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 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…

BUILDING BAKLAVA, ONE LAYER AT A TIME

Among all the dishes I’ve sampled in my long lifetime of travel and somewhat adventurous eating, the last thing I ever expected to make at home was probably baklava.  For one thing, it’s a baked dessert, and I tend not to ever eat dessert and never to bake anything, considering how precise, time-consuming and unforgiving…

NEW CHEF JOINS CULINARY ADVENTURE SCHOOL

Steve Sommers, a unique culinarian with extensive restaurant and catering experience mixed with an academic passion for English, history and philosophy, is the new executive chef and lead instructor at Fischer & Wieser’s Culinary Adventure Cooking School. Located within historic Das Peach Haus in the German-founded town of Fredericksburg, the school will celebrate its second…

SUMMERTIME RETRO ROAD TRIP

At this time of year, millions of American families hit the highway on vacation. And if some of us resemble the Griswalds in this seemingly timeless endeavor, that’s okay – because the Griswalds were invented to resemble us. Still, in our driving toward that one big destination where FUN can be had with a capital…

A Fish Called COD

One of the mildest and most delicious of flaky, white-fleshed fish has been popular, especially in the North Atlantic connecting Old World and New, for something over 1,200 years. I say connecting rather than separating because, going back to the Vikings, that is what cod has done. According to some historians, those first Vikings who…

Getting Back to The Basics with Bread

By any reasonable accounting, the cash cost of baking your life’s first three baguettes may be about 17 cents. On the other hand, if you factor in your time and effort (especially if you do a 14-hour “pre-ferment” mysteriously known as a Poolish), the cost of those loaves might be $397. Yes, you can buy…