Ok, almost....we still need to work on that drawl.
In the meantime....the food.
Every Tuesday on my recipe blog, Plates and Places, I will introduce you to the fine art of southern cuisine... that being SOUTHERN STAPLES.
2 Cups self rising flour
1/3 C shortening
3/4 C buttermilk
Blend first 2 ingredients with a fork or your fingers, then add the buttermilk. Blend to a doughy consistency. Flour a cook board or a towel lightly, placing dough down and kneading three of four times (DO NOT OVER KNEAD! This goes in Biscuits and in Life. Know a good thing and leave it be.) Flatten out with rolling pin or by hand. Cut out biscuits with cutter, if you do not have one-use a juice glass that has been lightly floured on the rim, or may I recommend, just cutting the biscuits with a goo knife, in squares. Squares are perfect for holding things like country ham or sausage, and you do not waste any dough! Bake at 450 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Serve HOT!
Just a couple side notes:
I recall the first time I had ever had cat head biscuit. If you aren't familiar, it's a really large biscuit, made by using a large cutter. I was at a festival at Arlington Antebellum Home , the line for these biscuits was out the door of the big antebelum home. Every year, the same thing. It seemed as I grew, the biscuits became smaller. My mother agreed. I recall them being as big as a slarge saucer or mall dinner plate.
One of my most favorite books is A Painted House, by John Grisham. Set in the late summer and early fall of 1952, its story is told through the eyes of seven-year-old Luke Chandler, the youngest in a family of cotton farmers struggling to harvest their crop and earn enough to settle their debts. The novel portrays the experiences that bring him from a world of innocence into one of harsh reality. It is a great and easy read, I highly recommend it. I will say though, as I read this book, I yearned for biscuits the entire time. You will see why. If you read it, let me know what you think!
Come back later this week- I have a great new cookbook recommendation! I LOVE it! It's my new "Kitchen Bible"! You'll see why.....(Thanks, Cresent Dragonwagon!!)