Robin’s Birthday Lunch at Bacquet’s Restaurant in Eagle, ID


Bacquet’s Restaurant, Address: 1117 E Winding Creek Dr #150, Eagle, ID 83616, Hours: 11:30am – 10PM. Phone: (208) 577-6238. Easily a 5-Star French (the best in the area and the only one) restaurant and well worth the trip. Suggest you call for reservations, though. Here is some of what we had. Enjoy. We did.

Menu

House Salad
organic greens, tomatoes, shallots, parmesan cheese house balsamic dressing

Delicious!

French Onion Soup

Traditional Flatbread
bacon, shallots, Swiss cheese, cream on a cracker-like crust

Salmon with Pasta and Capers

Salmon Champenoise
fresh salmon filet baked in white wine, cream, pesto and crusted with Parmesan cheese and served over vegetable basmati rice

Birthday Lemon Cheesecake

Chocolate Mousse

An awesome, 5-Star late lunch. Thanks Chef for a great Birthday meal. Thanks Marnie for treating us.

Caesar Salad Dressing


Actually, it’s not hard. Just takes some patience. And ANCHOVIES! I really don’t think a Caesar Salad is just that without the anchovies in the dressing. A Caesar Salad must have the anchovies! Here is a recipe we use. Enjoy.

Caesar-Salad-Dressing

Caesar Salad Dressing

Source: adapted from and photo from – http://www.thekitchn.com/
Makes: 1 cup

Ingredients:
1 (2-ounce) can oil-packed Anchovy Fillets, drained
2 cloves Garlic, coarsely chopped
3 lg Egg Yolks
1 t Dijon Mustard
2 T Lemon Juice
2 T Olive Oil
½ c Vegetable Oil
2 T finely grated Parmesan cheese
Freshly ground Tellicherry Black Pepper

Directions:
Make an anchovy-garlic paste: Mince the anchovies and garlic together until the mixture is mostly smooth and the garlic is minced, about 3 minutes; set aside.
Whisk the egg yolks: Whisk the egg yolks together in a medium bowl until smooth.
Add the mustard: Whisk in the mustard until just combined.
Add the anchovy-garlic paste: Whisk in the anchovy-garlic mixture.
Whisk in the lemon juice: While whisking, pour in the lemon juice, then whisk until smooth.
Whisk in the olive oil: While whisking, stream in the olive oil to create a thick emulsion. Once all of the olive oil is added, whisk for another minute to thicken.
Finish with vegetable oil: Continue whisking and slowly stream in the vegetable oil. Again, once all of the vegetable oil is added, whisk for another minute to thicken.
Season and serve: Whisk in the Parmesan cheese. Taste and season with fresh ground Tellicherry Black Pepper as needed. Serve immediately on Chopped Romaine Lettuce or grilled Romaine Lettuce.

C’est Francois! At “The Buzz”


21Mar2015_1a_Sawtooth-Winery-Verticle_Center-Piece-3Such a good night last night at The Buzz in Boise! A short, but fun, visit to France. French wines. French foods. No Moulin Rouge dancers, though. “… Moulin Rouge is best known as the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Originally introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated from the site, the can-can dance revue evolved into a form of entertainment of its own and led to the introduction of cabarets across Europe. Today, the Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world. The club’s decor still contains much of the romance of fin de siècle France.” [Wikipedia]
And Cristie’s Choice wine, a 2013 Heritages Cotes du Rhone, was among the high score wines for the night with a score of [18] out of [20]. It was that good! Here are some photos of the dinner that Cristie made for all of us. Cheers!

Quiche Lorraine 2013 Nicolas Potel Bourgogne Pinot 12.0% alc. lacking in body and color. [16] $2.00

Quiche Lorraine
2013 Nicolas Potel Bourgogne
Pinot

12.0% alc. lacking in body and color. [16] $20.00

Roquerfort Salad 2012 Clos Troteligotte Malbec 14.0% alc. a superb wine. good color and finish. musty on the nose [19] $14.00

Roquefort Salad
(superb salad!)
2012 Clos Troteligotte Malbec

14.0% alc. a superb wine. good color and finish. musty on the nose [19] $14.00

Pistou Soup (French version of pesto) 2014 Sables Azur Rose 13.0% alc. really a good paring with the soup. matched very well. [18] $17.00

