does sweeten the flavor of the shredded beets. The red color is still there for the soup, but the beet flavor is very mild. Robin and I think it is a superb alternative to an “official” borscht. Here is the recipe, if you want to try this – Beef Short Rib Borscht. Print one out. It takes a while to cook, we use the CrockPot, but it is well worth the effort. Left-Click any of the following photos to see them enlarged. Enjoy and let us know how you liked it. Notice that there is no cabbage in this borscht. Cheers!

Onions are caramelizing in the beef fat.

Onions are caramelizing in the beef fat.

Braised - caramelized - beef short ribs, beet stems and potatoes are waiting for the beet cooking liquid.

Braised – caramelized – beef short ribs, beet stems and potatoes are waiting for the beet cooking liquid.

Oh my. The finished product! And as the recipe says, "Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with the scallions, dill and a dollop of crème fraîche [or sour cream]. Serve with spicy mustard and slices of dark bread." The diced scallions and dill or fennel will really add to the flavors.

Oh my. The finished product! And as the recipe says, “Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with the scallions, dill and a dollop of crème fraîche [or sour cream]. Serve with spicy mustard and slices of dark bread.” The diced scallions and dill or fennel will really add to the flavors.

Eggs In The Basket

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16July2015_1_State-And-Lemp_RobinA good, and different, breakfast. Easy to do, just takes a little time. Simply potato hash browns, bacon or prosciutto and a little cheese. I also mix in some turmeric and onion powder with the melted butter when I add it to the potatoes. Really good flavors. Here are some sequential photos of the process. Takes about 1 hour, 20 minutes until it is ready to eat. Enjoy!

Prosciutto is diced and lightly browned.

Prosciutto is diced and lightly browned.

Shredded potatoes are placed in a muffin tin and cooked - browned - in a 350 degree F oven for about 25 minutes. Let cool before adding the eggs.

Shredded local Idaho potatoes are placed in a muffin tin and cooked – browned – in a 350 degree F oven for about 25 minutes. Let cool before adding the eggs.

Eggs are placed in the cups and baked for about 20 minutes until the whites are set.

Idaho eggs from Meadowlark Farms, are placed in the cups and baked, with the prosciutto, for about 20 minutes until the whites are set.

Plated. Prosciutto is added and a little cheese. Place under broiler until the cheese is melted. Remove and plate.

Plated. A little shredded cheese is added. Place under broiler until the cheese is melted. Remove and plate. Everything in one serving. About 13.5 carbs per serving.

Try This For Breakfast!

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28Nov2015_1_Snake-River-AVA-Visit_Parma-Ridge-EntranceNow this is a great twist on Eggs Benedict. Instead of Hollandaise Sauce, use a Béarnaise Sauce. This is one of the sauces that you should have in your recipe box, or book, or file or pocket. Basically a Hollandaise Sauce, but with the addition of tarragon – lots of tarragon – and diced shallots. Hollandaise Sauce on Eggs Benedict or fresh steamed asparagus. Béarnaise Sauce on beef, salmon or these eggs. Enjoy! The photo here is to Parma Ridge Winery Bistro entrance. I bet if we talk nice, Chef Storm could/would try this. Hmmmmm!

Eggs  Béarnaise with Fresh Baby Spinach and Salmon on Sourdough Toast

Swimming Eggs Béarnaise Florentine
with
Fresh Baby Spinach and Salmon
on
Sourdough Toast

Happy 2016 Everyone!

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November-2015_1_Robin-My-Phone-WalpaperAnd to say Good-Bye to 2015 and Hello 2016, how about a nice dinner consisting of Felzien Lamb Chops with Bearnaise Sauce, Poached Green Beans and a Spinach Salad with Micro Greens, Carrots and Tomatoes that was topped with a wonderful Champagne Pear Vinaigrette. And the perfect – and it was perfect – match of wine with dinner – 1997 Indian Creek Winery Pinot Noir. It paired better than some new 2013 Ravenswood Winery Old Vine Zinfandel. Now that’s saying something! And it has been said that Idaho can not make a good wine. Think again! Then for dessert, wonderful sliced Fresh Strawberries with Grand Marnier Whipped Cream (Sorry for the poor photo of the dessert). And the very perfect dinner partner, the love of my life, Robin! Love to make these dinners for her. Here’s to another great year, Honey! Cheers!

Braised Felzien Lamb Chops Poached Green Beans SApinach Salad with tomatoes, micro greens and carrots Champagne Pear Dressing

Braised Felzien Lamb Chops
Poached Green Beans
Spinach Salad

with
tomatoes, micro greens and carrots

Champagne Pear Dressing
1997 Indian Creek Winery
Pinot Noir

 

1997 Indian Creek Winery Pinot Noir

1997 Indian Creek Winery Pinot Noir

 

Fresh Strawberries with Grand Marnier Whipped Cream

Fresh Strawberries
with
Grand Marnier Whipped Cream

 

Happy New Year Everyone!
and
Thanks to the 86067 people Who We Reach Through Our Blog!

Ah yes! Good Breakfast!

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05Dec2015_1d_Capitol-Cellars_Tea-Time_RobinWe have just a little brioche left, so what to do before it goes bad – no preservatives? How about a French Toast using the brioche? Wonderful! And easy. The addition of fresh nutmeg really adds a different flavor level. And then just a small dusting of powdered sugar. No syrup or butter needed. How about, too, some fresh blueberries on top? Can’t have breakfast without some bacon. Everything is better with bacon. In this case, turkey bacon. And this particular brand from Costco is very good. And it crisps up well, too. And we just found out that some information found on the Boise Foodie Blog, will be in the next issue of Travel & Leisure! Yea!

Brioche French Toast with  Blueberries and Powdered Sugar Turkey Bacon

Brioche French Toast
topped with
Blueberries and Powdered Sugar
Turkey Bacon

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