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Recipe: Seared Bass with Ratatouille

Whitetail Club’s executive chef, Steven Topple, is full of great tips and even more fantastic dishes. Recently, he showed us all how to fillet a fish, using a beautiful stripped sea bass as an example. So now that we have the fish all ready to go, you know what’s next: cooking it!

Today, Chef Topple returns with an easy way to enjoy your catch: Pan Seared Bass with Ratatouille and Black Bean Orzo. Yes, please! Check out how to make this delightful dish as instructed by the man himself:

Pan Seared Wild Striped Bass with Ratatouille
Serves: 2


1 cup light olive oil
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2, six-ounce striped bass portions
1 red bell pepper diced into 1 inch cubes
1 yellow bell pepper diced into 1 inch cubes
1 green bell pepper diced into 1 inch cubes
1 whole zucchini diced into 1 inch cubes
1 can crushed tomato
1 red onion peeled and diced
4 small cloves of peeled crushed garlic
½ eggplant diced into 1 inch cubes (pre-roasted)
2 cups of black bean orzo, pre-blanched until soft and tender, strained and cooled


Preheat an oven to 375 degrees.

Preheat a cast iron pan to a medium heat, then season the fish with salt and pepper, sprinkle a little olive oil in pan and place fish skin side down in the pan. Allow it to brown on each side for 3-5 minutes, then place into a pre-heated oven for another 10 minutes until the fish is firm.

In a larger sauté pan, start to cook the red onion with a little oil then add the  garlic, zucchini, all peppers and eggplant. Keep shaking and tossing the pan so that all the items cook […]

By |October 1st, 2014|Dining|0 Comments|

Featured Listing: Lakeview Ridge

McCall’s surrounding mountain-lake environment is a thing of beauty. With avenues of lush tree lines painted across the hillsides and into the folds of the Salmon River Mountains — only to be accented by the sunshine glimmering off the rippling waters of Payette Lake — the scene is truly breathtaking. And, like a drift of freshly fallen snow, it’s almost too beautiful to disturb. But what if you could live here and not disrupt a thing? What if your home could be a reflection of the environment instead of a distraction?

That’s exactly what architect Andrew Laidlaw envisioned when he created Whitetail Club’s signature showcase home, Lakeview Ridge. Like a conversation with the mountains, lake and sky, the 5,011-square-foot home organically blends into its surrounding landscape, providing residents an authentic backwoods experience without leaving the comfort of a modern home.

Staying true to its name, Lakeview Ridge rests atop the development’s upper ridge, offering spectacular mountain and lake views from multiple private wrap-around decks. While the outdoor living experience is a marquee feature in its own right, the home’s interior isn’t too shabby either. Upon entry, residents are welcomed with a rustic motif that not only appears throughout the home’s spacious design but weaves itself into the optional furnishings beautifully appointed by Boise designer Dee Vinci.

Boasting four bedrooms, four bathrooms, two powder rooms, a four-car garage and optimal storage space, the Idaho mountain home was designed to accommodate a full house perfect for entertaining. The home’s long list of luxurious amenities, including granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, 8-foot doors, heated tile floors, built-in wine chiller and a remarkable steam shower, gives the propety a subtle elegance while maintaining its warm and inviting appeal.

For those […]

By |September 26th, 2014|Real Estate|0 Comments|

Summer Skincare Tips from The Cove

Whether you spend your long summer days on the lake, hiking, biking, golfing or simply strolling around town, one thing is for sure: your skin is soaking up the sun. Magical as it may feel, especially in this perfectly McCall weather, sun exposure can be very tough on your precious pores. To get you prepared for a skincare routine that’s smart for any season, The Cove‘s spa director Leah Gower has selected her top product picks:


The products featured are all from Eminence Organics, an all-organic product line featured at The Cove. To purchase these products or to experience them in a luxurious treatment, visit TheCoveMccCall.com.

By |September 19th, 2014|Lifestyle|0 Comments|

Homebuilder Confidence Sees Remarkable Spike

Apparently Whitetail Club isn’t the only home builder having a great year. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported today that builder confidence rose for a fourth consecutive month in September on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Index (HMI), bringing the overall gauge of builder sentiment to its highest level since November of 2005.

