Friday, July 30, 2010

Nacho Dog, My Dog!

Hot Dog from Coney Island with Nacho Cheese and Ketchup. Delicious!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Cafe Zuppa

Super awesome Sandy and James Rojo got a really nice article in todays paper. I haven't eaten there yet, but the menu of paninis is incredible! The ham, brie and Dijon panini sounds quite nice. If you're in Helena, stop by and give them a try.

(Photos by Dylan Brown. You can read the article at

And here' a tasty treat from Sandy at Cafe Zuppa:

Cafe Zuppa’s Spicy Carrot Soup

2 jalapeno chilies, halved lengthwise, seeded and chopped

1 lb. carrots, peeled and chopped

1 large onion, peeled and cut into large chunks

2 tbsp. butter

½ tsp. dried thyme leaves

1/8 tsp grated nutmeg

1/8 tsp. white pepper

1 bay leaf

2 cups vegetable stock

1 ½ cups heavy cream

1 ½ cups milk

Melt butter in a 3-4 quart stock pot over medium heat. Add jalapenos, carrots, onion, thyme, nutmeg, pepper and bay leaf. Stir well to coat vegetables and cook for 1 minute. Add 1 cup vegetable stock, increase heat to high, and bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cover pan, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook at a slow boil, stirring occasionally, until carrots are very tender, about 30 minutes. Discard bay leaf.

Working in batches, puree carrot mixture in a blender, mixture will be smooth. Return to pan and add remaining 1 cup stock, heavy cream, milk and salt to taste. Stir well. Reheat to medium, do not let it boil. Taste adjust seasoning, if necessary. Serve.

Makes about 6 servings.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Home Grown Jalapeno!

I've got three coming in nicely with a few more starting to bud. I can't wait to try one of the babies!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Voodoo Style Doughnuts

First up I made a Bavarian Creme with Coco Puffs. I thought this would be my favorite, Bavarian Creme being my favorite, even though it was quite tasty, I'd rather have the Bavarian Creme by itself.

The surprise of the evening was a Raspberry Jam with Captain Crunch Berries. I just couldn't get enough of the combo, I actually stuffed the doughnut full of Crunch Berries. I think I'll be having another one of these someday.

Inspired from Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland Oregon. Doughnuts made at The Donut Hole in Helena, MT.