Thoroughbred Pie

Thoroughbred Pie As Featured in Covertside Magazine From Nick Serracino

And a new source for a crust that I’d like to try next with Nick’s pie recipe, as adapted from Bacon 24/7 by Theresa Gilliam.


1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
Healthy pinch of kosher salt
6 tbs unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
2 tbs clarified bacon fat, chilled
½ tsp apple cider vinegar
6-8 tbs ice cold water

To make the CRUST: combine the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and bacon fat and use a pastry blender or two forks to cut the fat into the flour, until the fat is the size of peas. Add the vinegar and the water and stir gently until the dough has mostly come together. Use your clean hands to briefly knead the dough for about 30 seconds, just to get the rest of the little crumbly bits to incorporate into the dough. Shape the dough into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

By |June 9th, 2015|Recipes|Comments Off on Thoroughbred Pie

Short Legs, Big Fun article Covertside Magazine Summer 2015


Click this link for the full story:  Short Legs Big Fun – Paradise Valley Beagles, Covertside Summer 2015

By |June 2nd, 2015|Foxhunting|Comments Off on Short Legs, Big Fun article Covertside Magazine Summer 2015

The Official Rim Chung Fly Tying Videos

New fly tying videos posted of the official RS2 fly and Avatar fly tying instructions in a video format have been set up on YouTube.

Rim Chung Ties the RS2 Video ( shorter version ):

Rim Chung tying the RS2 Video ( longer version with more comments ) :


Rim Chung Ties the Avatar Fly Video:

By |March 4th, 2015|Fly Tying, RS2|Comments Off on The Official Rim Chung Fly Tying Videos

From Field to Table Cooking

Whenever possible we try to hunt, gather or grow our own ingredients so that we know that we have the best quality ingredients, harvested at their peak.  The French seem to never lost sight of this important rule, but as Americans we are only now coming back to these roots with the whole “From Farm to Table” concepts, which is the latest buzz word in the restaurant industry.  We have been doing what I call from field to table since the beginnings of my cooking, in fact, it formed the basis for my learning to cook, as I had these great ingredients, but didn’t always know how to use them to their best advantage.

The most important factor to elevate your cooking to create quality restaurant level food is very simple?  Obtain the same quality ingredients as the famous chefs get in their special orders and first pickings through the delivery trucks.   Such ingredients yield better results than buying a new gadget such as the immersion circulator that Mario Batali uses.  Instead buy the same tiny waxy golden potatoes or the rainbow shard, the real farm fresh eggs, the exact baby arugula carried by hand and cook them at their peak.

By |March 2nd, 2015|Cuisine|Comments Off on From Field to Table Cooking

Food Lover’s Guide to Denver

The Food Lover’s Guide to Denver features our favorite Braised Colorado Goat Taco recipe and loads of other Denver foodie secrets.  We like to buy our goat meat at Arash International Marker, 2720 S. Parker Road, Aurora, 303-752-9272 (where we also stock up on other Middle East ingredients.  Serve it up with New Mexico green chile pico de gallo and corn tortilla chips.

Goat is not very popular in European and North American cuisine.  Probably because it is not available in tenderloin or steak form.  However, goats are not confined, less likely to be fed grain, not implanted with growth hormones or antibiotices, and not castrated.  Further, it has more iron and protein than most meats, and less cholesterol and saturated fats.  Goat meat, also known as chevon, is actually one of the cleanest, healthiest meats available.


By |November 8th, 2014|Book Reviews, Recipes|Comments Off on Food Lover’s Guide to Denver
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    Books and Articles Featuring Our Legendary Bird Dog Trainer Gary Ruppel and His Kiowa Creek Kennels

Books and Articles Featuring Our Legendary Bird Dog Trainer Gary Ruppel and His Kiowa Creek Kennels

Gary Ruppel of Kiowa, Colorado, has been helping me train my bird dogs for 20 years at his Kiowa Creek Kennels and before that at some local gun clubs.  I remember calling him when I got my first 8-week old Brittany puppy from a famous field trial lines, and the field trailer had asked to bring him back for summer camp when he was four months old.  I asked Gary, “When should I come out and start training with you, in two months?”  I’ll never forget Gary saying, “You are already four months late, I start training them in the womb, bring him out tomorrow.” 

