Some Recipes That We Suggest


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captains-shack-pipe-signed_LMPIt’s been awhile. But we are still here. So I think it will be a good idea to look at some of the recipes we have been working on. Some of these recipes call for Herb de Provence and we prefer to make our own. Keeps it to our liking. You can see the recipe here Just remember the 3-1 ratio of using fresh versus dried herbs. For instance, if your recipe calls for 1 Tablespoon of an herb and all your have is dried, use only 1 teaspoon of the dried. (3 teaspoons=1 Tablespoon).

Since summer is right around the corner and BBQ is probably in the back of your mind, here is a recipe for some awesome baked beans. We use a mix of canned Cannellini Beans, Kidney Beans and Black Beans. A wonderful blend of tomato sauce, molasses, brown sugar and dry mustard. Jack Daniels Black Label Bourbon also goes well in this mix. Here is the recipe for these great baked beans. Enjoy!

5Feb2021_1a_Captains-Shack_Erics-Rib-SauceAnd if you are doing a BBQ or Grilling – we love St Louis Style Pork Ribs grilled – then try Eric’s Rib Sauce to slather on the ribs and to use as a dipping sauce. It is awesome! Please note. The recipe calls for a special cider, Basil/Lemon. It is a local (Boise) brand, Stack Rock Cidery. These ciders are available, whether this brand or not, at most grocery stores. They may have different blends. Find one you like or you can use your favorite apple cider vinegar. Just add your favorite herbs.

And if you are in mind for a beef stew, try, CS Beef Stew. It has the Icelandic herb lovage in it. A celery tasting green herb. If you use fresh – dried is available – be careful of the amount. The 1 cup chopped that the recipe calls for, is plenty and even at that, you might want to cut back to 3/4 cup. It is great in stews and soups.

7Mar2021_1_Capt ains-Shack_HalupkiAnd then there is Halupki. A Ukrainian stuffed cabbage leaves that means “little pigeons”. This dish comes from our neighbor and we have slightly altered it. It is simply delicious. It takes right around 3 hours to prepare, but is well worth it. “The name “golubtsy” came to Russia and the region around it in the 18th century when the aristocracy traveled back and forth to eastern Europe. In France, pigeon was wrapped and cooked in cabbage leaves and stuffed cabbage rolls where then called “golubtsy” because the dish resembled the French dish.” [Wikipedia] Note: there is no “G” letter or sound in the Ukrainian language. Therefore this dish is called “Halupki” in the Ukraine. 


Easter Boneless Leg of Lamb

You say you like lamb? No? Then you probably have been eating mutton. The difference is in age. Lamb is generally less than 1 year old, whereas mutton is everything else. This one is simply delicious for those who like lamb. Maybe those who say they don’t like it, may learn to eat it using this recipe.  Enjoy this lamb.

29Jan2021_1_Captains-Shack_Shortbreaqd Pecaan CookiesAnd now some dessert! How about Pecan Shortbread Cookies? Yum. To give the pecans some extra flavor, roast them on s sheet pan in the oven at 350 degrees F for 8 minutes. Watch them – Don’t let them burn. Here is the recipe. Enjoy.

And that does it for now. Brought you at least somewhat up-to-date, and I “learned” this new format, somewhat. Cheers.

Bacon Blueberry Waffles


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I have been asked how do I make Blueberry Bacon Waffles and the answer is rather straight forward. For the bacon I use Falls Brand Thick Sliced and for the waffles I use Krusteaz but with a twist. I add 1 egg and I use 1/2 cup whole milk and 1/2 cup water in the batter. This is not really necessary but I think it makes the waffles better. Light and delicious. Here is how it is done. Enjoy!

Cut 1 strip if bacon per waffle into quarters.

Fry the bacon on the waffle iron to your doneness level.

While the bacon is cooking, place the egg and jam – it can be any and I use either Huckleberry or Blueberry for these waffles.

Add the flour, milk and water to the egg/blueberry mixture and mix well, but don’t over mix. There can be some lumps.

Pour the batter over the bacon in the waffle iron. Add blueberries, close the lid and cook.

Serve with blueberries on the waffle, syrup and basted eggs. A hearty breakfast.

Smoked Venison


Eric, daughter Marnies friend, received a Trager Scout Smoker for Christmas. This venison roast was the Maiden Voyage for the smoker. It was awesome! And with the venison, we had Steamed Cabbage in Apple Juice with Apples. Crab Puffs and Steamed Brocolli. What a great New Years Day treat. Super job, Eric, thank-you.

Venison Roast just coming off the Traeger

Venison plated.

