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Cooking Classes – Texas Hill Country Style

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Locals know Loop 165 to Henly is a scenic back road connecting Dripping Springs to Blanco. The rolling hills and ranchland along Onion Creek provide some of the most scenic views in Hays County. Along the paved blacktop ranch road, driveways cut into the land leading to small country homes or gentleman ranches. Few would suspect that one of these driveways leads to a weekend getaway spot with a unique twist. Onion Creek Kitchens at Juniper Hills Farms is a culinary lover’s dream.

Cooking Classes – Texas Hill Country Style

Photo: Courtesy of Onion Creek Kitchens at Juniper Hills Farms

Winding your way up gravel driveway, splitting the heavily forested acreage, you’ll see a donkey corral on your left and may catch a glimpse of these long-eared cuties frolicking at play. Continuing along the way, a whimsical sign points you to the lodging cabins or follow the knife and fork on the left to the fully stocked commercial kitchen.

Cooking Classes – Texas Hill Country Style

Photo: Marcy Stellfox

Sibby Barrett is proprietor, hostess and culinary guru. A Blanco transplant via Dallas, Barrett spent portions of her childhood in Mexico where her interest in food and cooking developed. Having run a successful floral and event planning business that included a bakery, Barrett found her real love was baking cakes. Her bakery Dallas Affaires Baking Company has served the Dallas area for 30 years and can count among its many customers the Mayor and even Oprah Winfrey.

Cooking Classes – Texas Hill Country Style

Photo: Marcy Stellfox

In 2001, Barrett answered the Hill Country’s call after falling in love with the area as a child riding beside her grandfather in his jeep and moved to the Hill Country full time. What began as a quiet reflective spot for yoga retreats and cooking among friends soon blossomed into a weekend culinary hotspot after a friend suggested she start teaching cooking classes at her home.

Cooking Classes – Texas Hill Country Style
Photo: Marcy Stellfox

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