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April 21st, 2016 by blairhouseinn

Texas-Hill-Country-Sunset-ViewRecently, Blair House Inn has been featured in a couples of articles highlighting the must see stops in the Texas hill country. Spring is in full swing with eager travelers vacationing to Wimberley and the surrounding destinations. Colorful fields of bluebonnets and wildflowers bring many to the hill country, but the many shops, restaurants, wineries, and of course Blair House Inn show there is much more to enjoy.

Texas Highways magazine published a great article featuring a few highlights around our little town of Wimberley. They take a moment to acknowledge the resilience of residents after last years floods and their determination to not let it keep them down. Wimberley has bounced back in a big way, installing a huge art project of giant painted boots around town. An attraction that has become a bit of a scavenger hunt for the more than 50 in the area. Continuing with seasonal festivals and making sure the natural landscape is as beautiful as ever.

Travel Gumbo has also posted a piece about our cooking classes. Michelle Carr joined us for a three day themed cooking class and was happy to include us in her article on discovering the hill country. Blair House Inn’s national known cooking classes are perfect for the chef’s in the family or those trying to learn a new skill. Chef Chris Huffman works hands on with each student to gain the most from each class. Themes range from Italian, French, and Mediterranean to New Orleans cuisine and our newest class, Spanish cuisine. Our cooking classes are a lot of fun and no one leaves on an empty stomach.

These articles only scratch the surface of places and things to see in Wimberley. Come join us at Blair House Inn for a romantic weekend getaway and enjoy Wimberley and the Texas hill country for yourself.

 

Best of Hays 2015

April 3rd, 2016 by blairhouseinn

Best of Hays

Recently, Blair House Inn was named one of the best day spa’s in Hays County. The San Marcos Daily Record has a yearly voting poll to showcase the best businesses and individuals in the Hays county area. Many businesses were recognized for their outstanding service and commitment to the community. We take pride in recognition of the hard work we do at Blair House Inn. Having a day spa on property for our guests to enjoy is a unique feature among bed and breakfast. Our licensed massage therapists provide excellent service while striving to always improve. Spa appointments are available to guests staying on property as well as guests merely joining us for a spa visit. We offer a variety of treatments for all levels of comfort. Take a look at some examples and give us a call to make an appointment at the Blair House Day Spa today.

Aromatherapy Massage
Enjoy a relaxing Swedish or Deep Tissue massage using four essential oils and hot, steamy towels to sooth and relax tense muscles.

Hot Stone Massage
The warmth and energy from the hot stones transmits soothing warmth which combined with the pressure of the massage strokes, loosen and melts stiff muscles into submission. Releases stress, creates a feeling of well-being, balance and a sense of wholeness.

Lomi Lomi Massage
Given in a fluid, rhythmic motion, Lomi-Lomi relaxes the nervous system, increases circulation and creates a sense of well-being as it works with the body’s natural flow and rhythm. Our traditional Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi massage boasts several deep tissue massage techniques. This legacy of techniques is the product of generations of contribution, and works wonders to deepen your state of consciousness and promote a higher level of healing.

Acupressure Facial
Using organic skin care products to cleanse, exfoliate, masque, tone and rejuvenate, this full hour facial relaxes and restores balance to your skin. Along with acupressure points on the face, a neck and shoulder massage, and a choice of a hand or foot massage, this treatment leaves you in a completely pampered and relaxed state of mind.

Reflexology For Feet
In reflexology theory, points and areas on the feet, hands, and ears correspond to specific organs, bones and body systems. Reflexology uses “reflex” maps to identify areas on the feet, that may correspond with and energetic blockages in the glandular system of the body.

Hands, Feet, Scalp
Enjoy a relaxing and soothing experience of sheer bliss. Feel renewed and ready to greet the world! Peppermint oil helps to relieve tired feet. Other oils applied by request.

Raindrop Technique
With the use of Young Living Oils, a combination of eight essential oils, Valor, Thyme, Oregano, Cypress, Wintergreen, Basil, Peppermint, and Marjoram are placed along the spine. The Raindrop Technique is a method of using reflexology and massage techniques and essential oils to bring the body into structural and electrical alignment. It is designed to bring balance to the body with its relaxing and mild application. This is not considered “massage”, but rather a deep therapeutic treatment.

