Spring Release at Parma Ridge Winery


 
A really good release party at Parma Ridge Winery on April 18. Warm temperatures. Clear skies. Great food. Great wines. Here are the wines that were released and the Tapas we had. Left-Click any photo to see enlarged.

 

 

2018 Avielle. 100% Merlot. This Rosé is maned after Avielle, our fiery daughter with Strawberry Blonde hair. Enjoy notes of sweet honey and ripened strawberries with a crisp finish. [Blog Note: Don’t miss this one. It is superb!]
Paring: Crostini with Borsin, Crispy Prosciutto and Blackberry Compote.

 

 

2018 Tre Bianchi. 63% Gewürztraminer, 20% Riesling and 17% Viognier. Meaning “Three Whites” in Italian, this full-bodied white features pronounced citrus and melon notes.
Paring: Tempura Halibut Bites with Unagi Sauce.

 

2016 The Last Zin. 75% Merlot and 26% Zinfandel. “The Last Zin” is a final hurrah to our Zinfandel that perished in the hard-freeze of 2016. This estate-grown red is balanced with notes of wild blackberry, smooth tannins and a touch of charred caramel.
Paring:“The Rochester” – A Korean Chicken Slider with Arugula, Grilled local sweet Onions and Sriracha Aioli. [Superb!]

 
2016 Tempranillo. 100% Tempranillo. This Spanish Varietal features subtle spices, roasted red pepper and dried cranberry with a smooth oak finish.
Paring: Fresh Fried Chips and Chipotle Cheddar Dip wwith Smoked Chorizo and Filet Mignon Bites.

Great Feasts Coming to Parma Ridge Winery Bistro!


Join us this Weekend with Wonderful Wine, Fabulous Food and an Amazing View
We are open Wednesday & Thursday from 12-5 p.m. for Wine Tasting, Beer and our Small Bites Menu, Friday & Saturday 12-9pm and Sunday 11 am- 5 pm with our Full Bistro Menu, Wine Tasting & Beer.
Reservations Required for Dining from 5-9 p.m. Friday & Saturday.
You can now text us at 208-946-5187 to make a reservation.
[The Pork Chops and the Brisket pictured below are AWESOME! So is the Omelet. Left-Click the photos to see them enlarged.]

SAVE THE DATE! WINE CLUB RELEASE THURSDAY, APRIL 18 from 4-8 p.m.
2018 Avielle, Rosé of Merlot, $17 Retail, $14.45 Wine Club
2018 Tre Bianchi, Gewurztraminer, Riesling & Viognier, $18 Retail, $15.30 Wine Club
2016 The Last Zin, Merlot & Zinfandel, $28 Retail, $23.80 Wine Club
2016 Tempranillo, $34 Retail, $28.90 Wine Club
PLEASE RSVP via text at 208-946-5187 or email at info@parmaridge.wine with the time you will be coming. Cards will be charged beginning this week so please let us know asap if you have changes to your club or your card on file. Menu and prizes will be announced in the Wine Club email this week.

Easter Brunch and Special Menu, Sunday, April 21 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Limited Reservations remaining — Make yours today!

Featured Specials:
Omlete a la Mason – $12.95
Folded Omelet with Eggs from Relk Farms, a Groves Country Mushroom Melange and Beecher’s Aged White Cheddar. Served with a Roasted Potato Medley of Peruvian, Baby Red and Yukon Gold with Crumbled Bacon

Braised Short Ribs – $24.95
Slow Braised Short Ribs with a Roasted Potato Medley of Peruvian, Baby Red and Yukon Gold with Sauteed Carrots and Fennel

Pork Chop au Poivre – $24.95
A Smoked and Seared Double Cut Pork Chop with a Brandy Peppercorn Creole Mustard Sauce, Fried Artichoke Hearts and a Roasted Potato Medley of Peruvian, Baby Red and Yukon Gold

We will be offering our regular menu and the new featured Spring items this weekend, Storm might also be adding a few specials of his own to practice for Easter Sunday!

