Awesome Dressing

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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!

NW Farmers and Land Trust Program


I was at the Boise Farmers Market today – yes it was rainning, but not enough to dampen my spirits – and Janie Burns, Meadowlark Farms where I get my eggs, was distributing this flyer. The Local Farmland Program is produced by the Treasure Valley Food Coalition. Tjhis looks like an interesting program in Boise. Even if you are not in the Boise area, there are some wonderful BNB’s and AirBNB’s in the area. Here is the flyer that Janie was distributing.

From the Treasure Valley Food Coalition webpage,

Been There, Done That: Conversations About Farmland Preservation in the Pacific Northwest” Regional Farmland Trust leaders and farmers telling their stories. Guest speakers: Hilary Aten, Conservation Director, PCC Farmland Trust (Seattle, Washington), Kristin Troy, Executive Director, Lemhi Land Trust (Salmon, ID), Two Lemhi County producers, and Julia Freedgood, Asst. Vice President of Programs, American Farmland Trust. Monday, April 10th at 6:00 pm – BSU Yanke Research Park – 220 E. ParkCenter Boulevard – Free Admission

Wine Dinner at Grit – American Cuisine and 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards Wines


Good food! Good wine!

Treasure Valley Food and Wine Blog

A very good dinner and some fine wines. Grit – American Cuisine, located at 360 S Eagle Rd, Eagle, ID 83616, Hours: 11AM–9PM, Phone: (208) 576-6666, presented a very good wine dinner showcasing 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards, 900 Pearl Rd, Eagle, ID 83616, Phone: (208) 863-6561. This was thee first time Robin and I have been to Grit – American Cuisine and it is worth a 4-Star rating, out of 5-Stars. Good food, especially the French Lentil Soup, pictured below. It was superb. The appetizers, Seared Beef Filet and Crab Cakes with Aioli were also superb. They are also pictured below. The wines with the appetizers, a Roussanne, were paired perfectly. The wine with the soup, Eagle Foothills Sangiovese was also a perfect pairing. Left-Click any photo to see enlarged.
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Boise Farmers Market Opens April 1!


Here is the latest from the BFM.

Welcome to the 2017 Farmers Market Season!
We are excited to get started on Saturday. Although the late winter has been cool and wet, you will be pleasantly surprised to see all the delicious fresh produce that will be at The Market!

Join us for a slice of Birthday Cake and take home first-of-the-season fresh greens plus oh so much more. What’s Fresh!

Produce/Agricultural
Apples
Asparagus
Baby Cucumbers
Bedding plants
Carrots
Container Gardens
Dried Fruit
Green Garlic
Dried Herbs
Fresh Herbs
Curly Kale
Lacinato Kale
Mache
Micro Greens
Miner’s Lettuce
Salad Mix
Tomatoes
Heirloom Seeds
Hanging Strawberry Baskets

Specialty Foods
Pickled Asparagus
Baked Goods
Pickled Beans
Custom Spices
Granola
Hard Cider
Herb Blends
Hummus
Jam
Jelly
Organic Kombucha Tea
Pickles
Salmon Bacon
Smoked Salmon
Tamales
Teas
Wine

Protein
Grass-fed Angus Beef
Pastured Raised Chickens
Duck Eggs
Chicken Eggs
Grass-fed Goat
Pasture Raised Lamb
Pasture Raised Pork
Sockeye and Coho Salmon
Smoked Meats
Sausages

Dairy
Artisan Cheeses
Goat Cheese
Goat Yogurt
Ice Cream
Raw Milk
Yogurt

On-Site Foods
Baked Goods
Coffee
Cookies
Crepes
Matcha Lattes
Sambusas
Tacos
Tamales
Waffles
Wood-fired Pizza

Cold Weather Plants!
Next Generation Organics is bringing fun 24 packs of hearty cold weather plants. They are ready to go in the ground right now!

Delicious Hot Samples!
Desert Mountain Grass-Fed Beef, will be cooking up some samples on opening day!
Ed says, “Come and getcha some!”

“Snack Size” Opening Day Steals!
Lampe Granola will be offering “snack size” steals at $1.50 a bag! Grab ’em while they last!

Fish Three Ways!
C&G’s Wild Alaska Salmon will have frozen fillets of sockeye and coho salmon. Plus smoked salmon strips and salmon BACON
Tasty treats!

