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Fun for Foodies: 3 of the Best Cooking Class Vacations

July 13th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

cooking class vacations
When you think about vacation, good food is more than likely one of perks that come to mind. If your getaway is near the beach, you’re probably preparing for savory seafood meals, and if you’re heading to a city, fine dining and carefully crafted mixed drinks. But for the chefs and foodies among us, cooking class vacations are the only option that will please the palate and expand the prowess. Murski Homestead B&B offers guests the luxury of not only a relaxing, scenic vacation, but exciting cooking classes, too!

Murski Homestead Cooking Class Vacations

Our foodie vacations are perfect for anyone whose idea of relaxation involves great meals! If you’re looking for great learn to cook vacations, look no further these three appetizing escapes.

1. Demo Style Brunch Cooking Class

If you don’t know what brunch is, prepare to be introduced to your new favorite meal. The perfect in between meal after breakfast and before lunch (See? The name makes sense now.), brunch is an artform and a staple of after-church dining, depending on where you grew up. At Murski Homestead, you’ll both taste and learn how to create delicious brunch dishes, courtesy of Innkeeper Pamela Murski, who doubles as an excellent cooking instructor! No brunch is complete without drinks, and Pamela’s demo style class features cocktails as well. Take home the recipes and impress your family and friends! Don’t miss out on this tasty addition to your two-night stay.

2. Foodie Package

When it comes to cooking class vacations, the Foodie Package is hard to beat. Add this package to your two-night stay, and you’ll find yourself in culinary bliss. The evening of your arrival will start with heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks, followed by a hearty continental breakfast the next morning. Then, starting at 10 a.m., you’ll jump right into a hands-on cooking class, accompanied by local wine and resulting ending with dinner! The local food education continues that evening with a cheese plate and craft beer. Your last day at Murski includes a delicious ranch style breakfast. The food doesn’t stop there, though – you’ll be sent home with recipes and knowledge to craft mouthwatering meals!

3. Cooking Class

This is the most straightforward of our three cooking class vacations. You’ll be involved in the preparation of your dinner from start to finish, while Pamela shows you how to make a meal that will impress anyone’s taste buds. Plus, dishes made with local food always taste better, an emphasis we put on our meals. Book a two-night stay, and add this package!

Note: Our cooking classes are currently unavailable until October 2016. Until then, get your appetite for food and kitchen knowledge ready!

Murski Homestead B&B, Your Choice for Texas Hill Country Hospitality

Located in the small, inviting town of Brenham, Murski Homestead B&B offers guests a quiet, relaxing stay, surrounded by postcard-worthy scenery. Our rooms are spacious and romantic, perfect for an unforgettable stay. Take the Lavender Room, for example. Featuring a private porch, king-size bed, and two-person marble shower, you will have all the privacy and space you need for a getaway. Plus, with both Austin and Houston less than two hours away, you’ll be able to explore the area without driving too far. Download our free Washington County vacation guide for more area information! Call today at (979) 830-1021, and start planning your Texas vacation.

Apple Pie Recipe Murski Homestead

November 27th, 2010 by Pamela Murski

Apple Pie

Nothing tastes better than a slice of homemade apple pie hot from the ovens at Murski Homestead B&B!  Add a little Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream and you are really set…..this is one of the easiest recipes, so give it a try.

Super Easy Apple Pie
3/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp. lemon juice
zest of
1 lemon
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. apricot brandy
pinch of salt

Apple Pie

5 baking apples, pared, cored, thinly sliced
2 oz. butter, melted
1 unbaked pie shell, 9-in. diameter
1/2 lb. apricot jam
1 oz. sugar

Combine sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, cinnamon, brandy and salt.  Neatly arrange apples in pie shell; pour sugar mixture over.  Brush with melted butter.  Bake at 450 degrees F for 10 minutes.  Reduce heat to 350 degrees F; bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden.  Combine jam and sugar in sauce pan; heat to boiling.  Push through fine strainer; heat to boiling.  Brush over baked pie.  (I used twists of pie crust on  the top of this pie for additional visual appeal and texture.)