Mediterranean Chicken Salad $10.95
Mixed Greens with Sun-Ripened Tomatoes, Currants, Golden Raisins, Thyme Roasted Artichokes, Beecher’s Aged White Cheddar and Marinated Chicken with a Zesty White-Balsamic Basil Dressing

Pear Salad – $9.95, with Grilled Chicken $12.95
Mixed Greens with Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Blue Cheese Crumbles and Poached Pear with a Slice of Grilled Baguette

Caprese Bite Appetizer $6.95
Lightly Toasted Baguette with Roma Tomatoes, Italian Basil, Buffalo Mozzarella and a Balsamic Reduction

Our Bacon Wrapped Prawns are back! Come try them this weekend
Jumbo Bacon Wrapped Prawn Appetizer $13.95
Char-Broiled Bacon Wrapped Jumbo Prawns with Cherry Chipotle BBQ sauce on a Bed of Spring Greens, 4 Prawns per order

Loaded Bowls $14.95
Choose between Rosemary Truffle Fries, Tater Tots or Fresh Fried Potato Chips

Poutine Bowl – House Made Demi-Glace, Local Fresh Cheese Curds, Sautéed Button Mushrooms & Applewood Smoked Bacon

Chipotle Cheddar Bowl – Tillamook Chipotle Cheddar Cheese Fondue with Filet Bites, Basque Chorizo, Crispy Bacon, Sautéed Jalapenos & Cilantro

Join us for Happy Hour Friday from 4-6 p.m.
$1 off Mimosas
$1 off Brock Lager
$7.50 Mesquite or Deluxe Sliders with beer, mimosa or wine purchase
$7.50 Personal Pepperoni, Sausage Mushroom or Fungi Flatbreads with beer, mimosa or wine purchase

Mother’s Day Brunch and Special Menu, Sunday, May 12 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Make your reservation today
Special Weekend In April Ladies Luncheon & Crafting Event April 6th

Buy 2 Bottles get 1 Free on Wednesday & Thursday at Parma Ridge! Mention this ad to take advantage of this offer in our tasting room.

Ladies Luncheon & Crafting Event April 6th at Parma Ridge
Please join us for a Ladies Luncheon & Crafting Event with @therustyboard!
When: Saturday, April 6th 11:30 am.- 1:30 p.m.
Where: Parma Ridge Winery
So many 9×12 choices! Pick a Pallet Sign to make for $26, Box Frame for $30 or Framed Chalkboard for $35. Pick what you want it to say and then RSVP with Payment by March 23rd. Instant Message Amy Watts at (208) 921-7616 or wattsfamilyof6@gmail.com for google form & option to pay via a link to square account.
Parma Ridge will offer their full menu and wine, wine tasting and drinks so come hungry & thirsty!
Space is limited so register today.

LIVE MUSIC ON THE PATIO THIS SUMMER
These evenings are filled with fun! Enjoy excellent music, wine & beer and our fabulous cuisine. Our kitchen will remain open until 9 p.m. on nights we have live music. Reserve your spot today as space fills up fast!

Cunningham and Moss, Saturday June 1 & Saturday September 14 from 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Don Cunningham and David Moss team up for this dynamic acoustic Duo. A little Rock a little Roll and a whole lotta Soul. Two Guys Two Guitars. Read more about Cunningham and Moss Here.

The James Gang, Saturday, June 15th from 6-9 pm
James Barrett- Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Rochelle Barrett-Lead Vocals
Ken Lynde- Lead Guita
Read More about The James Gang Here.

The RockIts, Saturday, June 29th from 6-9 pm
Our one and only Nikki Barrett is the lead singer of this band. This Rockabilly/Hillbilly Band is sure to entertain the crowd! Read more about the RockIts Here.

More Live Music Nights coming soon!

LIMITED QUANTITIES – STOCK UP NOW
2016 Reserve Syrah, Retail $34, Wine Club $28.90, less than 1 Case Left
2017 Reinhart Riesling, Retail $20, Wine Club $17.00, 17 Cases Left
2016 Reserve Merlot, Retail $35, Wine Club $29.75, 25 Cases Left
2017 LaRea Dolce, Late Harvest, Retail $28, Wine Club $23.80, 25 Cases Left
2016 Storm Red, Retail $35, Wine Club $29.75, 27 Cases Left
2016 Joshua Storm, Retail $32, Wine Club $27.20, 30 Cases Left
2016 Kenneth Storm, Retail $32, Wine Club $27.20, 37 Cases Left

Breakfast Sandwich

Sunday Brunch Specials
Breakfast Sandwich – $7.95
Bacon, Egg and Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich with Cheesy Bacon Fries
Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy – $7.95
Sausage Gravy over a Fresh Bacon Cheddar Biscuit topped with a Sunny Side Up Egg
Brunch Burger – $9.95
Quarter-Pound Burger with Melted Double Cream Brie, Applewood Smoked Bacon, and Sunny Side Up Egg with a Lemon-Tarragon Aioli and Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries

We Bottled our 2018 Tre Bianchi, 2018 Avielle, Rosé of Merlot, 2018 Rhubarb Wine, and 2016 “The Bomb” – a blend of Cabernet, Malbec & Merlot last weekend. Watch the videos on our Facebook Page!

