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Dr. Pepper Crock-Pot Pork Tenderloin

Author: From • May 3rd, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

A little sweet, a little spicy, and a lot of flavor make this a super pork supper! The Dr. Pepper adds flavor without creating a prominent Dr. Pepper taste. Great blend of seasonings and tender pork make this a meal worth repeating.


- 2 lbs. pork tenderloin
- 2 cups chopped carrots
- 2 cups chopped celery
- 2 cups diet Dr. Pepper
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1 Tbs soy sauce
- 1 tsp. creole seasoning (or more if you prefer more spice)
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 Tbs flour

Add all ingredients, except flour, in the crock pot and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Remove 1 cup of the broth from the crock pot and add to a small sauce pan. Heat broth, over high heat. When broth starts to boil, whisk in the flour and stir constantly until sauce thickens. Serve sauce over pork. If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

"May your burdens be light and your coffee be strong." - Anonymous

Missing the Range

Author: From • May 2nd, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
I ran across this on Facebook today.

I get it, I really do. But I laughed anyway.

Mary, ready for her cousin’s princess-themed birthday

Author: From • May 1st, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local, Photography.Local

Mary, ready for her cousin's princess-themed birthday

Lots of Beer, No Food, at Adventure

Author: From • May 1st, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
Adventure Brewing has been on a roll recently, releasing a new beer each week. Colleen and I visited on Saturday to catch up on the recent releases. We figured we'd settle in for the afternoon, take advantage of whatever food truck was on site, and try out the brewery's latest offerings. Alas, there was no food vendor in the parking lot when we arrived around lunch time. Asking inside we were told that there "might be" one later. Well, that's not comforting. We opted for a flight of five new beers we hadn't tried while we decided our course of action for the afternoon.

First up in the flight (left to right in Colleen's photo) was Black Sail Scotch Ale. This is a rich, malty beer, with mild roasted and smoky flavors. I found it very enjoyable, and I was already thinking of ordering a full pint after the flight. Next up was Smoked Belgian Ale, a take on Adventure's Belgian Dubbel. The faint smoke flavor added an interesting twist. Flower Outage Saison, brewed with peppercorns and nasturtium flowers, was next in the flight. This beer was a collaboration done with Crooked Run Brewing. It had a nice, refreshingly floral sweet flavor. Colleen liked this one a lot.

Okay, so far so good, all tasty beers so far, but there's the food question still. Well, they do have chips and salsa listed on the menu. That should tide us over. But alas, they're out of chips. So I inquire about other food options, and learn they have some pre-made "wraps and salads" in the cooler. Salads!?!?

On to the fourth beer in the flight, Kiss by a Gose. This one is another Crooked Run collaboration. The kettle-soured Gose is made with rose hips and pink Himalayan salt. The salty and tart flavor combination was a serious flavor detour from the previous beers, and it took a few sips to adjust. An interesting flavor, but not one I would enjoy in large quantity.

The beer that had my curiosity up was the final of taster of the flight, White Chocolate Stout. Described as a "golden stout made with lactose, cacao nibs, and coffee beans" the beer looked like anything except a stout. Franky, I'd never heard of a golden stout previously. The "stout" had a pleasing coffee aroma to it, and the flavor too had a nice sweetened coffee aspect. Colleen and I were both reminded of the Cocka Doodle Brew Coffee Ale we enjoyed at Parkway Brewing last fall. The difference was that this "coffee" was sweetened, rather than black. I could have easily enjoyed a pint of this Stout next.

But now we had a decision to make. There was still no food truck, and a pre-packaged salad wasn't going to cut it. Reluctantly, we closed our tab earlier than planned. Fortunately a quick lunch at Allman's Bar-B-Q satiated our hunger and we  headed off to another local brewery try out more good beer.

I offer this one word hint for any brewery with a tasting room; FOOD. Even something as basic as chips and pretzels would be appreciated by your fans, and requires little effort to keep on hand. 

Indoor Activities This Week

Author: From • Apr 30th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
The weather outlook is dreary at best. I haven't made use of the indoor range in the past few weeks, opting instead to take advantage of the nice weather to shoot outdoors. Looks like that will have to change in the coming week.

And perhaps there will be some time for good beer. A man's gotta cope.

Early train, Fredericksburg, Va.

Author: From • Apr 27th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local, Photography.Local

Early train, Fredericksburg, Va.

Early train

Author: From • Apr 27th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local, Photography.Local

Early train

Good Beer and Sports Celebrity Sightings

Author: From • Apr 26th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local, Sports
A lack of blogging recently isn't an indication of a lack of life activity, just the opposite in fact. It means I've been too distracted by life to sit down and write. We were out of town last weekend, in part to attend the Spring Game at VA Tech. I was pleased we had reservations at the same hotel at which we found good beer last year. Before I even checked in at the front desk I detoured to take a peak at the taps in the lobby bar. I was not disappointed.

Colleen and I visited lobby bar in the evening to relax over a few beers. Three of the offerings were old favorites, along with one new to me beer. I tried a sample of a local beer, River Company Dumpster Dog Porter, but opted to go a more hoppier route. Colleen enjoyed a pint of the Porter. I couldn't resist a pint of an old favorite, Loose Cannon from Heavy Seas, and later a pint of Bell's Two Hearted Ale.

