FREDERICKSBURG’S FUN FALL FESTIVALS

This is the month a lot of German families around Fredericksburg and the rest of the Texas Hill Country prefer to spell Oktober. That’s because Fredericksburg, along with a handful of other places in this immigrant nation, has for decades joined the original celebration in Munich in welcoming the fall festival season. Locally, that means…

AMERICAN CUISINE CELEBRATES A BIRTHDAY 

By John DeMers History was on the plate everywhere in New Orleans recently when the American Cuisine and Hospitality Symposium attracted luminaries from all across the country to discuss how far we’ve traveled. After all, the first (and only other) such symposium in 1983 is still considered one of the foundational moments in American cuisine.  And…

A LATE SUMMER VEGAN FEAST

As a chef, I am asked to do many things related to food, and from time to time those things come with challenge and intrigue. This last month has been no different and, in fact, brought the particularly fun challenge of preparing a vegan feast for some guests we were entertaining here at the Culinary…

BACON, LETTUCE AND GUACAMOLE!

The BLT has reigned as America’s second-most beloved sandwich – after only ham, say experts on such things – since at least 1950, with its formation as an iconic food both here and in England going back to the beginnings of the 20th century. Isn’t it high time we let the BLG have a turn?…

The World’s Ultimate Fast Food

In recent years, one of the most popular ways for busy families to enjoy a home-cooked dinner together has come via slow-cooking – a trend that took off with the Crock Pot in the 1970s. Yet with the broader embrace of Asian flavors, it seems high time we also embrace one of the world’s oldest…

The Tradition of Kentucky Stack Cake

When I close my eyes, I can still hear my grandmother describe the taste of the spiced layers of her legendary stack cake. Virginia Price had a story to go along with everything in her life, and her stack cake was no exception. She called it a Kentucky stack cake and, as the story went,…

Bean Soups Make the World Go ‘Round

Call it a reverse treasure hunt: go out and search all the cuisines on earth and bring back one that doesn’t love bean soup. It’s hard to picture you having much luck. Bean soup combines what has to be the world’s least expensive protein for nourishment with what has to be the world’s least challenging cooking…

Kids in the Kitchen: Teaching Life Skills to Young Chefs

It has always been a focus at Fischer & Wieser to give back to the community, and as the world gets smaller and our community of customers grows, we have more opportunities to plug in to worthwhile projects where we feel that we can really “move the needle” to help a program and its beneficiaries….

BACK TO SCHOOL BREAKFAST

In those rushing-crushing first days of the new school year, it might be tempting to cover the kitchen counter with boxes of the healthiest cereal you think your kids will tolerate and let them have at it, carton of cold milk ever at the ready. Yet while we appreciate this daily reality, we also think…

How To Help Your Family Eat Healthy Over The Summer

As the heat of the summer presses on, many parents find it difficult to help their families eat healthy every day. There’s always so much to do, as busy schedules war with the desire to eat nutritious meals, and fast food often wins out simply because it’s convenient. However, summer is one of the best…

The Best Seafood Cocktail You’ll Ever Taste

Since dishes can arrive as immigrants just like men, women and children, it is unusual that any one dish arrives in this country thanks to the fascination of only one avid cook. But, by all accounts in Texas and beyond, that’s pretty much what happened decades ago when the late-great restaurant owner Jim Goode noticed…

The (Bacon-Kissed) Taste of Summer

Today, sitting in my cabin office looking out onto the peach orchard, I was taken by the simple beauty of our Texas Hill Country oasis. I looked out at the fire pit just up from the rippling pond behind our store, canopied by the pines, and I began to imagine a beautiful picnic comprised completely…