Oh no, not another food blog!  Well yea, but…

My wife Mary Ann and I will try to make this blog a little bit different.  We will try to let you know some of the things we have learned in the kitchen over the years.  Maybe some of the things will keep you from making some of the same mistakes I have made over that time.

And, just maybe, you’ll find a great recipe that will make your family happy and your cooking experience more enjoyable.

I often spend considerable time researching a certain recipe and trying out various ways of preparing it.  For example, pie dough.  This seems to be a never ending quest.  I will be sharing what I have learned about pie dough and trying to help you through that mine field.

We will be sharing recipes we have found that work right off the bat and some that we have tweaked.

So sit back and enjoy.

11 Responses to “Welcome to MuirFood”


  1. 1 Linda McKinley December 9, 2008 at 8:01 am

    I love the brownie puddle tart and plan to make it soon to take to a holiday gathering……I think I will place a little holly sprig on the top to give it a festive look! As a chocolate lover this is one that I will definitely make often.

  2. 2 ANDREW BODY February 14, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    HI BILL I STILL DIDN’T FIND OUT HOW TO MAKE BISCUITS ?????

    • 3 muirfood February 14, 2009 at 2:56 pm

      Uncle Andy: In the search box at the top right of the home page, just type biscuit in and hit enter. The second post down will be be for square cream biscuits . These are really easy. Once you try these, we could move on to some other types of biscuits. Good luck. Bill

  3. 4 A. BODY February 23, 2009 at 7:04 am

    HI BILL THANKS AGAIN FOR THE HELP. MY FIRST TRY DIDN’T WORK OUT TOO GOOD, I USED THE MEASUREMENT FOR THE SUGAR ON THE SALT & FORGOT THE SUGAR. THEY ARE STILL EATABLE BUT A LITTLE SALTY !!!
    I WILL BR MORE CAREFULL NEXT TIME.

    • 5 muirfood February 23, 2009 at 4:38 pm

      Uncle Andy: Baking biscuits or any baked good for that matter is like a chemistry experiment. Assemble all the ingredients and measure out the quantity of each first.
      Then, put them on the counter in the order they will be used as called out in the recipe. Read the recipe one more time, preheat the oven and then start.
      And remember that baking relies on as exact measurements that you can make. If you don’t have a digital scale (not everybody does) to weigh the flour, fluff up the flour with a fork and sweep the cup through the flour overfilling it. Then use a knife to clean off the flour level with the top of the cup.
      This will give you the same amount of flour almost every time.
      Remember, it is just a chemistry experiment.

      Bill

  4. 6 A. BODY February 24, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    THANKS BILL I WILL TRY AGAIN

  5. 7 A. BODY February 25, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    BILL I PUT ALL THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS IN BUT IT ONLY ROSE A LITTLE BIT. DO I NEED TO PUT IN MORE BAKING POWER. THEY DON’T TASTE BAD BUT THEY SHOULD RISE MORE ????

    • 8 muirfood February 25, 2009 at 4:18 pm

      Uncle Andy: Most likely you have BAD baking powder. This stuff goes bad in about 6 to 12 months. So the next batch, try some new baking powder. I would not increase the baking powder because too much of that stuff will give your biscuits a bitter taste with a metallic overtone. Been there, done that. You do not want to taste those biscuits.
      By the way, to test your baking powder, put 2 cups of hot water into a glass bowl and sprinkle a teaspoon of the baking powder over the water. It should bubble up almost instantly. If it does not do anything or has a less than vigorous reaction, replace the baking powder.
      Hope this help. And good luck on your next batch.
      Once you get this down, we can move on to buttermilk biscuits which are delicious.
      Bill

  6. 9 susan kuhnke February 27, 2009 at 10:52 am

    I was looking for a dessert recipe that uses the pecan pumpkin butter and butterpecan cake mix. I had it but cannot find it. Your help in finding this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Susan Kuhnke

  7. 10 muirfood February 27, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Susan: I did a search for you and did not come up with anything using both butter pecan cake mix and pecan pumpkin butter. I did find a recipe using yellow cake (I’m sure you could substitute a butter pecan cake mix) and the Muirhead brand Pecan Pumpkin Butter. It is a recipe called Muirhead Pecan Pumpkin Butter Dessert Squares and while not exactly a cake it’s close.
    I have not tried this recipe and I will not post a recipe I have not tried. However you can find this recipe over at the Urban Spatula at this URL: http://www.urbanspatula.com/?p=36.
    I hope that helps.

    Bill

  8. 11 A. BODY March 2, 2009 at 10:52 am

    WELL I FINELY GOT IT ABOUT 90% RIGHT, THE LAST BATCH DIDN’T LOOK TOO PRETTY BUT THEY DID RISE AND THEY TASTE GOOD. SO THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL YOUR HELP. NOTE THE BAKING POWDER WAS OK FISSED
    UP RIGHT AWAY. I THINK I MADE THE MISTAKE ON THE MEASUREMENTS !!


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