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…

The Wisdom of Chef Paul Prudhomme

By JOHN DeMERS I can’t make Cajun food, Creole food or any New Orleans combination of the two without thinking of the afternoons I spent enjoying the company of the late Chef Paul Prudhomme. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned in every cooking class I’ve ever taught that he was my No. 1 mentor when it…

Valentine’s Day Then and Now

In 1920, buying your sweetheart a drink on Valentine’s day was clandestine and risky.  Probation had begun on January 17th, 1920 and across America, it was a scramble to get bootleg liquor to smoky speakeasies tucked away in hotel basements and hidden Jazz bars.  Bartenders had to great creative to cover up a particularly bad…

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…

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,…