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French Cuisine Cooking School: Blair House Inn

July 18th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

French Cuisine cooking schoolBlair House Inn’s recent Classic French cooking school was a complete success. A class of 7 put together some exceptional dishes and had a ball in the kitchen. Chef Chris started Monday by having students prepare Cognac Shrimp, Steak au Poivre, and Dauphinoise Potatoes with homemade bread. Lemon Curd Crepes rounded out the first meal of the week. A good start to an exciting three days of French Cuisine.

Everyone was excited to get a running start Tuesday morning despite the rain pouring outside. The smells drifting out of the kitchen had mouths watering all day. Herbs and Goat Cheese Fritattas got breakfast off to a wonderful start. Served with Tomato Basil Sauce and Rosemary Lavender Potatoes on the side. Pear Clafouti with Crème Fraiche rounded out a hearty breakfast.

The students needed the extra energy to push through a full day of cooking. Laughs filled the kitchen all afternoon while students prepared French Onion Soup, Cog au Vin, Lemongrass and Garlic Rice, and vegetables drizzled with compound butter (the heart and soul of French Cuisine). Chocolate Walnut Pot de Crème for dessert was to die for. The running joke was students forgetting whether they added sugar to recipes or adding salt instead of sugar. The little things that make new recipes and good friends so much fun. Everything worked out in the end with a few extra plates just to make sure. Tuesday dinner featured some true highlights of French Cuisine. Beef Bourguignon, Duck a la Orange with a side of braised greens and a fresh baguette. There was just enough room left for a Crème Caramel for dessert. Full bellies and empty glasses made for a relaxing evening listening to the rain in the trees.

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Wednesday cooking school served Eggs Florentine with Hollandaise Sauce and homemade Brioche to soak up all the Hollandaise goodness. After preparing a lunch of Charcuterie Sandwiches on homemade Rosemary Cheese flatbread and fresh Mayonnaise the class packed everything up for a field trip to Bella Vista Ranch. Bella Vista is a local olive oil producer set on a beautiful vineyard in the Texas hill country. Everyone came back full and happy. A great end to a eventful cooking school.

This was one of our best groups of cooking schools guests. The kitchen was full of laughter and mouthwatering smells. Speaking as someone who sits in the office ten feet from the kitchen, the smell was overwhelming. Blair House Inn offers so many opportunities to come learn world class cooking techniques. I want full classes every week. Our French Cuisine cooking school is only the tip of the iceberg. Take a look at our website to see the variety of cooking schools we offer. I’m sure you will find something to sink your teeth into.

Summer Cooking School: The Blair House Inn

June 24th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

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Blair House Inn has a summer cooking school to bring out your inner chef. Everyone enjoys seafood, but not everyone can prepare a great dish. The new Mediterranean Seafood cuisine summer cooking school can fix that. Our chef Chris Huffman will show you how to prepare some wonderful dishes to please even the pickiest eaters.  Our Mediterranean class is perfect for vegetarians. Most of our dishes focus on quality ingredients without using meat products. Add in a well prepared seafood main course and everyone will be happy.

Now if BBQ is what your looking for, join us at the Blair House Inn Barbeque Camp summer 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. In Texas, BBQ is king. Come to Blair House Inn summer cooking school and be the king of the neighborhood!

July 22nd – 24th:New! Mediterranean Seafood 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 in Puff Pastry, Calamari, Fresh Fish Filet with Tomato Herb Sauce, Baklava, Classic Greek Salad, Focaccia, Polenta and Crema Catalana. This class features a variety of seafood dishes. These are just a sampling of what you have to look forward to on your journey.

August 5th – 7th : Barbeque Camp! (Featured on the Food Network)

– Summer in Texas means BBQ, and if you’re tired of the same old brisket, this is a class designed especially for you! Learn the finest wood smoking with the Big Green Egg and grilling techniques, and try your hand at these lively recipes.  Dishes like Cedar Planked Wild King Salmon with Jerk Spice and Mango Salsa, St. Louis Style Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Coke Glaze, Beer Can Chicken, Texas Brisket, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Ice Cream will add excitement to any cook-out. Be the star of the neighborhood!