Gary says that he starts training in the womb, like mother’s read to their unborn children.  He first bonds with the bitch, which is the foundation of all of his training.  “If the dog doesn’t do it because he loves you, you’ll never really get the full potential out of that dog.  You can do all the old methods of force breaking and whatever else you can think of, but a dog that it is doing something out of fear, rather than love, will never be performing at full potential.”  He says, “My pups already have heard all of the whistle commands when they are born, as they have head them in the womb.”
Books Featuring Gary Ruppel

Training the Versatile Retreiver to Hunt Upland Birds

By Bill Tarrant


Bill Tarrant has authored the first book designed to show the retriever enthusiast how to train his dog to hunt upland birds. Bill got together with the four top retriever trainers in America today: Mike Gould, shooting Labs; Gary Ruppel, pointing Labs; Butch Goodwin, Chesapeakes; and Jim Charlton, Golden Retrievers. Together they spent a week […]

By |February 22nd, 2014|Book Reviews, Dog Training|Comments Off on Books and Articles Featuring Our Legendary Bird Dog Trainer Gary Ruppel and His Kiowa Creek Kennels

2013 Rocky Mountain Circuit Polo Slideshow Just Released

This year’s Rocky Mountain Circuit 2013 Slideshow. 


By |February 21st, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 2013 Rocky Mountain Circuit Polo Slideshow Just Released


After reading Low & Slow, where the author graduates starts with a Weber Smokey Mountain (“WSM”), bought several “magic bullets” to make his barbecue better and then then returns to proclaim the WSM the best, after he “made every mistake (at least twice) and got suckered into buying all the bells and whistles… you don’t have to,” I have since concluded that my wish list for a Big Green Egg (“BGE”) may be unnecessary.  All methods of the barbeque, or the ancient French de barbe et queue (“beard to tail”) start with a platform of a wood-burning fire.  My French friend longed for a Weber Go Anywhere, which we hand carried to him, as charcoal barbeque grills are banned in France as being too high of a forest fire rick, but as the French government would have it, charcoal itself, by paradox, is not banned.

The first secret of Low & Slow, by Gary Wiviott, is the WSM, which is great, as we already have one, sparking the first debate about which rig is best.  The second is using lump charcoal, instead of baguettes and lighter fluid, which the King of BBQ Myron Mixon, disagrees with, favoring charcoal, a chimney, and lighter fluid.  Hence, the second debate.  Add the charcoal or baguettes in a chimney and newspaper underneath, light and burn for 10 minutes until white hot.  Add to the grill and wait 5 minutes.  The third component, sparks no debate, which is add fruit wood chunks (not mesquite, hickory, or other hardwoods).   Then the fourth debate, to add a hot water bath pan or not, to which they both agree to add.  Wait 5 more minutes, and you are at about 20 minutes overall to get the grill ready for cooking.  With the WSM, you will need to add more unlit charcoal every 30 minutes […]

By |February 21st, 2014|Book Reviews, Recipes|Comments Off on BBQ

La Baguette – The French Loaf

In France, after World War II, breads made with what was available during wartime, such as whole-grain dark rye and buckwheat, fell out of favor replaced by white breads.  The preference for baguettes and other lighter styles, replace the country rustic style breads.  As in all things French, the government intervened, and enacted strict controls on the amount of flour, which resulted in an unstated policy of the “whiter the flour, the higher the price.”  The trade elevated to a craft and a science.  If you want to make a perfect French loaf, get the book Tartine No. 3, which features some 336 pages, all on mostly French breads, of all styles.  If you are like the French, just visit your local baker and the be prepared argue to the death about your baker making a better baguette or French loaf than all the others in town.

We are lucky to have Dream Pastries which makes it not worth trying to bake a baguette at home.   They also make a great rustic loaf.  Pick one up if you are in the neighborhood, together with some of their pastries which are to die for.

By |February 21st, 2014|France, Recipes|Comments Off on La Baguette – The French Loaf

Hope’s Equipage Kiddin Kisses “Zoé”

We have a new four legged friend joining us at the Equipage Kennels this week, Hope’s Equipage Kiddin Kisses  “Zoé.”
Born December 24, 2013
GCH Magic Storm Of The Century “Ivan” x Ch. Hope’s You’ve Got To Be Kiddin Me “Violet”

So we have quite the road ahead with not only the field training, but now the training again for stacking, posing, baiting, leading, and trotting of having a show quality Brittany once again, after forays into the field trial and meat for the table worlds.  It’s another adventure along our sporting road.  We have the all the classes to look forward to from Puppy, 12-18 month, Novice, Bred by Exhibitor, American-Bred, Open and Best of Bred.  Get ready to run the fields, together with the Down and Back, the “L”, the triangle and the all around.  After lots of questions about showing, field trialing and hunting potential, our daughter’s only question for us to ask the breeder was, “Is she going to be a good dog for my daughter.”  Welcome, Zoe, we are so excited for all of our adventures along the sporting road.

By |February 18th, 2014|Uncategorized, Wingshooting|Comments Off on Hope’s Equipage Kiddin Kisses “Zoé”