Great Sunday Brunch at Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro


It was a beautiful drive from Boise with the fog forming along the river and in the valleys. Surrealistic. The food was good and the service was super. I’m glad we had reservations as the Bistro was getting full with at least 1 large party. I highly suggest you call for reservations – (208) 946-5187 or text them.
My only suggestion, and I mentioned this to Chef Megan, is to watch the salt content in the Poutine Bowl. I know it was well above the 1¼ teaspoon of daily allowance. It was excessive. But the plus side is the flavors were all there from the chardonnay sautéed mushrooms, cheese and bacon. Look at what we had. Yummy! Add to this a wonderful glass (or two) of the Parma Ridge 2016 Merlot, and you are bound for a super experience. Here is their Menu. If you want a fun and delicious visit to a winery bistro and you are in the Boise area, you must go here. Definitely a 5-Star bistro.

REGULAR HOURS: 12-9 pm Friday
12-5 pm Saturday and
11 am – 5 pm Sunday and serve cuisine all weekend.
Happy Hour on Friday from 4-7 p.m. and a Special Menu all day Sunday!

“Fog in the Valley”

RESERVATIONS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Tasting Room and Bistro
Chef Megan is such a delight. Great to have her come by the tables and see if everything is OK. Beautiful smile!

Storm’s Famous Northwest Clam Chowder (bowl or cup)
with a slice of
Grilled Sourdough Baguette Awesome!

“The Kathleen”
Smoked Blue Cheese
Sautéed Pears
Spicy Pecans
and
Arugula with a Balsamic Reduction

This is HUGE!

Poutine Bowl
with
Rosemary Truffle Fries
House Made Demi Glace
Local Fresh Cheese Curds
Chardonnay Sautéed Button Mushrooms
Applewood Smoked Bacon

This is HUGE! Big enough for four!

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TVWS Hosts Scoria Vineyards


Great evening of wine and food!

Treasure Valley Wine Society

On 10 January 2018, the Treasure Valley Wine Society hosted Scoria Vineyards, one of Idaho’s newest winery and vineyard. They ran out of wine this year, so they are planning to “up their production” in 2018. It takes time!
The buffet was superbly paired to the wines. And a surprise menu it was, as you will see by the photos below. We even had Idaho Beef, aka buffalo! It was delicious. The wines that were served, there is a list below, was the last that they had, and, thanks to Garry Scholz for buying some late last year, we had a delightful evening. Let’s look at the food that was on the buffet and I have also posted a map to the winery. Enjoy! Hope to see you next month when we do a Bordeaux tasting and a French menu for the buffet. Cheers! (Left-Click any of these photos…

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Bobby Burns Birthday Party


The Bobby Burns Supper Night is coming up on the anniversary of his birthday on January 25. He was born on January 25, 1759. The supper night is celebration of his poetry and songs.
“Robert Burns was born on 25 January 1759 in the village of Alloway, two miles south of Ayr. His parents, Willian Burnes[s] and Agnes Broun, were tenant farmers but they ensured their son received a relatively good education and he began to read avidly. The works of Alexander Pope, Henry Mackenzie and Laurence Sterne fired Burns’s poetic impulse and relationships with the opposite sex provided his inspiration. Handsome Nell, for Nellie Kilpatrick, was his first song. [robertburns.org]”
According to Wikipedia,

Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796), also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire, Ploughman Poet and various other names and epithets, was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a light Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these writings his political or civil commentary is often at its bluntest.[robertburns.org]

He died July 25, 1796 at the age of 37. So why is he so famous?
“The Ploughman poet. Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect – The Kilmarnock Edition. The main reason Burns is so popular today is because of the themes and language of everyday life that he used. His poems were humorous and he used small subjects to express big ideas. [robertburns.org]
So, you say, what prose or poetry did he write that I might know? Try Auld Lang Syne But the poetry that I like best is,

A Red, Red Rose (1794)
O my Luve’s like a red, red rose,
That’s newly sprung in June:
O my Luve’s like the melodie,
That’s sweetly play’d in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare-thee-weel, my only Luve!
And fare-thee-weel, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho’ ’twere ten thousand mile!”

You can find a list and links to his works at Robert Burns Works.

OK. But what about the party? The dinner or supper?
“The annual celebratory tribute to the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns (1759-1796). Celebrated on, or about, the Bard’s birthday, January 25th, Burns Suppers range from stentoriously formal gatherings of esthetes and scholars to uproariously informal rave-ups of drunkards and louts. Most Burns Suppers fall in the middle of this range, and adhere, more or less, to some sort of time honoured form which includes the eating of a traditional Scottish meal, the drinking of Scotch whisky, and the recitation of works by, about, and in the spirit of the Bard.

Every Burns Supper has its own special form and flavour, though there are probably more similarities than differences among these gastro-literary affairs. Individual tastes and talents will determine the character of your Burns Supper. Some celebrants may contribute the composition of original songs or poems; some may excel at giving toasts or reciting verse; while others may be captivating storytellers. A particular group of celebrants will, over time, develop a unique group character which will distinguish their Burns Supper celebration from every other.” [robertburns.org]
Let’s start here –

A Bottle And Friend (1787)
There’s nane that’s blest of human kind,
But the cheerful and the gay, man,
Fal, la, la, &c.

Here’s a bottle and an honest friend!
What wad ye wish for mair, man?
Wha kens, before his life may end,
What his share may be o’ care, man?

