Boise Mobile Market


05June2016_1b_BFM_Mobile-Market_Flyer-GraphicIt was great to see the new Mobile Market at the Boise Farmers Market this past Satrurday. And to meet and talk to Tamara Cameron, who operates the Mobile Market for the BFM, Boise Farmers Market. (See their permanent link as listed in the sidebar.)
The vehicle really seems to be well designed and can carry a good supply of farm fresh produce to the community and to those who can not make it to the market for some reason or another. IMNSHO, this is a huge community service!
I would be remiss if I did not mention some of the organizations who sponsor and assist in the program and have supplied the vehicle, produce and services – Boise Farmers Market, Idaho Womens Charitable Foundation, City of Boise, St Luke’s Hospital, Eat Smart Idaho, Boise State University and University of Idaho Extension to name a few. There are more.

Tamara Cameron shows me the inside of the Moble Market.
Tamara Cameron shows me the inside of the Moble Market.
Some produce that you might find in  the Mobile Market.
Some produce that you might find in the Mobile Market.
Entrance to the Mobile Market.
Entrance to the Mobile Market.
Look for thed Mobile Market in your neighborhood!
Look for the Mobile Market in your neighborhood!

TVWS Wine Buffet


TVWS LogoWell another wine dinner for the TVWS has come and gone.
Some mix-up in the presenters, but the dinner did go on. The members of the TVWS are so great in “stepping up to the plate” and that is exactly what they did. They knew what the buffet was going to be, so they went out and purchased Idaho wines for the dinner. Thank-You all who “covered” for the mistake and made the evening a success for the 34 people who were there. Thank-You too, Kathy Johnson, of Winery Seekers, for doing your part in Hosting. It is appreciated. Here are some photos from the evening.

Three wines that were use for the appetizer table.
Three wines that were use for the appetizer table.
The Appetizer Table.
The Appetizer Table.
Robert Parker pours some appetizer wine.
Robert Parker pours some appetizer wine.
Salad Makings
Salad Makings
Pork Chops
Pork Chops
Scalloped Potatoes
Scalloped Potatoes
Broccoli and Reed Peppers
Broccoli and Reed Peppers
Dinner is plated
Dinner is plated
Rhubarb and Strawberry Dessert
Rhubarb and Strawberry Dessert

Spatchcock Chicken on a Char-Broil Grill


3April2016_1_New-CharBroil-Grill_BSU-CoverI have always liked Char-Broil grills. Well built and long lasting. The last one I had, a combination gas/charcoal grill lasted 10 years. This one, an American Gourmet Deluxe Smoker, BBQ and Grill from Char-Broil seems to work very well. The photo to the left is the grill with it’s BSU cover on it.

A spatchcock is a historical term for a culled immature male chicken, but increasingly denotes a preparation technique. The spatchcock, also known as “spattlecock”, is poultry or game that has been prepared for roasting or grilling by removing the backbone, and sometimes the sternum of the bird and flattening it out before cooking. The preparation of a bird in such a manner for cooking may also be known as butterflying the bird. The term “spatchcock” is used when the backbone is removed, whether or not the sternum is removed. Removing the sternum allows the bird to be flattened more fully…Barbecue (also barbeque, BBQ and barby/barbies) is both a cooking method and an apparatus. The generally accepted differences between barbecuing and grilling are cooking durations and the types of heat used. Grilling is generally done quickly over moderate-to-high direct heat that produces little smoke, while barbecuing is done slowly over low, indirect heat and the food is flavored by the smoking process…The word barbecue when used as a noun can refer to the cooking method, the meat cooked in this way, the cooking apparatus (the “barbecue grill” or simply “barbecue”), or to an event where this style of food is featured. Used as an adjective, “barbecued” refers to foods cooked by this method. The term is also used as a verb for the act of cooking food in this manner. Barbecuing is usually done out-of-doors by smoking the meat over wood or charcoal. Restaurant barbecue may be cooked in large brick or metal ovens designed for that purpose. There are numerous regional variations of barbecuing, and it is practiced around many areas of the world. [Wikipedia]

