Yes. I know. It’s a sin to modify Hollandaise Sauce, even if it is this Easy Hollandaise. So how did I modify the Eggs Benedict? First of all I used some lightly toasted and very fresh Acme Bake Shop Sourdough Bread and then to the Hollandaise, I added 4 large leaves of chopped fresh basil. You can see the large pieces of the basil – from our yard – in the sauce in this photo. What else was local? The eggs. From Meadowlark Farms. Fresh. Deep orange yolks. Delicious eggs. The fresh fruit cup was from The Strawberry Lady at the Boise Farmers Market yesterday, and they too are awesome. It was a great breakfast. Loved it.
This is what I like about this time of year and the Boise Farmers Market. The chives in the eggs came from our garden. Truly an all Idaho breakfast. Most of these items are available at the Boise Farmers Market, every Saturday at 10th and Grove from 9am – 1pm. Take a look.
This was an awesome dinner! Beef Short Ribs from Ed Wilsey and Homestead Natural Foods. It is really nice to see that most of these products are available, and were bought at, The Boise Farmers Market. If you live in, or around Boise, this is the “place to be” on Saturday mornings. And I sincerely urge you, whether or not you live in Boise, to visit and support your local farmers and your local farmer’s markets. In this meal, we used products from Homestead Natural Foods (beef short ribs), River View Farms (wild garlic and carrots), Meadowlark Farms (eggs) and Purple Sage Farms (rosemary and salad greens). From our own garden, we used fresh thyme, Miner’s lettuce and Mexican oregano. An Indian Creek Winery wine was served with dinner and a 2002 Parma Ridge Vineyards Milange was used in the recipe. Enjoy these photos and the recipe of this awesome dinner. Cheers!
Awesome Easter Eggs this year. Thanks to Janie Burns, Meadowlark Farms, for the brown eggs. Recipe: 1 T White Vinegar, 20-24 drops of Food Color and 1/2 c Water at room temp. Mix and place eggs in the dye. They will dye up quickly. The ones pictured here are about 30 seconds. The colors are really intense and I like them. Enjoy!
The word is … Last week, the Opening Week for the market – was a HUGE success! In the 4 hours that the market is open, there were over 6000 people who visited the market. Most of the vendors were sold out. And if you need a list of the venders, Look Here. You will be surprised as to the number of vendors and the products that are available. I have tried to show some of the vendors in the following photos that I took today. These are the ones that I normally frequent. There are food booths, and some wonderful coffee, too, that will provide some delicious treats. Pasta, waffles, doughnuts and cupcakes, wine and beer, pasta and other goodies, to name a few. Enjoy the photos and tour of the Farmers Market! It was a beautiful, sunny morning so I did not alter the photos. I left the shadows and sunshine in!
As an End-Note, the Big Valley Ranch is at the Farmers Market and they are supplying Highland cattle meat. The ranch is located in the Horseshoe Bend area. I will be sure to check them out next Saturday. I/we have never eaten Highland beef. “The meat tends to be leaner than most beef because Highlands get most of their insulation from their thick shaggy hair rather than subcutaneous fat. The coat makes them a good breed for cold northern climates and they are able to thrive in outdoor conditions that would defeat most other breeds of domestic beef cattle.” [Wikipedia] “It is beef that comes from Highland cattle that is superior in flavor, tenderness and cooking. Highland (sometimes called Scottish Highland) is a distinct breed of cattle that are generally smaller than Angus…” [The Reluctant Gourmet] Here are some Cooking Tips for preparing Highland beef. Interesting. Sounds a lot like the preparation for Buffalo.
Seems like it has been months since we could shop for local products at the farmers market. It has! It’s been since last December when they closed for the winter. But now it’s Spring and the market is Open! Yea! It was great to see the vendors there from last year and their fantastic Idaho products. Acme Bake Shop (fresh Rye and Sourdough), Gaston Bakery (Croissants), Meadowlark Farms (fresh Eggs), Purple Sage Farms (awesome greens), Idaho Honey, Homestead Farms (bone-in Rib-Eye steaks), Rollingstone Chevre and a host of others that I know I am missing. Here are some photos from this morning. I have been asked by many people when Acme Bake Shop will open a store front. I got the answer this morning, “It’s not in the business plan at this time.” Beside the Boise COOP, I will check next week to see where in Boise you can purchase their bread. Cheers and hope to see YOU there next Saturday! And please, Think Local – Buy Local. Support your local farmer.
Some of the best eggs I have ever eaten. Free ranged local eggs. Rich. Beautiful orange yolks. Yummy for this breakfast. Meadowlark Farms, Janie Burns, will be at the Saturday Farmers Market at 10th and Grove starting April 5. See you at the Market, but not until you have made this breakfast. Enjoy!!
OK. It’s been two weeks since I have been in the kitchen. Withdrawl!! Back to the comfort of our awesome kitchen. What to make. It’s Sunday morning – I usually make some special breakfast. OK. Just got fresh eggs from Meadowlark Farms in Nampa, ID. We have some ham and Robin bought some fresh English Muffins. We have lemon and cayenne and unsalted butter. How about Eggs Benedict? Sounds good to me. Make the Hollandaise from scratch with Russ’ recipe for Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce. And as long as it has taken me to write this, I could have made another batch. It’s that easy and that good! The recipe is also held permanently in the Boise Foodie Blog Recipes above. Here is the result of about 20 minutes in the kitchen. Yum-O!