Blueberry-Ginger Cream B&B Recipe

November 6th, 2010 by Pamela Murski

Blueberry-Ginger Cream

Blueberry-Ginger Cream

 

(4 – 6 servings)

1″ x 2″ piece of fresh ginger
2 C whole milk
4 egg yolks
1/2 C sugar, divided
2 Tb. + 2 tsp. cornstarch
4 Tb. butter, cut into small pieces
slight pinch of salt, to taste

2 C fresh blueberries
2 t water
2 T sugar, to taste

Peel and cut the ginger into thin slices. Pour the milk into a saucepan, add the ginger slices and 1/4 C sugar and bring to a low simmer, stirring to combine. Remove from heat, cover and steep for about a half hour, tasting for strength.  Strain the milk to remove the ginger slices and reheat to a low simmer.

Whisk together the yolks with the remaining 1/4 C sugar. Add the cornstarch and whisk thoroughly until the mixture is light yellow. Slowly add the hot milk, whisking constantly to temper the eggs. Return to the heat and bring to a very slow boil, stirring slowly and constantly. Cook for about 2 minutes. Take off the heat and add the butter pieces, stirring until the cream smooths out. Add a slight pinch of salt, to taste.  Pour into a clean container and press a piece of plastic wrap into the surface. Set aside to cool.

Combine the fresh blueberries, water and sugar in a saucepan. Cook over low heat for just a few minutes until the fruit gets saucy. Set aside to cool.

Layer the cream with the blueberries in a parfait glass or scoop into a bowl.

Tortilla Soup with Chicken, Tomatoes & Avocado Recipe

November 3rd, 2010 by Pamela Murski

 

Tortilla Soup with Chicken, Avocado & White Mexican Cheese

Nothing says “Fall” better than a really good bowl of delicious soup!  Earthy, slightly spicy, sublime, down home good is how I describe really good homemade tortilla soup.  The soup is simple to make and is even better the day after it is made.  Serve it with chunks of hearth style bread for soaking up all the delicious juices while savoring every bite.  Fresh avocado and Mexican white cheese is a must!  Pair it with a spicy red wine, such as the  “Saucy Red” from our local “Windy Winery” located just a few miles down  from the B&B.

Chicken Tortilla Soup:

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Fava Skordalia….Greek Split Pea Recipe….”Hummus Style”

October 30th, 2010 by Pamela Murski

Fava Skordalia  (Yellow Split Peas with Garlic)

2 cups yellow split peas, picked over and rinsed
2 bay leaves
2 tsp salt
4-6 garlic cloves
½ cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
3-4 Tbsp red wine vinegar
¾ Tbsp dry white wine
2 Tbsp dried oregano, crumbled, plus more for garnish
Freshly ground black pepper
 
All or a few of the following toppings:
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2-3 Tbsp pitted and chopped Kalamata olives
4-5 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and coarsely chopped
1 medium tomato, cored, peeled, seeded diced and drained
Few sprigs of arugula, coarsely chopped
Few sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
EVOO
 
Place the split peas in a large pot, add water to cover by 4 inches and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low & simmer, skimming often, for 5 minutes.  Add the bay leaves and simmer for 40 minutes more, stirring occasionally and adding a little warm water as needed to keep the peas covered as they cook.  Add 1 tsp of the salt and simmer for 15-20 minutes more, or until the peas are soft and almost dry.
Puree the peas with a stick (immersion) blender, or transfer to a food processor and puree.  Let the puree cool completely; it will thicken considerably.
In a large mortar, grind the garlic with the remaining 1 tsp salt into a smooth paste.  Add 2 cups or so of the puree and continue grinding to incorporate the garlic.  Or use a blender or a small food processor.
In a large bowl, combine the garlic mixture, the remaining pea puree, the oil, 3 Tbsp each vinegar and wine, the oregano and pepper to taste, stirring vigorously to incorporate.  Taste and adjust the seasonings as necessary.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
If the skordalia seems too thick, add a little vinegar, wine or water to thin.  Spread on a large plate, sprinkle with oregano, garnish with toppings of your choice and serve