Who’s at The Market This Week
Farmers & Ranchers
Brown’s Buffalo Ranch
C&G’s Wild Alaskan Salmon
Campbell Tailor Made Beef
Desert Mountain Grass-fed Beef
Feathers n Horns
Fiddler’s Green Farm
H & H Tomatoes
Kelley Orchards
Lost River Meats
M&N Cattle Company
Malheur River Meats
Matthews Family Farms
Meadowlark Farms
Next Generation Organics
Ohana No-till Farm
Peaceful Belly Farms
Purple Sage Farms
Ribier Gardens
Rice Family Farms
Smith Berry Farms
Snake River Seed Co-op
True Roots Organics
Volcanic Farms

On-Site Food Vendors
Il Segreto Wood Fired Pizza
Funky Taco
Haji’s International Foods
Tamales Nelly
The Great Crepe
Two Trees
Waffle Me Up
Wanna Macha
Prepared Food Purveyors
Acme Bakeshop
Apple Lucy’s Pies
Big Walls Bakery
Blue Feather Bakery
Cherino’s Bloody Mary Mix
Ferranti Fresh Pasta
Form & Function Coffee
Gaston’s Bakery
Lampe Granola
Meriwether Cider Company
Molly’s Mills
Neckar Coffee
Oma & Popie’s Wing Dressing
Potter Wines
Sevz Kitchen
Snake River Winery
Stack Rock Cider
Sunshine Cookie Company
Sweet Valley Cookie Company
The Jelly Lady
Urban Rustic Gourmet

Selected Artisans
Apis
Firefly Garden Art
Red Chair Lavender
Scented Room
T&S Metal and Glass

Great Visit at Juniper in Boise


This was our first visit to Juniper Restaurant in Boise at 211 N 8th St, (208) 342-1142. Really very good food. It can get very noisy so go prepared. It was also great to have Kelsey join us there for brunch. It was great seeing her and talking to her. She has had some fantastic journeys. Come back soon, Kelsey.
The food is prepared fresh and from reading the menu, mostly from local or Idaho products. Everything was hot and had very good presentation. Look at their lunch and dinner Menu or their Brunch and Lunch Menus. Here is what we had. Enjoy! We did.

Restaurant Front on 8th Street

The interior. It can get noisy.

Great to have Kelsey with us and to see her again.

Bob, Robin and Kelsey at Juniper Restaurant.

Let’s have a drink! It is a Juni and the Jets. We each had one.

And we all shared this Cinnamon Roll!

Kelsey had this Mexican Breakfast!

Robin had the Eggs Benedict!

And I had the Pork Belly Benedict.

Good Meal at the Sandbar, Cafe with a Cause in Marsing, Idaho

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A really good, substantial, down home meal at the Sandbar, Cafe with a Cause in Marsing, Idaho on the Snake River. Definitely worth the trip from Boise or Nampa or Caldwell. Here is the link to their website and menus – Sandbar, Cafe with a Cause located at 18 Sandbar Ave, Marsing, ID. (208) 896-4124. Here is what we had for brunch. They serve breakfast all day and if you have something special, you may get the Chef to make it for you. Just ask. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged. We will be back to the Sandbar! Everything is cooked fresh and they use local products as much as possible.

Main dining room

The Snake River from our table.

Over Easy Eggs

Texas Omelet with Pulled Pork

Good Night at the Buzz


Superb night with awesome food and wines!

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Just before the Ides of March, we had an awesome Wine Dinner at The Buzz in Boise, celebrating Italian wines. Superb appetizers, soup, salad, main dish and dessert. A good crowd was there to celebrate the feast. Thanks Cristi and Tommy and Peggy for a delightful evening. Left-Click any photo to see enlarged.

Tramezini Three Ways
2012 Montefalco Dango

14% alc paired very well with the salad [17] $26.00

Minestrone Alla Genovese
Another good paring.
2015 AvantiPinot Noir
12% alc good with the soup. not over powering. [19] $14.00

Southern Italian Style Salad
Super good salad and paring!
2015 Malvasia del Salento
12.5% alc another super paring [17] $16.00

Pizzelle e Salsa Rossa
2013 Castelli di Abola
Chianti
13.0% alc good match for the main course [18] $21.00

Bonet
Absolutely delicious!
2016 Saracco Mascato Di Asti
super paring. [18] $20.00

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3 Restaurant Visits

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26Feb2016_1_Sushi-Joy_Robin_Right-FacingWell, 2 out of 3 isn’t bad. Le Peep in Meridian, ID, at 3036 North Eagle Road, Meridian, ID, 208-629-0155, is a 3-Star restaurant out of 5-Stars. On the other hand, Alejandro’s Mexican Restaurant in Marsing, ID at 208 Main St, (208) 896-5339 and Sakana Sushi, 7107 W. State St., Garden City, ID 83714, (208)-853-4993, Mon.-Thur.: 11:00am – 10:00pm, Fri.-Sat.: 11:00am-11:00pm and Sun.: 12:00pm – 9:00pm are both 5-Star restaurants. I urge you to look at these links and visit the restaurants and make up your own mind.

