Montana Magazine Article March-April 2006 Issue inpart about Libby Cafe-Montana Muffins
Roll'em, Roll'em, Roll'em, Knead a Cinnammmmon Bun ? These Rise to the Occasion story by a host of discerning taste-testers. CINNAMON BUNS, AKA STICKY BUNS OR SWEET ROLLS, QUALIFY AS COMFORT FOOD OF THE HIGHEST ORDER. And right now Montanans, enduring the drab end of winter - not quite into euphoria of spring green-up -----sometimes find that comfort is in order. In fact, daily comfort really isn't out of the question... Fields of the world's most premium wheat lie dormant outside our windows, awaiting a few more minutes of daylight, a little more moisture, some sunny encouragement. The winter wheat shows hints of green (if you're wearing tinted sunglasses) amid the pockets of snow caught in the rows. And so, there's hope. And that's a sweet consolation. Out comfort-food mission was clear: find a few fabulous Montana-owned bakeries and cafes whose owners turn Montana's fruited plains into make-you-sigh-and-roll-your-eyes cinnamon buns. Because, after all, you who stick out a winter here deserve to sink you teeth into utter satisfaction. Libby, 293-3523, www.MontanaMuffins.com Montana ingredients: Flour, eggs, dairy, huckleberries I shall return to the Libby Café every chance I get. The cinnamon rolls are delicious and most excellent, with or without frosting. But I would advise that you don’t eat one of their huckleberry swirls. Just take my word for it and don’t try it or you’ll be sorry. I tried the swirl after I ate the cinnamon roll, and now I have a great dilemma. Let’s put it this way: If I were shipwrecked on a desert island with the girl of my dreams, I wouldn’t know which to share with her. Furthermore, if I was down to my last one of each, I’m afraid the poor girl might starve. As I said, don’t try the swirl yourselfor you may suffer your own dilemma. The proprietors, Gary and Paulette Njirich, are very nice. We hit it off right from the start. I found out that they ship their rolls and muffins worldwide. I forgot to ask if they’d deliver to desert islands. Ron Zuber
Photo by Ron Zuber
Missoullian Article 3/2/06 inpart about Libby Cafe-Montana Muffins
A bit of wild West can still be found on Highway 2.....By VINCE DEVLIN of the Missoulian
They've got 'em in Libby.“The Whole Thing Omelet” leads off the breakfast menu at the Libby Cafe.“Hold onto your hair, Harold, this baby's loaded........... the Bigfoot Burger, that costs $12.95.There are plenty of normally priced omelets and burgers at the Libby Cafe, too, and They do a mean flapjack business as well.“No, they are not pancakes,” the menu explains. “A thick batter like a crepe. A little sweeter than a pancake, with nothing but good things in them.”“It's an old Ukrainian recipe Paulette's mother brought with her when she immigrated from Ukraine,” Njirich says. They started with potato flapjacks, and now offer huckleberry flapjacks as well.You can also get huckleberry pie, huckleberry muffins, huckleberry swirls.“And we make our own huckleberry syrup,” Njirich says.What we're saying is, if you get up to Libby and you take your appetite with you, check out the Libby Cafe. Even if you don't get to Libby, you can order the Libby Cafe's muffins, rolls, swirls and syrup online at www.montanamuffins.com.
For reasons that escape us, they don't ship their 3-pound omelets, however.