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The Old Wines of the Good People of Fredericksburg

from Chris

In his memoir Recollections of a Confederate Staff Officer, G. Moxley Sorrel recalled an incident from just before the battle of Fredericksburg that might be of interest to our wine enthusiasts.

Just before the battle, which took place on December 13, 1862, the Federal army occupied the city. Townsfolk knew the Yankees were coming, and some of their preparations resulted in unexpected libations for some of the city’s Confederate defenders. Sorrel recounted a story about “the old …

 

The Benefits of Raised Racks in the Kitchen

From Chef Anthony

Raised racks are helpful in the kitchen for a multitude of reasons. From resting your meats to baking, it’s easy to find a use for a wire rack every day, no matter what you’re cooking.

For any food preparation here at Stevenson Ridge, we let our meats rest prior and even after cooking on a raised or wire rack. This allows the meat to “rest” and lets the drippings drain; in a traditional tray, the meat just …

 

Soup of the day: Thai Chicken Coconut Soup (Tom Kha Gai)

from Chef Moe

Hello, good people! Chef Moe Marsh with another delicious soup, this one from southeast Asia: Thai chicken coconut soup, also called Tom Kha Gai, which means coconut and ginger curry soup.

In this recipe, there are a lot of flavors and aromatic smells that will be pleasant to the nose and palate—the sweet smells of lemon grass, ginger, limes, basil, and cilantro all in a nice coconut curry broth. There is no question that this soup will …

 

Soup of the Day: Hoppin’ John Soup

from Chef Moe

Happy February, everyone! It’s Chef Moe Marsh here with a perfect soup for cold and wintery weather. Here is a  soup that will not only bring you good luck but a fill your belly, as well: Hoppin’ John soup!

I absolutely love making this soup for friends and family and also coworker here at Stevenson Ridge. It reminds me of my grandmother and wintertime after the first of the year. I hope y’all will like it and …

 

Welcome, Alex!

from Alex
Hi all! I’m Alex Neubauer, event coordinator and newest member to the Stevenson Ridge family/team! I was previously a mental health counselor for elementary students and am now transitioning into the world of hospitality/event planning. When I am not organizing events or decorating for events, I’m decorating our apartment! My husband, Joshua, and I love to design and be creative. He’s usually working on a wood project for me, and I’m drinking coffee while practicing calligraphy and decorating …

 

The First Wedding Show of the Season

from Kellyn

On Sunday, January 5, a few members of our team joined numerous local wedding vendors for the Greater Fredericksburg Bridal Show. A morning of set-up led into an afternoon of meeting new brides, saying hello to our upcoming wedding couples, and chatting with vendor friends!

Winter is a fun time for us here at the Ridge. Events slow down, the organizing we’ve put off for months can finally happen, and we have bridal shows like these to look …

 

Soup of the Day: Cream of Fennel Soup with Fennel Frond Pesto

Chef Moe

Hello, everyone! Chef Moe Marsh here with another wonderful Soup of the Day recipe that I hope you all will enjoy.

This is my own recipe that I came up with from leftover fennel bulbs, fennel stalks, and fennel fronds. In the cooking industry we our taught to use everything we cook with. Don’t waste anything—it can all be used.

So, I came up with cream of fennel soup with fennel fronds and pesto. This soup is perfect …

 

 

Fall Soup: Butternut Squash

By Chef Moe Marsh

Winter is here, and the soup is on the way! This is one of my favorite times of year, when the air gets crisp and the trees shows us their true colors before letting their leaves fall to the ground. Harvest has come and with it all its winter vegetables.

I love making soup at this time of year—and making a lot! LOL

As chefs, we work long hours, and some days, the last thing I …

 

“I Voted”—Election Day 2019

From Chris

It’s election day in Virginia, one of the few states to hold “off-year” elections (meaning they don’t coincide with Congressional and/or the Presidential election).

The entire Virginia assembly is up for reelecction, as it is every two years. We also had to choose a state Senator, a school board member, a county supervisor, and several other county officers, including sheriff, treasurer, commissioner of revenue, and commonwealth attorney.

While it’s easy to fixate on presidential elections, local politics actually …