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Wine

Discerning palates, frame of reference and focus make for a good wine judge

The Idaho Wine Competition took place Sept. 20 in a well-appointed back room at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Boise.

Recipes

When it starts to cool down, think soup

I’m not a huge fan of potlucks. I know they are all the rage, but I just don’t get it. When I’m invited to dinner or to a party, I like to be served food that someone else has cooked. I figure it’s my night off from the kitchen.

Food & Drink

Ada County food service inspections Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2016

The Central District Health Department conducts annual inspections of all food-handling establishments in Ada County. Any listed item indicates items or practices out of compliance with Idaho Food Code. For details, go to cdhd.idaho.gov/EH/food/inspect.htm. The Southwest District Health Department makes similar inspections in Canyon County; its records are available at swdh.org/food-service.asp.

Recipes

Crazy-good mac and cheese is surprisingly easy to make

Did you think only chefs could make great mac and cheese? It’s actually much easier to do at home than you might think. You don’t even need fancy Italian bronze-die pasta – supermarket elbow mac is just fine. Try it. It’s so good you may never order it in a restaurant again. This can be made ahead and baked just before eating.

Recipes

A quick one-pan dinner

This one-skillet dinner brims with Mediterranean goodness. It’s a complete, nutritious meal with chunks of tender chicken, zucchini, cherry tomatoes and whole-grain orzo pasta, all simmered in a lemony garlic-and-rosemary-infused sauce. As a bonus, this recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes with minimal chopping.

Recipes

Savor Western flavor with Santa Maria-style Tri-tip Kebabs

In California, whole seasoned roasts are strung up on steel rods and then gradually lowered over hot red oak coals. Cooking a whole roast, generally 2 1 / 2-3 pounds, takes about 45-50 minutes for medium-rare. The roast is sliced and served with salsa and pinquito beans, which are said to be grown only in the Santa Maria Valley.

Wine

Idaho wines go for gold in 2016

Judges swirl, sniff and taste Idaho wine at the Idaho Wine Competition on Tuesday. Eight national wine experts tried 169 different wines at the event, which took place at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Downtown Boise and was conducted by the Idaho Wine Commission and Great Northwest Wine.

Recipes

Home cooks love this dessert recipe

When Marian Burros, a longtime food reporter for The New York Times, first wrote about the plum torte in September 1983, no one expected it to become the most requested recipe, and among the most beloved, in the history of the newspaper.

Food & Drink

Ada County food service inspections Aug. 23-29, 2016

The Central District Health Department conducts annual inspections of all food-handling establishments in Ada County. Any listed item indicates items or practices out of compliance with Idaho Food Code. For details, go to cdhd.idaho.gov/EH/food/inspect.htm. The Southwest District Health Department makes similar inspections in Canyon County; its records are available at swdh.org/food-service.asp.

Recipes

A cook’s best friend: The frittata

Along with the chopped salad, the pasta bowl, the soup and the taco, this egg dish represents one of my go-to strategies for showcasing vegetables — and sometimes leftovers — in a new, but still quick, way.

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Idaho wines go for gold in 2016

Judges swirl, sniff and taste Idaho wine at the Idaho Wine Competition on Tuesday. Eight national wine experts tried 169 different wines at the event, which took place at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Downtown Boise and was conducted by the Idaho Wine Commission and Great Northwest Wine.
Darin Oswald doswald@idahostatesman.com
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Idaho wines go for gold in 2016

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Meridian's Barrel 55 restaurant offers locally-sourced food and 32 handcrafted brews

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