OK. This is an awesome French restaurant in Eagle, ID, just west of Boise. I know of no other French restaurant in the area of this caliber. Definitely a 5-Star restaurant! It really replaces Le Café de Paris and Andrea’s. Both of which have closed. Great interior ambiance – like sitting in a French café. The patio offers seating also, but on our visit, it was very hot. You may also have live music on the patio. It would be best to call for reservations if you decide to go. Both Chef Franck and his wife Michelle are very warm, charming and interesting. Anxious to answer question you may have. Here is some of the dishes we had and they were awesome. Delicious! Beautifully presented. Enjoy. We did. We’ll be back! Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.
Actually, this restaurant used to be Cafe Vicino’s. Now it is known as Richard’s Cafe Vicino, owned and operated by Chef Richard Langston. It is a superb place to go. Every bit a 5-Star restaurant. Great date night or special occasion restaurant. The food and the service is superb. We were there for the South by Southwest Wine Dinner, featuring wines from Cinder Winery. Winemaker Melanie Krause and Joe Schnerr were both there to describe and talk about the wines. Here is what we had. Enjoy! We did. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.
Yes. This is a vegetarian dish. Yes. It is really good! No. I did not miss the beef. The Quinoa gave the dish the “texture” of ground beef. The chunks of Butternut Squash gave the dish the “feel” of beef. You really should try this. It is that good. The recipe came from an Idaho Power mailing and every once in a while, they do come up with a good recipe. I just increased the corn to 1 cup and rinsed the cans out with a little red wine. That is the only change I made. The recipe is below. If you want to see these photos enlarged, Left-Click them. Enjoy!
Not to long ago, we were watching the Cooking Channel and Bobby Flay came on with an add. He was making meatballs and then using a yogurt and parsley sauce with them. I think we duplicated that tonight. We made our meatballs out of a 50/50 blend of ground turkey and pork – not sausage – just ground pork. Here is the dinner we ended up with. Super good! Cheers.
This was another one of those dinners. The last time we had a Montmorency Sauce – recipe below – Chef James Grimes made it for the Treasure Valley Wine Society. An awesome sauce that goes very well with pork, but one of these days we will try it with the 5 Hour Roasted Duck.
Here is the recipe for the Montmorency Sauce.
“The sweetness makes it suitable for sautéed chicken breasts or roast duckling, as well as more robustly flavored meats such as pork chops.” (Yankee Magazine) “Montmorency cherries get their name from the Montmorency Valley of France, where they originated.” (Product Oasis)
12 oz Bing cherries, Hood-Crest Dark Sweet Cherries or Montmorency Cherries if you can find them.
1 c Tawny Port
1 large Sugar Cube
2 med Oranges
2 T Cornstarch
Drain the Bing cherries and place cherries in a medium bowl. Reserve liquid.
Add 1 cup tawny port to the reserved liquid. Cover the cherries and let stand at room temperature 3 to 4 hours (preferably overnight).
Rub the sugar cube firmly over the oranges to remove zest and aromatic oils from skin. Squeeze orange and measure 1/4 cup juice. Add juice to 2 tablespoons cornstarch and stir until smooth.
In a saucepan, or to deglaze a braised pork pan, combine cherries, juice and port with cornstarch mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until liquid is thick and clear. Add the sugar cube and stir to dissolve.43.624890 -116.214093
Yes, even The New Boise Farmers Market must have funds to operate. And since it is not privately funded, the funds must come from the public sector. That’s you and me!! So Robin and I did attend. It was held at the Purple Sage Farms outside of Middleton, ID. A beautiful Fall day as you can tell from some of these photos.
Robin and I try very hard to eat local products and we are totally committed to the “Buy Idaho” and “Support You Local Farmers” programs. We are at the New Boise Farmers Market every Saturday and we will follow them indoors on November 2, 2013 to their winter home at the Fulton Street (Boise) location. So we were very pleased when we got the opportunity to attend this gala event at the Purple Sage Farms. Enjoy these photos and please, please support your local farmers. From the New Boise Farmers Market web page,
Vision: The Boise Farmers Market is a community marketplace where local food and agricultural products are available year round and where the community can learn about and become engaged in food system issues. The Market is a catalyst and incubator for local food-related activities in the region, and helps to build personal and community self-reliance.
Mission: The Boise Farmers Market supports a regenerative, healthy food and agricultural system by operating a vibrant marketplace featuring locally grown and crafted products.
Here are some photos of some of the greenhouses that Purple Sage Farms use for winter production of their vegetables and herbs. Temperatures during the summer may reach well above 100 degrees, so they whitewash the outsides to reduce the intensity of the sun.
With all of the available source for different foods, look what they served.
What a great afternoon! Interesting. Informative. Delicious. Thirst quenching.
Last night Robin found this recipe for an awesome squash soup. Don’t stop reading! I am not particularly fond of squash either. But this is a really good soup. Easy to make and can be made ahead of time. I added the garlic clove to the recipe. We also added just a little rice that had been sauteed in the sage butter to the bottom of the bowl before ladling in the soup. A surprisingly good addition. Try this soup, you will probably like it. Cheers!
Butternut Squash Soup with Parmesan and Fried Sage Leaves
Source: Epicurious Butternut Soup with Parmesan and Fried Sage Leaves
Note: Fried sage leaves make a crispy garnish. Try them also crumbled on mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables.
3 T Butter
1 Onion, coarsely chopped
1 clove Garlic, chopped
1 T chopped Fresh Sage
1 – 2¾ lbs Butternut Squash, halved, peeled, seeded, chopped (about 5 cups)
5 cups canned low-salt Chicken broth (We used fresh made duck broth)
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
24 fresh Sage Leaves
Melt 1 tablespoon butter in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onion; cover and cook until soft, stirring occasionally, about 7 minutes. Add chopped garlic and chopped sage; stir 1 minute. Add squash and broth.
Increase heat to high and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until squash is tender, about 25 minutes. Cool slightly. Puree soup in batches in blender until smooth. Return soup to pot. Mix in cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool slightly, then cover and refrigerate.)
Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add sage leaves and sauté until brown and toasted, about 2 minutes. Bring soup to simmer. Ladle into bowls. Garnish with fried sage leaves and serve with a good Pinot Noir like a 2008 Papapietro Perry Russian River Pinot Noir.