The new grill by Char-Broil An American Gourmet Deluxe
The new grill by Char-Broil An American Gourmet Deluxe
The spatchcock chicken. The pepper is a combination of black, pink and green that I ground. Great flavors.
The spatchcock chicken. The pepper is a combination of black, pink and green peppers that I ground. Great flavors. A light sprinkle of Lemon Olive Oil.
Grilling
Grilling
The plated dinner. Grilled Potato with Sour Cream Green Salad with Tomato, Green Onion, Carrot Threads and Corn Shoots Green Peas Spatchcock Grilled Chicken
The plated dinner.

Grilled Potato with Sour Cream
Green Salad with Tomato, Green Onion, Carrot Threads and Corn Shoots
Green Peas
Spatchcock Grilled Chicken
A good wine from Downton Abbey
A good wine from Downton Abbey

Great Valentines Wine Dinner!


09Feb2016_1_The-Buzz-Choco_Entrance-PlantsGreat to see so many people attending last night. Almost a sell-out crowd! And they all had a really super meal and some great wine p;arings and information. If you missed this one, you missed a great one!
As far as I am concerned, there were some terrific wines presented. High scoring. 3 – 17’s, 1 – 18 and 2 – 19’s. Actually, I think the wine that took over was the 2014 Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel. But then, if you know me, you know that I am partial to a good Zin. And the entree that took First Place? Pork Medallions Crusted with Espresso and Chocolate. Served with Cauliflower and Pepper Medley with a Chocolate Drizzle. Oh Yum! There are photos below. Left-Click any of them to see enlarged. Cheers!

Chocolate Scallops White Chocolate Baba Ghanoesh 2013 Valley of the Moon Pinot Blanc 13.9 % alc. Not one of the best wines for the night.just OK. Balance and body light [17] $16.00

Chocolate Scallops and White Chocolate Baba Ghanoesh
2013 Valley of the Moon
Pinot Blanc
13.9 % alc. Not one of the best wines for the night.just OK. Balance and body light
[17] $16.00

Pumpkin Soup 2012 Tapiz Malbec 13.9% alc. a good malbec that went very well with the pumpkin. good body and finish [18] $22.00

Pumpkin Soup
2012 Tapiz
Malbec
13.9% alc. a good malbec that went very well with the pumpkin. good body and finish [18] $22.00

Pecan and Strawberry Salad with Chocolate Balsamic Vinaigrette 2014 Bila Haut Rose 13.0% alc another good wine but not outstanding. it had a hard time with the salad. [17] $15.00

Pecan and Strawberry Salad
with
Chocolate Balsamic Vinaigrette
2014 Bila Haut
Rose 13.0% alc another good wine but not outstanding. it had a hard time with the salad. [17] $15.00

Pork Medallions with Espresso and Chocolate Crust Cauliflower Pepper Medley with Chocolate Drizzle 2011 Basil Cellars Claret 13.6% aqlc. One of the better wines of the evening. great match with the pork and the cauliflower. [19] $23.00

Pork Medallions
with
Espresso and Chocolate Crust
Cauliflower Pepper Medley

with
Chocolate Drizzle
2011 Basil Cellars
Claret 13.6% aqlc. One of the better wines of the evening. great match with the pork and the cauliflower. [19] $23.00

Kahlua Bundt Cake 2014 Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel 14.5% alc. A superb wine. great with the chocolate cake. Well worth buying some. [19] $23.00

Kahlua Bundt Cake
2014 Dry Creek
Heritage Zinfandel
14.5% alc. A superb wine. great with the chocolate cake. Well worth buying some.
[19] $23.00

Beef Short Ribs Borscht


21sept2013_2_robins-bday-captains-shack_gumbo_getting-happyYou say you don’t like borscht? Or beets? The addition of the beef short ribs and the carrots, sure does sweeten the flavor of the shredded beets. The red color is still there for the soup, but the beet flavor is very mild. Robin and I think it is a superb alternative to an “official” borscht. Here is the recipe, if you want to try this – Beef Short Rib Borscht. Print one out. It takes a while to cook, we use the CrockPot, but it is well worth the effort. Left-Click any of the following photos to see them enlarged. Enjoy and let us know how you liked it. Notice that there is no cabbage in this borscht. Cheers!

