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Spring Herbs at Brenham Texas B&B Ranch

March 15th, 2011 by Pamela Murski

Spring at our Ranch B&B in Brenham is just around the corner and after this crazy, wild winter we are planning on a bumper crop of spring herbs. Some of our favorites include Aussie Sweetie basil, African Blue basil, Lemon thyme, Italian parsley, Tuscan Blue rosemary, Rose Scented geranium and cilantro. The Antique Rose Emporium is one of our favorite places to shop for them. It is also a great place for inspiration and reflection. We look forward to blogging about some of our incredible recipes from our spring classes using those great herbs!

Cranberry Lemon Martini Recipe

December 14th, 2010 by Pamela Murski


5 Tablespoons (2.5 oz) Cranberry Syrup Base

3 Tablespoons (1.5 oz) Citrus Flavored Vodka

Fresh or Frozen Cranberries

Lemon Wedges


For each cocktail, fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add Cranberry Syrup and vodka. Cover; shake. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with cranberries and lemon wedge. Makes 1 drink. (I like to frost the rim with sugar before pouring drink into glass).

Cranberry Syrup Base:

In large saucepan combine one 12 oz. package fresh or frozen cranberries, 2 cups sugar, 2 cups water. Bring to boil; reduce heat. Simmer 20 minutes uncovered. Remove from heat, cool. Blend mixture in food processor or blender. Strain, discarding seed and skin. Stir in 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup lime juice, 1/4 cup Limoncello and 2 dashes bitters. Mixture will be slightly thick. Cover and chill to store.

Holiday & Crystal Wine Glass Trail

November 14th, 2010 by Pamela Murski

Wine & Holiday Tours

The fun and delicious Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail hosts their holiday trail this year in December, first and second weekend!  Don’t miss getting to enjoy each winery, find out the history behind the properties and experience some first class Texas wine and holiday food.  Included in the ticket is a holiday food and wine pairing at each winery with a Texas Bluebonnet Wine  Trail Crystal Wine Glass gift at the 4th winery you visit!  Be sure to stay at the ranch which is conveniently located on  the Trail!

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

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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