Farm to Table Feast


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.

Sunset at the farm.
The menu for the dinner.
New event room and tasting room.
Appetizer –

Fingerling Potato, Lentils and Onion

Smoked Trout
Warm Fingerling Potatoes
Buttermilk
Shallots
Arugula
2012 Arena Valley Riesling

Beef Tongue Carpaccio
Black Garlic Aioli
Roasted Chilis
Sunny Slope Cide
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Roasted Winter Squash
Leeks
Kale
Brown Butter Tamari Vinaigrette
2014 Blauer Zweigelt

Reflections at the Intermezzo

Intermezzo
Pumpkin Pie Sorbet

Roasted Pork Loin
Onion Puree
Lentils
Tomato
Swiss Chard
2009 Reserve Bordeaux Blend

Tri of Ice Cream Sandwiches
2014 Orange Muscat

Great Dinner at Richard’s in Boise


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.”
Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

The Menu
Robin and our Server, David.

Crostini with Butternut Squash Puree
fried sage and pecans


 

Tomato Basil Soup


 

Roasted Beet Salad
citrus, arugula, herbs, dressed with labneh horseradish sauce

 

Risotto with Smoked Chicken, Apples and Hazelnuts


 

Sweet Potato Gnocchi
hazelnut brown butter, Grana Padano and currents


 

Idaho Trout
pan-roasted, brown butter caper lemon sauce, seasonal vegetable


 

Grilled Sirloin Coulette Steak
sliced on a grape and spinach salad, fingerling potatoes, sweet onion soubise

Wines with dessert: Sticky and Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand and a rare Madeira.

Goat Cheese Panna Cotta
cranberry compote, local honey drizzle


 

Apple Crostata
cinnamon crème anglaise


 

 

New Hours at Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro!


Join us this Weekend with Wonderful Wine, Fabulous Food and an Amazing View
This Weekend are open Friday 12-9 pm, Saturday 12-5 pm & Sunday 11 am-5 pm.
You can now text us at 208-946-5187 to make a reservation.
 

 
This Week!
We are open Wednesday & Thursday from 12-5 p.m. for Wine Tasting and Light Appetizers,
Friday & Saturday 12-9 pm and Sunday 11 am- 5 pm with our Full Bistro Menu and Wine Tasting.
Reservations Required for Dining from 5-9 p.m. Friday & Saturday.
You can now text us at 208-946-5187 to make a reservation.

 

Tomorrow! [Wednesday Oct 31, 2018] Trick or Treat at Parma Ridge – October 31, 12-5 p.m.
Enjoy Free Wine Tastings from 12-5 p.m. and Buy 2 get 1 Free Wine Bottles (equal or lesser value). Limited Appetizers available for purchase.

Appetizers available Wednesday & Thursday during Wine Tasting Hours:
Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries With Mesquite Aioli – $5.95
Coconut Shrimp with Coconut Lime Rice with Korean Barbeque and Sweet Chili Dipping Sauces – $9.95
Mini Cheese Board with Beecher’s Aged White Cheddar, Chefs Choice Assorted Cheeses, Sliced Salami & Crackers – $7.95
Storm’s Famous Northwest Clam Chowder or Cream of Mushroom Soup with a slice of grilled Baguette – $5.95 cup, $7.95 bowl

SAVE THE DATE
Signs & Wines, Thursday, November 15, 6-8 p.m.
Create your own Hand-Painted Reclaimed Wood Sign!
Receive Instruction, Supplies, One Glass of Wine, Light Appetizer and a Finished Masterpiece
$50 per person, All proceeds Benefit the Parma Highschool Band
Register by Contacting Stephanie at 208-946-5187 or Lisa at 208-412-9359.
View the Flyer here!
Pre-Payment Required to confirm your registration

November 23-25 Thanksgiving Weekend Barrel Tasting and Art & Wine Sale
Stock up for the holidays! We are offering 50% off all original Stephanie Lindsey paintings in the Tasting Room and 20% off 6-Packs of Parma Ridge Wine (any combination).
Barrel Tasting by Winemaker Chef Storm Hodge from 2-4 pm Friday – Sunday.
Also, food specials all weekend long – come hungry!
Thanksgiving weekend hours: Fri. 12-9 pm, Sat. 12-9 pm, and Sun. 11 am-5 pm.
Limited Space Available, Reserve your spot today.