Onions are caramelizing in the beef fat.
Onions are caramelizing in the beef fat.
Braised - caramelized - beef short ribs, beet stems and potatoes are waiting for the beet cooking liquid.
Braised – caramelized – beef short ribs, beet stems and potatoes are waiting for the beet cooking liquid.
Oh my. The finished product! And as the recipe says, "Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with the scallions, dill and a dollop of crème fraîche [or sour cream]. Serve with spicy mustard and slices of dark bread." The diced scallions and dill or fennel will really add to the flavors.
Oh my. The finished product! And as the recipe says, “Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with the scallions, dill and a dollop of crème fraîche [or sour cream]. Serve with spicy mustard and slices of dark bread.” The diced scallions and dill or fennel will really add to the flavors.

Shrimp and Wine at Sawtooth Winery


21Mar2015_1_Sawtooth-Winery-Verticle_SignHad not really thought of this combination, but this was a real treat. Superb shrimp prepared by Reel Foods Fish Market here in Boise on Capital Blvd. And the wine selection, not all theirs, selected by Sawtooth Winery were a really good match for most, not all, of the shrimp dishes. But that is to be expected. Left Click any of these photographs to see them enlarged.
Out of 8 chardonnay wines presented, and it was a blind horizontal tasting, so far as I was concerned the best was the 2013 Sawtooth Reserve Chardonnay. OK. But what is a horizontal wine tasting, you ask. From Blue Sky Winery in Anna, ILL., here are the differences between a verticle tasting and a horizontal tasting.

In a verticle wine tasting, different vintages (years) of the same wine types from the same wine type from the same winery are tasted. This emphasizes the differences between various vintages.

In a horizontal wine tasting, the wines are all from the same vintage (year) but are from different wineries. When doing a horizontal tasting, keeping the same wine type and wine region will help to emphasize the differences in winery and vintner styles.

Some of the wines that were presented.
Some of the wines that were presented. The Sawtooth Winery Chardonnay was not available for purchase.
(L-R) Chef Marcus, Chef Mark and Chef Dave made this a delightful afternoon. Thank-You Reel  Foods for sharing their talents!
(L-R) Chef Marcus, Chef Mark and Chef Dave made this a delightful afternoon. Thank-You Reel Foods for sharing their talents!
Gourmet Shrimp Selections by Chef Mark Ballen

Gourmet Shrimp Selections
by
Chef Mark Ballen

This is how they prepared the shrimp.
This is how they prepared the shrimp.
Pacific Islanders Sugar Cane Shrimp A balance between sweet and spicy with a lemony finish.

Pacific Islanders Sugar Cane Shrimp
a balance between sweet and spicy with a lemony finish

Pacific Ilanders Sugar Cane Shrimp we liked these the best of all the shrimp, then you chew on the sugar cane

Pacific Islanders Sugar Cane Shrimp
we liked these the best of all the shrimp; then you chew on the sugar cane

Pacific Islanders Sugar Cane Shrimp

Pacific Islanders Sugar Cane Shrimp

Pickled Vegetables

Pickled Vegetables
artichoke, broccoli, carrot, asparagus on lettuce leaf

Honey Adobe Poppin' Shrimp a savory, smoky profile with a drizzle of key lime creme fraiche

Honey Adobe Poppin’ Shrimp
a savory, smoky profile with a drizzle of key lime crème fraîche

Shrimp Campechana de Mariscoc the classic South American shrimp cocktail with an earthy and clean air finish

Shrimp Campechana de Mariscos
the classic South American shrimp cocktail with an earthy and clean air finish

