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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.

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

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.

French Cuisine cooking school

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.

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.

Enjoy a Texas Bed and Breakfast with a Hands on Cooking School!

February 5th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

French Cooking Class at Tante Marie

 

Want a way to sizzle this summer besides the Texas heat?  Venture out to a romantic Texas bed and breakfast and enjoy a renown leisure cooking school at the Blair House Inn.  Cooking class are offered year around with many different themes to choose from.  Spark that fire deep inside and entice your family and friends with delectable recipes created by our own Chef Chris.

(Click here to read more about our Executive Chef Chris Huffman.)

Classic French Cuisine

This is where it all started!  Join Chef Chris and learn how to prepare authentic French dishes.  Your hands on experience will include Coq au Vin, Steak au Poivre, and Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Coulis.  Family and friends will be impressed not only by the name of the dishes, but how well you prepare them and how delicious they taste.

FRAISES LACTÉES

 

Cooking with Fresh Herbs

Spring is around the corner and the growing season will be well under way.  Healthy eating doesn’t have to be so bland.  Join us and learn how fresh grown herbs can take your dishes to a new level.  Use herbs that you harvest straight from the Blair House Herb Garden and enlighten your mind on how to create a garden at your own home.  Dishes include Maple & Herb Brined Pork Roast, Herb infused oils, Cilantro Shrimp Kabobs, and Lemon Herb Buttermilk Sorbet.  Who says healthy eating is boring?

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These classes and many others are open for you. Book a unique getaway at a Texas bed and breakfast. Be sure to check out our Themed Cooking School Schedule.  Call us today or book your reservations online.

Bon Appetite!

Texas Bed and Breakfast Cooking School: Summer Fun in the Kitchen at Blair House Inn

July 12th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

fork and spoon

The Blair House Inn, a Texas bed and breakfast, has been known for years for our destination cooking schools. We offer themed cooking school classes 22 weeks out of the year. They vary in themes from BBQ, French, Italian to Mediterranean cuisines just to name a few. Cooking School at Blair House Inn is a hands-on experience where learning technique is paramount. Our goal for this Cooking School Vacation Camp is to build your confidence in the kitchen by teaching principles and techniques from how to purchase and store the freshest seasonal foods, to preparation and presentation. Once you understand the principles and chemistry of what you are doing, you are ready to be creative in your own right.

Our Texas bed and breakfast is a great place to bring your loved one, enroll in one of your two-day weekend cooking schools and rekindle that flame in the kitchen. Our chef guides you through the preparation of a delicious five course gourmet dinner, served to our guest on Saturday Evenings. The menu change every week and if you book far enough out Chef will work with you to build a menu of you liking. What better place then the kitchen to stir-up some romance for your anniversary, birthday, or even your honey moon.

Our cooking schools have been featured on Food Network and most recently in Hotel F+B Magazines, Texas Meetings + Events and Prime Magazine. Take a look at the new video posted on our website. Click on the links to read the articles and view the videos.

Enjoy aTexas-style getaway and book our BBQ Camp this fall or fall in love all over again with an Italian or French themed 3-day cooking school. Or book a business retreat with us and work on your company’s team building skills all while having fun in the kitchen. TheBlair House Inncooking schools are a unique birthday or wedding gift, gift certificates are available. Book now, these classes fill up fast!

Texas Romantic Getaway| A Tribute to Summers Gone By: Classic Cars, BBQ, and Outdoor Movies|

July 5th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

2011 All American Car Show

Summer makes some of you nostalgic for those good old days when life was simple. Summer meant grilling with your family, long hot nights sitting on the front porch listening to the radio, drive in movies and big cars with fins. If you love classic cars, barbeque and drive-in movies, I’ve got the place for you. The Blair House Inn is a beautiful Texas bed and breakfast in Wimberley, a Hill Country jewel.

San Marcos,Texas, is home to Dick’s Classic Garage which is a part of the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History. Founded in 1980, the museum is dedicated to the preservation and display of the history of the automobile. This great little gem is located just 20 minutes from the Blair House Inn. Dick’s Classic Garage showcases vehicles and memorabilia from the 1930′s though the 1950′s. Considered the Golden Years of American automotive manufacturing, the Museum will take guests from the Great Depression to World War II and up to the rockin’ 1950′s. In addition, the museum has acquired and renovated vehicles that are of historic and developmental importance. The Museum’s goal is to show today’s guests and future generations the evolution of the automobile and how it has impacted society and the effect society has had on the automobile.

