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And it was a good feast! Held at Peaceful Belly Farm and the new event room and building – Grand Opening November 16–18, noon until 6 pm.
The Farm to Table Dinner Series, “Josie of Peaceful Belly, Scott from Snake River Winery, Clay from Stack Rock Cidery, Nate Whitley chef at the Modern Hotel and Chef Abby Carlson have teamed up to create an amazing 5-course meal held on our magical Sunny Slope farm. The plates are creative, unique, and 100% local and seasonal. These dinners will transport you to another time and place where fresh food is cooked with amazing brilliance and presented to the table in a picturesque farm setting.” Here are some photos from the evening. Enjoy and Left-Click to see any of these photos enlarged. All in all – A good dinner.
Yes it indeed was and this is why Richard’s, located at the INN at 500 Capitol, 500 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, Idaho (208) 472-1463, is a 5-Star restaurant in Boise. One of the top restaurants. (Richard’s Boise) And when you make your reservations, ask to be seated where David will be your Server. Superb!
Here is what we had for dinner on the special. Robin had one and I had the other. And then we sampled. It was fun and exciting! It is good to note that Chef Richard Langston, Chef-Owner of Richard’s, tries very hard to source his food products from Idaho or from within 200 miles of Boise.
“…Chef Langston and his team share a culinary philosophy that celebrates the integrity of seasonal ingredients, locally sourced when possible. Dining at Richard’s is further enhanced by impeccably mixed drinks, a noteworthy wine list of old favorites and new finds, and sophisticated service in a stylish setting.”
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Crostini with Butternut Squash Puree fried sage and pecans
I’m not sure that Cole Porter or Ella Fitzgerald would approve of the title, but I think it is appropriate. Keep reading.
“Borscht (English: /ˈbɔːrʃ, ˈbɔːrʃt/ ) is a sour soup commonly consumed in Eastern Europe. The variety most often associated with the name in English is of Ukrainian origin, and includes beetroots as one of the main ingredients, which gives the dish its distinctive red color. It shares the name, however, with a wide selection of sour-tasting soups without beetroots, such as sorrel-based green borscht, rye-based white borscht and cabbage borscht … Borscht derives from an ancient soup originally cooked from pickled stems, leaves and umbels of common hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium), a herbaceous plant growing in damp meadows, which lent the dish its Slavic name. With time, it evolved into a diverse array of tart soups, among which the beet-based red borscht has become the most popular. It is typically made by combining meat or bone stock with sautéed vegetables, which – as well as beetroots – usually include cabbage, carrots, onions, potatoes and tomatoes. Depending on the recipe, borscht may include meat or fish, or be purely vegetarian; it may be served either hot or cold; and it may range from a hearty one-pot meal to a clear broth or a smooth drink.” [Wikipedia] And “those other sour soups” that are cousins to borscht may come from day Lithuania and Belarus, the Ashkenaz Jews, Romanian and Moldovan cuisines, Poland, Armenia and even Chinese cuisine, a soup known as luó sòng tāng, or “Russian soup”, is based on red cabbage and tomatoes, and lacks beetroots altogether; also known as “Chinese borscht”. Wow! There are many varieties of borscht.
But there is only one original or authentic borscht. Borscht derives from a soup originally made by the Slavs from common hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium, also known as cow parsnip), which lent the dish its Slavic name. Growing commonly in damp meadows throughout the north temperate zone, hogweed was used not only as fodder (as its English names suggest), but also for human consumption – from Eastern Europe to Siberia, to northwestern North America.
And what is generally served with borscht? “Pirozhki, or baked dumplings with fillings as for uszka, are another common side for both thick and clear variants of borscht. Polish clear borscht may be also served with a croquette or paszteciki. A typical Polish croquette (krokiet) is made by wrapping a crêpe (thin pancake) around a filling and coating it in breadcrumbs before refrying; paszteciki (literally, ‘little pâtés’) are variously shaped filled hand-held pastries of yeast-raised or flaky dough. An even more exquisite way to serve borscht is with a coulibiac, or a large loaf-shaped pie. Possible fillings for croquettes, paszteciki and coulibiacs include mushrooms, sauerkraut and minced meat.” [The Book of Tasty and Healthy Food, Anastas Mikoyan]
So. What is borscht usually made of? What are the components? Ingredients? Borscht is seldom eaten by itself. Buckwheat groats or boiled potatoes, often topped with pork cracklings, are other simple possibilities, but a range of more involved sides exists as well.
