Great Entertaining : Raclette Style

How To Raclette By Home Style Austin

“Raclette … Whaaat?”

Raclette” is derived from the French word for racler, meaning “to scrape.” Modern day raclette refers to a classic Swiss dish where cheese is melted under an electric broiler then scraped and topped on a wide variety of ingredients, traditionally roasted potatoes, cornichons (tiny pickles) and onions. My raclette machine has a granite top that – when heated – serves as a grill plus it has 8 removable toaster trays that rest under a broiler to cook the accompaniments, like melted cheese. Check out my suggested ingredients below! 

Grilled Tomato And Cheese Raclette Cups By Home Style AustinRaclette In Action

Going out on the town is always fun, but hosting small gatherings in your own home served with a stylish and unforgettable presentation of food makes for priceless memories and great times – that’s why entertaining is one of my passions! We love inviting friends and family over to enjoy fun and unique dining experiences enjoyed at home. Our raclette machine is always a big hit as the centerpiece of many fun indoor grilling gatherings.

Ideas for Raclette Ingredients

Let’s watch a brief video of the racelette experience:

Why Raclette Will Make You A Hero

Like fondue, raclette is best enjoyed as a social eating experience. We like to jazz things up and make a big spread of all kinds of veggies, meats and seafood so our guests can get creative … and they do! The culinary combinations are entertaining, endless and delicious.

Melted Cheese From The Raclette By Home Style Austin

A Few Of Our Favorite Raclette Ingredients …

  • Cheese: Fontina, Raclette, Gruyere, Provolone (any melting cheese!)
  • Meats: Bacon, Prosciutto, Thinly-Sliced Filet Mignon, Shrimp, Lil’ Smokies
  • Veggies: Asparagus, Sliced Bell Peppers, Fingerling Potatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Onions, Zucchini
  • Sweets: Apples, Bananas, Pineapple
  • Sidekicks: Butter, Olive Oil, Pesto, Olives, Bread, Mini Fillo Shells, Seasonings, Wine + Your Favorite Friends And Family

Grilled Shrimp On The Raclette By Home Style Austin
From sweet to savory – once you’ve gathered your ingredients let your inner foodie’s creativity guide your meal: Melted cheese and onion topped on prosciutto, apples with gooey cheese on top, grilled shrimp with bacon, and one self-proclaimed masterpiece we created called “bananas fauxster” – sliced bananas sprinkled with brown sugar, butter, Texas pecans and then toasted. The recipe for this sweet delight is below!

A Few More Raclette Tips

Since you cook-as-you-go when you raclette, it’s usually a fun process that can easily last an hour to several. We like to start with veggies and savory meats … take a break then have a delightful dismount with the sweets.
A Raclette Cheese Cup With Roasted Rasberry Chipotle Sauce By Home Style Austin

Mini Fillo/Phyllo Shells were one of my favorite unexpected discoveries. You can find them here in Austin in the freezer section at HEB. They require no defrosting; simply fill the cups with your favorite ingredients and toast them for a few minutes and you’ve made crispy, melty magic. One of my fillo favorites is to pour a bit of Fischer & Wieser Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce into the cup then top with a  wedge of melting cheese. Place your dish in your toaster tray under the raclette grill’s lower level. When it toasts up, it’s a-ma-zing!
Raclette Omelette By Home Style Austin

You’ll undoubtedly have leftover ingredients after the big meal. We tossed small potatoes, onions and veggies into our silicon egg rings, topped with eggs and cheese and made some delicious “omelettes raclette” – you can do this on the raclette itself or on stovetop (see pic below).

So now on to the “Bananas Fauxster” recipe! With origins to the 1950s in what has become a famed French Quarter restaurant “Brennans” Bananas Foster is a delicious ending to any fantastic meal. My raclette version (a.k.a. “fauxster”) adapts the original recipe for the raclette and it incorporates two of my favorite Texas ingredients: Texas Pecans and Pecan Street Rum, which is distilled outside Austin in Pflugerville.
How To Make Bananas Fauxster On The Raclette
Step 1: Place sliced bananas in your raclette tray and top with pieces of butter, some brown sugar and a sprinkling of chopped Texas pecans and a splash of the Pecan Street Rum. Place the grilling tray to the lower level of your raclette and let it toast-up 2-3 minutes or until bubbly brown.
How to Make Bananas Foster on a Raclette Grill

Step 2: Transfer the bubbly banana mixture to a bowl or serve inside a fillo shell. You can also accompany the dessert alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra decadent treat.

Ready To Raclette, Right ?!

If you’d like some suggestions for where to score your very own raclette magic, try these retailers:

Bed Bath & Beyond
Williams Sonoma

All this raclette talk has made me hungry so let’s get to grillin’. Enjoy!Joe Paul Reider

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

❤ Love Food? In a click and a scroll you can visit more of my favorite recipes! There’s more than 50 of them here on the Home Style Austin blog!

A Pretty Raclette Cheese We Found At Central MarketA Pretty Raclette Cheese We Found At Central Market

Mini Fillo Shells - You Can Find Them At HEB

Home Sweet Home On The Range

The Tentsile Stingray Tree Tent

Outdoor Home Living 

I have to say our team at Home Style Austin HQ was pretty much blown away when we saw these amazing tents!

