November 6, 2016
art opening, Aurlélie Schmid, Danny Mulvena, fall, fire house gallery, Nina Jhaveri, pottery, thanksgiving, turkey, watercolor
The Fire House Gallery is all decked out for turkey day with an exhibit featuring pottery by Aurlélie Schmid and Nina Jhaveri along with watercolors by Danny Mulvena.
Does it feel like Fall to you? It does to me.
Thanksgiving place setting.
The turkey himself.
Downtown Berryville, VA.
November 6, 2016
birds, nature, river
blue heron, fall, great blue heron, nature, photography, river, shenandoah, shenandoah river
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October 29, 2016
farm, nature, Photography
fall, fall color, gem, helicopter, hollis, home, nature, photography, river, shenandoah, shenandoah river
Today was a good day for a helicopter ride.
Morning field with amy
It was all Hollis’s idea. His helicopter too.
Beautiful day for flying
Fall colors from the sky
Incredibly fun. Now we want a helicopter again for the first time since 1993. Thanks Hollis!
October 23, 2016
boar, cocktails, cooking, ragu
How to make wild boar ragù.
Start with a superb epicurious recipe. Get some wild boar (shoulder is best but chops will work as well).
Make sure to seriously brown the boar (stew is flavored best that way) in cast iron (with the clarified onion). Deglaze the skillet with the red wine and use all of the crispy carbon bits when you switch pans.
Switch to copper braising pot for a long stew (notice the carmelization).
Heat tomato to a simmer before adding spices and herbs.
Use fresh herbs. The savory smell in the kitchen is now amazing.
Let the fat render. Cooking time should be 4-6 hours simmering with the lid ajar for two hours, and the lid on once most of the liquid is gone.
During the simmering have an Old Fashioned or three. Walk by the Shenandoah with the dogs.
Serve on fresh fettucini with sharp aged asiago grated over.
Eat with friends, wine, cocktails, cheesy scallops to start, some avocado salad. Adjourn to the bar. Let the dogs in. Laugh. Drink.
October 17, 2016
guns, nature, who knows
Allen Kitselman, amy, aubrey, bitter liberals, guns, nature, pistols, plink, shenandoah, shenandoah river, skeet, snapper, snapping turtle, video
On a beautiful Fall day, the arsenal comes down. One half of the Bitter Liberals came out to plink and shoot some clays. Aubrey was in the house.
Mr. Kitselman shoots his dad’s 45 from WWII Pacific Theater
Pistols at 50 feet
The better half of the half of the Bitter Liberals
On a walk by the river we found a fellow creature.
October 9, 2016
art, duvall designs, duvall gallery, kerry stavely, neil and kerry stavely, neil stavely, peggy duvall, photography
On an overcast hurricane day, we went to see a delightful collection of Neil and Kerry Stavely’s art in Millwood. Duvall Design in Millwood, VA is a great location for this kind of show. Artistic and artisan combined in perfect balance.
Duval Design Art Opening
Neil and Kerry own Horse and Hare and operate a shop on the mall in downtown Winchester, VA.
Neil and Kerry Stavely
The show will be up for a few weeks. Make sure to go take a look.