Oktoberfest and Apple Butter

By Mark Wieser Oktoberfest isn’t as old of a tradition as I had once thought. Seems a Bavarian King named Ludwig I, held the first such celebration in honor of his marriage which happened to be on Columbus Day, 1810. (I am not certain Europeans celebrated that any way.) Nevertheless, the citizens of München were…

Roasted Raspberry BBQ Beef Ribs––Texas Style

By Case D. Fischer: BBQ Beef Ribs – they are a favorite in our household, and I don’t mind cooking them because for me, the secret is all in the sauce! Think about St. Louis Ribs, or Kansas-style, Memphis-style, and Central/East Texas barbecue. As we have discussed, every part of the country has a BBQ…

Beef Fondue: Fondue Bourguignonne

By: Mark Wieser In the summer of 1964, my mother, me and two of my sisters toured Europe. Our purpose was to meet my late father’s sister and relatives for the very first time. We knew practically nothing of her or her family. I had begun writing to my aunt (Tante Anna) shortly after my…

Brat Haus Beer Cheese Dip

By Case D. Fischer September is here and that means football season. For those of you who know the Fischers and Wiesers, you know that means Aggie Football. For many years we have had season tickets to the games and we are able to walk from our place to Kyle Field. One of our traditions…

Beef Stroganoff

By Mark Wieser One funny thing about my Mom—her cooking got better as she grew older. Everyone said she was a great cook and had learned that from her mother, who ran a boardinghouse and even the Central Hotel at one time where she offered a daily lunch. (She also had the contract to feed…

Kochkäse: Cooked Cheese

By Mark Wieser Kochkäse or cooked cheese was quite a process when I was young. There were many steps involved that would be prohibitive today or frowned upon by those in authority. Firstly, few of us have a cow or even access to fresh whole milk. Clabber itself is a word that is in few…

Icebox Ice Cream

By Mark Wieser OK, you probably don’t have an ice box, but I still do even if you think it’s a refrigerator. I have never gotten used to calling them that. Actually, a real ice box was before my time, but not too long before. As a boy I discovered our old ice box in…

Sweet Rice (Milchreis or German Rice)

By Mark Wieser I have never understood the way rice is served in so many American restaurants and homes. It is as if it is added for decoration, dry, as if great care has been taken that not a single grain stick to another. I seem to remember the ‘50’s was all about creating the…

Filled Noodles (Gefüllte Nudeln)

By Mark Wieser  So many, whom I have encountered throughout the years, have believed that being of German descent meant I ate a lot of Wienerschnitzel. Not true! In fact, never, but we did enjoy a number of things that bring back fond memories. Filled Noodles was one of my favorite meals that my mother…