A Time to Be Thankful

November for me has always been about food and fun times with family and friends. Our family calendar is packed full of events, dinners, activities and get-togethers from now until the first of the year. Not many things bring friends and family together like great food. In this issue, we are highlighting a few local chefs who have dedicated most…

Ronald McDonald – Happy Wheels Cart Program

Ronald McDonald House is about keeping families close to their sick child and bringing comfort and care. That care will spread to the halls of St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital and Saint Alphonsus Pediatrics with the new Happy Wheels cart program, providing a moment of refreshment, support and comfort for families.

Hubble Homes

Hubble Homes worked with Charitable Assistance To Community’s Homeless to help Idaho’s homeless families through the sale of Hubble’s Hope, a home designed by and built by Hubble Homes. The team spent 30,000 hours on the project and worked with vendors and partners, who also contributed time and resources.

Worthy Reads

I have only read one Jodi Picoult book, and it was a long time ago, but this more recent read reminded me of what a fantastic author she is. She’s gripping and interesting from the very first page. I mean, elephants, psychics and a missing woman—is there a better combination?

Facing Open Enrollment?

Idahoans will continue to have a range of options for their medical and dental insurance plans in 2018 — including 299 certified plans through the state's health insurance exchange, Your Health Idaho. The open enrollment period for 2018 plans available through the exchange is November 1-December 15.

November 2017 Around Town

Members of the 124th Fighter Wing were awarded the 2017 Carl S. Spaatz Trophy during the National Guard Association of the United States Conference held in Louisville, Kentucky. The Spaatz Trophy is awarded to the overall outstanding flying unit in the Air National Guard. The winner is selected based on overall combat readiness, an exceptional ground and flight safety record…

Out of the Kitchen

Longtime Treasure Valley resident and chef Rich Jimenez was raised in a family of cooks. His parents own a restaurant on the bench, where he grew up bussing tables and working in the family business at around age 14. “My parents raised me with their hard work ethic,” Jimenez says. Bolstered with this industrious upbringing, Jimenez was exposed to every…

East Boise Living? We Have You Covered

Nobody moves to Idaho to spend more time in a cubicle. We’re here to enjoy the things we love: our families, outdoor fun, blue skies—the good life. East Valley, a community tucked between the Boise River and the Foothills in Boise’s beautiful Barber Valley, embodies all of this.

Little Chefs

My sister-in-law, Aunt Gina is renowned for her delectable cooking. Her sweet potato pie is a family favorite every Thanksgiving.

Nutella Braised Shortribs

Working in batches, roll the meat in seasoned flour and sear in a hot pan in oil. Transfer seared meat to a deep baking pan. Add any leftover flour, seasoning and onions to the hot oil to make a spiced onion roux. Remove hot roux from heat and carefully add in remaining ingredients. Pour mixture over meat. Cover the pan…

Thanksgiving Traditions

Gabe Crum likes to be with family, and the day after Thanksgiving, everyone bundles up, grabs hot cocoa and heads to the mountains to cut down the Christmas tree. “The tree never looks good, but it always has a good story," he says.

Outdoor Adventure

If you love wildlife, Idaho is a great place because we have such a diversity of animals. If you live in the Treasure Valley, you don’t even have to leave the city limits to find it. We all know about the Boise River and the Greenbelt, and depending on which section of this 25-mile path you visit, there’s a good…

Smoky Mountain Pizzeria & Grill

When I went to Smoky Mountain Pizzeria Grill in Eagle a few weeks ago, I had no idea that I would be discovering my new favorite pasta place. I thought, "pizza, seems pretty straightforward, right?" Wrong. Smoky Mountain has a huge menu with an array of choices ranging from simple to sophisticated. The appetizer menu has a little bit of…

Fall, Football & Fishing

Fall is my favorite season. The cooler weather, fall colors and a break from the long summer heat are something I look forward to every year. I’m constantly reminded of the beauty Idaho has to offer as well as the many outstanding activities our city provides.

Hearing Connection Grand Opening

On July 17, Hearing Connection hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening of the new Meridian location, 
750 S. Progress Ave., Suite 105.

The Boise Police Department Promotions and Awards

The Boise Police Department recognized its promoted officers and celebrated outstanding award recipients. Capt. Brian Lee, Lt. Charlie LeBar, Lt. Steve Butler, Sgt. Matt Miller and Sgt. Sean Stace were promoted. Others awarded include Detective Shelli Sonnenberg and officers Carly Bock, Annie Matheus, Dave Frederick and Jessica Fowler.

October 2017 Around Town

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation celebrated a life-saving equipment grant awarded to Ada County Paramedics, who received body armor valued at $17,741 from the foundation to outfit its Tactical Paramedic Team. The team responds to high-threat law enforcement missions. The armor will replace old gear, which is at the end of its recommended service life, allowing paramedics the ability to…

GRIDIRON

Hailing from Kenai, Alaska, rising star Allie Ostrander redshirted on both the Broncos cross-country and track and field teams as a freshman in 2015. With a list of titles and accomplishments almost as long as her stride, this sophomore is rocketing to the top in everything she does.

