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Chef Walter Bundy’s Peanut Crusted Chesapeake Bay Oysters

If you have ever been to Lemaire, you know how wonderfully yummy the food is.  Lemaire is one of Richmond’s very best restaurants. Lemaire_Richmond2014



I absolutely love dinner parties and entertaining for my family and friends.  This time of year gets me so excited.  Starting tomorrow, I will be hosting 20 family members for 4 days and what I am most excited about is the Wednesday night dinner before we stuff ourselves with turkey and gravy on Thursday.  The Wednesday night dinner is more elegant and occurs on the day the family arrives.  I set the table days in advance.  I set the menu weeks in advance and look forward to the minute that everyone sits down to eat!  I reached out to Lemaire this year in order to find something extra special that would WOW my family.  Chef Walter Bundy suggested Peanut Crusted Chesapeake Oysters!  PERFECT.  Oysters this time of year are a must.  Champagne and oysters for appetizer is what I will be doing tomorrow night when my loved ones arrive!  Chef Bundy shared this awesome (very Local) oyster recipe that is sure not to disappoint.  Try it!!!!!!!


From Chef Walter Bundy of Lemaire Restaurant at TheJefferson Hotel, Richmond, VA

In this recipe, I use local Chesapeake Bay Shucked oysters in their liquor. I fry these guys up and they are a great appetizer for friends or family when entertaining at home. In addition to being a local delicacy, I have incorporated Virginia peanuts to this dish. My favorite peanuts are Hubs from Sedley, Virginia located in Southampton county. At Lemaire, I have served them “P.B.J.” style (with Kite’s country ham and a grape jelly sauce). At home, I tend to serve them just flash fried with a quick “remoulade” sauce.

I first drain the oysters in a colander in the sink. Then I dust them in seasoned flour, dredge them in an egg/buttermilk wash, and finally coat them with panko bread crumbs (Japanese style) and chopped peanuts. The result is outstanding!


1 Pint Freshly Shucked Select Oysters

3 cups A.P. Flour

2 Whole Eggs

2 C. Buttermilk

1 Can 8 oz. Panko Japanese Style Plain Breadcrumbs (Crush in hand a few times to grind slightly)

10 oz. Hubs Peanuts, roughly chopped

1 1/4 C. Dukes Mayonnaise

¼ C. Heinz Ketchup

1 T. Sriracha Sauce (Chili Paste-Can be found in most grocery stores)

1 Lemon, cut in half and juiced

1/2 t. black pepper

¼ t. salt


1 Quart Peanut Oil

I Large Pot (maybe 1-2 gallons or larger with tall sides)

1 Paper Bag

1 Pair Tongs

1 Candy Thermometer



Combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, sriracha sauce, lemon juice, and black pepper. Season the sauce with salt to taste.


Create a breading station.

a. Place the flour in a fairly large Tupperware container and season with salt.

b. In another medium sized Tupperware container, combine the eggs and the buttermilk. Whisk together.

c. In yet another Tupperware container, combine the panko breadcrumbs and the chopped peanuts.


Carefully, place an oyster in the all purpose flour and thoroughly coat. Lift it out and shake off the excess flour. Then, drop the oyster into the buttermilk/egg mixture and remove it. Let some of the egg wash slide off. Then drop the oyster into the bread crumbs/peanut mixture and thoroughly coat. Lay the breaded oysters on a plate and place in the refrigerator briefly until ready to use. Fry in peanut oil @ 350 degrees until golden brown. Drain on brown paper bags and serve immediately with the “remoulade” sauce. Enjoy!


If you are looking for something extra special this holiday season,  this recipe is spot on!  If you are not that adventurous, then head to Lemaire this holiday season and TELL Them SCOUT SENT YOU!  —CHENEY


That Time Of Year!

It is that time of year! I have already received my first holiday card in the mail and feel totally panicked now to get mine done.  I usually end up cutting it very close to Christmas and have even had to push to a New Year’s card.  Whether you are like me and wait until the last minute or you are one to plan ahead, Wendell Powell Studios has you covered.  Here are some ideas from Wendell Powell for your holiday cards.   holiday cards Once you have that very special picture taken it is so important to frame it properly.  Nowadays, people barely print pictures anymore.  Most people’s pictures are stored on their computers or are made into a book sent by Apple. I for one absolutely cherish my pictures and try very hard to frame the extra special ones.  When I was married I received my first Elias frame as a gift.  Today I have at least 10 and my very favorite pictures are shown in these frames in my living room.   Wendell Powell Studio is offering these three dimensional art metal frames handmade in the US by American artisans.  These classic frames are made from extra fine pewter, pure silver and 18 K gold patinas.  Originally crafted to represent the great historical art movement, these unique and beautiful frames are made with a fine cast metal aisle leg and are a fully functional piece of art.   WPS frames detail of frame   back of frames Such pretty frames for your most special pictures, the perfect gift for the holidays!  Stop by Wendell Powell Studio and TELL Them SCOUT SENT YOU!  —CHENEY


Smile for The Camera!