Summer smells of brisket and ribs smoking on the grill, potato salad and peach cobbler just like your Grandmother’s. The Salt Lick, one of the Texas Hill Country’s best, is just minutes from the Blair House. Indulge in your summer fantasies and order up some BBQ. If that isn’t enough sign up for our August BBQ Camp cooking school, which was featured on the food network. Learn how to bring home those smells of ore to your family and friends.

Wimberley is home to the Corral Theatre an open air movie theatre that was built in the 1940s and has been open ever since. This is truly a trip back in time; the cedar stockade walls, open lawn seating and the beautiful hill country sky are the perfect setting to lay out a blanket, kick back and enjoy a movie the way we used to. The Corral Theatre could be a nice touch to a romantic getaway, just the two of you under theTexas sky.

 

Let us be your ambassador to summers past, rekindle those memories of love, food, and big cars. The Blair House Inn, a true Texas bed and breakfast, the perfect setting for a romantic getaway in the Texas Hill Country. Book Now!

Chef Sebastian will be presenting at It’s About Thyme Garden Center

September 15th, 2011 by Lois Mahoney

Kitchen garden at Bolen residence

There is no better way to try and beat the Texas heat than start by planning a kitchen garden for your home.  Our very own Chef Sebastian will be giving a presentation at It’s About Thyme in Austin, TX on September 25th at 2 pm.  He will give his own advice paired with the experts at It’s About Thyme on how to produce a striving home garden.  Texas has some of the richest soils, but you have to keep in mind of the drought conditions. 

Chef will also be giving a cooking demonstration with the herbs that you could choose to grow in your garden.  If you don’t have the green thumb you wish you had, you can still use the wonderful recipes by shopping at your local farmer’s market.  Fresh herbs can take any dish to the next level and give it explosive flavor.

If you  are not available to join Chef Sebastian for his presentation you can look into joining us for our ever popular spring cooking schools Cooking with Fresh Herbs and BBQ with Fresh Herbs.  We have to have faith that this drought and heat can’t last forever!  Keep a view to the horizon and dream of cooler and moister rich days to come.

 

 

BBQ Camp Cooking School Featured on the Food Network

May 26th, 2011 by Lois Mahoney

4th of July Bar-B-Q

 

Summer in Texas means BBQ, and if you’re tired of the same old brisket, this is a class designed especially for you! Register for the Blair House BBQ Cooking Class: Learn the finest wood smoking 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 and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream will add excitement to any cook-out. Be the star of the neighborhood!  Call us today to book our June or July classes or  follow this link to register online.

Give the Gift of Travel this Holiday Season

November 11th, 2010 by Lois Mahoney

Holiday Bokeh

There is no need to fret this Holiday Shopping Season.  You can find that perfect “Something Special” online or over the phone.  A Blair House gift certificate can be customized for anyone’s need.  If you have an inspiring chef at home, then a Cooking School would be the perfect way to allow them to express themselves in the kitchen while working with and learning from our executive chef. How about that wonderful couple in your life that always thinks of everyone else before themselves? A romantic weekend is a sure to please and spice things up. Romance Packages can be included in any gift certificate for that unique “something extra”.  Know someone who lives close to Wimberley?  How about a five course gourmet dinner on a Saturday evening prepared by our Chef? 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, or a specific dollar amount.  For more information or to make purchase, please call us directly at (512) 847-1111, or order online by clicking here.

Take advantage of our Guest Specials

October 27th, 2010 by Lois Mahoney

a thankful heart

We would like to thank our guests and invite you to join us during the next few months with fantastic appreciation specials.  During the months of November, December, and January stay midweek with us Sunday thru Thursday and receive 10% off one night, 15% off two nights, and 20% off three nights.  (Please be sure mention this special when booking your reservation. We ask that you understand this is not available during Holidays.)

We have a wonderful new Cooking School Schedule available and would like to celebrate its success with you.  If you book a cooking school with us and stay an extra night we will offer a discount of 50% on the third night.  This offer is valid thru the months of November, December, January and half of February.  Call us today to take advantage of these fantastic offers!!

2011 Cooking Class Schedule Now Available!

October 6th, 2010 by Lois Mahoney

French Cooking Class at Tante Marie

It’s that time of year again!  The 2011 Cooking School Schedule is now available.  This is the perfect time to plan a fantastic Texas Hill Country Vacation to one of our renowned Cooking Schools.  Chef Sebastian has added 4 new classes that include Sauces 101, Southwestern Cuisine, Southern Italian, and American Fall Classics.  Even if you have attend a cooking school before don’t let that detour you.  We are always adding recipes and creating ways to take the everyday recipe to the next level.  This is a great gift idea for that home cook you know.  Call for reservations or Gift Certificates.  2011 Three Day Cooking School Schedule

Texas Hill Country Cooking School Availability

July 6th, 2010 by Lois Mahoney

PETITES BRIOCHES au CANTAL

We have had an opening for our Country French Cooking Class.  Plan a last minute trip to the Blair House Inn located in the Romantic Texas Hill Country.  You will enjoy a wonderful three day stay at the Blair House and have an enjoyable learning vacation.  Our Executive Chef Sebastian will work with you to prepare wonderful French dishes that you can recreate at home.  Call us today or click here to register online!