Then catch the moments as they fly,
And use them as ye ought, man:
Believe me, happiness is shy,
And comes not aye when sought, man.
__________
from Burns Night: My Supper With Rabbie

Is there that o’re his French ragout,
Or olio that wad staw a sow,
Or fricassee wad mak her spew
Wi’ perfect sconner,
Looks down wi’ sneering, scronful’ view
On sic a dinner? [robertburns.org]

Here is one recipe for the traditional supper.

BRIDIES

Pastry
2 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/3 c. butter
1/3 c. shortening
5-6 T. ice water

Meat Filling
1 and 1/2 lean steak (flank or round)
4 tsp. butter (or suet)
1 onion- finely diced
1 carrot- finely diced
salt and pepper

1. Sauté vegetables in the butter until soft
2. Slice meat into very long thin slices, on the diagonal. Cut into pieces 1 inch long. Mix with sautéed veggies. Salt and pepper to taste.
3. Roll out pastry and cut into 4″-5″ circles. Arrange meat on top, brush edges with egg wash, fold over and crimp together. Slit a hole in each pie. Egg wash tops if desired. Bake 30 minutes at 400 degrees. Makes 10-12 small pies.

For the rest of the Bobby Burns Supper Menu, including Cullen Skink (haddock), Bridies (recipe above), The (Bagless) Haggis and Neeps and Tatties (turnips and potatoes), follow this like – Burns Supper Recipes [robertburns.org].

Happy Holiday Sparkling Wine Buffet


Awesomely good Holiday Wine Buffet party by the TVWS here in Boise.

Treasure Valley Wine Society

And a superb buffet and party it was for 60+ people! Great to see Karen Burch again – it’s been a while. Please come back. And a big Thank-You goes out to Garry Scholz, Carl Abrahamson, Marvin Rogers, Rob Gibson, Ron Cheek and Stanley Mitchell for leading us on the Board. To the new folks, welcome to this awesome group!
The buffet was a finger food buffet modeled after the Orient Express movie where every scene someone had a glass of “bubbly” and the appetizers were a great variety. The photos of the food below is copied after that movie. And to the folks who donated those wonderful Silent Auction baskets, anther big Thank-You. They were well thought out and different. That makes it fun! Enjoy these photos and Left-Click any of them to see them enlarged. Cheers!

Tonight’s Wine List

Some of the 60+ crowd!

Some more of the…

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Wine Club Party at Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro


Close to 100 people, or more, in the new barrel room, which is awesome. And it looks like everyone found the winery ok with the new sign “pointing the way” on hiway 95 – pictured to the left. Look for it! And then being able to use the new barrel room to accommodate all of the people. Such a treat! Artist Stephanie Hodge was the perfect hostess. And Chef Storm Hodge produced some awesome treats to go with the wines being poured. Both Stephanie and Storm are doing a great job with the winery. Look at the following photos to see what Chef Storm made and we consumed. Left Click any of the photos to see them enlarged. And if you want to see what they are doing each week, follow them on the AVA Happenings blog at Parma Ridge Page. (This page changes weekly so follow the page. It’s free.)

We started with a Salmon Spread Bruchetta, but I failed to get a photo. It was too good!

The new barrel room.
Let the party begin!
Some of the many people who attended.
These are the wines that were in our package.
The Smyser’s pour some wine.
Yummy sliders!
Sliders
Storm’s Flatbread
with
chicken, house bbq sauce, cilantro and cheese
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

 

Thank-You Storm and Stephanie Hodge, owners and winemaker of Parma Ridge Winery in Parma, Idaho for a great evening of food and wine!

What’s This Cougar Gold Cheese?


Awesome cheese from the State of Washington and WSU – Cougar Gold!

Boise Foodie Guild

It’s probably one of the greatest cheddar cheeses you could EVER eat! And it’s a cheese in a can! Not aerosol driven. So it is not Cheeze Whiz. Nor is it Velveeta! It’s pure, fantastic, fresh cows milk cheese.
Corti Brothers Store, 5810 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95819 916-736-3800, is probably one of the most fun grocery stores you will ever enter and they have some great information on this cheese! “…Frank Corti And Gino Corti started Corti Brothers in 1947…” and it has been open ever since. Darrell Corti, who Robin knows quite well and who I met several years ago, is the son of Frank Corti. From their website, Corti Brothers,

…Darrell, whose encyclopedic knowledge of food and wine attracts queries from around the world. As told by Ruth Reichel in her memoir Comfort Me With Apples, Colman Andrews described Darrell to her as the…

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Washington Apple Cup


Sunset at Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro
It was a really beautiful night and sunset. Tis is one of those “moments in time” photos that I captured.
Many, many thanks to Stephanie and Chef Storm Hodges for opening the winery and tasting room – and their beautiful house – for this 1st Annual Apple Cup Party. (It celebrates the football game between the Washington Huskies and the Washington State Cougars. Both teams were well represented!) Hopefully, Robin and I will be included next year. Bring more wine!
Chef Storm prepared some awesome Washington Beef! Also was Brocoli Rabe, Mushrooms in Marsala, Chicken Skewers and Potatoes and Gravy. (There are photos below) If you want to see any of these photos enlarged, Left-Click them. Enjoy these photos and the delicious meal we had. Cheers!

Sunset
Tables were set up in the new barrel room!
We offered these wines.
Chicken Skewers
Brocoli Rabe
Chef Storm prepared awesome steaks
The dinner plated. So yummy!