The Shed

My grandad’s shed was his sanctuary. He spent more hours out there than just about anywhere. Whether it was tinkering with a new invention, fixing something for somebody or just avoiding being henpecked, his shed was his place to relax and regroup. It was impeccably clean, and the door was always open. He would stand out there for hours drinking…

Boise River is the Treasure Valley’s Backyard, Blue-Ribbon Trout Stream

Slanted morning light hits the clear water and ripples like 1,000 shining diamonds, and the river bottom is a cobblestone street made of gold. Fall colors are starting to pop, and with a little luck, a hungry trout will make this a postcard-perfect morning.

Sporty Snacks

A good number of sports involve the use of a ball. In honor of the sports issue, I'm sharing two sphere-shaped snacks. These fun size appetizers will be a hit with any crowd. Each of these recipes makes 18 bites. My boys loved the chicken bites and had a hard time limiting themselves to three each. For a crowd, you…

Local Joe

Conveniently located on Grove Street, Big City Coffee’s comfortable ambiance is the perfect marriage of urban loft and country chic. With its open industrial interior—exposed ducts, brick and high ceilings—the main seating area softens the bolder hardware by inviting its customers to take a load off with their array of farm tables, benches and vintage chairs. Not only does the…

Worthy Reads

Looking for a unique thriller with an interesting spin? Most Wanted might be for you. Christine and Marcus Nilsson are a happily married couple struggling with infertility. When they decide to use a donor, their marriage ends up taking on a new and unfamiliar form. When a news story breaks about a serial killer that strongly resembles their donor, Marcus…

A Special Boutique for the Diagnosed and Recovering

Breast cancer can be a dizzying experience for any woman, whether she is in full recovery, undergoing surgery or recently diagnosed. Moving through the hospital system, scheduling doctor’s appointments and feeling like life is at a standstill can take a toll on a person both mentally and physically. There are special needs for breast cancer patients that can ease this…

Own It!

1. Brett Denton learned the tricks of the fitness trade as a lifelong athlete. Raised in Alaska, Brett moved to Idaho to attend BSU. Not only was Brett a student, but he also played running back for the Broncos. It was during these conditioning days that he learned he was more drawn to the training aspect of competition as opposed…

What’s Your Style?

As September comes and the change of weather approaches, so 
 comes one of the essential issues of the season: the fashion issue. Fashion: a—a prevailing custom, usage or style; b (1)—the prevailing style (as in dress) during a particular time; (2)—a garment in such a style.

Fourth Annual Kids in Motion Health and Fitness Fair

Molina Medicaid Solutions organized a special day for more than 150 local children as part of its fourth annual Kids in Motion Health and Fitness Fair. The event benefited the Boys & Girls Club of Ada County to teach kids about the benefits of good nutrition and physical fitness.

Idaho Foodbank

The Idaho Foodbank teamed up with the Boise Police Department as well as athletes from the Boise State football team. The Foodbank 
distributed free lunches through its Picnic in the Park program in Boise and Garden City to children who are in need. Photos by Mike Sharp.

Apple Tart Topped with 
Salted Caramel Ice-Cream

Heat oven to 400º F. Mix 1/2 cup sugar and the flour in large bowl. Stir in apples. The sugar-flour mixture 
 will not all stick to the apples; that’s OK.

September 2017 Around Town

Following statewide voting from association members, Boise teacher Kari Overall has been elected president of the Idaho Education Association. Her three-year term began in August. Overall teaches United States history at South Junior High School in Boise and has a substantial track record of leadership in the IEA. She succeeds Penni Cyr, who is retiring following six years as IEA…

Worthy Reads

Don't let the title fool you—this is not a romance novel. If you're familiar with the author at all, you'll know it's a crime thriller with a paranormal twist. My mom recommended this book to me, and I have to admit that after finishing The Lovers, I hurried over to my local library to see what other John Connolly books…

Boise’s Fashion Finds

When you’re sitting at your desk at work staring out the window, all you can think about is that trail you’re going to bike on after work, the cold mountain lake you’ll want to jump into or the hills you’re going to hike with your dog. Luckily, the experts who work in Boise’s fashion scene understand this lifestyle and carry…

Soar like an Eagle at the Eagle/Ada Sports Complex

The Eagle/Ada Sports Complex has grown from its dusty origins as a dry patch of sagebrush and cheatgrass east of Eagle to one of the most vibrant, unique parks in the Treasure Valley. The park’s calling card is its bike facilities, but it’s also a hangout for skaters, hikers, trail runners, dog walkers and a hardy bunch of roller derby…

Elegance, Ambiance and, Oh My, the Food!

Fine dining isn’t just a destination; it’s an experience. It doesn’t matter if it’s New York, Paris or anywhere else in the world, you know when you’ve found it. And for the past 10 years, that singular experience has been delighting diners right here in Boise at Chandlers.