Asian Fusion at the Buzz Wine Dinner


buzz_logo_cafeThis is the second year that Cristi has had an Asian food theme for one of the monthly Wine Dinners. I love the change! And then she also shares the recipes, if you ask. Or, if you joined us at the Wine Dinner last night, you already have the recipe for the Asian Salad. But I want the recipe for – Asian Nachos! These were delicious and interesting. And the way I scored the wines was interesting. Still using the [20] point scale, most came in at [17] – 5 of them! One [18] and one [12]. These monthly events are really interesting and one always comes away with at least one thing they learned. Join us for this fun evening and a scrumptious Wine Dinner. Cheers! (Cristi! buzzbeans.com needs renewal! Buzzwine on WordPress needs updating.)

Asian Nachos (these were delicious!)2012 Zocker Gruner Veltliner 13.5% alc. great color and clarity. balance and body were good. finish was awesome [17] $20.00

Asian Nachos
(these were delicious! I want this recipe!)
2012 Zocker Gruner Veltliner
13.5% alc. great color and clarity. balance and body were good. finish was awesome. wonderful paring with the nachos. [17] $20.00

Asian Salad (surprisingly good. loved the jicama) 2013 Sun Garden Gewurztraminer 11.5% alc super finish - long - and appeal. best wine of the night. [18] $13.00

Asian Salad
(surprisingly good. loved the jicama replacing the daikon radish)
2013 Sun Garden Gewurztraminer
11.5% alc super finish – long – and appeal. best wine of the night. wonderful paring with the salad. [18] $13.00

Yam Soup (spicy hot) 2012 Baileyana Pinot Noir 13.5% alc. good finish and generally appealing. [17] $22.00

Yam Soup
(spicy hot)
2012 Baileyana Pinot Noir
13.5% alc. good finish and generally appealing. this wine enhanced the spiciness of the soup. [17] $22.00

Chicken Thighs with Spicy Green Beans Rice 2012 Calcu Cabernet Sauvignon 13.5% alc. little light on the body, but good finish and appeal. [17] $15.00

Chicken Thighs
with
Spicy Green Beans
Steamed Rice

2012 Calcu Cabernet Sauvignon
13.5% alc. little light on the body, but good finish and appeal. [17] $15.00

Poached Pear with Crystallized Ginger 2013 Rancho Sisquoc 14.4% alc. another higher scoring wine. just a good match with the pears. [17] $18.00

Poached Pears
with
Crystallized Ginger
2013 Rancho Sisquoc

14.4% alc. another higher scoring wine. just a good match with the pears. [17] $18.00

Does Diet Effect “The Heartbreak of Psoriasis”?


21sept2013_2_robins-bday-captains-shack_gumbo_getting-happyAnd Robin has it and the infection drives her “nuts” sometimes! But she located this interesting article from Embrel, Psoriasis – Your Condition. “Plaque Psoriasis Is an Immune Disease; Treat It From Within.” In other words, modify your diet. Key word: Modify, Not eliminate. And do it slowly; One food group at a time or item within the food group; Not all at once. Looks like we will return to our high seafood diet and chicken diet, at least for a while. The last paragraph in this article is important and something to remember. And to let you know, we do not eat a lot of “Junk Food”. Maybe a burger once a month – Maybe! Here is part of an article from Embrel Do enjoy the information. If you have psoriasis, it might be worth a try. Good luck and Stop Scratching! (My Dad always said, “Home is where you can scratch where it itches!”)