Conceived as a treehouse that you can take with you anywhere, the tree tent hammock combines the versatility of a hammock with the security of a tent. “Because the world is not flat,” the makers of the tent say.

In addition to taking your spirits to a new level, the folks at Tentsile plant 3 trees for every tent you or I buy which I think is an awesome gift back to Mother Nature. High fives! Let’s watch this video to see this creative form of home living in action:

Whether you’re in your primary home or traveling in your home on the go, enjoy the very best of the great life; “Home” truly can be found wherever we hang our hearts … even in our hanging tents!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Selling Your Austin Home

Tips For Selling Your Austin HomeYour Home’s Value

Thinking about selling your Austin-area home? You’ll want to be well-informed so you can answer the question – “What’s my home worth?”

Because of the dynamic Austin real estate market, it’s helpful to get the insight and advice of a Realtor. A good Realtor will explain the process they undertake when making the critical decision for what to price your home and when best to place it on the market.

The Facts

Sellers and buyers are often at odds with one another; sellers naturally want top dollar for their home and buyers want the best deal that they can get. My job as a seller’s agent is to identify and secure the best price possible. And one of the tools I use to help set a listing price is by performing a customized analysis of your home’s current worth.

What’s a CMA?

A “CMA,” or comparative market analysis, occurs when I research and provide timely and factual market data that helps evaluate the right price for your home. I’ll look at how the Austin market is currently performing and the conditions in your area of the city and of course specific to your neighborhood. I’ll evaluate data for comparable homes (or “comps”), including:

  • Current inventory on the market and what has sold recently
  • The price per square foot
  • The number of days the homes have been for sale
  • Changes in the Austin real estate landscape

I’ll also evaluate your home’s unique features, it’s exact location, amenities (like a canyon view), its special amenities and its overall condition. To decide and set your best price we’ll take all this information into consideration while determining your personal goals.

Tips For Selling Your Austin-Area HomeWhen The Price Is Right

To receive the highest price possible you’ll want maximum exposure within the Austin marketplace. New listings receive the most attention but if they’re priced too high, they may be disregarded by buyers or their agents. So it’s very important to price the property right the first time!

Let’s Get Started

If you’d like to start discussions about your home’s worth, I offer my Austin-area clients a personalized home analysis at no cost. To begin, just complete the form below and I’ll get started on my research which I usually complete within a few days.

Please Note: All information is kept confidential here at Home Style Austin!

The most critical decisions you’ll make is when pricing your home and when to place it on the market.

I look forward to helping you sell your home and securing your next adventure!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

If you’re leaving the Austin area, sad faces; we’re sorry to see you go and wish you the best!

If you’re moving within the Austin metroplex let me know how I can help you find and transition into your next home!

For folks moving to Austin, welcome! Make sure and explore my website and this very blog for some great tips for newcomers to the Austin area!

Open Houses at 6303 Hickman Avenue

Home Style Austin Open House 11/2/13 : 6303 Hickman Avenue, Austin Texas  78723

Join Us At Open House From 1pm – 4PM On These Dates:

Saturday, November 2, 2013
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013

Free music, mints and looksies of this beautifully remodeled ATX homes. (PS ~ We know … FREE MINTS!)

6303 Hickman Avenue, Austin, TX 78723
3 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms, 2,165 square feet

This is a completely rebuilt and expanded home in ultra-hot Windsor Park. The home has an open floor plan with beautiful hardwood floors and porcelain in the wet areas.

The spacious kitchen features gorgeous granite countertops, custom cabinetry and stainless appliances.

The master bath includes dual vanities, a large walk-in closet, and a huge his/her shower.

There’s a large fenced backyard with sprawling deck off living and master. Energy efficient tank-less hot water heater, HVAC, and low e-windows.

The charming front door of 6303 Hickman Ave., Austin, TexasClose to Mueller restaurants, shopping, and the Dell Children’s Medical Center.

Download a Detailed Property Report for 6303 Hickman Avenue, Austin Texas 78723

Call or email me with any questions.

Hope to see you there!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Mobile: 512.222.3302

The New Keller Williams Real Estate Mobile AppFree Real Estate App: If you’re home hunting this weekend or beyond, download my free Keller Willams real estate app here:

It’s chock-full of features!

Austin Beer Guide and The ABGB

Cheers For BeersRead The Austin Beer Guide at Home Style Austin

Yesterday’s visit with friends to The ABGB connected me with this useful guide.

If you like beer you’ll love the Austin Beer Guide. It’s published quarterly and contains the 411 on local brewers, where to enjoy their craft and includes handy maps for how to get there. There’s even some great editorial sure to wet the literary appetite of any beer advocate.

Best of all you can score this eco-friendly version of the guide right here. Go on, click this link and start reading (click your arrow keys to magically flip the pages). Last one to the pub buys the first pitcher!

The ABGB? We were doubly impressed. We met the owners so you could say we’re ABGB BFFs now. We pinky swear it.

