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Cooking Schools

September 11th, 2014 by blairhouseinn

cooking schoolsIf you are looking for a unique vacation opportunity, then join us at Blair House Inn for one of our three day themed cooking school. Chef Brian will give hands on instruction and inside information from years of culinary training. He will share some tips and tricks to make you a star at your next dinner party. Our cooking schools are lots of fun and very informative. you will learn everything from French techniques to mouth-watering BBQ on the grill. We also offer two day weekend cooking classes as well. You will work with Chef Brian to prepare the Saturday Evening Dinner. This class is limited to two people allowing for a more focused learning experience. Find the perfect cooking school for you and start cooking. Spaces go fast.

Remaining 2014 Cooking Schools

September 22nd – 24th : Sauces 101 – This class has no shortage of flavor! Enjoy learning dishes with a common main ingredient and tasting the dramatic different flavors sauces will bring. Start by learning the Five French Mother sauces Béchamel, Veloute’, Tomato Sauce, Hollandaise, and Espanole. You will also make vinaigrettes, mayonnaises, and flavored oils. Don’t forget the dessert sauces, caramel, fruit Coulis, crème Anglaise, Chantilly cream, and syrups. Pack your friends and families taste buds with maximum flavor.

October 6th – 8th : Barbeque Camp! – Summer in Texas means BBQ. You’ll be the envy of your friends and family once you learn the secrets to preparing wonderful meals on the grill. Try your hand at Cedar Planked Wild King Salmon with Jerk Spice and Mango Salsa, St. Louis Style Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Coke Glaze, Chicken Fajitas, Texas Brisket, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

October 20th – 22nd: Taste of New Orleans – Spend 3 days & 2 nights in the beautiful Texas Hill Country while learning a variety of New Orleans cooking skills. This class will focus on the two main cuisines in and around New Orleans – Creole and Cajun – and will deliciously reflect their mix of Spanish, African, and French heritages. You will learn to prepare dishes such as award winning Gumbo, Blackened Snapper, Cajun Barbequed Shrimp, Louisiana Brined Roasted Loin of Pork, King Cake and the classic Beignet.

November 3rd – 5th : Mediterranean Cuisine – If you can’t make it to the Mediterranean this summer, let Blair House take you on a culinary tour of the region from the Strait of Gibraltar to Cypress with plenty of tasty stops along the way! You will prepare Risotto, Hummus Pita Bread, Pasta, Fruits de Mer, Calamari, Baklava, Classic Greek Salad, Focaccia, Polenta and Crema Catalana. These are just a sampling of what you have to look forward to on your journey.

November 17th – 19th : Classic French – Learn the art of haute cuisine. Create exciting fare such as Shrimp Scampi, French Onion Soup, Coq au Vin, Steak au Poivre, and Beef Bourguignon. Learn the art of roasting canard (duck) served with an orange sauce. Prepare delectable desserts like Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Coulis and Crème Caramel. Chef will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking.

December 1st – 3rd : Hill Country Holiday Feast & Baking ­- Get in the mood of the Holidays. Learn a variety of ways to cook turkey and side dishes. Make holiday dishes such as Mesquite Smoked Turkey, Chocolate Truffles, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Ginger Cookies, Classic Pecan Pie, Sweet Potato Bruleé, Pecan and Sage Cornbread Dressing, and Sausage Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Port Glaze! Make this holiday traditional, but with a twist!

Our New Chef: Brian Maher

August 11th, 2014 by blairhouseinn

Our New Chef: Brian MaherBlair House Inn is proud to introduce our new chef, Brian Maher. Brian is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America with 25 years’ experience preparing high quality, delicious cuisine. His career has included such well known restaurants as Julia Child’s Kitchen in Napa Valley and The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, among others. Brian has shown a talent for creative dinner options and traditional dishes with a unique touch. He has stepped right into hosting our nationally recognized cooking schools. Offering guests a complete view of classic technique and modern improvements on French, Italian, BBQ, & Mediterranean cuisine. Join us for a cooking school or Saturday evening dinner. Open to outside guests, as well as guests staying at Blair House, Brian Maher’s newest gourmet meal is sure to please. Enjoy a perfect weekend getaway in the Texas hill country. Join us at Blair House Inn.

September 8th – 10th : Country French Cuisine – Chef will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking. In the process, learn how to make dishes like Steak Diane, Poulet Wellington, Raspberry Tarts, and Chocolate Crème Bruleé. Plus Sauces Francais 101! Never again feel like recipes are written in a foreign language!

