May 20th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney
Would you like to gain the courage and skill to prepare delectable dishes that are sure to impress your family and friends? How about presenting dishes that would make Julia Child proud? Then the Blair House Cooking School is just the place for you. Our French classes offer classic recipes with explosion of taste. You will learn classic techniques will preparing dishes such as, Coq au Vin, Steak au Poivre, and Beef Bourguignon. We have a few spaces left for registration for May 27th – 29th and July 15th – 17th.
Maybe seafood is more your style. Would you like to learn more ways to prepare healthier dishes than just the usual baked or grilled? Then sign up for our Mediterranean Seafood class. Chef offers great recipes such as Fruits de Mer in Puff Pastry, Calamari, and Fresh Fish Filet with Tomato Herb Sauce. You can log on to our website www.blairhouseinn.com or call us and reserve you space for our July 22nd – 24th class.
Don’t wait because our classes do fill up and we would love to have you join us for an experience you will have for a life time!
May 10th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney
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!
May 8th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney
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.
April 23rd, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards
2 cups flour
1 Tbs baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
½ cup sugar
¼ tsp salt
1/3 cup butter flavored Crisco
¾ cup buttermilk
¾ cup pecans, chopped
1 each egg
1 tsp water
2 Tbs coarse sugar
Sift and stir dry ingredients together.
Cut in the shortening.
Add buttermilk and pecans. Stir to hold together.
Pat out on a well-floured board and work only lightly, forming a large disc about one inch thick, cut shapes and sizes as desired.
Before baking, brush tops with egg beaten with 1 teaspoon water.
Sprinkle with large grained sugar.
Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven on greased cookie sheets. Bake for about 1minute.
Serve or cool on racks.
Note: The unbaked scones freeze well. Do not brush with egg or sprinkle on the sugar before freezing. Frozen scones take 20 minutes to bake.
April 23rd, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards
4 packages graham crackers
2 sticks butter, melted
2 cups shredded coconut
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
In food processor, finely chop cookies and then add the melted butter.
Remove the crust and press onto a cookie sheet.
Sprinkle the coconut, chocolate chips, and pecans over the crust.
Evenly pour the condensed milk over the entire pan.
Bake @ 350-degrees for 18 minutes or just until the condensed milk starts to tan up.
Let cool and cut into 32 bars (8 x 4).
Eat them all or store them in an airtight container.
April 11th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney
Spring brings flocks of beautiful birds to our Texas Hill Country Bed and Breakfast. The Blair House Inn is ideal for bird watchers, the inn rests on 22 scenic acres full of wildlife. Sit on our observation deck and wait for the deer, foxes, turkeys, roadrunners and if your lucky you might spot a bobcat. Imagine waking-up, walking onto your private porch and being greeted with the beautiful sounds of singing birds. What better way to usher in a new day?
Over 30 species of birds call this Hill Country bed and breakfast home. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars because you won’t want to miss out on these winged hill country treasures. We are excited to have seen our first turkeys on the property as a result of our new turkey feeder and habitat. Keep your eyes peeled for the Scarlet Tanager, one of the 50 percent of birds that migrate from the rainforests of Central and South America in the spring and head north to breed in the U.S. and Canada. One was spotted at the birdfeed just outside our kitchen window this week. Feast your eyes on the on the soft peachy colors on the breast and back and the dash of red under the wing of the Scissor Tail Fly Catcher. Grab your binoculars because this bird puts on a truly acrobatic show.
Enjoy the miracle of migration in the Hill Country at the Blair House Inn. Our Hill Country bed and breakfast is ideal for bird enthusiasts and nature-lovers. Order a gourmet picnic lunch to enjoy while hiking the mile long nature trail on our property. Savor a cup of coffee on the porch before our gourmet breakfast each more and watch the birds feeding at one of our many feeders. There is a plethora of birds both common and rare to be spotted here. Visit the Wimberley Bird Society’s website for the latest migrations, sightings, and general information about birds in the area. Relish in the splendor of spring at the Blair House Inn Hill Country Bed and Breakfast.
March 28th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney
The Blair House Inn is the idyllic Texas bed and breakfast located in the beautiful Hill Country. When searching for a bed and breakfast in Texas the Blair House has something for everyone. Nestled in the rolling hills of WimberleyValley we are surrounded by clear rivers, vineyards and wildflowers this spring. April is packed full of events; from Olive Oil Festivals to Classic car shows the Hill Country is full of spring festivities.
