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

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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!

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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

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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

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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”

How to Make Sourdough Starter

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Always great information from the FoodNetwork. This is no exception if you want to make your own sourdough!! Here is the original recipe From the Foodnetwork. Robin sent me this link.
 
 

Ingredients:
1 cup (4 ounces) whole-wheat or rye flour
Warm water between 65 to 80 degrees F (see notes below)
Unbleached all-purpose or bread flour, for feeding (see notes below)
Supplies:
One 1-quart glass jar, very clean (see notes below)
Rubber spatula
Kitchen scale or dry and liquid measuring cups (see notes below)
Notes:
Water:
If you know your tap water to be high in chlorine, fill a vessel and let it sit uncovered overnight to release the chlorine before using to mix a starter. Alternately, you may use filtered water. Aim to keep your starter at 75 degrees F. If your environment is much colder, you might want to start with warmer water.
Flour: After the initial mix, you will feed your starter white flour — both all-purpose and bread flour work — just make sure it is unbleached and look for one that has a protein content between 11 to 12 percent for best results.
Jar: To ensure you don’t bring unwanted mold or bacteria into your starter, sterilize your jar by running it though a hot dishwasher wash cycle, or for canning jars, boil for 10 minutes.
Scale: A kitchen scale is optional but if you plan on keeping up your sourdough starter for a long period of time, it will make the feedings a bit easier, less messy and faster.
Day 1: Initial Mix
Add 1 cup (4 ounces) whole-wheat or rye flour into a very clean 1-quart jar along with 1/2 cup (4 ounces) warm tap or filtered water between 65 to 80 degrees F. Stir well until all the flour is moistened and the dough resembles a thick paste. Cover loosely with the lid or plastic wrap. Set out at warm room temperature (75 to 80 degrees F) for 24 hours.
Day 2: First Feeding
You will not likely notice much of a difference in appearance in the starter after the first 24 hours other than some condensation and a wheat-like aroma. You will need to begin feeding it to encourage growth. Use a rubber spatula to measure out 2/3 cup (5.5 ounces) of the starter and add it to a stainless steel or glass mixing bowl; discard any remaining starter. Add 1 cup (4 ounces) all-purpose or bread flour along with 1/2 cup (4 ounces) warm tap or filtered water between 65 to 80 degrees F to a stainless steel or glass mixing bowl. Stir well to combine all ingredients, making sure all the flour has been incorporated and the starter is well mixed. Return the starter to the jar. Cover again loosely with the lid or plastic wrap. Set out at warm room temperature (75 to 80 degrees F) for 24 hours.
Days 3 to 5: Two Feedings Per Day
On day 3 you should notice some activity in your starter. The mixture should look bubbly and it will probably have risen some. It will have a fresh, slightly tangy aroma. Now you’ll feed the starter twice a day. It’s best to arrange the times to conveniently work with your schedule. Keep them as evenly spaced apart as possible — every 12 hours is the goal. To feed the starter, give it a couple of good stirs to release any bubbles. Measure out a heaping 1/2 cup (4 ounces) starter and place it into a stainless steel or glass mixing bowl; discard any remaining starter. Add 1 cup (4 ounces) all-purpose or bread flour along with 1/2 cup (4 ounces) warm tap or filtered water between 65 to 80 degrees F to a stainless steel or glass mixing bowl. Stir well to combine all the ingredients, making sure all the dry flour has been incorporated and the starter is well mixed. Return the starter to the jar. Cover again loosely with the lid or plastic wrap. Set out at warm room temperature (75 to 80 degrees F). Repeat the process 12 hours later and every 12 hours for the next 2 days.
Days 4 and 5: Checking In
You may notice the activity in your starter will vary between feedings over the next 2 days. It should consistently look bubbly and sometimes foamy before each feeding. By day 5 it will have nearly doubled in size before you feed it. The aroma should be pleasantly sour and slightly yeasty.
Day 5 or 6: Ready to Go!
By day 5 or 6 your sourdough starter should be strong enough to use in your first loaf of bread. Check the signs: The starter should be nearly doubling in volume between feedings and look very bubbly and slightly foamy at the surface. It should also have a strong, but pleasant acidic aroma. If you don’t feel your starter is ready, continue feeding it in 12-hour increments for another day or two.
Maintenance and Storage:
For frequent bakers: If you are baking with your starter more than once a week, keep it at cool room temperature (65 to 50 degrees F) and feed it once a day as instructed above.
For occasional bakers: If you are baking once a week or less, you want to slow the starter’s growth by storing it in the refrigerator. To prep your starter for cold storage, give it a regular feeding then let it ripen at warm room temperature until you see a good amount of activity, 3 to 4 hours. Then store in the refrigerator. Check the starter at least every other day and feed it weekly as instructed above, making sure to let it ripen at warm room temperature before you refrigerate it again. A refrigerated starter should smell pleasant and sour and you’ll see some bubbles on the surface. You should NOT see watery liquid on the surface or smell alcohol. If you do see liquid, try feeding it more frequently.
With time, you’ll get to know your starter and the environments and temperatures in which it will thrive best.