October 6th – 8th : Barbeque Camp! – Summer in Texas means BBQ. You’ll be the envy of your friends and family once you learn the secrets to preparing wonderful meals on the grill. Try your hand at Cedar Planked Wild King Salmon with Jerk Spice and Mango Salsa, St. Louis Style Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Coke Glaze, Chicken Fajitas, Texas Brisket, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

October 20th – 22nd: Taste of New Orleans – Spend 3 days & 2 nights in the beautiful Texas Hill Country while learning a variety of New Orleans cooking skills. This class will focus on the two main cuisines in and around New Orleans – Creole and Cajun – and will deliciously reflect their mix of Spanish, African, and French heritages. You will learn to prepare dishes such as award winning Gumbo, Blackened Snapper, Cajun Barbequed Shrimp, Louisiana Brined Roasted Loin of Pork, King Cake and the classic Beignet.

Top 50 US Bed and Breakfasts for Food

July 6th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

Top 50 US Bed and Breakfasts for FoodThe Blair House Inn restaurant was recently featured on thedailymeal.com. In an article titled, The Top 50 US Bed and Breakfasts for Food, Blair House Inn was ranked number 5. We take these awards seriously. Our goal is to provide the very best meals and accommodations to all of our guests. A few times a year Blair House is recognized for outstanding service and hospitality. We want everyone to experience the Texas Hill Country first hand. Join us for a Saturday evening dinner as a guests staying with us or make a reservation as an outside guest. Saturday evening dinners are open to everyone, depending on availability. Hopefully, thedailymeal.com article illustrates the quality of Blair House Inn. Take a look and book a stay with us today.

Don’t forget about our cooking schools. Nationally recognized courses designed to improve the cooking skills of everyone from first time cooks to seasoned chefs. Learn the tips and tricks to preparing your own award winning meals at home. Find a cooking school just right for you and give us a call to reserve your spot. Below are just a few of the upcoming classes we offer.

July 21st – 23rd : Barbeque Camp! – Summer in Texas means BBQ. You’ll be the envy of your friends and family once you learn the secrets to preparing wonderful meals on the grill. Try your hand at Cedar Planked Wild King Salmon with Jerk Spice and Mango Salsa, St. Louis Style Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Coke Glaze, Chicken Fajitas, Texas Brisket, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

September 8th – 10th : Country French Cuisine – Chef Chris will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking. In the process, learn how to make dishes like Steak Diane, Poulet Wellington, Raspberry Tarts, and Chocolate Crème Bruleé. Plus Sauces Francais 101! Never again feel like recipes are written in a foreign language!

September 22nd – 24th : Sauces 101 – This class has no shortage of flavor! Enjoy learning dishes with a common main ingredient and tasting the dramatic different flavors sauces will bring. Start by learning the Five French Mother sauces Béchamel, Veloute’, Tomato Sauce, Hollandaise, and Espanole. You will also make vinaigrettes, mayonnaises, and flavored oils. Don’t forget the dessert sauces, caramel, fruit Coulis, crème Anglaise, Chantilly cream, and syrups. Pack your friends and families taste buds with maximum flavor.

BBQ Camp

May 29th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

BBQ

Blair House Inn has a summer cooking school to bring out your inner chef. In Texas, BBQ is king. Reserve your spot in our BBQ Camp cooking school, as featured on the Food Network. This is a class designed specifically to elevate standard barbeque to an art! Learn the finest wood smoking with the Big Green Egg and outdoor grilling techniques. Slow cook a brisket till it melts in your mouth and ribs where the meat falls right off the bone. Beer can chicken and all the fixin’s. Our chef Chris Huffman will show you how to prepare some wonderful dishes to please even the pickiest eaters. Come to Blair House Inn summer cooking school and be the king of the neighborhood!

July 21st – 23rd : BBQ Camp! – Summer in Texas means BBQ. You’ll be the envy of your friends and family once you learn the secrets to preparing wonderful meals on the grill. Try your hand at Cedar Planked Wild King Salmon with Jerk Spice and Mango Salsa, St. Louis Style Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Coke Glaze, Chicken Fajitas, Texas Brisket, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

Blair House gift certificates can be customized to fit anyone’s needs. If you have an aspiring chef at home, a Cooking School would be a perfect opportunity to work alongside Executive Chef Chris Huffman who will teach them to create tasty dishes for family and friends. Or give someone special a trip to our day spa. By purchasing a Blair House gift certificate, you are giving a unique gift that will be truly enjoyed and appreciated. You can purchase gift certificates for accommodations, dinners, cooking schools, spa treatments or a specific dollar amount.