Pistou Soup
(French version of pesto)
2014 Sables Azur Rose

13.0% alc. really a good paring with the soup. matched very well. [18] $17.00

Pistou is “…A traditional Provençal dish of artichokes braised with onions, garlic and carrots in a seasoned broth of wine and water. Originally the term barigoule referred to artichokes stuffed with barigoules, wild mushrooms also known as saffron milk cap or Lactarius deliciosus. Modern adaptations don’t typically employ mushrooms, and the versions that do don’t always include them as a filling. Then again, some “barigoule” preparations stuff the braised artichokes with other ingredients, such as spinach, carrots and cheese.” [Wikipedia]

Coq au Vin with Barigoule 2014 Bila Haut Roussillion Blanc 13.0% alc. pretty good wine that pared well with the chicken.balance was off though [17]  $17.00

Coq au Vin with Barigoule
(I would have preferred that the woody stems of the asparagus be removed. Super chicken!)
2014 Bila Haut Roussillion Blanc

13.0% alc. pretty good wine that pared well with the chicken.balance was off though [17] $17.00

Barigoule is “… A traditional Provençal dish of artichokes braised with onions, garlic and carrots in a seasoned broth of wine and water. Originally the term barigoule referred to artichokes stuffed with barigoules, wild mushrooms also known as saffron milk cap or Lactarius deliciosus. Modern adaptations don’t typically employ mushrooms, and the versions that do don’t always include them as a filling. Then again, some “barigoule” preparations stuff the braised artichokes with other ingredients, such as spinach, carrots and cheese.” [Foodnetwork Encyclopedia]

Baba au Rhum 2012 Caves Des Papes Heritage Rouge 13.5% alc good body and finish. light bhut fruity. great paring [18] %21.00

Baba au Rhum
2012 Caves Des Papes
Heritage Rouge

13.5% alc good body and finish. light bhut fruity. great paring [18] $21.00

Baba du Rhum is “… A rum baba or baba au rhum is a small yeast cake saturated in hard liquor, usually rum, and sometimes filled with whipped cream or pastry cream. It is most typically made in individual servings (about a two-inch-tall, slightly tapered cylinder) but sometimes can be made in larger forms similar to those used for Bundt cakes. The batter for baba is even richer than brioche batter, and includes eggs, milk and butter…The original form of the baba was similar to the babka, a tall, cylindrical yeast cake (babka is still cooked in Poland and in Polish communities over the world). The name means “old woman” or “grandmother” in the Slavic languages; babka is a diminutive of baba…The modern baba au rhum (rum baba), with dried fruit and soaking in rum, was invented in the rue Montorgueil in Paris, France, in 1835 or before. Today, the word “baba” in France and almost everywhere else outside eastern Europe usually refers specifically to the rum baba.” [Wikipedia]

Wines of the World At “The Buzz”


08July2014_2a_The-Buzz-Remodeled_New-Growler-Beer-Wine-AreaThe wines tonight came from around the world with stops in Italy, Spain, New Zealand, Tuscany and France. The food came from different cruise lines and indeed was Cruise Food. And if you have ever been on a cruise and have eaten onboard, you know what a dedicated support team the kitchen Exec Chef has.
When Cristi prepares these tastings, she also has a dedicated support team and it is about time that I recognize them and tell them publically how much we appreciate their time and effort.
Tommy, Cristi’s husband, keeps the dinner plates moving and remembers that I like bread with my meals.
Austin and Bailey, Cristi’s children, help by serving, bussing the tables and setting the tables up.
Peggy Hand-Behrens researches the menu, sits down with Cristi and pairs the wines with the food, and then prepares some of the entrées. She also helps to pour the wine and prepare the dishes. She is one busy Lady!
Joseph Geist, when he is available, helps to pour the wines.
To all of these folks a BIG Thank-You! Your efforts are really appreciated and without your support, the program may not exist. So if you participate and enjoy these dinners, please let these folks know how much you appreciate them and the service they give.

