BRIOCHE

The Post LBJ Era brought a lot of Houston folk to Fredericksburg. They, more than perhaps any others, changed Fredericksburg forever. By the mid-70s, tourism was beginning to be noticed as an industry. Nixon’s 55 mph speed limit went into effect late in ‘73. The alleged gas shortage that accompanied that caused Texans to explore…

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…

Chicken and Dumplings (Klösse)

I am not certain what is more American than apple pie, but I would have thought that Chicken and Dumplings would be a close second. To me, this was about as classic an American food as one could have imagined. It isn’t and wasn’t – I was in for a surprise. We, as Americans, have…

HOME MADE BREAD

One might wonder with a bakery as famous as Dietz Bakery in one’s hometown why anyone would bother to make their own bread. Well, for one reason, my father insisted upon it. Local homemakers who made their own bread had two choices in those days. One was to purchase Fleischmann’s dry yeast or pick up…

Bourbon Cranberry French Toast Casserole

Seems I have been put in charge of all the holiday recipe articles this year. When brainstorming recipe ideas, all of us agreed that we thought it a good idea to share a holiday breakfast recipe. Funny, because none of the Fischers or Wiesers have any Christmas breakfast traditions. We never had a special Christmas…

Estella’s Bread Pudding and Red Wine Sauce

Having bread pudding for dessert was once a welcomed occurrence. It is a dish with very old roots. For those who remember the days when their moms baked bread, it might have often been served and never been questioned for its frequent appearance. Bread pudding was a popular way to use every bit of bread…

Toasted White Chocolate Cinnamon Cookies

Christmas time is here again, and I hope we are all ready for it. The hustle and bustle, shopping, festivities, it’s all part of the fun, and don’t forget the cooking and baking! To help you out, I have delved into our recipe archives and come up with an excellent Christmas cookie recipe. Between Christmas…

Mama’s Chicken Spaghetti

It is said that in the South, casseroles can be made just for about for every occasion. Remarkably, that is even true here in the Hill Country. This particular casserole may send some readers back to an earlier time. A casserole is any of a variety of a large deep-dish presentations of oven baked dishes….

Herring Salad

When my mother made this dish, it was always set next to my father’s place at the table. (We all had our assigned seats.) Obviously, Mama was showcasing that it was intended for him. When he saw what my mother had prepared, his demeanor lightened, and he appeared to become lost in the days of…

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…

Innovation – Kochkäse

November is Innovation month for Fredericksburg’s 175th Anniversary and Fischer & Wieser is the sponsor, so in honor of that, I thought it would be fun this month to review some of the typical foods of the early Fredericksburg settlers or even just the old-timers like me. I am starting out with one you have…

The Zombie Cocktail

Deanna reminded me of my love of a good Zombie Cocktail the other day. I had not thought about them in years. I think that perhaps the number of Margaritas I have consumed in Acapulco over the past decades may have diminished my desire for a Zombie, but I appreciated being reminded of them. My…