Although it was not actually St Patrick’s Day on Saturday, we still had a wonderful party and meal. Thanks to Tom and Leanne Felzien for inviting us and for opening your home to all of us. It was delightful. Our task this year was to make the Irish Soda Bread, and that we did, after a little research and combining of recipes from Chef Michael Symon and The Chew, Ina Garten and the Tasting Table Test Kitchen. Here is the recipe I used for our Irish Soda Bread. And even if I do say so myself, it is by far some of the best soda bread I/we have EVER eaten! Bar none! Try it and let us know what you think. We also had a wonderful dip that Heather brought. I think this is the recipe: Guinness and Mustard Cheese Dip! Here are some photos from the party. And, by the way, this is the farm where we get our lamb. Never had a bad piece of lamb in almost 10 years from them. We are on the list again this year for 1/2 a spring lamb! Yum.
Yes it was a great dinner party! Thank-You Tom and Leanne for having us again. The party looks like it is growing! Fun and exciting games and food. I was taking this photo of the salt and pepper shaker and someone ask why? I wanted to see what it looked like in HDR (High Definition Rendering) and here it is. HDR is taking several photos of a subject at different exposures and then combining them into a single photo. Enough of that. Back to the party. The Corned Beef was great again, Gail and Leanne. And the cupcakes hit the spot. Here are some photos from the afternoon. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged. Enjoy and Cheers!
Last night the Buzz had Leta Neustaedter for an evening of gentle music and a great voice. The special for the evening was a Reuben Sandwich with a side of Potato Salad. The sandwich was very good. Good taste and flavor. However, my pet peeve with Reuben Sandwiches generally here in the Boise Valley is that the sandwich does not come with a New York Kosher Dill Pickle. A while back we did a small survey – a search, if you will – for the best Reuben in Boise. There are some really good ones, Seasons In Eagle, which is now closed, and Cucina di Paolo on Vista in Boise, which makes their own Russian dressing. BUT …. neither place had the traditional dill pickle. You can see our deeper discussion of the Reuben, and Rachel, Sandwiches by Clicking Here. The Reuben at the Buzz was good, don’t get me wrong. The flavors were all there and the rye was good. Just no pickle. Let’s move on!
We also had, before the Buzz, a Butterfly Panko Chicken Breast, Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes and a nice Green Salad. I think we are getting ourselves ready for the big dinner today to celebrate St Patrick’s Day with Gail and Bob Parker and their family. This is always a great event. Lot’s of food – Corned Beef, Potatoes, Roasted Root Vegetables, Freshmade Soda Bread, among other great delights! Good friends and conversation! A maybe a wee bit of Whisky! Hmmmmm. Just a wee bit! I’ll see if I can remember to take some photos and post them here. Cheers!