For more information or to make purchase, please call us directly at (512) 847-1111, or order online.

Cooking School

May 4th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

Cooking SchoolWe have many wonderful cooking schools coming up the next few months. If you are looking for a unique vacation opportunity, this is definitely for you. Chef Chris will give hands on instruction and inside information from years of culinary training. He is wonderful with guests; making everyone feel at home like one of the family. Our cooking schools are lots of fun and very informative. We offer two day weekend cooking classes as well. You will work with Chef Chris to prepare the Saturday Evening Dinner. This class is limited to two people allowing for a more focused learning experience. Find a cooking school perfect for you and book your spot today. Spaces go fast.

Cooking Schools

July 7th – 9th: Classic French – Learn the art of haute cuisine. Create exciting fare such as Shrimp Scampi, French Onion Soup, Coq au Vin, Steak au Poivre, and Beef Bourguignon. Learn the art of roasting canard (duck) served with an orange sauce. Prepare delectable desserts like Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Coulis and Crème Caramel. Chef Chris will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking.

July 21st – 23rd: Barbeque Camp! – Summer in Texas means BBQ. You’ll be the envy of your friends and family once you learn the secrets to preparing wonderful meals on the grill. Try your hand at Cedar Planked Wild King Salmon with Jerk Spice and Mango Salsa, St. Louis Style Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Coke Glaze, Chicken Fajitas, Texas Brisket, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

August 4th – 6th: Italian Cuisine – Come enjoy the taste of Italy as you prepare classic dishes such as Osso Buco Milanese, Roasted Red Pepper Risotto with Pine Nuts, and Italian Espresso Tiramisu. You’ll learn traditional Italian sauces such as Fresh Basil Marinara, and Roasted Garlic Alfredo, and how to make the fresh pasta and potato gnocchi.

September 8th – 10th: Country French Cuisine – Chef Chris will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking. In the process, learn how to make dishes like Steak Diane, Poulet Wellington, Raspberry Tarts, and Chocolate Crème Bruleé. Plus Sauces Francais 101! Never again feel like recipes are written in a foreign language!

September 22nd – 24th: Sauces 101 –This class has no shortage of flavor!  Enjoy learning dishes with a common main ingredient and tasting the dramatic different flavors sauces will bring.  Start by learning the Five French Mother sauces Béchamel, Veloute’, Tomato Sauce, Hollandaise, and Espanole. You will also make vinaigrettes, mayonnaises, and flavored oils. Don’t forget the dessert sauces, caramel, fruit Coulis, crème Anglaise, Chantilly cream, and syrups. Pack your friends and families taste buds with maximum flavor.

Blair House Inn on TripConnect

February 27th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

Blair House Inn is now on TripConnect. TripAdvisor.com has launched this new feature for their website. TripConnect is a powerful and exciting new way for hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts to compete for bookings. While searching for bed and breakfasts or hotels, TripConnect ranks the top properties for any given region. Search for Texas Hill Country and see Blair House Inn consistently near the top of the list. This new feature allows businesses to be more competitive with their fellow inns and hotels. Blair House Inn is eager to see how TripConnect drives business. As with any new opportunity, there will be some growing pains. However, we are confident in our bed and breakfast and know that we will continue to rank highly on TripAdvisor. So now, with TripConnect, come stay with us a Blair House Inn.tripconnect

 

Spring and summer are fast approaching. Blair House Inn has plenty of room for everyone. A few days remain for Spring Break weeks. Come to the Hill Country for Easter weekend. Reserve a spot in one of our famous cooking schools. Enjoy a relaxing massage in our day spa. Let the hot tub soak your troubles away. Take that special someone on a romantic getaway into the heart of Texas. Or join us for our Saturday Evening dinners. We have so much to offer. Blair House Inn is proud to create the perfect experience for everyone who stays with us. We believe a good reputation come from hard work and good word of mouth. New online features like TripConnect makes us available to more viewers. Our superior bed and breakfast keeps guests coming back year after year. Go to TripAdvisor.com and see the TripConnect in action. Find the perfect combination of days and services to book your perfect getaway into the Texas Hill Country. Spend a memorable weekend at the Blair House Inn.