How to Store Potatoes

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Here is a great tip for storing potatoes from myrecipes.com. This is some really good information. Enjoy!
 
 
 

How Do You Know When a Potato Is Past Its Prime?
Good potatoes are firm, smooth, and sprout-free.

You can tell a potato is spoiled when it is:
Soft
Discolored
Decayed
Growing mold
Sprouts, or “eyes,” are an indication that your potato is reaching the end of its life. However, they’re not harmful and can be simply removed before cooking. As long as the potato looks, smells, and feels right, sprouts are no biggie.

How to Store Potatoes
1. Keep them in a cool place…
Raw potatoes will thrive in a cool, dark place. The ideal temperature range is 43-50°, which is slightly above refrigerator temp. During cooler months, storing potatoes in an unheated basement or an insulated shed is a great idea. It’s a bit tougher to store potatoes in the summertime, but use your common sense—instead of putting them next to a window, keep them in the area of your house that stays the coolest.
2. …but not the fridge.
Raw potatoes like to be cool, but not cold. Very low temperatures can actually change the flavor of your spuds and make them dangerous. This “cold-induced sweetening” happens when the starch is converted to reducing sugars, which can form cancer-causing substances when cooked.
3. Avoid areas with lots of light.
Exposure to light can cause your potatoes to produce chlorophyll and turn prematurely green.
While this color change is usually harmless, excessive sunlight can also cause potatoes to produce a toxic chemical called solanine. Ingesting solanine in high amounts can cause unpleasant side effects like nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.
4. Don’t wash them before you put them away.
Step away from the sink! It’s best to keep potatoes as dry as possible if you’re trying to make them last. Moisture promotes the growth of fungus and bacteria—so wait to wash them until right before you use them.
5. Let them breathe.
Prevent moisture accumulation by allowing your potatoes plenty of airflow. If you store them in a tightly sealed container (like a ziploc bag), the moisture released by the potatoes will have nowhere to go. Your best bet is an open bowl or paper bag.

Bonus tip: Don’t store your potatoes with your onions! The chemical reaction will actually cause both to spoil faster. Crazy right?

Boise Farmers Market Drive-Thru opening Saturday, April 11th!

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We want you to be among the first to know! The Boise Farmers Market is opening as a drive-thru farmers market on Saturday, April 11!

Beginning Saturday, April 11th we will open as a drive-thru farmers market. The Boise Farmers Market Drive-Thru will allow you to shop on-line from the beginning of the day Monday thru the end of the day Wednesday, then pick up your order on Saturday during your chosen pickup window.

At this time, we will be offering essential foods only, such as produce, meat, eggs, dairy, bread and pasta.

You will be able to place orders, beginning Tuesday, April 7th, for pickup on Saturday, April 11th. Order will be picked up at 1500 Shoreline Drive, our regular location. We will have the capacity to accept 400 orders during our first week. [BFM Website]

Link to the BFM Drive-Thru program and Ordering

And from Malheur River Meats (awesome pork products, especially Pork Chops!),

Starting this morning the Boise Farmers Market is launching the Boise Farmers Market Drive Thru with online ordering Monday thru Wednesday. With the drive thru pickup on Saturday from 9 to 1pm. Look for this new concept. It launches this morning April 7, 2020. Malheur River Meats will have product available on this online market.

Malheur River Meats future delivery schedule:
As many of you know we do a weekly delivery on Wednesdays into the Treasure Valley for our Wholesale and Bulk Meat Order customers. Starting this week we would be willing to meet customers at the Boise drop off location at 1500 Shoreline Dr. (site of the Boise Farmers Market) from 11 to 12 noon with pre-orders. Your pre-order must be placed by 5 pm on Tuesday evening for this delivery

These will be the Wednesday pre-order drop off delivery dates: April 8th, April 22nd.
These will be the Friday pre-order drop off delivery dates: April 17th and May 1st.

WE WILL HAVE CHICKEN EGGS AVAILABLE ON THESE DELIVERIES FOR $5 PER DOZEN.

We know this may be a lot to digest. If you have questions feel free to call or email us.

Rob and Michelle Stokes
208 573-1058
malheurrivermeats@mindspring.com

BFM Pop Up Markets

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LOVE Spring Veggies?
Produce Pop-Up This Saturday at Lark & Larder!