Southwestern Cuisine Cooking School in the Texas Hill Country

March 22nd, 2010 by Lois Mahoney

Spice up your kitchen with our Southwestern Cuisine Cooking Class

Looking for a great last minute get-a-way?  Intrigue your senses with our Newest Cooking Class Southwestern Cuisine.  Chef Sebastian will take your kitchen techniques and taste-buds to a spicy five alarm level!  You will enjoy a fun and relaxing learning vacation with the Blair House Inn.  Enjoy our hands on classes and making new friends while increasing your kitchen skills.  Follow this link to our Three Day Classes and Register Today.  Time and space is limited so don’t delay.  Come a day earlier and enjoy our fantastic Spa Services and receive a 20% discount.

Availability for our New Tapas & Hors D'oeuvres

February 23rd, 2010 by Lois Mahoney

Learn hands on techniques in our spacious kitchen.

Learn hands on techniques in our spacious kitchen.

We have a few spaces left for our new and exciting Hours D’oeuves & Tapas 3 day class.  Click here to enroll in the last spots to learn from our well renowned Executive Chef.  You will be the hit of your next party with such dishes as Stuffed Olives and Shrimp and Garlic.  This will make you the topic of the party and you will be able to complete over 30 dishes with ease.  We have just a few rooms left during this week and we would love to include you in our latest class.  Join us to make memories and friends that will last a life time!

Give the Gift of Travel to the Texas Hill Country this Holiday Season

November 18th, 2009 by Lois Mahoney

Purchase your Gift Certificates Today

Purchase your Gift Certificates Today

There is no need to fret this Holiday Shopping Season.  You can find that perfect “Something Special” online, or over the phone.  A Blair House gift certificate can be customized for anyone’s need.  If you have an inspiring chef at home, then a Cooking School would be the perfect way to allow them to express themselves in the kitchen while working with and learning from our executive chef. How about that wonderful couple in your life that always thinks of everyone else before themselves? A romantic weekend is a sure to please and spice things up. Romance Packages can be included in any gift certificate for that unique “something extra.”  Know someone who lives close to Wimberley?  How about a five course gourmet dinner on a Saturday evening prepared by our Chef? 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, or a specific dollar amount.  For more information or to make purchase, please call us directly at (512) 847-1111, or order online here.

Chef Joey's Italian Cooking Class a Success!

September 7th, 2009 by Lois Mahoney

Chef Joey Kulivan Istructor for Blair House Inn Cooking School

Chef Joey Kulivan Istructor for Blair House Inn Cooking School

Chef Joey completed a fantastic Italian Cooking Class in August!  Our guest had a wonderful experience and learned fantastic recipes to take home!  They are sure to be a hit with their family and friends when they make the wonderful meals with confidence and flair.  Sylvia and Denny, two of our students, wrote a wonderful note telling us how much they enjoyed the seminar.

“We just wanted to say thank you one more time for our very enjoyable visit to your Blair House Inn. We found that our room and grounds made for a very pleasant stay. We also had a great time at the Italian Cooking Class we attended. Chef Joey made sure we not only learned a lot by ‘hands on experience’ but that we came away feeling like this was something we could do at home and enjoy doing.  Also, we appreciated Holly’s extra effort to make us feel welcomed and special. Thank you too for our great new aprons and certificates. A very nice ending to a wonderful stay!”

Denny and Sylvia

If you are looking for a fun and exciting vacation then the Blair House Inn Cooking School is something for any level cook!  Click here for our upcoming schedules and to register for your next fantastic vacation!!

Welcome to our new Website!

May 28th, 2009 by Lois Mahoney

Mike and Vickie Schneider, Innkeepers at Blair House Inn

Mike and Vickie Schneider, Innkeepers at Blair House Inn

Blair House Inn is excited about the launch of our new website, featuring great photos, an online store for our popular cooking classes, and this blog, where we plan to share news about our bed and breakfast, Texas Hill Country Travel Tips, and information about our Art Gallery Showings and Cooking Classes.

Thanks for stopping by, and we hope to see you soon in person at our Wimberley Texas Inn!

Warmly,

Mike and Vickie Schneider

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