Le Peeps reception desk.

Le Peep reception desk.

Le Peeps  dining area. Very open and may be loud and noisy if full.

Le Peep dining area. Very open and may be loud and noisy if full.

Lobster Omelet. It's the sauce that cuts this dish down.

Lobster Omelet. It’s the sauce that cuts this dish down.

Spinach Crepes. There's that "sauce" again. Plus the potatoes were cold.

Spinach Crepes. There’s that “sauce” again. Plus the potatoes were cold.

Le Peeps problem is in their Hollandaise Sauce. It is advertised as Hollandaise, but it is far from it. Not bad flavors, just not Hollandaise and an unexpected taste. Plus, the potatoes were cold as noted in the caption above. Just can not give Le Peep a higher rating. Two of the better restaurants we went to were –

Alejandro's Mexican Restaurant menu. #23 is superb!!

Alejandro’s Mexican Restaurant menu. #23 is superb!! (See the link above)

Camerones al Estilo Provincia were superb. Great flavor.

#23 Camerones al Estilo Provincia were superb. Great flavor. Sorry I didn’t get a photo of Robin’s 1 Chile Relleno and 1 enchilada

#23 Camerones al Estilo Provincia

#23 Camerones al Estilo Provincia

 Sakana sign on W State Street, Boise.

Sakana sign on W State Street, Boise.

 Cucumber and Calamari Appetizer

Cucumber and Calamari Appetizer

House Green Salad and Miso Soup

House Green Salad and Miso Soup

 Robin had a Sashimi Delux

Robin had a Sashimi Delux

 I had a Sushi and Sashimi Plate.

I had a Sushi and Sashimi Plate.

 We watched as they made a Pink Lady for someone.

We watched as they made a Pink Lady for someone.

 We also watched them make a Candy Cane.

We also watched them make a Candy Cane. Someone had some beautiful and great food.

Wine and Chocolate – The Buzz


Good dinner and wines last night. Loved that soup with the pinot noir!

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10feb2017_1_the-buzz_front-counterSuch a great evening of fine wines and some really good food, especially the Spicy Chocolate Soup! A nice crowd was there and it was good to see 30 people! All of the wines that we had, as it turns out, were all rated at a [17]. There was only one that rated below [17]. Cristi’s birthday party at The Buzz, will be on February 24, even though her “real” birthday is February 29th. The next Wine Dinner is March 14th and 15th. The dinner is repeated on each evening. The theme will be “Italian Wines”. See you there! Here is what we had tonight. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged. Cheers.

Opening wines were from South Africa. Opening wines were from South Africa.

Brie and Chocolate Tart Chorizo Chocolate Toast

Brie and Chocolate Tart
Chorizo Chocolate Toast

2015 Revelry Merlot

 Spicy Chocolate Soup (Awesome) 2011 Ammunition Pinot Noir (Awesome paring! Best paring of the night.)

Spicy Chocolate Soup
(Awesome!)
2011 Ammunition Pinot Noir
(Awesome paring! Best paring of the night.)

Spinach and Pear Salad Chocolate Vinaigrette 2015 Tranche Rose [15]

Spinach and Pear Salad

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Richard’s Re-Opens in Boise!

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10feb2017_1b_richards-opening_signYes! Chef Richard Langston has re-opened his restaurant at the Inn At 500 Capitol, Richard’s Restaurant. We were lucky enough to attend the grand opening and it was fantastic. The Inn At 500 Capitol is a superb hotel, and you can get information about it by following this link Inn At 500 Capitol. It is located at 500 South Capitol Boulevard, Boise, Idaho, 83702 USA. (208) 227-0500. (Left Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

Wines that were offered

Wines that were offered

 Conference room. Notice the lighting. Made in Boise. Art Glass.

Conference room. Notice the lighting. Made in Boise. Art Glass.

 Tables and flowers.

Tables and flowers.

 Table centerpiece and wines!

Table centerpiece and wines!

The balcony looking at Boise.

The balcony looking at Boise.

 Richard's bar.

Richard’s bar.

 An open kitchen in the dinning area is always interesting.

An open kitchen in the dinning area is always interesting.

Appetizers - Squash Bruschetta

Appetizers – Squash Bruschetta

 Ham and Cheese on Rosemary Focaccia.

Ham and Cheese on Rosemary Focaccia.

 Trout in Romaine Salad.

Trout on Endive Leaves.

 Caprece

Caprese