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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.)

2011 Cooking Class Schedule Now Available!

October 27th, 2010 by Pamela Murski

It’s that time of year again!  The 2011 Ranch Cooking Class Schedule is now available.  This is the perfect time to plan a fantastic Texas Ranch Culinary Vacation to one of our  Cooking classes or Foodie Events.    Even if you have attended a cooking class before don’t let that detour you.

Foodie Weekends,  are for those who  like to cook, for  Foodies and for Spectators who love food in all forms!  Guests determine the depth of their involvement, with options ranging from a visit to an area farmer’s market, local winery, garden harvest, cooking with me or just enjoying the great food!  Whether you are a Foodie, avid cook, spectator or wannabe cook,  these events are all about creating memorable experiences in a relaxing atmosphere involving food, spontaneous cooking and creating ways to take the everyday recipe to the next level.

Every class and event  is chock full of new recipes that you can duplicate at home!   This is a great gift idea for that home cook you know.  Itinerary and dates…

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Red Wine vs. White Wine…what the experts say

September 21st, 2010 by Pamela Murski

We here at the ranch, found this bit of trivia from our local Windy Winery expert to be very interesting…..

The antioxidants found in wine can vary widely depending on the year and region in which the wine was produced. However, two other beneficial components of wine remain relatively consistent:  potassium, which helps maintain fluid balance in the body, and alcohol, which may help raise “good” HDL cholesterol, reduce risk of blood clots, and lower blood pressure. The key to obtaining any of wine’s benefits is enjoying your favorite in moderation.

Red Wine  (5 ounces)
120 calories      180 milligrams potassium      15 grams alcohol
White Wine (5 ounces)
118 calories      101 milligrams potassium
14.6 grams alcohol


Cooking Class Texas Bed and Breakfast Ranch

August 13th, 2010 by Pamela Murski

Cooking Class Fruit Tart

 Fun, fun, fun and lots of good food……that’s how our cooking classes are described by our participants.   We just finished up another great weekend of cooking, harvesting, shopping at the Farmers’ Markets, visiting and most of all tasting and eating our way through many dishes.  One of the favorites was the Roasted Fresh Fruit Tart made with buttery puff pastry and fresh peaches, plums and berries procured at the Farmers Market!