The latest four-point gain places the index at 59, far above the 50 mark, which signals builders are generally optimistic about sales trends. While the recent September reading marks the third consecutive month of above-50 readings, home builders are still facing challenges from strict credit standards and other factors that continue to keep first-time home buyers from entering the market.

Even so, confidence among home builders remains high for all HMI components. The monthly survey, which NAHB has been conducting for 30 years, gauges three areas, including builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months. Additionally, the survey asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers and then calculates the numbers of all HMI components into a single seasonally adjusted index showing whether builders view conditions as good or poor. The survey also reports each component individually. The index gauging expectations for future sales improved two points to 67, while the indices for both gauging current sales conditions and traffic of prospective buyers rose five points to 63 and 47, respectively.

Many experts see the recent index results as a clear sign the housing market is back on track. “”Since early summer, builders in many markets across the nation have been reporting that buyer interest and traffic have picked up, which is a positive sign that the housing market is […]

By |September 17th, 2014|Real Estate|0 Comments|

Golf Tips with Todd: Using Your Driver

Strength + speed = distance. Or at least on the golf course it does. To help players perfect their equation, Whitetail Club’s Head Golf Professional Todd Bindner returns with another helpful tip. Here, he shows how alternating swings with various drivers can help build strength and maintain speed while ultimately increasing distance.


This drill is rooted in Todd’s TPI training which allows him to give expert instruction based on a holistic look at the body and how it functions in relation to golf, fitness and health. Whitetail’s members enjoy personalized training with Todd and his esteemed team among long, sunny days on the course. Before summer ends, be sure to visit Whitetail Club and experience our award-winning course for yourself.

By |September 15th, 2014|Golf, Lifestyle|0 Comments|

Top Picks for Summer Wines

Summertime sunshine and a glass of great wine – in our mind, that’s the perfect combination. A couple of guys who happen to agree are our resident sommelier at Whitetail Club and Shore Lodge, Dave Boyle, and our friend from Copper Cane and Meiomi Wines, Doug Hengehold. Doug and Dave sat down recently to talk shop, highlighting a couple of their top picks from summer varietals:

Caymus Conundrum
An intriguing varietal from the Wagner Family of Wines, Conundrum features an innovative blend of green apple, tangerine and honeysuckle blossoms. The taste is often dubbed ‘exotic,’ with layers of peach, apricot nectar, green melon and pear, overlaid with subtle notes of citrus zest and spicy vanilla.

2013 Meiomi Pinot Noir
Lush, balanced and luxurious, this pinot is shaped by its highly-acclaimed fruit sources. The varietal is highly approachable and pairs well with many foods while maintaining a uniqueness that’s just perfectly light enough for summertime.

Hear more about these vibrant vinos from the experts themselves:


By |September 12th, 2014|Dining, Lifestyle|0 Comments|

Value Abounds at Whitetail Club

Surrounded by breathtaking views of lush meadows, expansive mountains and pristine lake waters, our private 1,300-acre community here at Whitetail Club offers a truly unique, family-friendly environment where the list of luxurious amenities goes on and on.

We’ve continued to distinguish ourselves from other luxury residential real estate communities not only by providing our members an unmatched mountain-lake lifestyle, but by also offering competitively low membership dues that still remain at recession-era pricing. Not to mention, our 8,000+-square-foot custom homes are priced at 30-50 percent below many communities and offer more flexibility to create that dream vacation home without going over budget.

While our unique location bodes us and our members amazing opportunities to enjoy life at its best, it is the constant drive and investment from our ownership team that continues to thrust our community into new heights.

Most recently, we’ve added nine scenic mountain biking trails, expertly crafted in partnership with industry leading Alpine Trails, to our long list of world-class amenities. Of course, not all our members find solace on the back of a mountain bike, that’s why we work so hard to offer such a wide range of amenities.  Whether it’s playing championship-style golf on our par-72, 18-hole award-winning course, relaxing in our saltwater pool and oversized spa, working out at the 14,000-square-foot Tennis & Fitness Center or socializing at our members-only clubhouse within the 6,000-square-foot Fish & Swim Club, members don’t have to look far to find the activity that suits their lifestyle.