Barbeque Camp: Blair House Inn Cooking School

June 5th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

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Blair House Inn invites you to summertime in the Texas hill country. Swimming in the river. Lounging by the pool. Cold drinks at sunset. Dinner with friends and relatives. And summer would not be summer without cooking some delicious BBQ. Would you like to learn some new techniques and recipes to send your next meal over the top? If you’re tired of the same old brisket and ribs, join us at the Blair House Inn Barbeque Camp, as featured on the Food Network, June 17th–19th. This is a class designed specifically to elevate standard barbeque to an art!

Learn the finest wood smoking with the Big Green Egg and grilling techniques, and try your hand at these lively recipes.  Dishes like Cedar Plank Wild King Salmon with Jerked Spice and Mango Salsa, St. Louis Style Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Coke Glaze, Beer Can Chicken, Texas Brisket, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Ice Cream will add excitement to any cook-out. Be the star of the neighborhood!

Blair House Inn Texas Barbeque Camp, June 17th – 19th.

Only a few spots are still available for a unique experience with our trained chef. Book your spot today.

Texas Hill Country Kitchen VIDEO Series | Grasshopper Pie: Part 3

May 23rd, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

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Check out our NEW video! Learn how to make a delicious Grasshopper Pie.

Do you love to cook or know someone who does? The Blair House Inn offers over 25 Cooking Schools per year. View the complete schedule on our website or click here.  For our guests that can’t get away during the week we offer 2-day Individual cooking seminars with our chef. Get your hands dirty in the kitchen with Chef Chris and help prepare a five-course gourmet dinner fit for a king! Bring home the recipes and enjoy with family and friends. Savor the flavor of the Hill Country at the Blair House Inn!

Texas Hill Country Kitchen VIDEO Series | Grasshopper Pie: Part 2

May 10th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

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Check out our NEW video! Learn how to make a delicious Grasshopper Pie.

Interested in learning more? Do you love to cook or know someone who does? The Blair House Inn offers over 25 Cooking Schools per year varying in theme and are open to people of all skill levels. View the complete schedule on our website or click here.  For our guests that can’t get away during the week we offer 2-day Individual cooking seminars with our chef. Get your hands dirty in the kitchen with Chef Chris and help prepare a five-course gourmet dinner fit for a king! Bring home the recipes and enjoy with family and friends. Enjoy the Texas Hill Country at the Blair House Inn!

 

Texas Hill Country Kitchen VIDEO Series | Grasshopper Pie: Part 1

May 8th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

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Check out our new video! Join us in our Hill Country kitchen with our Assistant Kasi. Learn to make a delicious Grasshopper Pie!

Stay tuned for more videos from the Blair House Inn kitchen!

Are you interested in joining us for a Cooking School? View the full schedule on our website or call for more details, 512-847-1111.

 

Cooking with Fresh Herbs in the Texas Hill Country

March 6th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Basil vs. Caterpillar (time-lapse)

Fresh herbs can add an abundance of flavor to any dish.  Utilizing the freshness will give any dish an impact that no dried herb can emulate.  At the Blair House we grow them all summer long, picking off what we need for our dishes, making pesto, and preserving them for use during the winter.

When working with fresh herbs, some people get stuck on how exactly to go about using them.  In our Cooking with Fresh Herbs class we will address multiple techniques on utilizing a wide range of herbs.  We will address how to plant and maintain your own garden in the region you live in.

Here are a few techniques for chopping herbs to add to your dishes, as well as how you can save any extra herbs for use later on. happy mother´s day

Washing Herbs – Herbs are plants, and like most plants, they are exposed to nature.  We will show you how to properly harvest, wash, and dry to ensure a healthy practice with cooking.

Removing Stems – When working with herbs such as parsley, dill, and sage, removing the main stem or stalk is the most important part.  For rosemary, thyme, and herbs with a woody stalk you will want to strip the leaves at their base to avoid any bitterness.  You will learn  how to determine what process to use with which herbs.

Chopping Herbs – Each herbs have different methods of chopping to utilize the most impact of flavor and presentation for your dishes.

Preserving & Drying – Extra chopped herbs can easily be preserved by freezing in ice cube trays, covering with a teaspoon of water and frozen.  Frozen herb-sickles can be added to soups or dishes as they are heating for a fresh burst of flavor in winter months.  Drying herbs at the end of the growing season can be utilized for months after summer has passed.