Pizza From The ABGB, Austin TexasIn addition to great brews, the place is perfect for communal gatherings inside and out and has a super dog-friendly space which is a huge score for us as our Labs love people and the great outdoors. And the food? Don’t let the name fool you. ABGB is a place that celebrates food (not just beer) with options sure to delight. The pizza (above) was amazing. Their menu partners include local foodie favorites from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop and Salt & Time Butcher Shop & Salumeria and more.

How can you miss experiencing a place that strives to be “traditional, seasonal, ‘collaborational’, and a little unpredictable?” We enjoyed The Austin Polka Band, square dancing and a dunking/fermenting booth – just a smattering of some of fall revelry at The ABGB.

Enjoy the Austin Beer Guide, The ABGB and Falltime in Austin!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®

Trader Joe’s Bacon Cheese Bread Recipe

Trader Joe's Bacon Cheese Bread Recipe By Home Style Austin

It’s totally by sheer fortune that I scored this recipe for Trader Joe’s Bacon Cheese Bread. You too – this recipe isn’t even on their own website (I was given the recipe verbally from a Trader Joe’s Crew Member).

During Trader Joe’s Grand Opening Day here in Austin (September 20, 2013), I tasted this bread and it was delicious! I was really impressed that Trader Joe’s cleverly had all the ingredients conveniently located in a small refrigerator next to the sampling kitchen. Literally 10 seconds later and everything was in my basket and I was on my way.

Let’s bake bread!

Food Tips: 

Home Style Austin Foodie Tip  This recipe makes two batches of Bacon Cheese Bread. You will most likely either eat both batches yourself or if you have the willpower, you will gift one away, making someone very, very happy. Either way, you win!

Home Style Austin Foodie Tip  Try this bread “Home Style Austin Style” by topping it with fresh finely chopped rosemary after you add the cheese and bacon. Delicious!

Home Style Austin Foodie Tip  At $1.19 for a bag for the pizza dough you might want to stock up on this time-saving dough; it can be frozen and later thawed.

Home Style Austin Foodie Tip  Let’s watch this 15 second video that shows how easy it is to make your own magic.


12 Ounces  |  Trader Joe’s Uncured Apple Smoked Bacon, Cut Into 1/2″ Pieces
2 – 16 Ounce Bags  |  Fresh Pizza Dough (Plain or Garlic Herb)
A Sprinkle  |  Extra Virgin Olive Oil
12 Ounce Bag   |  “Trader Giotto’s Quattro Formaggi” Cheese (Four Cheese Blend)

Ingredients for Trader Joe's Bacon Cheese Bread

What To Do:

1. Preheat oven to 450°F. While the oven is heating up, cook the bacon pieces until crispy and set aside.

2. Prepare the dough according to the package instructions. If hand kneading vs. rolling, make sure you have some olive oil on your fingertips to aid with kneading and readying the dough for the pan. Bake the dough in the oven for 8 minutes then remove the bread from the oven.

3. Sprinkle the bread with 1/2 of the bag of cheese and 1/2 of the bacon (the remaining ingredients you can use for the second batch).

4. Return bread to the oven for 3-4 minutes or until golden-bubbly.

5. Remove the bread from oven, cut and serve. Enjoy!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Trader Joe's in Austin, Texas (Rollingwood)Want To Learn More About Trader Joe’s? Check out my post about my adventure Grand Opening Day … plus discover some of my favorite TJ products!

Open Houses 8/31/13 and 9/1/13

Austin Texas Open Houses by Home Style Austin

Join Us At Two Open Houses This Weekend!

Free music, mints and looksies of two beautifully remodeled ATX homes. (PS ~ We know … FREE MINTS!)3105 Santa Monica Dr., Austin Texas

3105 Santa Monica Dr., Austin, TX 78741
Open House: Saturday, August 31, 2013, 1pm – 4pm.

This home is a great example of a thoughtful, complete reno! The open floor plan boasts beautiful hardwood floors throughout. The kitchen has gorgeous granite countertops, custom cabinetry and stainless appliances. A 3/3 built in 1969. Great layout. Listed at $329,500.

Download a Detailed Property Report for 3105 Santa Monica Dr.

Hope to see you there!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

1612 Westmoor Drive, Austin Texas 78723

1612 Westmoor Drive, Austin Texas 78723
Open House: Sunday, September 1, 2013, 1pm – 4pm.

This is a complete remodel in Windsor Park. This ATX home boasts an open floor plan with beautiful hardwood floors throughout and porcelain in the wet areas.

Gorgeous granite countertops, custom cabinetry, stainless appliances. Spacious master bath includes dual vanities and his and her closets. Outside there’s a large fenced backyard with deck off the master bedroom.

2,150 square feet. 3/2 1950s charmer. “Low E” Windows and a tankless water heater. Listed at $424,950. Hope to see you there! ~ Joe

Download a Detailed Property Report for 1612 Westmoor Dr

The New Keller Williams Real Estate Mobile AppFree Real Estate App: If you’re home hunting this weekend or beyond, download my free Keller Willams real estate app here:

It’s chock-full of features!