Gift Certificates

December 17th, 2015 by blairhouseinn

ChristmasNo need to worry about gifts this holiday season. A Blair House Inn gift certificate can be customized to fit anyone’s needs. Do you have an aspiring chef at home? Treat them to a cooking school. Our Executive Chef Chris Huffman gives hands on instruction to create delicious dishes for family and friends. Know a wonderful couple always thinking of everyone else before themselves? Spice things up with a romantic weekend getaway. Romance packages, like roses, champagne, and special bath pack, can be included in any gift certificate for that unique “something extra”. Know someone who lives close to Wimberley? Treat them to a five course gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Huffman on Saturday evening or a couples massage in our beautiful and relaxing day spa. By purchasing a Blair House Inn gift certificate, you are giving a unique gift that will be truly enjoyed and appreciated.

A few rooms are still available for Christmas and New Years Eve. We will be serving a unique five course gourmet meal Christmas Day and New Years evening complete with a champagne toast. Spend the holidays with your special someone at Blair House Inn.

 

Gift certificates can be mailed or emailed for convenience. 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 at blairhouseinn.com/gc.html

2016 Cooking School Schedule

October 20th, 2015 by blairhouseinn

2016 Cooking School Schedule
 
Blair House Inn is ready to present the 2016 cooking school schedule. Next year will be full of great eats in the Texas hill country. Chef Chris Huffman has returned to the kitchen and is ready to work hands on with cooking school guests to teach the best techniques and delicious 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. Don’t forget about the Holiday class at the end of the year. Spend some time learning to make the perfect holiday meal with us. The 2016 cooking school schedule also features a new class: Spanish Cuisine. Learn the rich history of Spanish influence on world cuisine. Chef Chris has put together an excellent selection of dishes to highlight the flavors and variety of ingredients used in Spanish style cooking.

Take a look at the 2016 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.

 
January 11-13: 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.

February 1-3: 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.

February 15-17: Country French – 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!

March 7-9: 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 21-23: 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.

April 4-6: 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 18-20: Spanish Cuisine – New for 2016, this class will teach the technique and history of Spanish cuisine. Traditional favorites like paella and arroz con pollo will serve as a backbone for the flavors that make up Spanish style cooking. Enjoy potato and chorizo trinxat, tortilla espanola, salmorejo, and a traditional favorite- cocido, a stew made with chicken, pork, chick peas, vegetables, and smoked paprika. Discover the influence and taste of Spanish cuisine around the world.

May 9-11 : 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.

May 23-25: 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.

June 6-8: 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.

June 20-22: 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.

July 11-13: 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 25-27: 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.

August 8-10: 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.

August 22-24: Spanish Cuisine – New for 2016, this class will teach the technique and history of Spanish cuisine. Traditional favorites like paella and arroz con pollo will serve as a backbone for the flavors that make up Spanish style cooking. Enjoy potato and chorizo trinxat, tortilla espanola, salmorejo, and a traditional favorite- cocido, a stew made with chicken, pork, chick peas, vegetables, and smoked paprika. Discover the influence and taste of Spanish cuisine around the world.

September 5-7: 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.

September 19-21: 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.

October 3-5: Oktoberfest German Cuisine – The Texas Hill Country has a long tradition of German culinary influences. Spend Oktoberfest with Blair House Inn and learn some classic dishes, such as, German Pot Roast known as Sauerbraten, Pork Schnitzel, Bratwurst with Sauerkraut and Potato Pancakes, and Braised Red Cabbage. End your meal with rich German Black Forest Cake and Apple Strudel for dessert. I’m sure we will find some room for a German beer or two. Prost!

October 17-19: 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.

November 14-16: 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.

November 28-30: 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!

December 12-14: 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!

Welcome Back Chef Chris Huffman

September 1st, 2015 by blairhouseinn

Chef Chris HuffmanBlair House Inn is thrilled to welcome back chef Chris Huffman. Chef Huffman helped elevate the cuisine and improve the cooking schools at Blair House. He is sure to bring some new energy into the kitchen. We are in the process of creating the new cooking school schedule and Chris has some great ideas for next year. His insight into teaching cooking schools is an invaluable benefit for anyone wanting to learn some new recipes or just wanting improve their skills. The schools are a hands on approach to cooking and a history lesson into the origin of the food being prepared. Chef Chris Huffman runs a well rounded school to make anyone a hit at their next dinner party.

