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Break out the fruitcake recipe; Eureka! adds items to its menu

An array of new appetizers at Eureka! in Downtown Boise.
An array of new appetizers at Eureka! in Downtown Boise. Provided by Eureka!

Boise Farmers Market, which is now indoors at 516 S. 8th St, is helping to put everyone in a yuletide mood with its Everlasting Fruitcake contest. Dig Grandma’s old fruitcake recipe out of the cupboard or come up with a new one and enter to win a Boise Farmers Market holiday gift basket (Market Bucks included).

Go to theboisefarmersmarket.com and fill out a contestant application by Dec. 2, then you will have till 11 a.m. on Dec. 9 to turn in your best fruitcake possible. Judging starts at noon that day. The fruitcakes will be put under scrutiny by a panel of celebratory judges, including Tim Woodward, Ken Bass, Melinda Langston (chef Richard Langston’s wife) and a surprise mystery judge.

The food-centric market meets on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Dec. 23.

The market is also putting on a First Thursday soiree on Dec. 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. to get folks thinking about the holidays. Stop by for a cup of hot apple cider, hot chocolate or coffee while listening to live music and enjoying the creations of several visiting artists. Some of the market’s vendors (sorry, no produce or meats) will be on hand selling baked goods, holiday treats, jams and jellies.

Eureka! adds new menu items

Eureka!, 800 W. Idaho St. in Boise, recently bolstered its mainstay menu with a bunch of new offerings.

The California-based restaurant and bar chain is known for its gourmet burgers, craft beers on tap and inventive cocktails. But it also puts out appetizers and entrées with global flair.

New snacks and starters include Spiced Caramel Popcorn tossed with bacon, peanuts and rosemary ($5), Cauliflower Bites with briny bonito flakes, lemon zest and garlicky aioli ($8) and Smoked Salmon Dip served with crostini, pickled red onions, cucumber and dill ($10).

Eureka! also launched a Korean-inspired Short Rib Kimchi Burger ($13), a big Angus beef and pork rib patty plopped on a crusty bun with fiery kimchi, cheddar and aioli. In the mood for a grilled cheese sandwich and soup? Try the Pimento Grilled Cheese & Soup ($10), a griddle-seared cheesy sandwich with a cup of tomato-dill soup.

The entrée portion of the menu now has a Grilled Skirt Steak served with red chimichurri sauce, grilled broccolini, Parmesan, chili flakes and lemon zest ($19).

Sate your sweet tooth with a bowl of Chocolate Pudding topped with salted caramel, crushed peanuts and a big puff of peanut butter-infused whipped cream ($7).

Eureka! also added several new cocktails to its drink menu that will warm you up on a cold winter’s day.

Online: eurekarestaurantgroup.com.

Baking contest for a benevolent cause

The Metro Meals on Wheels program is requesting recipes for its upcoming Holiday Dessert Recipe Contest.

The non-profit organization provides healthy, nutritious meals for senior citizens throughout Ada County. Desserts from the winning recipe will get delivered to homebound seniors and senior centers during the holiday season.

Send recipes and contact information to tmackenzie@metromealsonwheels.net by Dec. 4.

Got a hankering for Scandinavian goodies?

Head to the 20th annual Sons of Norway Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event, which takes place at the King of Glory Lutheran Church, 3430 N. Maple Grove Road, will have Norwegian baked goods galore, jewelry, hand-knitted products, Christmas wreaths and more. Also expect to find Norwegian-style waffles, cinnamon rolls and coffee during the morning hours, followed by open-faced sandwiches, yellow pea soup and desserts in the afternoon.

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