Beef Carpaccio ()Celebrity Lines), Italy 2011 Zonin Valpolicella 14% alc a good wine with this salad [16]

Beef Carpaccio (Celebrity Lines), Italy
2011 Zonin Valpolicella
14% alc a good wine with this salad [16]

Chilled Peach Soup (Royal Caribbean) Spain 2011 Tierras Guindas 13.5% alc. a super good wine with this super good soup [17]

Chilled Peach Soup (Royal Caribbean) Spain
2011 Tierras Guindas
13.5% alc. a super good wine with this super good soup [17]

BBQ Sweet Potato Salad (Carnival) New Zealand 2013 Wild South Sauvignon Blanc 1.5% alc really6 a super good wine particularly with this entree. [18]

BBQ Sweet Potato Salad (Carnival) New Zealand
2013 Wild South Sauvignon Blanc
12.5% alc really a super good wine particularly with this entrée. [18]

Jamaican Jerk Chicken (Princess) Spanish 2001 LAN Rioja 13.5% alc. another superb wine paired well with the spiciness of the chicken. [18] (notice the bread?)

Jamaican Jerk Chicken (Princess) Spanish
2001 LAN Rioja

13.5% alc. another superb wine paired well with the spiciness of the chicken. [18]
(notice the bread?)

Cream Brule (Royal Caribbean) France 2013 Bila-Haut 13.5% alc. a good match with the Cream Brule [18]

Crème Brûlée (Royal Caribbean) France
2013 Bila-Haut

13.5% alc. a good match with the Crème Brûlée [18]

Cleaning Cast Iron and French Cuisine


Robin-And-Bob-By-Olin-Mills-BoiseThere was some very interesting information delivered today from some of my food groups. One such piece of info was on how to clean a cast iron skillet. Watch this short video on Cleaning Cast Iron. Other articles on cast iron include such things as identifying old cast iron pans, reconditioning cast iron and seasoning cast iron. Good information to keep in your library. I have been using the same three cast iron skillets for over 30 years. And I have a camp cast iron pot that I have had for every bit of that long. All are in good condition – like new! (And yes, that is Robin and I in 1984!)
The other great piece of information, and great reading, comes from the Huffington Post and can be found at 17 Food Reasons The French Are Better At Life. And from that article,

Between their rich buttery sauces and the artistry they’ve brought to pastry, it’s easy to understand why French food has long been the envy of the world. But it’s not just the food they make that’s so special, it’s the way they think about their cuisine. In our food-forward minds, this means that the French are winning at life. Here are the 17 reasons why — though we’re sure we could have come up with 100.

And another little interesting tid-bit of information from the same article, particularly if you like butter,

Butter is more important than water.
That’s the secret to fine French cuisine. Their sauces are based on butter. Their pastries are layered with butter. But, it’s all with good reason, because some of the finest butter in the world is made in France. Particularly, the butter made in the Normandy region, which is bright yellow thanks to their fine dairy cows. And, guys, the butter is almost always salted, the way butter is supposed to be.

So there you have it. Two really interesting pieces of information and ones that you may want to keep. Enjoy! And remember, l’heure du gouter, any hour is the “hour to taste” as this translation says. Cheers!

A Good 5-Hour Roasted Chicken and Other Joys!


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Eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow you may be dieting! Boise had this wonderful program called Dineout DowntownBoise where some of the restaurants offered a 3-Course dinner for $30. I have posted earlier on the subject, but it only lasted a week, so one had to hurry to make all of the eaterys. We didn’t make them all, but we tried.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the sponsors of this week long event: Boise Weekly, Sysco, the River – 94.9FM, Agri Beef Co., I Support Idaho Wines, Pepsi, DOWNTOWNBOISE Assoc. and Downtown Parking. Thank you one and all for offering this program. It was a joy!

And for the last dinner we went to Le Cafe de Paris where we met Michael and Sandra. Wonderful and fun people. He plays a mean guitar!! Ed K, we must introduce the two of you.

Can not have a good meal without a good wine .......
Can not have a good meal without a good wine …….
and can not have a good dessert without a good wine. (Both of these were from our cellar.)
and can not have a good dessert without a good wine. (Both of these were from our cellar.)

When there is a choice on the menu, as there was at Le Cafe, Robin and I will usually get “one of each”. That way, we can try all and share. Le Cafe offered two entrees of each course. Here is what we had.

