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…

BREAD AND BUTTER PICKLES

By Mark Wieser My dad never planted cucumbers in his garden—just radishes, onions, potatoes (lots of them), a few eggplants, and sometimes—a few rows of corn. He would spend many evening hours in the spring spading his sizable garden, which also included about a dozen apple trees. The tallest of these stood close to 20…

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…

The Best County Fair Cobbler

By Case D. Fischer It’s Gillespie County Fair Week, the time that we all celebrate the tradition of the Oldest Continuous County Fair in Texas. I venture to say that everyone who grew up in Fredericksburg looks forward to this fun annual event, I know I do. This year’s Fair looks a lot different like…

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…