The German-inflected town of Fredericksburg in Texas Hill country is “Peach Central,” the biggest tourist draw in the largest peach-producing county in Texas. So it’s no surprise that Fredericksburg Culinary Arts, a cooking school located at Fischer & Wieser’s Das Peach Haus, would build a demonstration cooking class around this juicy, delectable fruit.
What is surprising is that peaches can take you from salad to dessert without being too sweet, too monotonous, or, well, too peachy. Carole Seminara and her husband, Joe Houde, innkeepers in Fredericksburg, also operate the cooking school, which is open to visitors year-round. Most lessons are $49 for two hours, include 4-5 recipes, and serve “ample samples” for consumption. For a September class of eight people, they prepared the peachy meal to show off the region’s local ingredients – not only peaches but jalapeños, goat cheese, pecans and various herbs. -JANICE FUHRMAN