Chili & Beans

The cold winter days of the past two years have reminded me of my childhood. That was a good time to have a hot bowl of chili. One might not believe that chili was a dish that Germans would relish, but not so! Had it not been for William F. Gebhardt introducing the first chili…

Estella’s Oven-baked BBQ Spareribs

I have learned much while putting together these recipes—particularly when attempting to recall things that occurred half a century or more earlier. Sometimes, it’s difficult, as it was with this recipe. I could not recall if the ribs that I had enjoyed so much had been beef or pork. I was rather certain that they…

MIRACLE WHIP CHOCOLATE CAKE

Miracle Whip is a condiment created by Kraft Foods that was developed as a less expensive alternative to mayonnaise. To win acceptance it was bolstered by Kraft’s extensive advertising campaign, which included sponsorship of a series of two-hour radio programs. Miracle Whip soon outsold all mayonnaise brands and by 1950 Ed Herlihy’s voice of “cheer…

Fett Kreppeln – Doughnuts

The first doughnuts or donuts (both spellings are correct) I remember were those that I watched my grandmother make. The first reference to them spelled as donuts occurred in 1900 in Peck’s Bad Boy and his Pa by Henry Peck which featured the adventures of a young prankster. Today donuts are a ring-shaped snack which…

Salzfleisch – Salted Pork

Salted Pork is another of those dishes that has faded from most American kitchens – except from a few here in Fredericksburg. It was one of my favorites—probably because we did not have it all that often. It takes time to make but is worth the effort – the taste is unforgettable! Salting as a…

Ice Cold Lemonade

We sometimes forget some of the simpler things that once brought a refreshing pause. A cold pitcher of lemonade could do that. My dad, who spent practically every evening playing cards before the arrival of television, would make himself a pitcher of lemonade, especially during the long, hot summers of the ‘50s. We had no…

Sugar Bread Sandwich

By Mark Wieser I wonder how many of today’s readers of the Fredericksburg Standard remember a sugar bread sandwich. By now you know of my love of sugar and the fact that I do campaign in favor of it – understanding that moderation is important of course. But I feel I can be honest with…

Kaffeekuchen Coffeecake

By Mark Wieser One unique thing about the Fredericksburg Home Kitchen Cookbook were the suggestions often given from time to time. One recipe called for a 17¢ can of Hersey’s Chocolate syrup. Another, for a Coffee Cake, called for one to begin preparing it at 10:00 p.m.! I don’t know how many of us are…

Building a Beautiful Charcuterie and Cheese Board

By Case D. Fischer Charcuterie and cheese boards are all the rage, it seems that most people nowadays are interested in knowing how to put one together. We get asked about it all the time since we have so many products that taste great with meat and cheese. The truth is, the concept of meats…

Vegetarian Meatballs

These meatballs are packed with hearty favor for you or your guests with special food needs.  They are easily frozen to be on hand.  Can be stored in the freezer for up to two months Ingredients: 2 teaspoons crushed garlic½ cup chopped celery½ cup chopped mushrooms1 15-oz. can black beans, drained1 large egg¼ cup Fischer…

Southwest Chicken Quesadillas

By Case D Fischer For many of us, Memorial Day marks the start of grilling season and a leap into summer vacation, or this year we might say summer staycation. Grilling is a great way to cook – you get great charcoal flavor, less clean up, and grilling really allows the meat you choose to…

FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS – Mark Wieser and Case Fischer

Fischer and Wieser’s roots have always been family and friends getting together around a common kitchen table to enjoy great food. In fact, our mission is: To create flavorful experiences that make people happy!” That’s what we think about at Fischer & Wieser every day. In response to the recent global pandemic, we are changing…