Chris was born and raised in Longview, Texas. He attended the Culinary Academy of Austin, presently known as the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. After graduation, Chris was employed by the popular South Congress restaurant Mars. From there, he worked his way up to become sous chef of Jeffrey’s Restaurant & Bar, working with many talented chefs. An Austin landmark for more than four decades, Jeffrey’s has been the restaurant of choice for presidents, governors, celebrities, and rock stars. After relocating to the Hill Country Chris opened the Goodnight Diner in Dripping Springs, where he and his wife Jana, a pastry chef, served up “comfort by the plateful”. After Chris and Jana decided to start a family, Chris accepted the position as Executive Chef and Instructor at the Blair House Inn. Chris moved over to The Mercantile last year to help a friend get his restaurant up and running. The mercantile is a tasty little tapas bar with hand picked selection of wine from the region. Having handing off the reigns in the kitchen to a fellow chef, Chris decided to come back to Blair House with the new owners, Chris and Lois Mahoney. We have really put together a wonderful group of people at the Blair House Inn. Come have fun with us. Welcome back Chef Chris Huffman!

Wimberley Events

July 8th, 2015 by blairhouseinn

Wimberley EventsEnjoy a romantic weekend getaway at the Blair House Inn bed and breakfast. Bring that special someone to Wimberley this weekend for some fun, music, and relaxation. Lounge by the pool or take in the local events. Wimberley and the surrounding area will be having several exciting events. The Lumberyard center in the town square is hosting a Wimberley Relief Event Saturday, July 11 from 12-4pm benefiting families and residents still cleaning up from the floods. Wimberley business is up and running trying to help residents get things back to normal. All visitors to Wimberley should know the town is ready and welcoming to anyone ready to visit. Except for some brush piles and broken homes, everything is 100%.  So come join us this weekend for some fun. There will be live music, beer and wine, and plenty of food to eat. Maybe you will win the washer tournament or find a new pet at the Wag Rescue booth. For a $20 recommended donation, you can help Wimberley residents and have a great afternoon listening to music and enjoying local food. Don’t miss out on any of the other Wimberley events this weekend. There is definitely something for everyone.

Wimberley’s Second Saturday Gallery Trail – Saturday, July 11, 4-7pm
Monthly event sponsored by numerous art galleries in Wimberley. Each event offers art, food, drink and entertainment. Go to any participating gallery, pick up a map and make a night of it!

Catch Me If You Can presented by The Wimberley Players – July 10 & 11, 7:30pm; July 12 at 2:30pm
An engaging musical based on an incredible true story full of spectacular dance numbers—a big, bold musical delight! A teenager with boyish charm, a big imagination and millions in forged checks runs away and successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer—until an FBI agent catches up with him.

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015

June 22nd, 2015 by blairhouseinn

TripAdvisor Certificate of ExcellenceBlair House Inn has been awarded another TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2015. Five years in a row we have earned this rating by providing the best service and quality. We offer amenities and service above and beyond the status quo. A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence means we have a consistently high rating with our guests. We also maintain a high rank among bed and breakfast both locally and nationally. Take a look at our TripAdvisor listing and see for yourself why we have been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

“32nd Anniversary- Excellent Choice of B&B”
Jeff A. 5 of 5 stars
Chris and Lois made our three day stay quite enjoyable. We stayed in the Laredo suite. Very comfortable bed, spa type bathroom and awesome views. Breakfast was like a box of chocolates. Never knew what you were going to get but always a treat. Highly recommend Blair House Inn.

“Mini-honeymoon”
J. C. 5 of 5 stars
We were looking for a quiet place to unwind and enjoy being together after our wedding, and we chose the Blair House for our mini-getaway. We stayed two nights in the San Miguel cottage, and I couldn’t have asked for a better retreat. The bed was so luxurious, it was hard to stay out of (not a problem for us!), but we did manage to get out a bit for a massage (divine!!), a walk around the property (beautiful surroundings!!), and a swim in the pool and hot tub (beautiful views!!). The breakfasts were delicious, and the dessert and drinks in the evening were a beautiful touch… I don’t drink, and when I informed them of this when they called pre-stay to inquire about what we wanted and asked for sparkling cider instead of wine with dessert, they were happy to oblige my request. It was so hard to leave this place! The ultimate sanctuary for a romantic getaway!! Looking forward to another stay in the future!!