Lark and Larder is hosting another Produce Pop-up this Saturday, 4/4 (tomorrow), from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m..
Ohana No-till Farm will have spinach, spring mix, micro greens, baby carrots, and garden plants.
Black Fox Farm will have spinach and micro greens.
Black Kettle will be bringing fresh pies. Order for pick-up from here: https://blackkettlepies.square.site/ or take your changes.
Come early for the best selection.

Pay attention to the BFM Local Food Locator week to week to find out who will be popping up next!
Get a Great Deal on Local Food at the Boise Co-op!
The Boise Co-op is offering 10% off all local food items for the entire month of April! You’ll fInd Many products from our Farmers, Ranchers and Vendors at the Co-op.
When you shop at the Co-op, you are supporting a local business AND supporting local producers. A Win-Win for Local!

Connect With Others to Grow Your Own Resilience Garden!
The Treasure Valley Food Coalition just launched their new “Feeding Ourselves, Building Resilience” campaign. The goal of this campaign is to encourage everyone to plant a garden this year – a Resilience Garden. These gardens will accomplish several things: provide food, give all of us something very meaningful to do, and network the community into a common goal of feeding ourselves.

Want to start a garden but need some supplies? Or do you have a little extra you are willing to donate? Fill out their online matchmaking form and connect with other members of the community to help one another grow a successful garden!

Some Tips for a Successful CSA Experience

Due to the postponement of the Farmers Market opening, many of our farmers (Black Fox Farm, Fiddlers Green Farm, Hen and Hare Micro Farm, Peaceful Belly & Whistlepig Farms are offering CSAs to help you continue to eat and enjoy the best food around! New to CSA’s? CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and it’s like a vegetable subscription that connects you directly to a farm or group of farms.
Since a lot of people are new to the CSA’s, and since there are a lot of new rules to follow regarding social distancing, Jessica Harrold from Hen and Hare Microfarm offers some tips to to ensure that everyone has a happy & safe CSA experience. Please be sure to check in with your specific farm’s guidelines and procedures as they may vary:
Please be respectful of the designated pick up times – don’t show up early or late. These times are set based on delivery time and the host’s availability. If you are unable to make it due to an emergency, please communicate with your pick up location (or farm, based on their specific policy) to make other arrangements that are convenient for your pick up site host.
Be respectful of people’s space. Many pick-up points are people’s homes that volunteer to let other CSA members pick up produce there. It is thoughtful to leave your pets at home or in the car (windows down during the summer!) During this time, it is also a good idea for just one family member to pick up the CSA – leave children at home if possible to reduce the number of people in someone’s yard to reduce the overall risk of exposure. If you do bring your kids, please make sure they are respectful of other people’s space as well, including flower beds and other yard spaces.
If your CSA is an open box model, please follow the amount guidelines laid out by the farm, and don’t take extra produce! Also, don’t rummage through the box- just touch one bunch when you pick it up.
If your CSA is boxed up, but you don’t see your name, please talk to the farm or pickup point. Don’t pick up someone else’s box if you don’t see yours! This year it is important to practice safe social distancing! If you see another person at your pick up point, please give them extra space while they get their share.
We’re so happy to hear that so many people are supporting local through a CSA Share this year! Thank you so much!

And, don’t worry.
The Boise Farmers Market will be open soon.
We LOVE Seeing Our Farmers! Thanks, Guy!

Check out this fun video shot by our favorite photographer, Guy Hand! He caught up with some of your favorite farmers to see what they are up to in this “Local Food Update”:

Thank you to our sponsors:
We appreciate the support of our season sponsors, especially in this uncertain environment. Please support them in any way you can. Thank you!

Boise Farmers Market. Farmers you can Trust. Food you can Trace.

The Time Has Come

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The time really has come. We are supposed to stay “self quarantined” and restrict our travels and public “contact”. Robin and I try to practice this and, I think, we are succeeding. With that in mind, think about creating a “Victory Garden”. We have no grass to mow in the front yard – it is mostly herbs and flowers. More herbs than flowers. And I have some pots going in flowers, Pansies right now, but there will be more and a pot of micro greens. You really can grow squash or zucchini or tomatoes or cucumbers or beans and the list goes on and on. Use your imagination. And then grow it. It will help to keep you home and away from the store and the crowds. Here is some information on growing edible flowers and some suggestions. You can print these out for your use. Left Click the graphic and then CTRL+P to print. (Zucchini and squash flowers can be picked and stuffed.)

Some edible Flowers

Spinach and Rainbow Chard for pots is a good idea. Healthy too!

Here are some things we have made with edible flowers and vegetables grown in pots.

German Potato Salad with Pansy and Nasturtium

Cheesy Chicken with Salad and Edible Flowers

Buffalo and Garden Potted Vegetables