Our next Fresh Herbed cooking school is April 1 – 3 and there is still available space.  Call or follow this link to book your reservation.

Texas Bed and Breakfast Spring Break Getaway

February 26th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

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There’s no need to book a plane ticket for spring break this year when there are so many options for Spring Breakers in Texas this year. Been there? Done that? Are you looking for something new to do? Or a quick getaway for Spring Break? The Texas Hill Country is right in our backyard with plenty to do from winery visits to hiking and biking. March is the perfect time to venture to the Hill Country for some fun and relaxation.

With spring break just around the corner some of you are frantically search for the perfect place to get away. Explore the heart of the Hill Country from our Texas bed and breakfast, the Blair House Inn. We are located in the charming town of Wimberley, just an hour south of Austin and hour north of San Antonio, we are in the center of it all. There’s something for everyone.

Top things to do during your Spring Break at Blair House Inn:

For Wine Connoisseurs and Foodies:

For Adventurers and Outdoor Enthusiast:

  • Book a tour with Wimberley Zip Line and soar through the air while soaking up the Hill Country views.
  • Hike the Blair House nature trail or take out the guest bikes and meander through the rolling hills of Wimberley Valley.
  • Grab your binoculars for some wonderful bird watching, the Blair House is home to many beautiful birds and other wildlife.

For Art Lovers and Treasure Hunters:

  • Browse through the many unique shops and art galleries located in downtown Wimberley. You’re sure to finds some unusual treasures.
  • Stop by the Wimberley Glass Works for a glass blowing experience that’s truly unforgettable.
  • Peruse through the halls at the Blair House Gallery and enjoy the art of local artists.

 

Don’t miss out on a unique Spring break destination, the Texas Hill Country. Make reservations now as space is limited. Call for more details or book online.

Country French Cooking Classes

February 20th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Your cooking vacation in the Texas Hill Country with the Blair House Inn means fabulous food and fun. Explore the quant shops of Wimberley, and taste some of the best wines and cheeses while relaxing at country vineyards or living it up in chic wine shops and bistros. Your French culinary class will include hands-on cookery courses, and  excursions to local farms and vineyards. Accommodations vary and are available by first reserved.SOUFFLÉ de COURGETTES à L´ESTRAGON

March 4th – 6th: Classic French Cuisine - 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 carnard (duck) served with an orange sauce. Prepare delectable desserts like Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Coulis and Crème Caramel. The Chef will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking.

Call (512) 847-1111 or book online for reservations.

 

 

Texas Bed and Breakfast Spring Getaway: Bluebonnets & Barbeque!

February 12th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Chappell Hill Texas

 

Spring is in the air at this Texas bed and breakfast. Escape to the hill country and enjoy the Texas State Flower, the Bluebonnet, in all it’s glory. And, if that isn’t enough, over 5,000 varieties of wild flowers carpet the rolling hills of the central Texas Hill Country. Red, blue and yellow flowers sprout up along the country roads and highways, a truly beautiful sight for sore eyes after the cold brown winter. You can never start planning your next vacation too early, wildflower season is one of Texas bed and breakfast’s busiest seasons.

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Celebrate the coming of the season and enjoy spring like a true Texan with bluebonnets and barbeque. Meander the country roads soaking up the colorful woosh of wildflowers as you speed by. Stop at one of the areas best barbeque joints the Salt Lick for some finger lickin’ good brisket and ribs. Or better yet, register for the BBQ Camp at the Blair House Inn and learn to make your own marinades, sauces, and all the fixings to go with it. The Blair House Inn is national recognized as a destination cooking school. We offer hands on three day themed cooking schools in the unique setting of a Texas bed and breakfast.

Bluebonnet Field, Ellis County, Texas

Are you crazy about wildflowers? Well you’re not alone. Check out the Wild About Texas Wildflowers website for up-to-date wildflower sights. Let’s hope and pray for a just a little more rain to give those little sprouts a bit of a push this season. Feast your eyes on the beauty of the season this coming spring and fill your bellies with best barbeque in town. And if your hungry for more than just drive in the country, book a stay with us at the Blair House Inn and make a vacation out of wildflower season. Enjoy our Texas bed and breakfast at the height of the spring.

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