Upcoming Cooking Schools at Blair House Inn

February 20th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

cooking schools

March is a busy month for upcoming cooking schools here at Blair House Inn. Every week we host a different hands-on cooking school for our guests. Some are already sold out. Some only have a few spots remaining. There is even room left for the very popular Barbeque Camp in April. That will go fast! We love sharing our love of food and cooking with as many people as we can. We want to kick off the cooking school season with a bang. Bring your husband or wife to the Texas hill country. Bring your friends. Have a girls trip. Everyone is invited. Call, 512-847-1111, or book online for your spot in our upcoming cooking schools at Blair House Inn.

 

Cooking Schools

March 3rd – 5th : Taste of New Orleans– Spend 3 days & 2 nights in the beautiful Texas Hill Country while learning a variety of New Orleans cooking skills. This class will focus on the two main cuisines in and around New Orleans – Creole and Cajun – and will deliciously reflect their mix of Spanish, African, and French heritages. You will learn to prepare dishes such as award winning Gumbo, Blackened Snapper, Cajun Barbequed Shrimp, Louisiana Brined Roasted Loin of Pork, King Cake and the classic Beignet.

March 17th – 19th : Italian Cuisine – Come enjoy the taste of Italy as you prepare classic dishes such as Osso Buco Milanese, Roasted Red Pepper Risotto with Pine Nuts, and Italian Espresso Tiramisu. You’ll learn traditional Italian sauces such as Fresh Basil Marinara, and Roasted Garlic Alfredo, and how to make the fresh pasta and potato gnocchi.

March 31st – 2nd : Mediterranean Cuisine – If you can’t make it to the Mediterranean this summer, let Blair House take you on a culinary tour of the region from the Strait of Gibraltar to Cypress with plenty of tasty stops along the way! You will prepare Risotto, Hummus Pita Bread, Pasta, Fruits de Mer, Calamari, Baklava, Classic Greek Salad, Focaccia, Polenta and Crema Catalana. These are just a sampling of what you have to look forward to on your journey.

April 21st – 23rd: Barbeque Camp! – Summer in Texas means BBQ. You’ll be the envy of your friends and family once you learn the secrets to preparing wonderful meals on the grill. Try your hand at Cedar Planked Wild King Salmon with Jerk Spice and Mango Salsa, St. Louis Style Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Coke Glaze, Chicken Fajitas, Texas Brisket, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

Wellness Vacation at Blair House Inn

February 12th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney

The pursuit of a wellness vacation is something we take seriously here at Blair House Inn. Recently, this article came across my desk from traveltowellness.com. I think it expresses the same ideas we hope for our guests. Life in the Texas hill country is a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Something we want to share with as many guests as possible. Whether it be a romantic getaway, spa day with the girls, or preparing healthy meals at our cooking schools. Your time here can be as exciting or relaxing as you wish. Find the goal and direction you want to travel and let us help you get there. Come to the Texas hill country for your wellness vacation at Blair House Inn.
 
Wellness Vacation

What to ask yourself before booking a wellness vacation.

 
1. What is the intent or goal of my wellness vacation?
Perhaps it’s to lose weight? Learn how to make healthier food choices? Enjoy a bit of “Me Time” to reconnect with Self? Learn how to manage stress? Give it some thought. What do you really need to maintain, promote or kick-start a healthy lifestyle?

2. How much do I want to spend on this time away?
The last thing you want to do is stress over money. Remember you don’t necessarily need to travel far from home for a wellness vacation. Depending on where you live and your goal, you may find a suitable wellness vacation destination in your own town or within an easy drive.

3. Who might be my best wellness vacation companion?
Think about someone you simply love to enjoy time with. Significant other? Sister? Girl friends? Perhaps you’d love to meet new like-minded people. Try to avoid travelling with people who may be a trigger for stress. Instead, look for travel companions who calm you and make you feel good about yourself.

4. What kind of food do I want?
Since food is the foundation of a wellness lifestyle, and what we eat is something that we have absolute control over – think about what type of food you want on your wellness vacation. Healthy gourmet? Buffet with lots of healthy food options? Calorie controlled? Fresh, local, seasonal? You decide.

5. How do I want to spend my daytime hours?
Getting physical in the great outdoors? Participating in yoga classes and educational sessions? Hanging out at the spa? Enjoying local foodie tours and cultural activities? All of the above? Or, something else? Your answers will help you trim the list of possible destinations.