Have you enjoyed our New Desserts or New Appetizer yet? Come on by this weekend!

Pumpkin Cheesecake, $6.95
Creamy Pumpkin cheesecake on Graham Cracker Crust Topped with Sweet Sour Cream Spread

Try our Autumn Apple Galette ala Mode
Autumn Apple Galette ala Mode, $6.95
Apple and Golden Raisin Filled Pie Served with Ice Cream and a Rum Caramel Sauce
 

 

 

 
 

Pork Crustini

Pork Crustini, $8.95
House-Smoked Pulled Pork with Blue Cheese Fondue and Cherry Chipotle BBQ Sauce on a Toasted Baguette

Have you seen the latest articles on Parma Ridge? Parma Ridge was voted #1 Winery in Idaho By House Beautiful. See the line up Here!

Great article by By Andy Purdue and Eric Degerman of Great Northwest Wine on the Idaho Wine Industry. Parma Ridge made the list with our 2016 Dry Rose of Merlot – Read it here! Only 5 Cases left for you to enjoy.

Limited Quantities Left! Stock up this weekend before they are SOLD OUT
Quattro White Wine Blend – SOLD OUT
2016 Isaac Storm Red Blend – SOLD OUT
2016 Carmenere SOLD OUT
2016 Viognier – less than 1 case
2016 Dry Rose of Merlot – less than 1 case
2016 Estate Grown Merlot – 1 Case
2017 Reinhart Dry Riesling 20 Cases
2016 Chardonnay 30+ Cases
2016 Storm Red 30+ Cases
2016 Joshua Storm 30+ Cases

If you didn’t have a chance to come to the Wine Club party on September 22nd, your wine is available for pick-up in the tasting room during business hours. If you have not been charged and are a wine club member, we need an updated credit card for you– please call or stop by at your convenience.

Idaho Wine Competition 2018 Results!
Parma Ridge Winery brought in 5 Silver Medals and 1 Bronze for the following wines:
Silver
Parma Ridge Winery 2016 Dry Rosé of Merlot, Snake River Valley $16.95
Parma Ridge Winery 2016 Joshua Storm Red Wine, Snake River Valley $32.00
Parma Ridge Winery 2016 Parma Ridge Vineyards Estate Viognier, Snake River Valley $16.50
Parma Ridge Winery 2016 Parma Ridge Vineyards Merlot, Snake River Valley $28.00
Parma Ridge Winery 2016 Storm Red, American $35.00
Bronze
Parma Ridge Winery NV Quattro White Wine, Snake River Valley $17.95

Did you see the amazing write-up about Parma Ridge? Read it here: http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/idaho/restaurant-wine-country-id/
We have Wine tasting and our New Fall Menu all weekend long! See you this weekend on the Ridge!

Cheers,

Steph and Chef Storm
Sous Chef and Assist Winemaker Megan Hartman

Parma Ridge Winery
24509 Rudd Road, Parma ID, 83660
208-946-5187
http://www.parmaridge.wine

 

 

Try our new Pork Crustini with the 2017 Pinot Gris
Enjoy your Favorite Wines in a Beautiful setting

What is this thing called ….. Borscht?


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.

Our Borscht
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.

Happenings at Parma Ridge Winery this Weekend


Join us this weekend for Wonderful Wine, Fabulous Food and an Amazing View!
We are open Friday,12-9 p.m., Saturday 12-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. with wine tasting and our regular menu all weekend long.
You can now text us at 208-946-5187 to make a reservation.
RESERVATIONS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR FRIDAY EVENINGS AND SUNDAY BRUNCH!!!
STARTING OCTOBER 31st, EXTENDED HOURS
Open Wednesdays & Thursdays from 12-5 p.m. for Wine Tasting and Limited appetizer Menu
Open 12-9 pm Saturdays with Full Menu. Reservations Required for Fridays & Saturdays between 5-9 pm
Friday Hours from 12-9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. remain the same.