In addition to amenities, we proudly bring world-class talent to entertain or top-tier experts to educate our members. From tennis clinics and off-Broadway productions to our community’s most illustrious event, the annual men’s invitational and summer concert, […]

2014 Payette Cup Results

The end of August is a very special time here in McCall. The weather is perfect, Labor Day weekend excitement encroaches and one of Whitetail Club’s most celebrated events takes place: the Payette Cup. Now in its ninth year, the annual couples tournament invites both club members and Shore Lodge guests to enjoy a weekend of world-class social events coupled with fierce competition among friends at the renowned Whitetail Club golf course.

This year’s event, hosted Aug. 28-30, was another epic showing with numerous teams from both our membership and the public.  In the 36-hole, Shamble Better Ball-style tournament, a few champions emerged:

Overall Gross
Champions: Jess & Judy VanSchoiack
2nd Place: Bruce & Linda Caldwell

Overall Net
Champions: Terry & Connie Rogers
2nd Place: Troy & Jennifer Summers
3rd Place: Mark & Julie Hutchinson


Congratulations to these teams and thank you to everyone who participated! We look forward to seeing you all next year for the 10th anniversary of this treasured event.

By |September 5th, 2014|Golf, Lifestyle|0 Comments|

New Mountain Biking Trails Now Open

With fall on the horizon, autumn hues of orange and yellow will soon be painted across the expansive landscape surrounding our home here at Whitetail Club. And what better way to experience the changing seasons than to take a ride through the backwoods and see firsthand the beauty and adventure that awaits.

As we approach McCall’s prime mountain biking season, we are thrilled to announce that our highly-anticipated biking trails are now open and ready for riding! With nine spectacular trails designed by Park City-based Alpine Trails, our members have exclusive access to more than 10 miles of diverse terrain throughout the Club’s grounds. From breathtaking scenic jaunts to heart-pounding downhill thrill rides, we’ve got a trail for every skill set. Here’s a closer look:

Whitetail Chute: Downhill only, this thrill-ride trail features rock rollovers, berms and the occasional (optional) drop. With open views and a chance to show off your skills, this will certainly be a jewel in the trail system. Approximately one-half mile at a 10 percent average grade.

Climbing Trail/Whitetail Ladder: This trail leaves from the Fish and Swim Club and ascends through a series of switchbacks for about a mile to the ridge top, offering numerous of trail options to get riders around the property. 7 percent average grade.

Whitetail Hollow Trail Multi-Direction: Providing the most intimate alpine feel of the trails, Whitetail Hollow Trail Multi-Direction allows riders to traverse between the ridge and the lower meadow area of Whitetail Club. Featuring large trees and a number of beautiful vistas at switchback platforms, this will be a great workout for those climbing the trail. Approximately one mile at a 9 percent average grade.

Ridgetop Trail: Running parallel to Migratory Ridge Road, this trail […]

Chef Topple’s Summer Salads

It’s the midst of summer and we are all busily preparing for the Labor Day barbecues, beachside picnics and the family gatherings where priceless memories are made.

To help us out with some great summer eating tips, Whitetail Executive Chef Topple appeared this week on Good Morning Idaho to debut two takes on the ideal summer supper (or lunch): salad! A go-to meal during the warm months, salad is an easy way to fill up without heating up your kitchen through extensive use of your oven and stove. Whether you pack them in a picnic basket, enjoy them on the porch or pop into the Lake Grill to get one from the man himself, these salads are sure to satisfy.

Roasted Beet Salad with Pecan Oatmeal Crusted Goat Cheese and Hazelnut Dressing

Shopping List:

12 whole baby beets or 6 large beets, various colors, tops removed ends trimmed
2 cups of arugula
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup of toasted hazelnuts
¼ cup of white wine vinegar
2 cups light virgin olive oil
½ cup of goat cheese
½ cup of crushed oatmeal
¼ cup of crushed pecans

Get cooking! Click here to learn how to make the roasted beet salad from Chef Topple.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Spinach Salad

Shopping List:

½ cup olive oil
½ cup ranch dressing
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves cut into 1 inch cubes
2 rashers of bacon, cooked and chopped
6 oz. baby spinach, picked and washed

This one is about as easy as it gets! Click here for step-by-step instructions for the best Chicken Bacon Ranch salad from Chef.