The Scout Guide Richmond Volume 3 released last week here in Richmond and featured the lovely and talented Kim Brundage of Kim Brundage Photography.  Her spread is beautiful and shows her before and after transformations of what she refers to as a beauty session. KimBrundage_Richmond2014  Women should absolutely take time to do this and let Kim pull their inner beauty out.  Holly applies gorgeous makeup and just makes you feel oh so special.  PERFECT gift for the hubby for the holidays!  Beyond Beauty sessions Kim is an absolute pro at head shots.  Call Kim if you are looking to update your headshot and really show YOU and not a stiff corporate version of you, which is what often happens. Just look at the difference here.  edmunds_cheney_2310 KimBrundagePhotography_RichmondVA_Edmunds

It is also that special time of the year for Holiday Cards.  Kim can capture your family in a sweet and special way just like she did for this family. Perfect for a Christmas card!   KimBrundagePhotography_RichmondVA_Jessup KimBrundagePhotography_RichmondVA_Jessup  Call Kim Brundage Photography for your photography needs and TELL Her SCOUT SENT YOU!  —CHENEY



The Scout Guide Richmond Volume 3 launched on Tuesday night at ROAN!  Thank you to everyone who attended.    It was a fabulous evening celebrating the best of Richmond’s local businesses.  A big thank you to Hank Greenberg at ROAN for having us for a fun filled night of shopping, eating and viewing this year’s guide. party entrance ROAN  Andrea Huntjens of Sophisticated Soirees provided the delicious food and fun drinks!!   andrea .   eggs endive polenta

fern book table viewing TSG Team A huge thank you to John Wadsworth (Photographer), Kim Wadsworth (Scout Stylist) and Helmuth Humphrey (Photographer, not pictured).  Without them this book would not look the way it does!   Steele and Mary gill Rob Moss and Susan Jones of The Steele Group with Mary Gill Lawson of Victoria Charles perusing the guide! Dr The Ladies of Dr. Godin’s office! CCH Carter Johnston, owner and designer of CCH Collection! happy participants specialty drapery Debbie and Tony Lovette of Specialty Drapery! Long and foster   Anne Hall, Nancy Frazier and Margaret Wade of Long and Foster! TCB Marion Kastenbaum of Traveling Chic Boutique and her mother! gather Melissa Carr of Gather and her husband! HW medspa  Co-owners of HW Med Spa Haley Bakhshi and Wendy Bowman with friend Amy!  Nancy Gottwald Nancy Gottwald of Nellie George and Kim Gottwald! wendell powell  Jill and Douglas Hinckley with Fran Willis of Wendell Powell Studio westview Melissa and Afton Johnson of Westview Companies monarch  Kim Wadsworth with Neal Crawford of Monarch Bank Gentry raines Alison Raines and Kelly Gentry of Gentry Raines Kim brundage  Kim Brundage of Kim Brundage Photography cowboy boots  Kim Wadsworth doing a little shopping!  books

This year’s participants are such an amazing group of local businesses and TSG Richmond can’t thank you enough for banding together to show locals and visitors how vibrant and special Richmond is!  So cheers to you TSG Richmond Volume 3 businesses and I look forward to a wonderful year of promoting your successful talents! The Scout Guide Richmond Volume 3 will be available online in the next few days providing Richmond with a complete list of where to find the guide!  Stay tuned!


Getting Ready to Launch

Thank you so much to the TSG Richmond Volume 3 businesses who participated this year.  The celebration that will take place tonight is a thank you to those superb local businesses for making our city such a wonderful place to live.  TSG Richmond Volume 3 highlights these businesses in such a beautiful way.   I absolutely  can’t wait to share this guide with all of our participants tonight at the launch party and then with Richmond in the days to follow!  Stay tuned for more posts this week on the launch and where you can find the guide!  Thank you TSG Richmond Vol. 3 Participants!!!!!!!!! Launch Pic


Outdoor Entertaining with Westview Companies

This time of year my husband brings a TV out into the yard on Saturdays and Sundays and LOVES to grill, throw the ball with the boys, and just be outside.  I must say I love it as well.  There is just something about an outdoor fire in the fall that makes us so happy.   While on location shooting for TSG Richmond Volume 3 I had a chance to see some amazing outdoor entertaining areas around the Richmond area built by Westview Companies out of Oilville.  They all left me drooling. Glasco Pan-Fireplace


wc outdoor fireplace Not only are the fireplace structures amazing that Westview builds but also take note of the brickwork as well.  Just beautiful brickwork!   westviewgrillfireplace Last but not least, I spotted this adorable herb garden that Westview built for a client of theirs that I just can’t get out of my head. herb garden westview  Oh how I would love to have this tiered herb garden and a custom outdoor fireplace in my backyard!  If you are looking to have an outdoor entertaining area done call Westview Companies and TELL THEM SCOUT SENT YOU!  —CHENEY