THIS WEEKEND
New Desserts on the Menu
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Autumn Apple Pie Ala Mode

New Appetizer
Pork Crostini
House-Smoked Pulled Pork with Blue Cheese Fondue and Cherry Chipotle BBQ Sauce on a Toasted Baguette

Soups are Back

Storm’s Northwest Clam Chowder
Cream of Mushroom Soup
Fall is in the air and Parma Ridge is your place to be with Storm’s Famous Northwest Clam Chowder and Cream of Mushroom Soup. Enjoy a cup for $5.95 or a bowl for $7.95. Both come with a slice of Sourdough Baguette

 

Have you seen the latest articles on Parma Ridge?
Parma Ridge was voted #1 Winery in Idaho By House Beautiful. See the line up here!

Great article by By Andy Purdue and Eric Degerman of Great Northwest Wine on the Idaho Wine Industry. Parma Ridge made the list with our 2016 Dry Rose of Merlot – Read it here! Only 5 Cases left for you to enjoy.

Harvest is in full swing at Parma Ridge! We’ve harvested our 2018 Viognier, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Syrah & Big Reds off of our vineyard and Riesling & Chardonnay from Fargo Farms. Estate Grown Merlot Continues Next Week!

Limited Quantities Left! Stock up this weekend before they are SOLD OUT
Quattro White Wine Blend – SOLD OUT
2016 Isaac Storm Red Blend – SOLD OUT
2016 Carmenere SOLD OUT
2016 Viognier – less than 1 case
2016 Dry Rose of Merlot – 1 Case
2016 Estate Grown Merlot – 2 Cases
2017 Reinhart Dry Riesling 20 Cases
2016 Chardonnay 30+ Cases
2016 Storm Red 30+ Cases
2016 Joshua Storm 30+ Cases

If you didn’t have a chance to come to the Wine Club party on September 22nd, your wine is available for pick-up in the tasting room during business hours. If you have not been charged and are a wine club member, we need an updated credit card for you– please call or stop by at your convenience.

Idaho Wine Competition 2018 Results!
Parma Ridge Winery brought in 5 Silver Medals and 1 Bronze for the following wines:
Silver
Parma Ridge Winery 2016 Dry Rosé of Merlot, Snake River Valley $16.95
Parma Ridge Winery 2016 Joshua Storm Red Wine, Snake River Valley $32.00
Parma Ridge Winery 2016 Parma Ridge Vineyards Estate Viognier, Snake River Valley $16.50
Parma Ridge Winery 2016 Parma Ridge Vineyards Merlot, Snake River Valley $28.00
Parma Ridge Winery 2016 Storm Red, American $35.00
Bronze
Parma Ridge Winery NV Quattro White Wine, Snake River Valley $17.95

Did you see the amazing write-up about Parma Ridge? Read it here: http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/idaho/restaurant-wine-country-id/
We have Wine tasting and our New Fall Menu all weekend long! See you this weekend on the Ridge!

Cheers,

Steph and Chef Storm
Sous Chef and Assist Winemaker Megan Hartman

Parma Ridge Winery
24509 Rudd Road, Parma ID, 83660
208-946-5187
http://www.parmaridge.wine

 

 

Enjoy some of these favorites before they’re sold out!
One-Inch Cut Ribeye Steak

Cloud 9 Nano Brewery, Boise


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.

Today’s beer menu. I had a Fallen IPA and Robin had a Honey Basil Ale. Both were superb!
(L) Fallen IPA, (R) Honey Basil Ale (A Cloud 9 favorite!)

CLASSIC BURGER
(Grass fed organic ground beef, lettuce, tomato and pickles,
choice of Ballard cheeses: Swiss, Pepper Jack, Cheddar or
Blue. Served on a BigWood bun with choice of side.
)

Menu Special
Cloud 9 Cheese Steak
(These are the French Fries I asked for No Salt.)

Cloud 9 Cheese Steak cut.

Popovers Anyone?