Salade de Bettraves et noisette Butter lettuce topped with gold and red beets, toasted hazelnuts and served with a mustard vinaigrette

Salade de Bettraves et noisette
Butter lettuce topped with gold and red beets, toasted hazelnuts and served with a mustard vinaigrette

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

Confit de Canard Duck confit served with roasted potatoes and Calvacios flambe apples

Confit de Canard
Duck confit
served with
roasted potatoes and Calvacios flambe apples

Saumon Papillotte Salmon with white wine, tomato and shallot baked in parchment paper
Saumon Papillotte Salmon with white wine, tomato and shallot baked in parchment paper
Dessert. Need I say more?
Dessert. Need I say more?
One each, then share!!
One each, then share!!

And then on Sunday night we made a 5-Hour Roasted Chicken. The recipe for a 5-Hour Roasted Duck is in the recipe section of the Boise Foodie Guild blog – See the headings at the top of the foodie blog. We used the same recipe for the chicken.

5-Hour Roasted Chicken cooling

5-Hour Roasted Chicken

Michael and Sandra joined us for the dinner party. Lots of wine. Some Scotch, Amarula, B&B, Guinness and Armagnac.
Michael and Sandra joined us for the dinner party. Lots of wine. Some Scotch, Amarula, B&B, Guinness and Armagnac.

French Wines and Dinner At The Buzz


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Another in a series of good wine dinners at the Buzz last night. Some very interesting wines, presented blind, and good food. Our friend Maggie, pictured here, came along with us and it was great to see that she was feeling chipper enough to join us. We always like to have her join us in these adventures. I
This was a good meal. Not particularly the best I have had at the Buzz, but very good. I am very salt conscious, and there were two dishes that could have had a little more salt and/or pepper. I will list those dishes below. All in all ….. a fun night with good friends and good food. Glad to hear and see that Bailey is doing OK after her bike fall. Enjoy these photos of the dinner and the commentary. Cheers! Left-Click any of these photos to see them larger.

Robin is studying the wines and the dinner menu.
Robin is studying the wines and the dinner menu.
Quiche Lorraine 2009 Baron de Hoer Alsase Riesling 12.5% alc. went well with this appetizer, but light. [15] $14.00

Quiche Lorraine
2009 Baron de Hoer Alsase Riesling
12.5% alc. went well with this appetizer, but light.
[15] $14.00

Salad Nicoise (Could have used a little cracked pepper and olives. But still good.) 2012 Sable d'Azure 12.5% alc blend of grenache, mouvedre and petite syrah this went well with the salad

Salad Nicoise
(Could have used a little cracked pepper and olives. But still good.)
2012 Sable d’Azure
12.5% alc blend of grenache, mouvedre and petite syrah. this went well with the salad
[17] $13.00

Vegetable Trimbale (Needs a very light sprinkle of Sea Salt) 2011 Chat du Pape Cote de Rhone 14.5% alc. big wine but went well with the trimbale. [15]

Vegetable Trimbale
(Needs a very light sprinkle of Sea Salt)
2011 Chat du Pape Cote de Rhone
14.5% alc. big wine but went well with the trimbale.
[15] $13.00

Beef Bourgogne (This was the best part of the dinner. Full of flavor and seasoned perfectly!) 2010 Gigondas 14.5% alc. a big red that went very well with the beef and onions. [17] $22.00

Beef Bourgogne
(This was the best part of the dinner. Full of flavor and seasoned perfectly!)
2010 Gigondas
14.5% alc. a big red that went very well with the beef and onions.
[17] $22.00

Cream Puff and Apple Crepe (Good job on the cream puffs, Cristi! Veuve du Vernay Sparkling Chardonnay 11.0% alc. a great choice to pair with this dessert. [18] $12.00

Cream Puff and Apple Crepe
(Good job on the cream puffs, Cristi!)
Veuve du Vernay Sparkling Chardonnay
11.0% alc. a great choice to pair with this dessert.
[18] $12.00

This review may sound harsh to some. It is not. Cristi and I talked about some of these comments and I think she accepted them as positive. Like I stated at the start, I really try to watch our salt intake, even if the food seems to need additional salt. And I know Cristi tries very hard to limit the amount of salt in her dishes. This was just one of those times when a little more would have enhanced the dishes. It was still a good dinner. Hope to see you at the next one. Cheers!!!