It’s not often that we elect to have Dungeness crab for dinner, but tonight was one of those special dinners. Blue Crab was not available! Dungeness Crab is a much sweeter and a cold water crab, 50 – 60 degrees F. Whereas Blue Crab is slightly saltier and has a higher iodine content, due to its location. Water temperatures around 59 degrees F are good whereas water temperatures greater than 91 degrees F are lethal to Blue crabs. Blue Crab generally comes from the east coast, Atlantic Ocean region, although there is some off of Vietnam that have been introduced through ships ballast. Dungeness, on the other hand, comes from the deep, cold water of the Pacific Ocean, generally off the coast of Washington. Both are delicious, but for different reasons. Our supplier is Reel Foods here in Boise; Fresh seafoods of all kinds, including soft shelled crabs that they had today! I didn’t get any. We made a good dipping sauce that complemented the crab extremely well. And then the 2012 Hat Ranch (ID) Chardonnay was a very good paring. Enjoy these photos. Cheers!
Clear blue skies! Light, cooling breezes! 88 degree temperatures. Only thing missing is a tempting ocean breeze. We spent the day both at Hat Ranch Winery off of Plum Road in Marsing (their postal address is in Caldwell) and the Snake River AVA and then to a wonderful dinner at The Orchard House. Hat Ranch was releasing their Tempranillo, which is very good. The Orchard House has good meatloaf.
Hat Ranch Winery bought Vale Wine Co., as some of you might already know. Some of the Vale wines were there for us to try also. Their Chardonnay is really a good one and will pare well with foods that need a citru match. Not an oaky chardonnay. The appetizers that they had to accompany the wines, see the photo of the menu board below, were a perfect match. Enjoy these photos and if you are in the area, stop in at both Hat Ranch Winery and The Orchard House. You won’t be disappointed. Cheers!
And then, we went to The Orchard House for dinner. Goodbye diet for today! We always enjoy the meals here. If I were to choose which meal I would constantly get here, it would definitely be the breakfast. It is just so satisfying. But today, we had a good Meatloaf dinner and an Idaho Trout dinner. This is one place that you can get a good meatloaf away from your own kitchen. The Orchard House is located at 14949 Sunnyslope Road, Caldwell (just outside of Marsing) in the Snake River AVA.