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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.


December 29th, 2010 by Pamela Murski

Cheddar and Herb Gougere

Cheese puffs make the ideal cocktail snack.  These are miniature Cheddar versions of a savory French cream puff traditionally enriched with Gruyere cheese.   Once you form them into mounds, you can refrigerate or freeze them and bake them just before your guests are ready to devour them.

Makes about 72 cheese puffs

¾ cup water

½ tsp salt

6 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes

¾ cup all-purpose flour (spoon and level; 3.25 oz)

4 lg eggs

1 ½ Tbsp finely chopped fresh English thyme

1 cup grated sharp Cheddar or Gruyere cheese (2 oz)

1. Dough. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Put the water, salt, and butter in a medium (2- to 3-quart) saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Add the flour all at once and beat vigorously with a sturdy wire whisk, still over heat. It will form a very firm mass of dough that should pull away from the sides of the pan. Remove the pan from the heat. Crack and egg into a small cup. Pour the egg into the saucepan and immediately beat it into the dough using the whisk or a hand held electric mixer. Repeat with the remaining 3 eggs, incorporating each one thoroughly before adding another. The mixture will be satiny and sticky and have a consistency between soft dough and thick batter. Stir in the thyme and ½ cup of the cheese.

2. Forming and baking. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Using 2 flatware teaspoons, drop balls of dough (each measuring 1 tsp in volume) in rows on the paper, allowing 1 inch of space between them for spreading. Or use a pastry bag with a lare plain tip and pipe the dough out in ½-inch mounds. Place a pinch of the remaining cheese on top of each gougere. (At this point you can cover the pans tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate them for up to 24 hours.) Bake the gougeres until puffed and golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Serve while still warm.

Note: Once the dough is formed, you can put the baking sheets in the freezer until the little mounds are solid, then transfer them to resealable freezer bags. When you want to bake a batch, transfer them to a paper-lined baking sheet and bake at 400°F for 25 to 30 minutes.

Herb substitutions: In place of the thyme, use an equal amount of finely chopped fresh summer savory, 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh marjoram or oregano, or 3 Tbsp finely chopped fresh dill or chives.

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.

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.)

Moscow Mule Cocktail

November 20th, 2010 by Pamela Murski

Moscow Mule Copper Mug

The Moscow Mule Cocktail seems to have made a comeback!  It is a good thing for it is a truly unique drink that is good year round!  Look for this yummy beverage to turn up during one of our famous culinary getaway Foodie Events……The recipe,  easy to make, must contain ginger beer to be authentic:

Moscow Mule

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 tsp. sugar syrup
  • Fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup ginger beer
  • 1 sprig fresh mint
  • 1 slice of lime

Directions:  In a highball glass or a copper mug  pour vodka over ice. Add  sugar syrup and lime juice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with a slice of lime and a sprig of mint.

For the trivia buff, here’s a little history……

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