In Ukraine, borscht is often accompanied with pampushky, or savory, puffy yeast-raised rolls glazed with oil and crushed garlic. In Russian cuisine, borscht may be served with any of assorted side dishes based on tvorog, or the East European variant of farmer cheese, such as vatrushki, syrniki or krupeniki. Vatrushki are baked round cheese-filled tarts; syrniki are small pancakes wherein the cheese is mixed into the batter; and a krupenikis a casserole of buckwheat groats baked with cheese.
But please note, your borscht may be different from your neighbors. There are cultural differences in the borscht. Ingredients may include,beet juice, beet root, veal, ham, crayfish, beef, pork, sour cream, buttermilk, yogurt, cucumbers, radishes, green onion, hard-boiled egg halves, dill weed, leafy vegetables, sorrel, spinach, chard, nettle, dandelion, cabbage, tomatoes, corn, squash, to name a few.
So whatever inspired me to write this post? Well, we made a borscht and I posted a photo of it (the one pictured here actually) and I got comments. One of them in particular, from a Ukrainian lady, and she said,”That’s not real Russian Borsch (smiley face). It’s beet soup (smiley face). My mom makes the best, she is a Gourmet Chef for over 50yrs, and specializes in Jewish Cuisine.” [Mara Rizzio] I spoke to Mara – she makes awesome pirogies – and it was a good discussion. Thank-You Mara for “setting” me straight. Thus, this blog post. Cheers. And here is a recipe for Borscht that I found in the internet, from NPR, that includes various ingredients. Have fun! Borscht Recipe.
Oh yes! Another delightful visit to the Cloud 9 Nano Brewery and Pub at 1750 W State St, Boise, ID 83702, Hours: Open 11am, Closes 9pm. Phone: (208) 336-0681. From their website Cloud 9 Nano Brewery and Pub, “Founded in 2012, Cloud 9 Brewery is a nanopub concept featuring locally sourced and organic components in both the brewery and restaurant.
With an emphasis on creative brewing, Cloud 9 is situated in a unique place in the market. Instead of having the exact same line-up from month to month, the beers on-tap at Cloud 9 change as soon as the last drop from the previous batch has been poured. With so many taps, and only 6 year-round beers, the variety is truly amazing.
Cloud 9 also features a unique feedback process by which we judge what beer-drinkers actually think. We collate and analyze the input and use that to shape the direction of the next batch. In this way the community is involved in the brewing process from concept to the final foamy pint.
A commitment to quality, service and genuine interest in our community make Cloud 9 Brewery the place for beer aficionados, foodies, and everyone who enjoys fresh and unique culinary creations.” Their menu is local and diverse.” We use Natural Idaho meats from local ranches, free of antibiotics, hormones and stimulants. Our produce is locally sourced from small farms in Idaho, when possible, and we strive to use only spray free and/or organic ingredients.
For our current menu, Cloud 9 Current Menu. Updated August 8th, 2018.
The service is very good and very helpful. I asked for fries without salt, and our Waitress made sure they came that way. She was friendly and helpful and exacting. Cloud 9 is definitely a 5-Star pub/bistro. Here is what we had. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.
That ‘s great and I do love a good Jagerschnitzel. But, what is Jagerschnitzel?
Jägerschnitzel means “hunter’s cutlets” in German, and the dish was originally made with venison or wild boar backstrap, pounded thin. … Jägerschnitzel at its core is a thin cutlet of meat served with a mushroom gravy. [Honest Food]
A schnitzel is meat, usually thinned by pounding with a meat tenderizer, that is fried in some kind of oil or fat. … Originating in Austria, the breaded schnitzel is popular in many countries and made using either veal, mutton, chicken, beef, turkey, reindeer, or pork. [Wikipedia]
You get the idea. Personally, I like the pork or, when you can afford and find it, veal. Here is one recipe.
Jägerschnitzel with Mushroom Sauce
Source: adapted from Oma’s Kaffeeklatsch
Bob and Robin Young, Boise, ID Ingredients:
4 Veal Cutlets, pounded lightly (use pork for Schweineschnitzel)
1 T fresh squeezed Lemon Juice
½ t Celtic Sea Salt
about ½ c Flour
3 T Water
about 1 cup Bread, or panko, Crumbs
3 T unsalted Butter
3 T Vegetable Oil
1 Lemon, sliced
Trim fat from meat and clip edges to stop edges from curling during cooking.
Sprinkle cutlets with lemon juice and salt.
Place 3 shallow bowl on counter. In first one, put flour. In second one, mix egg and water. In third one, put breadcrumbs. Coat schnitzel, first with flour, then egg, and then breadcrumbs. Heat butter and oil over medium heat in skillet. Fry cutlets until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.
