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Upcoming Cooking Schools at Blair House Inn

February 20th, 2014 by Michael Schneider

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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 Michael Schneider

 

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

 Blair House Inn 2014 Cooking School Schedule

January 20th-22nd ~ Sauces 101

February 3rd-5th ~ Italian Cuisine

February 17th-19th ~ Mediterranean Cuisine

March 3rd-5th ~ Taste of New Orleans

March 10th-12th ~ Italian Cuisine

March 17th-19th ~ Italian Cuisine

March 31st-2nd ~ Mediterranean Cuisine

April 21st-23rd ~ BBQ Camp

May 5th-7th ~ Cooking with Fresh Herbs

May 19th-21st ~ Classic French

June 9th-11th ~ Italian Cuisine

June 23rd-25th ~ BBQ with Fresh Herbs

July 7th-9th ~ Classic French

July 21st-23rd ~ BBQ Camp

August 4th-6th ~ Italian Cuisine

September 8th-10th ~ Country French

September 22nd-24th ~ Sauces 101

October 6th-8th ~ BBQ Camp

October 20th-22nd ~ Taste of New Orleans

November 3rd-5th ~ Mediterranean Cuisine

November 17th-19th ~ Country French

December 1st-3rd ~ Holiday Feast and Baking

Guest Reviews: Blair House Inn

September 9th, 2013 by Michael Schneider

Texas summer

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

 Guest Reviews

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

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

5 of 5 stars

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

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

5 of 5 stars

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

Barbeque Camp: Blair House Inn Cooking School

June 5th, 2013 by Michael Schneider

Beef brisket

 

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 Michael Schneider

grasshopperPie

 

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 Michael Schneider

grasshopperPie2

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 Michael Schneider

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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 Michael Schneider

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 Michael Schneider

Passenger

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.

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

February 5th, 2013 by Michael Schneider

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?

fresh epazote!  an uncommon find in vancouver

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!

Hill Country Bed and Breakfast: Celebrate the Holidays in the Heart of Texas

November 27th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

Christmas is coming..

‘Tis the season to indulge in life’s many delights. Pack your bags and head to the Hill Country for the holidays. As the heat starts to wane and the signs of cooler weather arrive our thoughts turn to the upcoming holidays and the planning begins.

The Hill Country is abound with a variety of festive events. Some places have a white Christmas, but in the Hill Country we have a light Christmas. Between the months of November and January the hills are illuminated in a multi-colored glow, its an electrical extravagance that’s so contagious it has spread through out the Hill Country’s many small towns and now forms the Trail of Lights. The Emily Ann Theatre in Wimberley is a proud participant in the Trail of Lights. Enjoy hot chocolate as you walk the trail. If you are still not feeling festive enough you can enjoy the 2012 Holiday Wine Trail. Take part in the self-guided Holiday Wine Trail and enjoy the Hill Country’s vineyards and tasting rooms that will be cloaked in lights, warmth and holiday fun. Wrapping up the season

The Hill Country will be aglow in festivities this December. The Wimberley Winter’s Eve Festival  on the Square will take place on  December 8th. Shops will be open late, enjoy live music, food and vendors until 10 PM on Saturday.

The Blair House Inn will be decked out with lights and holly in celebration of the season.

Join us for our Olde English Saturday Evening Dinner served the first four Saturdays of December. Click the link to view the dinner menu.

Don’t miss out on our January Vintner Dinner series, enjoy a five course gourmet dinner paired with Texas Hill Country wines.

Hooray! The 2013 Cooking School Schedule is here. We are excited to announce several new classes. Be sure to see the full schedule on our website.

We look forward to sharing the warmth and joy of the season with you.

Texas Romantic Getaways: A Foodie’s Paradise

November 21st, 2012 by Michael Schneider

Starved rock fireplace

Search no more, the Texas Hill Country is the perfect Texas romantic getaway. The holidays are fast approaching and I bet you are looking for that unique “something” for that special person in your life. This is the perfect time to plan a Texas Hill Country vacation and attend one of our renowned Cooking Schools. Enjoy three days of hands-on time in the kitchen. Eat, drink, and learn; our Chef will guide through one of many themed group classes. Not sure when you want to come, purchase a gift certificate and choose your dates later.

Are you looking for something a little more intimate? Book a two day cooking school, class size is limited to two people. Enjoy some one-on-one time with the Chef helping him prepare the Saturday Evening Dinner for our guests at theInn. The Blair House Inn is the perfect post-holiday retreat. Come and relax with on our 22 acres, book a full body massage, and afterward cuddle up to the fireplace in your room.  Enjoy a romantic getaway, some fun in the kitchen, and the beauty of the Texas Hill Country.

Pomegranate

We are excited to announce 3 New cooking schooling schools which include American Classic Cuisine, Mediterranean Seafood Cuisine and Farm-to-Table Cuisine.  If you have already attended a cooking school, don’t let that stop you from coming again. We are always adding recipes and creating ways to take the everyday recipe to the next level.  You can see our full class description and register online.  www.blairhouseinn.com

 

New! American Classic – Celebrate Presidents Day with the American Classics! Combining flavors fromAmerica’s melting pot with traditional techniques this class  focuses on preparing the favorites of American fine dining; Old World peasant dishes made from luxury American ingredients. This class will feature such dishes as Oysters Rockefeller with Pernod, Beef Wellington with Wild Mushroom Perigueux Sauce, and New York Style Caramel Swirl Cheesecake.

New! Farm-to-Table Cuisine – A class dedicated to fresh seasonal ingredients, innovative dishes and local foods that showcase Hill Country produce and products. Learn to prepare locally produced foods with an emphasis on freshness, seasonality and local availability.

New! Mediterranean Seafood Cuisine – If you can’t make it to theMediterranean this summer, let Blair House take you on a culinary tour of the region from theStrait ofGibraltar toCypress 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 offers a variety of seafood dishes. These are just a sampling of what you have to look forward to on your journey.

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

July 12th, 2012 by Michael Schneider

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!

BBQ Camp Cooking School Featured on the Food Network

May 26th, 2011 by Michael Schneider

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.

2011 Cooking Class Schedule Now Available!

October 6th, 2010 by Michael Schneider

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

Chef Joey's Italian Cooking Class a Success!

September 7th, 2009 by Michael Schneider

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!!

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