Oh yes! Delicious popovers. Fill with tuna salad, ham, jam or whipped cream. These buttery, soft “rolls”, of sorts, will suit any party. Or dinner table. Or breakfast. They are so versatile. Easy to make and you don’t really need any special tools or pans. Even though there are special pans for popovers. Or, use a metal muffin pan. Big one or little one.
But where did these come? Who “invented” them? Some sources say they are related to Scottish Short Bread. But more than likely, they come from England and are a derivative of Yorkshire Pudding. “The popover is an American version of Yorkshire pudding and similar batter puddings made in England since the 17th century.
The oldest known reference to popovers is in a letter of E. E. Stuart’s in 1850. The first cookbook to print a recipe for popovers was M. N. Henderson, Practical Cooking, 1876. The first book other than a cookbook to mention popovers was Jesuit’s Ring by A. A. Hayes published in 1892.
In American Food (1974), author Evan Jones writes: “Settlers from Maine who founded Portland, Oregon, Americanized the pudding from Yorkshire by cooking the batter in custard cups lubricated with drippings from the roasting beef (or sometimes pork); another modification was the use of garlic, and, frequently, herbs. The result is called Portland popover pudding: individual balloons of crusty meat-flavored pastry.
Other American popover variations include replacing some of the flour with pumpkin puree and adding spices such as allspice or nutmeg. Most American popovers today, however, are not flavored with meat or herbs. Instead, they have a buttery taste.
Ogden Nash inverts the historical order of events.
Let’s call Yorkshire pudding
A fortunate blunder:
It’s a sort of popover
That turned and popped under.” [Wikipedia]

And from the sensitiveeconomist. com site, “Popovers are an American recipe that are thought to have descended from English batter puddings and Yorkshire puddings, although the origin is a bit uncertain. Puddings in medieval times were not like today’s custard-like desserts, but rather were meat-based.” In other words, I’m still not completely sure where popovers came from. Although, they appear to be strictly an American treat.

So now we know a little about the popover. But now the question is:Do I need a special pan? “Popovers are airy rolls that are just as much fun to bake as they are to eat. It is a balloon-like roll with a crisp, buttery exterior and a tender, eggy interior. Many people don’t make them at home because the perception is that you need a specialty pan to bake them. Fortunately, this isn’t true.” [craftsy.com] A good, sturdy muffin pan will work just as well.
Here is a recipe that we like and it works very well.

Popovers with Scrambled Eggs and Fresh Fruit
Popovers
Total: 50 min Prep: 10 min Cook: 40 min Yield: 8 popovers
Bob and Robin Young, Boise, ID
Ingredients:
3 T melted butter, divided
2 lg Eggs
1 c whole Milk, warmed for 30 seconds in the microwave (should be lukewarm to warm)
1 c All-Purpose Flour
1 t Celtic Sea Salt
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400º F.
Using a pastry brush, coat 8 muffin cups with 1 tablespoon of the melted butter and put the tin in the oven for 5 minutes. (This is extremely important to do!)
Meanwhile, mix the eggs in a blender until light yellow. Add the warmed milk and blend. Add the flour, salt and remaining melted butter, and blend until smooth.
Pour the batter into the warmed muffin tin ⅔ full (each popover will expand) and return it to the oven to bake until golden, about 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve warm.
Another variation – Popovers with Ham and Cheese Omelet and Fresh Fruit

(David Libowitz)
From David Libowitz “Sugar-Crusted Popovers

Makes 9
Adapted from my recipe in The New York Times and Maida Heatter’s Great Book of Desserts.I thought these wouldn’t stay crisp for very long after they were baked and coated with the sugar. But the next morning, I was surprised when I pulled off a hunk and they’re weren’t bad. But they are the best the day they’re made; leftovers can be stored in a container and snacked on the next day. You could freeze them in zip-top bags as well.I don’t have popover tins, but found these work quite well in standard-sized muffin tins. For this recipe, feel free to use salted or unsalted butter, depending on your preference.
For the puffs:
2 tablespoons butter, melted
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup (250 ml) whole milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 cup (140g) flour
For the sugar-coating:
2/3 cup (130g) sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup (60g) melted butter
Softened butter, for greasing the pan
Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Liberally grease a nonstick popover pan, or a muffin pan with 1/2-cup indentations,with softened butter.
2. For the puffs, put the 2 tablespoons melted butter, eggs, milk, salt and sugar in a blender and blend for a few seconds.
3. Add the flour and whiz for about 10 seconds, just until smooth.
4. Divide the batter among the 9 greased molds, filling each 1/2 to 2/3rds full.
5. Bake for 35 minutes, or until the puffs are deep brown.
6. Remove from the oven, wait a few minutes until cool enough to handle, then remove the popovers from the pans and set them on a cooling rack. If they’re stubborn, you may need a small knife or spatula to help pry them out.
7. Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Thoroughly brush each popover all over with the 1/4 cup (60 g) of melted butter, then dredge each puff generously in the sugar and cinnamon mixture to coat them completely. Let cool on the wire rack.”