Your Personal Elimination Psoriasis Diet

Here are eight foods and beverages that get mentioned often by people as possibly causing their psoriasis flare-ups. You might consider cutting them out of your diet one at a time to see if any have an effect on your symptoms:
Alcohol. “First and foremost, stop drinking,” Bagel says. Here’s why: Alcohol opens the blood vessels in the skin. When your blood vessels are dilated, white blood cells, including the T cells that are believed to be responsible for psoriasis, can sneak into the outer layers of your skin more easily — and you don’t need to be inviting more T cells. “Your psoriasis symptoms may worsen even if you’re a light-to-moderate alcohol user,” warns Chelsea Marie Warren, RD, a dietitian and certified wellness coach in Portland, Ore.
Junk foods. Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition. Junk foods tend to be high in saturated and trans fats and refined starches and sugars, all of which can promote inflammation. Another reason to avoid junk foods is that that they are high in calories with little nutritional value, and people with psoriasis often have weight problems. “If you have psoriasis, you have an increased risk of heart and vascular diseases,” Bagel says. “Being overweight adds to that risk.”
Red meat. Red meats contain a polyunsaturated fat called arachidonic acid. “This type of fat can worsen psoriasis symptoms because it can easily be converted into inflammatory compounds,” Warren says. Also include on your foods-to-avoid list: processed meats such as sausage and bacon.
Dairy products. Like red meat, dairy products contain the natural inflammatory arachidonic acid. “Cow’s milk is one of the biggest culprits,” Bagel says, because it also contains the protein casein, which has been linked to inflammation. Egg yolks, too, are high in arachidonic acid, so consider nixing them from your diet.
Nightshade plants. Some people report that consuming plants from the “nightshade family” — which includes peppers, white potatoes, eggplant, and tomatoes — exacerbates their psoriasis. These vegetables contain solanine, a chemical compound that has been shown to trigger pain in some people. “Certain patients believe that if you avoid these vegetables, you decrease your symptoms,” Bagel says. “I’m not so sure about that, but I’m not opposed to people trying it.”
Citrus fruits. Sometimes, an allergic reaction can cause psoriasis to flare. Citrus fruits, such as grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and limes, are a common allergen. See if eliminating them from your diet improves your skin. This prohibition includes their derivatives as well, such as lemonade or grapefruit juice.
Gluten. Gluten is a protein found in some grass-related grains, including rye, wheat, and barley. Researchers in Portugal found that psoriasis symptoms in some people with a gluten sensitivity improved after they avoided gluten in their diets. Studies are ongoing, but the idea of psoriasis patients benefitting from a gluten-free diet is still controversial, Bagel says. Even if it works, he adds, it’s not an easy diet to follow.
Condiments. Some people with psoriasis find condiments and spices to be their enemy. The ones that seem to cause the most trouble for people with psoriasis are pimento, cinnamon, curry, vinegar, mayo, paprika, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup. They’re on the no-no list because substances in these condiments can increase inflammation.
Although research has yet to confirm a direct link between what you eat and psoriasis flare-ups, you might find that your condition improves when you avoid one or more of these foods. Be sure to share what you discover with your doctor so you don’t miss out on any important nutrients.”

Tailgating!


03Jan2015_1d__Captains-Shack_Robin-Bronco-HatRobin has made some awesome “tailgate” food in the past several days. Here is the Tiramisu recipe from Giada De Laurentiis on the Food Network. Raspberry Tiramisu. The photo here is Robin wearing her new BSU Bronco hat! You can Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged. Enjoy!

Robin constructing the tiramisu.
Robin constructing the tiramisu.
Completed tiramisu.
Completed tiramisu.
Want a slice? Left-Click to enlarge.
Want a slice? Left-Click to enlarge.
Black Bean, Corn and Avocado Salad. Another yum offering.
Black Bean, Corn, Chicken and Avocado Salad. Another yum offering.
Egg Salad on Sourdough with Water Cress. Corn, Chicken, Avocado and Black Bean Salad.
Egg Salad on Sourdough with Water Cress. Corn, Chicken, Avocado and Black Bean Salad. The Acme Bake Shop Sourdough was not available at the COOP when I went there, so I tried the Bigwood Bread Sourdough out of Sun Valley. This sourdough was a lot denser than the Acme sourdough. Not bad, but I prefer Acme Bake Shop. Hard to overcome that bias! Just a personal preference.