“Loved the Texas cooking class”
Mike-N-Linda 5 of 5 stars
We signed up for the cooking classes and were not disappointed. Brian is a world class chef, and besides showing us how to make excellent barberque, ribs, steaks, brisket, he also gave us a refesher in baking methods that were much more efficient than anything we had learned. We baked homade breads, pies, beignets, tarts, etc and they were outstanding, He also gave us a course on smoking meats including salmon and chicken. Truly an outstanding program at an outstanding facility. We look forward to our next trip in November.

 

Mother’s Day Gift Certificate

May 7th, 2015 by blairhouseinn

Mother's day gift certificate

It’s not too late to get your wonderful mother a Mother’s Day gift certificate from Blair House Inn. Since moms have one of the hardest jobs in the world, why not give a great weekend getaway and let us do the pampering. There is nothing like a relaxing weekend getaway to help mom forget all the stress of the year. Maybe she needs an afternoon in our day spa. Your mother can be treated to a variety of massages and facials by our talented massage therapists. A rhythmic Lomi-Lomi massage might be just what the doctor ordered. A Saturday evening dinner reservation might be better for the gourmet mother’s out there. Our five course gourmet meals are sure to be the perfect evening out for the mothers wanting to sample some quality eats. We strive to make everyone feel welcome and relaxed while staying at Blair House. Let us treat your mother like the queen she is. We are positive you will find a package just right for Mother’s Day. Order your Mother’s Day gift certificate today before times runs out. Your mother doesn’t need another scarf.

Blair House Day Spa

February 16th, 2015 by blairhouseinn

Blair House Day SpaThe new year has brought some new treatments to the Blair House Day Spa. Our skilled massage therapists have decided to update existing treatments and add brand new techniques. In addition to traditional Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Botanical Facials, Blair House Day Spa now offers Aromatherapy massages and foot scrubs. Aromatherapy and Raindrop Technique massages utilize Young Living Oils to provide the highest quality experience available. We are excited to start offering these new treatments as part of our updates to the look and feel of the Day Spa. Please take a look at the descriptions for our new treatments and give us a call to schedule the perfect spa day for you at Blair House Day Spa.

Aromatherapy Massage: 60min- $100+tax
Enjoy a relaxing Swedish or Deep Tissue massage using four essential oils and hot, steamy towels to sooth and relax tense muscles.

Foot Scrub with Salt & Oils: 30min- $40+tax
This 30 minute foot scrub may be added to an hour long massage.

Reflexology For Feet: 60min- $90+tax
In reflexology theory, points and areas on the feet, hands, and ears correspond to specific organs, bones and body systems. Reflexology uses “reflex” maps to identify areas on the feet, that may correspond with and energetic blockages in the glandular system of the body.

Hands, Feet, Scalp: 45min- $55+tax
Enjoy a relaxing and soothing experience of sheer bliss. Feel renewed and ready to greet the world! Peppermint oil helps to relieve tired feet. Other oils applied by request.

Raindrop Technique: 60min- $100+tax
With the use of Young Living Oils, a combination of eight essential oils, Valor, Thyme, Oregano, Cypress, Wintergreen, Basil, Peppermint, and Marjoram are placed along the spine. The Raindrop Technique is a method of using reflexology and massage techniques and essential oils to bring the body into structural and electrical alignment. It is designed to bring balance to the body with its relaxing and mild application. This is not considered “massage”, but rather a deep therapeutic treatment.

2015 Cooking School Schedule

January 27th, 2015 by blairhouseinn

cooking schoolBlair House Inn presents our 2015 cooking school schedule. This year will be full of great eats in the Texas Hill Country. Executive Chef Brian Maher will work hands on with cooking school guests to teach the very best techniques and recipes.

We are excited to feature three new cooking schools in 2015. Our new Executive Chef Brian Maher has added an Asian Cuisine class. Students will learn the basics of traditional and not so traditional Asian fare. Impress your friends with perfect sushi rolls at your next dinner party. October brings our Oktoberfest class. There is a strong history of German food and culture in the Texas Hill Country. Come try your hand at some favorite Oktoberfest dishes and don’t forget a cold pint. A special Vegetarian Cuisine class has also been added for guests wanting to eat healthier without giving up on taste. We have selected some excellent recipes to highlight the endless possibilities of vegetarian cooking. If your hoping to keep that New Year’s resolution this year to get healthy, join us for a flavorful walk through the garden.

