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We recently made/created a version of the classic Beef Stroganoff as pictured above. (The recipe can be found here – http://www.rockinrs.com/CS-Stroganoff.pdf). The original recipe did not call for vodka. But this is a Russian dish, so vodka is a must. We did not, however, use the traditional potato based vodka, but rather a corn based. An entirely different flavor level and profile. Seems to me to be more inline with White Lightning. The button mushrooms cut into about 1/4″ slices. Also, we added some chopped fresh rosemary, which was awesome.But look at the recipe and see what you think. We are always open to suggestions.
And then one morning, Robin asked for an Avocado and Tomato Omelet. Never thought of this combination, but it was really good. No, did not cook the avocado or the tomato, Serve with a good fresh fruit mix. In this case, blueberries and cantaloupe. CROW bread toasted from Acme Bakeshop in Boise. Great combination.
This potato salad,the recipe is located here Chef Lou’s Potato Salad, is full of vegetables. (Pictured above) You can use veggies, or not, or choose your own. The salad has an awesome dressing of mayo, apple cider vinegar and Dejon mustard. I also added some fresh lovage to add to the “celery” flavor. Try it. Easy to make. I chilled the cooked potatoes before adding them to the sauce/vegetable mix. I also cut the potatoes in “bite sized” pieces before cooking them. Try using new potatoes and quarter them.
The second wonderful dish we made was a Shrimp Salad. (Pictured above) This was a great, summer salad and it can be made ahead of time and refrigerated. Full of vegetables and shrimp and with a creamy sauce. I added frozen peas and corn to this salad which gave a a nice texture and flavor. I also used some fresh lovage in this, too. You could probably use lobster instead of shrimp, if you are so inclined. We served it with baked Orange Kokanee – salmon – (7 min at 375 degrees F) for 7 minutes. Toasted Sourdough Wedges with butter and garlic.
Well there are two meals you can play with. Have fun and enjoy! Just don’t forget: If it is on a plate, it is edible! Don’t ever put something on a plate that is not edible.
We came across this awesome asparagus and since we have a contact to pick some – 75 pounds worth – and after some were canned, we made this awesome soup. Changed it slightly, I added some bacon for another layer of flavor and it was super. Not hard to do. Great with the fresh asparagus you are picking. Here is the recipe. Try it and see what you think, http://www.rockinrs.com/CS-Asparagus-Soup.pdf
Then we tried this South African dish, Bobotie. We like it with lamb, even though the recipe calls for beef. And we change the chutney to apricot jam and julienned dried apricots. We also made our yellow rice with turmeric. The rice: For this Basmati rice, which we browned in butter before we added water, and then brought it to a boil, reduced the heat to a slow simmer and covered it. Took about 15 minutes to cook it. Here is the recipe. Enjoy! http://www.rockinrs.com/CS-Bobotie.pdf
From Wikipedia, “Today, bobotie is much more likely to be made with beef of lamb, although pork can be used. Early recipes incorporated ginger, marjoram and lemon rind (zest); the introduction of curry powder has simplified the recipe but the basic concept remains the same. Some recipes also call for chopped onions and almonds to be added to the mixture. Traditionally, bobotie incorporates dried fruit like raisins or sultanas (yellow raisins). It is often garnished with bay leaves, walnuts, chutney and bananas. Although not particularly spicy, the dish incorporates a variety of flavours that can add complexity. For example, the dried fruit (usually apricots and raisins/sultanas) contrasts the curry flavouring. The texture of the dish is also complex, the baked egg mixture topping complementing the milk-soaked bread which adds moisture to the dish. Bobotie is usually served with “yellow rice”, which is rice cooked with turmeric.“
We came across this recipe from two different sources, one was Chef Jacques Pepin, and then we adjusted both recipes to make this one. It was delicious! We added a little chervil (French parsley) and Herbs de Provence, which we blend ourselves. We also added a little ground pork. Next time, too, I may add some diced garlic cloves. It is missing in this recipe, excerpt for the Garlic Toast (Acme Bakeshop Sourdough).
The other item that you may want to contemplate is the type of Passata – tomato sauce – you use. I like Cento Traditional, but I also like Rao’s Traditional and Mutti. Any of these are good, but if you prefer to use your own that you have made from all those seasonal Roma or San Marzano, then do so. Please though, when you puree the sauce, leave the skins on.
It’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 http://www.rockinrs.com/CS-Herbs.pdf. 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! http://www.rockinrs.com/CS-Stovetop-Baked-Beans.pdf.
And 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! http://www.rockinrs.com/Erics-Rib-Sauce.pdf. 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 http://www.rockinrs.com/CS-Beef-Stew.pdf, 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.
And then there is Halupki. A Ukrainian stuffed cabbage leaves that means “little pigeons”. http://www.rockinrs.com/CS-Halupki.pdf 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. http://www.rockinrs.com/Lamb-Rosemary-Garlic.pdf
And 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. http://www.rockinrs.com/Pecan-Shortbread-Cookies.pdf
And that does it for now. Brought you at least somewhat up-to-date, and I “learned” this new format, somewhat. Cheers.
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.
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!
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.
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.
BFM (Boise Farmers Market) will not start up for a while, but there are some “Pop-Up” markets in the area. One such market is ar Lark and Larder at 233 N Orchard St., Boise. (208) 629-3811.
“lark – noun, a merry, carefree adventure; frolic; escapade larder – noun, a place where food is kept; pantry Lark & Larder is a neighborhood market offering local and regional products from farmers, producers, artists and makers.” [Lark and Larder] (I always wondered where that name came from.)
Anyway, here are some photos from my visit today.