10th Anniversary for Chandlers Steakhouse

The 10th-anniversary celebration event for Chandlers Steakhouse, which included a ribbon-cutting and grand reopening, was held at the restaurant at Ninth and Grove streets. More than 200 people attended the event, and a $15,000 donation was made to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance, a Boise-based nonprofit.

Idaho Humane Society

Twelve dogs arrived safely in the Treasure Valley after they were rescued by Humane Society International from dismal conditions at a backyard breeding operation for the dog meat trade in South Korea. The Idaho Humane Society, based in Boise, took over care of the dogs and handled adoptions.

August 2017 Around Town

Boise Mayor David Bieter awarded Paul J. Schneider the Key to the City, the highest honor the city can bestow upon a resident, for his 50-year broadcasting career in Boise. Bieter presented the award live on the air during the mayor’s regular monthly interview on “Idaho’s First Morning News,” the show Schneider hosts on 670 KBOI. The mayor also proclaimed…

Back to School!

As the summer starts to wind down and schools are starting back up, we can’t help but notice that fall is right around the corner. This is my favorite time of year. It was almost exactly one year ago at this time that my oldest son and I hiked Mount Borah, the highest mountain peak in Idaho at 12,662 feet.…

Shear Madness! Barbershop

It’s true—barbershops might seem a little anachronistic in our age of super speedy, uber-techno conveniences. After all, we’re of such a busy, stressful mindset, we, the American public, have demanded that the multitude of hair-cutting chains follow suit to keep up with the insatiable need of our get in/get out lifestyle.

Influential Teachers

The job of a teacher is a special one and, though you’ve probably had that one teacher in your life you’ll never forget, there are so many teachers inspiring their students every day. The great teachers stand out because they can introduce that one novel to a student that could be the catalyst to becoming the next Stephen King, can…

Worthy Reads

I LOVED this book. It catches you from the very beginning and holds you until the last page. It's a light read, perfect for summer, with all the necessary ingredients: good writing, good plot and lots of good humor. Annie and Sarah are best friends. Sarah is the beautiful, rich, barren one and Annie is the frumpy stay-at-home mom of…

Strawberry Spinach Salad

This delicious salad is my go-to side item for any summer potluck or barbecue. Every time I serve it, someone asks for the recipe. I’m happy to share it, and always mention that if you are short on time, buy candied cashews and wonton salad toppers. You can skip to step 3, but the homemade strawberry dressing is worth the…

Take Me to the River, Float Me on the Water

Summer heat is here, and many Treasure Valley residents look for some respite by heading to the mountains or hitting the water. Fortunately, the Boise River runs through much of the Treasure Valley, and there are other rivers nearby that give you a place to cool off, splash through a rapid, catch a trout or watch golden eagles soaring in…

Keeping it Real

The annual roundup of lunches featuring a parade of cartoon characters and woodland creatures can be a little overwhelming. I am overcome with both their cuteness and the feeling that I am failing as a parent because, as Sweet Brown says, “Ain't nobody got time for that.” If this is something you too have felt, let me stop you right…

Local Music Venues

During the summer months, this little high-desert haven offers a spectacular spot to enjoy an evening with your favorite band. Family friendly, easily accessible and with lots and lots of room to stretch your legs, the Idaho Botanical Gardens provides a memorable concert-going experience. The expansive lawn of Outlaw Field begs for the summer repertoire of folding lawn chairs, blankets…

Summer Fun and Adventure

My family wanted hamburgers tonight, so I dusted off the outdoor grill and fired it up for the first time this year. Just as I was finishing up, I was hit with a sudden burst of wind, followed by rain. I could feel the cold burst of air rushing by and it reminded me of the weeks preceding Halloween, sharp…

Grand Opening of Boise WaterShed River Campus

Boise Mayor David Bieter was joined by the city council, participating artists and community partners in celebrating the grand opening of the newly completed Boise WaterShed River Campus. The 2-acre complex is being recognized as the largest concentration of public art in Idaho. Photos courtesy of the city of Boise.

July 2017 Around Town

The Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho announced Tom Laws, associate planner—bicycle and pedestrian, has received the American Trails 2017 Outstanding Trail Leader Award for Idaho, presented by American Trails. This award honors one individual per state each year. Laws received the award at the International Trails Symposium in Dayton, Ohio.

Man and Women of the Year Campaign

After 10 weeks of fundraising, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Idaho and Montana Branch commemorated the Man and Woman of the Year campaign with a grand finale celebration. This year’s winners were Shaun Buck and Heather Harrington.

Take Me Out to the Lost and Found

Staring at the clock, I counted down the seconds until school was out. The last click, the bell would ring, and the boundaries would melt away. Summer had arrived. Gone were divisions by age or subject. No more recess that always felt a little too short. No more shoes! I could spend my time relaxing, casual in a swimsuit and…