All the themed cooking school classes are held Monday thru Wednesday. A 20% discount on the room rate is offered to those who choose to extend their stay by an extra day. Cooking School Reservations can be made online or by calling (512) 847-1111 or toll free (877) 549-5450. All of our classes are designed to improve anyone’s skills. From novice to experienced chefs. Take a look at the 2015 cooking school schedule and find a class just right for you. We hope to see full classes and full bellies at Blair House Inn.
 

2015 Cooking School Schedule

 
January 19th – 21st: 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.

February 2nd – 4th : 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.

February 16th – 18th : 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 2nd – 4th: 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 16th – 18th : 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.

March 30th – April 1st : Asian Cuisine – A new class this year for those wanting to learn to prepare their favorite Asian Cuisine at home. Our Executive Chef will spend 3 days teaching a variety of Asian Cuisine and the fine art of Sushi. Asian dishes like Chicken Teriyaki, Miso soup, spring rolls, vegetable tempura and an assortment of Sushi rolls will have even the newest of chefs tossing the wok like a pro. Finish with sweet delights like Green Tea Crème Brulee and Tempura Ice Cream to make a meal unforgettable.

April 13th – 15th: 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 27th – 29th : 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.

May 11th – 13th : 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. Our Executive Chef will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking.

May 18th – 20th : 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.

June 8th – 10th : 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.

June 22nd – 24th: BBQ with Fresh Herbs – Take it to the next level! Learn the 3 methods of Barbeque; direct/indirect, smoking, & grilling. Utilizing the Blair House Inn herb garden, learn how to enhance the flavor of your meals. Prepare Cilantro Shrimp Kabobs, Slow Smoked Lamb Chops, Smoked Herbed Turkey Breast, Dutch-oven Pineapple Upside Down Cake, or such favorites as Lemon Herb Buttermilk Sorbet. Enhance your summer cooking by using sure fire brines and marinades.

July 6th – 8th : 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. Our Executive Chef will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking.

July 20th – 22nd : Vegetarian Cuisine – A new class this year inspired by the desire for healthy living and adding a new spin on vegetarian cuisine. Learn to make vinaigrettes, marinades, and flavored oils to enhance your experience in making your vegetables more flavorful and delicious. Wild Mushroom Polenta, Roasted Vegetable Risotto, and Black Bean Cakes with Pico de Gallo are some of the dishes that will help elevate the traditional vegetarian fare. Also, learn how to make a variety of breads such as Olive Baguettes, Dried Fig Flatbread, and Sundried Tomato Focaccia. Finish up your meal with some of our special desserts: Mango Crème Brulee, Chocolate Bread Pudding, and Tropical Fruit Tarts.

August 3rd – 5th : 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.

August 10th – 12th : 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 7th – 9th : Country French – Our Executive 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!

September 21st – 23rd : 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.

October 5th – 7th : Oktoberfest German Cuisine – The Texas Hill Country has a long tradition of German culinary influences. Spend Oktoberfest with Blair House Inn and learn some classic dishes, such as, German Pot Roast known as Sauerbraten, Pork Schnitzel, Bratwurst with Sauerkraut and Potato Pancakes, and Braised Red Cabbage. End your meal with rich German Black Forest Cake and Apple Strudel for dessert. I’m sure we will find some room for a German beer or two. Prost!

October 19th – 21st: 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.

November 2nd – 4th : Asian Cuisine – A new class this year for those wanting to learn to prepare their favorite Asian Cuisine at home. Our Executive Chef will spend 3 days teaching a variety of Asian Cuisine and the fine art of Sushi. Asian dishes like Chicken Teriyaki, Miso soup, spring rolls, vegetable tempura and an assortment of Sushi rolls will have even the newest of chefs tossing the wok like a pro. Finish with sweet delights like Green Tea Crème Brulee and Tempura Ice Cream to make a meal unforgettable.

November 16th – 18th : 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. Our Executive Chef will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking..

November 30th – December 2nd : 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!

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