Serve immediately, garnished with lemon slices.
1 T unsalted Butter
3 slices Bacon, diced
1 Onion, diced
1 lb mushrooms, sliced
2 t Tomato Paste
1 c Water
1½ c White Wine
2 T Paprika
fresh Thyme, Celtic Sea Salt, fresh ground Tellicherry Black Pepper, to taste
2 T Parsley, chopped
¼ c Sour Cream
In a skillet, brown bacon and onion in butter. Add mushrooms and fry until tender.
Add tomato paste, water, and white wine. Add paprika. Season with thyme, salt and pepper. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes until sauce thickens slightly. Add parsley and sour cream. Stir. Serve over Schnitzel
Here is another recipe. Enjoy!
German Schnitzel with Mushroom Cream Sauce (Rahmschnitzel)
Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 20 mins Total time: 30 mins Author: Goodie Godmother, adapted from Cooking With Christine Serves: 4-6 servings
Bob and Robin Young, Boise, ID
Ingredients – For the Pork Schnitzel:
1.5-2 lbs Pork Cutlets, or Pork Loin pounded thin
3 T Lemon Juice, approximately the yield from 1 fresh lemon
⅓ c All-Purpose Flour
1 t Celtic Sea Salt
½ t fresh ground Tellicherry Black Pepper
1 t ground Paprika Ingredients – For the Mushroom Cream Sauce:
½ c unsalted Butter, 1 stick
⅓ cup dry Sherry Wine or a dry White Wine
16 oz sliced Crimini Mushrooms
2 T chopped fresh Chives, minced
3 T All-Purpose Flour
¼ t fresh ground Nutmeg
¾ c Heavy Cream
Celtic Sea Salt and fresh ground Te3llicherry Black Pepper to taste
Place the sliced pork between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound thin with a heavy rolling pin or the flat side of a meat mallet.
Place the pork cutlets in a shallow dish with the lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate about 30 minutes, flipping the pork once. When you are ready to prepare the schnitzel, remove the cutlets from the lemon juice and pat dry on paper towels.
Combine the flour, salt, pepper, and paprika in a shallow bowl and coat each cutlet with flour, shaking off excess.
Melt 2 tbsp of butter in a large skillet over medium heat while you preheat the oven to the lowest temperature setting. Turn off the oven when it reaches temperature, you just want a warm place to store the schnitzel while you prepare the sauce.
Working in batches, cook the flour coated pork cutlets for 3-4 minutes per side, until cooked through and lightly browned. Melt another tbsp or so of butter about halfway through the cooking process if the cutlets start to stick too much. Place the finished cutlets on a paper towel lined plate and store in the warmed oven.
Turn the heat up to medium high and pour the cooking wine into the skillet, using a wooden spoon to scrape any flour bits that may have stuck to the pan.
Melt the remaining butter in the pan and add the mushrooms, garlic, chives, and nutmeg. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5-7 minutes until the mushrooms are soft and slightly golden in parts.
Stir in the flour, cook for an additional 2 minutes, then turn off the heat.
Stirring constantly so that the sauce stays smooth, pour in the heavy cream, stirring until a smooth sauce forms. Add salt and pepper to taste and adjust any seasonings if necessary.
Remove the pork schnitzel from the oven, plate, and pour the sauce over top of the schnitzel, adding additional fresh chives for garnish if desired. Serve immediately.
A very interesting night of some fantastic foods and wines from Spain. Once again, Cristi, Tommy and Peggy came up with great service, adequate amounts of wine, super service and great smiles! For me, I liked the Cristi’s Choice, a 2015 Chateau De La Roche Sauvignon Blanc stole the show! It pulled  from me! The next closest was a NV Vivanco Rioja, .
The food. Two items stood out – Salmorjo Cordobes. According to Cristi and her sources, “It’s like gazpacho, only thicker. It is more a dip than a soup and in Cordoba is generally eaten by dipping bread or dry bread sticks in it.”
The other real treat was the dessert – Torrijas with Vanilla Ice Cream. “In the convents torrijas were often made with leftover bread – the perfect sweetmeat to lighten Lent. Since then they have been prepared in a number of variants, such as soaked in milk, syrup, honey or wine, sprinkled with sugar or cinnamon, etc. Sometimes they are made using orange juice which gives them a fruity taste and makes them suitable for those with a lactose intolerance.” [Spanish-Food] Here re some photos of the event. Enjoy and hope to see you at the next Buzz Wine Dinner. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.