Texas Hill Country Olive Company will be holding their First Annual Olive Festival, Saturday, April 6th from 11:00am to 6:00pm. This festival will feature local restaurants serving gourmet foods, Hill Country wineries, local wares, live music, and cooking demonstrations, olive orchard development classes, and book signings by olive oil-related authors and chefs. This event is not to be missed by foodies and wine lovers.
The Wimberley Arts Fest @ Blue Hole is sponsored by the Wimberley Valley Art League. The League welcomes fine artists and art lovers from Texas and around the nation to their fifth annual Arts Fest. For 2013 the Fest is being expanded to a two-day event in a new setting; the beautiful Blue Hole Regional Park. This iconic swimming hole owned by the city of Wimberley is the perfect backdrop for quality artwork. Visitors can stroll the shady walk ways lined with ancient cypress trees. Blue Hole attracts lovers of natural beauty from all across Texas. The Fest will be held on Saturday, April 27th from 10am – 6pm and again on Sunday, April 28th from 10am – 4pm. The Wimberley Arts Fest offers free admission and parking.
Don’t let these great April festivities pass you by. Enjoy the cool spring breeze and warmth of the sunshine before the heat of the summer sets upon us. Savor the season with local foods, wines, and events. Book your next stay in the Hill Country at the Blair House Inn.
March 21st, 2013 by Lois Mahoney
Spring has sprung on us early this year and we’re ready! Wildflowers, the warmth of the sun’s rays and of course the Wildflower and Wine Trail are a welcoming postlude to the brown chilly winter. What better way to reconnect with your partner then a Texas romantic getaway and romantic winery tour? Get out and take a trip to as many as 32 participating wineries during this picturesque season. From April 5-14, 2013 take in the beauty of the Hill Country and taste the award winning wines from your Hill Country Wineries on the Wine and Wildflower Trail.
The Wine and Wildflower Trail will again be a full 10 days long, with 32 participating wineries and the same affordable price. This self-guided trail is a great way to explore the Hill Country during the most beautiful time of year.
Plan the perfect romantic getaway at the Blair House Inn. Book a stay in one of our private cottages for the weekend; enjoy panoramic views of Paradise Valley while savoring one of our house-made desserts and a glass of wine. Order a Blair House Inn gourmet picnic basket to take with you on a day trip to one the areas many wineries. Imagine a romantic picnic under the Texas live oak trees at Driftwood Estates Winery, you can’t ask for a better way to spend the day with someone you love. End the day with spa treatments at our newly built Day Spa. Don’t forget about our wonderful five-course gourmet dinner served on Saturday Evenings, a great options for special occasions.
Worried about driving country roads after tasting wines all day? Don’t drink and drive call Mike’s Luxury Transport and let him do the driving. Whether your coming with a group of friends or just the two of you, Mike’s Luxury Transport has you covered. Go to dinner and enjoy the wine trail worry-free.
Book the ultimate Texas romantic getaway, enjoy the rolling hills and colorful wildflowers of the Hill Country with the one you love the most. The Blair House Inn is the perfect couples retreat where you can reconnect, rejuvenate and relish in the beauty of springtime in Texas. Book Now!
March 12th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney
March is the perfect time for a romantic getaway in the Texas Hill Country. The weather is cool and breezy and the wildflowers are beginning to bloom; spring is a time for rejuvenation and renewal. The Blair House Inn is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday. Bring that special someone with you to the Blair House Inn for a romantic getaway in the country. Enjoy watching birds and other wildlife on our 22 acres. Walk hand-in-hand on our mile long nature trail while soaking up the beauty of spring. Our lilac and honeysuckle bushes are blooming, a sight for soar eyes after a brown and dry winter.
You won’t want to miss the Wimberley Square on your romantic getaway. The Square is full of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Stroll through the many stores and find unique gifts and treasures to take home with you. Keep your eyes open for the fields of blooming bluebonnets along the highway into town. Stop and take photos for a beautiful edition to your mantel or the perfect memento for your scrapbook of your romantic getaway.
If time allows venture over to the town of Gruene, home of Texas’ oldest dancehall. On March 15th & 17th nearly 100 vendors will gather for the Old Gruene Market Days, they will offer uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods. Market hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm and admission is free. If your a foodie you will love the Come and Taste It event held on March 21st. Meet Texas’ best winemakers and craft brewers at The Grapevine. This a great opportunity to learn direct from these craftsmen, engage with other visitors interested in wine and beer and enjoy the natural surroundings and all the other offerings of Gruene Historic District.
Plan your next Texas romantic getaway this March. Stay at the Blair House Inn and enjoy of the bounty of spring. Book now you won’t want to miss the beginning of wildflower season.
March 6th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney
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.
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.