Have you seen the recent articles on Parma Ridge?

Parma Ridge was featured in the AAA Magazine, thank you Nathan Leigh for the write-up on our location!

“Settle in at Parma Ridge Winery, just southeast of Parma, Idaho, and on a clear day you might be able to see nearly 60 miles from east to west—a panoramic view of the whole lower Boise River Valley.” —Nathan Leigh

Have you seen the recent articles on Parma Ridge?
Parma Ridge was featured in the AAA Magazine, thank you Nathan Leigh for the write-up on our location!
“Settle in at Parma Ridge Winery, just southeast of Parma, Idaho, and on a clear day you might be able to see nearly 60 miles from east to west—a panoramic view of the whole lower Boise River Valley.” —Nathan Leigh

Parma Ridge was voted #1 Winery in Idaho By House Beautiful. See the line up here!

Have you seen the recent 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!
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

 

 

Save the date for our Easter Special Menu — Make your Reservation today!
Try our new Mediterranean Salad with one of our Featured Specials

Weekend of March 7 at Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro


Join us this Weekend with Wonderful Wine, Fabulous Food and an Amazing View
We are open Wednesday & Thursday from 12-5 p.m. for Wine Tasting, Beer and our Small Bites Menu, Friday & Saturday 12-9pm and Sunday 11 am- 5 pm with our Full Bistro Menu, Wine Tasting & Beer.
Reservations Required for Dining from 5-9 p.m. Friday & Saturday.
You can now text us at 208-946-5187 to make a reservation.

Parma Ridge was featured in the AAA Magazine, thank you Nathan Leigh for the write-up on our location!

“Settle in at Parma Ridge Winery, just southeast of Parma, Idaho, and on a clear day you might be able to see nearly 60 miles from east to west—a panoramic view of the whole lower Boise River Valley.” —Nathan Leigh

Join us for Happy Hour Friday from 4-6 p.m.
$1 off Mimosas
$3 Cans of Payette Beer
$7.50 Mesquite or Deluxe Sliders with beer, mimosa or wine purchase
$7.50 Personal Pepperoni, Sausage Mushroom or Fungi Flatbreads with beer, mimosa or wine purchase

Save the Date for these Upcoming Events

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend, March 15-17th
Featured Special – Corned Beef Sandwich (pictured above)
The perfect pairing of Corned beef, Melted Swiss cheese, Sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing on a Ciabatta Roll with Fresh Cut Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries for $10.95 –while supplies last!
Enjoy our Full Bistro Menu and Wine Tasting all Weekend

Spring Equinox Weekend, March 22-24th
Friday & Saturday 12-9 p.m. & Sunday 11a.m. – 5 p.m.
Preview Tasting of our 2018 Avielle, Rosé of Merlot, Enjoy a glass for $6
Roll-out of New Spring Menu
March Madness FINAL 4, Buy 4 Bottles of Wine, Get 2 Free of equal or lesser value, no other discounts will be applied
Enjoy our Full Bistro Menu and Wine Tasting all Weekend

Easter Brunch and Special Menu, Sunday, April 21 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Menu to Follow
Make your reservation today

Mother’s Day Brunch and Special Menu, Sunday, May 12 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Menu to Follow
Make your reservation today

Eat, Drink and Be Merry!
LIMITED QUANTITIES – STOCK UP NOW
2016 Reserve Syrah, Retail $34, Wine Club $28.90, 5 Cases Left
2017 Reinhart Riesling, Retail $20, Wine Club $17.00, 18 Cases Left
2016 Reserve Merlot, Retail $35, Wine Club $29.75, 27 Cases Left
2017 LaRea Dolce, Late Harvest, Retail $28, Wine Club $23.80, 27 Cases Left
2016 Storm Red, Retail $35, Wine Club $29.75, 28 Cases Left
2016 Joshua Storm, Retail $32, Wine Club $27.20, 32 Cases Left
2016 Kenneth Storm, Retail $32, Wine Club $27.20, 39 Cases Left

Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy
Sunday Brunch Specials
Breakfast Sandwich – $7.95
Bacon, Egg and Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich with Cheesy Bacon Fries
Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy – $7.95
Sausage Gravy over a Fresh Bacon Cheddar Biscuit topped with a Sunny Side Up Egg
Brunch Burger – $9.95
Quarter-Pound Burger with Melted Double Cream Brie, Applewood Smoked Bacon, and Sunny Side Up Egg with a Lemon-Tarragon Aioli and Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries

Have you seen the recent 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!
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

 

 

Soups will only be on the menu for two more weekends — Come out and enjoy them while they are here!
Stay Tuned for our Next Wine Release Mid-April

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.