As we were enjoying our drinks and talking with other guests, there was suddenly a lot of excitement in the lobby and bunch of folks leapt from their seats. Buffalo Bills Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was checking in to the hotel. He posed for a few selfies and things quieted down. For a bit anyway, until Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Bruce Smith walked in. He too posed for selfies and signed autographs and the lobby calmed once again. Seattle Seahawks player Kam Chancellor also made a pass-through of the lobby.

The commonality among the players is of course, they are all VA Tech alumni, in town for the Spring Game. In all honesty, if it wasn't for the other fans at the bar, and some quick Google searches, I wouldn't have known who they were, not being a big sports fan. Nonetheless, it added some excitement to an already enjoyable Friday evening.

Swordfish and Scallops with Creamed Purple Cauliflower

Author: From • Apr 25th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

Restaurant-quality food, easily made at home! This succulent dish will have your friends and family thinking they're dining at a five-star restaurant. The perfect dinner for that special someone, who will think you're a top chef! :) Pretty quick meal that tastes like you've been in the kitchen for hours! 


- 1 small head purple cauliflower, chopped
- 2 Tbs half and half
- 5 Tbs butter, divided
- 2 tsp. grated parmesan
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 tsp. onion powder
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 lb. fresh boneless swordfish
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 2 sprigs of thyme
- lemon zest from one lemon
- 1/2 lb. fresh scallops
- basil, tarragon, or parsley for garnish

Rinse cauliflower, chop, and place in a microwavable-safe bowl. Add 2 tsp. water and microwave, covered, for 5 minutes. Remove, let cool slightly, and transfer to a food processor. Add half and half, 1 tablespoon of butter, parmesan, salt and pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Process until smooth. Set aside. (You can quickly reheat if it cools off too much).

In a skillet over medium-high heat, add 3 tablespoons of butter. Sprinkle swordfish with salt and pepper. Once butter starts sizzling and the pan is very hot, add swordfish and thyme sprigs and sear on each side for 2 to 3 minutes, while continually spooning the melted butter on top of the swordfish while it's searing. Remove from skillet to a plate and sprinkle with lemon zest.

In the same skillet, add last tablespoon of butter. Rinse scallops and pat dry. Sprinkle scallops with salt and pepper. Once butter starts sizzling, add scallops to skillet and sear for 1 minute on each side. Remove to a plate. 

Plate your beautiful entree' with the creamed cauliflower, then swordfish, and then scallops. Garnish with parsley, basil, or tarragon. Enjoy!! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

"Until further notice, celebrate everything." - Anonymous 

[Video] 2 Kinds of Reckless Driving Charges You Can Get in the Rain

Author: From • Apr 25th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

Find out what they are and which one you could even avoid simply by not giving the police any details. Contact me today for your VA reckless driving case.

Video Transcription

If you got a reckless driving ticket in the rain, you’ve come to the right place.

Hi, I’m Andrew Flusche. I’m your Virginia reckless driving attorney, and today I want to talk to you about reckless driving tickets in the rain. There are two main kinds of reckless driving that you might see come out of a rainy day. One is reckless driving for failure to maintain proper control of your vehicle. This is written under 46.2-853, and this is the ticket that a lot of people get in the rain if you just go off the road. These accidents happen quite frequently where someone slides off the road in the rain. The police officer comes along, even though you didn’t call the police, nothing’s hit or damaged, they’ve come along and find you on the shoulder, and lo and behold, you get a reckless driving ticket.

Those tickets definitely can be defended. Now I can’t say that we can win them all, but in those situations, if you don’t tell the police what happened, if you keep your mouth shut, they don’t have any witnesses, all it is is a vehicle off the road in the rain, that case should be dismissed because the Commonwealth cannot prove why the accident happened or how it happened.

However, if you start talking to him about how fast you were going and that you lost control of the car and that you hit a puddle or whatever happened, now all you’re doing is giving the police evidence that they can use in court to try to prove that you were driving too fast for conditions or in some kind of reckless manner that caused you to go off the road. Now the judge has something to point to say, well this is why I’m going to find you guilty of at least improper driving.

The second kind of reckless driving ticket in the rain you might see is reckless driving for going too fast for road conditions. This is kind of a catch-all reckless driving by speed statute. There’s no specific speed to go to be guilty of this, and so it lends itself to a defense of basically arguing that you were going plenty slow enough for the road conditions. These tickets can be issued even if you’re not actually speeding, not actually going faster than the speed limit. The officer can still charge you with too fast for conditions because technically the speed limit is the limit for perfect road conditions, for good conditions. If it’s raining very hard and you’re going just at the speed limit even, the officer could argue that that’s a reckless driving case.

However, our argument would be that reckless driving requires a criminal mindset essentially. It requires you to recklessly disregard other people’s safety, not just to go a little too fast, but to really be recklessly not concerned about anyone’s safety other than just getting where you’re trying to go. We could argue in those cases that you’re simply not guilty of reckless driving for going just a little bit too fast.

If you’re charged with reckless driving in the rain, you should definitely contact me so we can have a free case strategy session and discuss what defenses you may have and what kind of outcome we might can get working together.

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