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


, , ,

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

Wonderful Brunch at Parma Ridge Winery Bistro


, ,

Thank you so much Artist Stephanie and Chef Storm Hodge for another delightful brunch! These brunches are superb! 5-Star! (Bistro Weekend Menusubject to change – or Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro) And many thanks to Garry and Donna for meeting us at the bistro for lunch, despite the highway detours! Here is what we had along with our 2016 Parma Ridge Winery Tre Bianchi and a 2015 Parma Ridge Winery Carmenere. Cheers! Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.


Coconut Breaded Deep-Fried Shrimp
Coconut Lime Rice
Korean Barbeque and Sweet Chili Dipping Sauces
They were that good! Started out with 6 shrimp.


Korean Barbeque Chicken Skewers
Coconut Lime Rice and a Korean Barbeque Sauce


Grilled Flat-Bread
Italian Sausage, Pepperoni and Mushroom with Homemade Red Sauce


Parma Ridge Pear Salad
Mixed greens with apple cider vinaigrette, Bleu Cheese and Poached Pear with Grilled Bread


Parma Ridge Cream of Mushroom Soup


Brunch Burger – Quarter-Pound Black Angus Burger
Melted Double Cream Brie, Apple-wood Smoked Bacon, and Sunny-side up Egg
Lemon-Tarragon Aioli and Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries


Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy
Sausage Gravy

Fresh Bacon Cheddar Biscuit topped with a Sunny Side Up Egg

And to follow-up from the Parma Ridge Winery web page,

Savor the Flavor
Offering both an in-house menu in the Tasting Room and custom menus for your scheduled event, Storm is looking forward to making your day special. From appetizers to full course meals, Parma Ridge offers both the taste and the view. Come by during tasting room hours to enjoy one of his delicious menu items, or contact us today to plan your special event!

I did mention to Stephanie that Robin and I have probably had close to all of the items offered on the menu. We have never had a bad selection, but there are some we prefer! The Parma Ridge Bistro is definitely a 5-Star winery bistro in the Snake River AVA.


Love this photo by Stephanie Hodge! So dramatic!

New Product to Us – Celia’s Blackberry/Ginger Balsamic


, ,

Yesterday we went to the 3rd Annual Marsing (ID) Chamber of Commerce Wine & Art in the Park (Wine and Art in the Park).
There were other things beside wine. Good food, for one. And food venders with their products. Their balsamic is but one. And it is delicious. Look at, Celia’s Gourmet Foods, where you can get some really fantastic balsamic vinegars, including a Blackberry Ginger Balsamic that I am using on a Slow Cooked Pork Roast as we speak! Yes, I know. This is not exactly an Idaho product. Close. Bend, Oregon is where it is from, but they do have retailers here in the Boise vicinity. Check their link in the sidebar or above.

Three out of many varieties. They even have hot and super spicy for the brave at heart. I can imagine the Mango Balsamic with Salmon.

Here is some information from Dennis and Lorna La Celle, the Idaho contacts.

Our Balsamic Vinegar supplier began their artisan vinegar company in 1889. Located in the Modena area of Italy surrounded by rural farmlands. Prepared using ancient traditional procedures, the process begins with careful selection of the Lambrusco and Trebbiano grapes. They are ideal for the high sugar content required for production. These grapes are pressed and the resulting juice called “must” is heated in copper cauldrons until the volume is reduced through evaporation to about 40% of the original weight. The liquid is then decanted into wooden barrels (chestnut, oak, juniper and cherry) and left to age and transform into vinegar. As time goes by, part of the liquid evaporates and part of the liquid is absorbed into the wood. The liquid is transferred into smaller barrels while the new “must” is added to “top off” the bigger barrel. And so continues the process.
Our Balsamic Vinegars are a true artisan quality product from centuries old recipes with no added sugars or starches…We are very proud to be pioneering these products in the wonderful town of Bend located in the high desert area of Central Oregon.

In Idaho, find them at Celia’s Gourmet Foods, Dennis & Lorna La Celle, Nampa, Idaho (208) 571-1485 or They are also on FaceBook as Mamacelias.

And here is an awesome dinner that we made to rty out the Blackberry-Ginger Balsamic.

Blackberry Ginger Balsamic Glazed Pork

Stewed Vegetables
blackberry ginger balsamic reduction

Steamed Purple Asparagus
Miners Lettuce Salad with Yellow Tomatoes and Basil Threads
Fresh Corn

Awesome Dressing


, ,

This is one awesome dressing that can be used on a variety of dishes; burgers, steak, salads, shrimp dip, etc.

Combine 1 part Oma & Popie’s Drunk Uncle Wing Sauce (see them at the Boise Farmers Market or Oma & Poppie’s on FB) and 2 parts Martin’s Swiss Dressing (available online at Martin’s Swiss Dressing). Martin’s Swiss Dressing almost has an Asian component. I do hope you like this combination. We do!