Blair House Inn: 2014 Cooking School

October 8th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

 

2014 Cooking SchoolBlair House Inn is ready to present the 2014 cooking school schedule. Next year will be full of great eats in the Texas hill country. Chef Chris will work hands on with cooking school guests to teach the very best techniques and recipes. Do you want to learn how to prepare a classic Italian or French meal for friends and relatives? We have got you covered. Want to blow away everyone with mouthwatering BBQ? Summer BBQ camp will turn you into a grill master. The 2014 cooking school schedule also features an old favorite: Taste of New Orleans. Cajun and Creole cooking to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Maybe the Sauces 101 class is what you’re looking for. A selection of recipes designed to teach the 5 mother sauces of French cuisine. Master this class and always have a trick up your sleeve to send meals over the top. Take a look at the 2014 cooking school schedule. Find a class that is just right for you. We hope to see full classes and full bellies at Blair House Inn.

 Blair House Inn 2014 Cooking School Schedule

January 20th-22nd ~ Sauces 101

February 3rd-5th ~ Italian Cuisine

February 17th-19th ~ Mediterranean Cuisine

March 3rd-5th ~ Taste of New Orleans

March 10th-12th ~ Italian Cuisine

March 17th-19th ~ Italian Cuisine

March 31st-2nd ~ Mediterranean Cuisine

April 21st-23rd ~ BBQ Camp

May 5th-7th ~ Cooking with Fresh Herbs

May 19th-21st ~ Classic French

June 9th-11th ~ Italian Cuisine

June 23rd-25th ~ BBQ with Fresh Herbs

July 7th-9th ~ Classic French

July 21st-23rd ~ BBQ Camp

August 4th-6th ~ Italian Cuisine

September 8th-10th ~ Country French

September 22nd-24th ~ Sauces 101

October 6th-8th ~ BBQ Camp

October 20th-22nd ~ Taste of New Orleans

November 3rd-5th ~ Mediterranean Cuisine

November 17th-19th ~ Country French

December 1st-3rd ~ Holiday Feast and Baking

Guest Reviews: Blair House Inn

September 9th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Texas summer

We wanted to take a moment to share some positive guest reviews for the Blair House Inn. August was one of our best months ever. Our BBQ Cooking School sold out and was a big success. Lots of anniversaries, honeymoons, and romantic getaways before the school year starts. Labor Day celebrations in Wimberley and the surrounding Texas hill country brought in tons of people. Everyone wanted to get one more weekend of fun before all work and no play. Blair House Inn is committed to providing the absolute best for our guests. We take pride in our efforts and are proud to share our guest reviews with everyone to show the impact we have on our guests. Please take a look at some guest reviews and think about how much fun you could be having with us at Blair House Inn.

 Guest Reviews

We are not a big fan of B&B’s however the Blair House is in a class of its own. What we disliked about our experience at other inn’s was just the opposite at the Blair House. The property and rooms are maintained as though they are brand new. Service is superb. The inn keepers engage with their guests professionally and are not overbearing knowing when it is time to rest a conversation . If your looking for a quiet getaway with someone special, the Blair House is an excellent choice. Larry_Sylvia2013, Magnolia

My wife and I just returned from a few days at the Blair House Inn, celebrating our 24th anniversary. This place is truly a slice of paradise. Beautiful B&B, beautiful grounds, a pool overlooking the hill country, incredible staff, and the gourmet breakfast, wow… It’s awesome! There are many things to do, or you can relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. We will return to the Blair House Inn! I would highly recommend this place! — Jimmy J., San Antonio

5 of 5 stars

This place is wonderful! Beautiful, peaceful & excellent service. The rooms are nicely decorated and the beds are very comfortable. Nice relaxing pool for just unwinding and the wine & dessert in the afternoon is a nice treat. We are planning to come back for our anniversary. Crosa3, Houston

My wife and I enjoyed our second stay at Wimberley’s Blair House early August to help celebrate my wife’s birthday. Our first visit was about twenty years earlier, but Blair House has only gotten better – more rooms and services (like massages).
The location is great for exploring Wimberley’s and the surrounding Hill Country area. Rooms, beds and shared areas are great and the food is outstanding! The site is terrific with beautiful grounds complete with hummingbirds and country setting. Lawrence J., Rowlett

5 of 5 stars

My wife enjoyed our 50th Anniversary at Blair House and we totally enjoyed ourselves. I can safely say without any reservations that Blair House rates among the top two in inns for us. We have stayed at Blair House in the past and really enjoyed it; and plan to revisit maybe in the Dec ’13 to Jan ’14 time-frame when the weather is a little crisp and then we can enjoy their winter hospitality. The chef at Blair House is superior. The meals are prepared with a great deal of TLC; and, the owners and their staff are just fine folks; Texas folks you know! Jim D., Montgomery

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