Awesome Roast Beef



I came across this awesome way to cook a roast of beef. In this case, it was a 12 pound, 7 rib Standing Rib Roast. It was delicious! Start out at 500 degrees F and then turn the heat off for 2 hours and do not open the oven! That’s right. Leave the oven closed! Do not peek! Here is the recipe – CS Prime Rib. You will need Herb de Provence for this recipe and here is our recipe. You can adjust it to please yourself. Herb de Provence. Enjoy!

7 Rib Standing Rib Roast just out of the oven

First slice

Dinner is served!

Woodsman Pasta



We came across this recipe after watching Rachael Ray. We altered it slightly and came up with this delicious version. Just remember to prep the pancetta, sausage, shallots, rosemary and garlic first. It will make the job much easier. Here is the recipe – Enjoy this creation. It will serve 6.

Smoked Brisket


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This is by far one of the best CS Brisket that I have made in a long time. Perfect smoke ring and awesome flavors using the rub that is included in the recipe. I love it in sandwiches – pictured here – or just to “nibble” on. It takes some time, but is well worth itt. Just remember to use a very sharp knife to slice it thin, almost shaved. Give it a try.

IP Chicken with Ketchup, Honey and Soy



Now don’ let the name of this dish fool you. This is one awesome chicken dinner. Try it! You’ll like it! (*Left-Click these photos to see them enlarged.) IP Chicken with Ketchup, Honey and Soy. And if there are any leftovers, it makes a great chicken/rice soup.

IP Chicken with Ketchup, Honey and Soy

And when you get done with the main dish and you have these wonderful leftovers, try some Chiken/Rice Soup. Delicious!

Leftover Chicken/Rice Soup

Back Online!


I want to let everyone know how much I appreciate your patience while my computer was down. I had to replace it with a brand new, super fast and graphically updated machine. My old machine was a 1995 version of a computer. This is a 2020 version! Thank you to Haynes Skower, One Network Computers at 4121 W State St, Boise, ID 83703. Hours: Opens 10AM Tue. Phone: (208) 906-1810. Once again, they did a superb job in building me a superb system and overcoming several unexpected obstacles. Thank-You one and all.

Boise Farmers Market (BFM) Drive-Thru



This was really an easy week for grocery pick up at the BFM Drive-Thru on Shoreline Drive in Boise. The line moved pretty quickly. They have changed their modus operandi. It works out very well. I had a 9:15 pickup time and I was through the line in about 10 minutes or less. Here is a link to The Market Information.
And too. It’s great to hear a friendly and cheerful voice under the mask that they all wear -m I wear mine, too! Here are some photos from the process this morning. But I do miss the interaction with the vendors, but that will come. Enjoy!

The line was long, but it moved quickly.

The Drive-Up line

Picking up the order is an easy process. They direct you to a table. You show them your name and the time you are scheduled for. They go and get your already filled order, bring it back to you and put it in your vehicle, if you want them to. You’re done!

Order pick up.

My order in the back of my car. Notice the paperwork – your name, time and products ordered. Your credit card is not charged until you pick the order up. No Cash is transfered!

Our order displayed. From Acme Bakeshop Sourdough Loaf and a Turmeric Baguette, Baby Turnips, Salad Greens, Watercress and Bok Choy.

From Acme Bakeshop a wonderfully delicious Turmeric Bread made fresh. It will go very well with our lamb chops (Meadowlark Farms) tomorrow.

“Feeding the Hungry” in Boise


It never ceases to amaze me as to in the times of hardship and strife how all kinds of people – from all background, ethnicities and religions – come together to lend a helping hand and expect absolutely nothing in return! Such a great feeling.
And during this time of self and required quarantine due to the CoronaVirus, the generosity of people all comes to the surface. There are several churches, and other religious faiths, and businesses that have come to the aid of those in need. In particular the homeless and those who just need a meal and a smiling face. So we bind together and offer a helping hand and something to eat. And by the way, all of the food products and individual help are all donated! To these businesses, people and churches, Thank-You! Our part was at the 1st Presbyterian Church, 9th and State Streets, Boise. (Left-Click any of these photographs to see them enlarged!)

This sign was on a post in downtown Boise

Look at these meals. Usually fro 45 to 60 served on the 4th Thursday of each month at the 1st Presbyterian Church at 9th and State Streets in Boise. (The room and all facilities included, including the full kitchen!)

Filling the Dinner Bags

But before we moved to Dinner Bags, we had Baked Potatoes and all the trimmings. Look –

Baked Potato and Acme Bakeshop Dinner Roll

Baked Potato and Chicken with Acme Bakeshop Rolls and Salad

But then, we had to switch to the Dinner Sacks because of The Virus –

Hot Dog Rolls from Acme Bakeshop

Hot Dogs! Good ones! Not microwaved! Cooked the Old Fashion Way!

Packing the dinner sacks

Dinner Sacks in March

Dinner Sacks in April

and this is why we do it. Thank-You Joe Levitch for this photograph! It says it all.
“Man Alone”