I am currently reading the book, “Home on the Farm, If Chickens Could Talk” written by Lorene McCormick Burkhart. It is a great and amusing book that tells the story of life on an Indiana farm in the 1930s and 1940s. I noticed that food was a very important part of life on the farm and even social events seemed to revolve around it. Back then it was an important job to keep not only your family fed daily, but also farm hands during the day. And if that wasn’t enough, you had to make sure the family had food during the winter by canning & preserving fruits & vegetables during their peak season. You could not run down to the supermarket like we do today. One of my favorite parts of this book is that Lorene Burkhart added a collection of favorite family recipes, including two biscuit recipes – one of which I will share with you.
Mile High Biscuits
- 3 cups sifted flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 4 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon cream of tartar
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup shortening
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 cup milk
Sift together the dry ingredients into a bowl. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Combine egg and milk and add to flour mixture all at once, stirring with a fork just enough to make a soft dough that sticks together. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly 15 times, then roll to 1-inch thickness. Cut with floured 2-inch cutter and place about 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a 425°F preheated oven 12-15 minutes or until golden brown – makes about 16 biscuits.
So to continue with the biscuit theme this month I am sharing with you a recipe from Paula Deen that I have tweaked to make it more of a breakfast casserole. I love watching the Food Network and have enriched my recipe library with those I have seen on their shows. I have many favorite Food Network celebrities and while watching one--Paula-- I thought to myself, “If I just added this and switched up that, this would make a great breakfast dish.” So I did and it was scrumptious (better than yummy)!
Before I give you all the details –…I must share a secret … my oven is possessed! It all started two weeks ago. I would go to use the oven and no heat…no gas. I would go back and then...as Emeril would say “BAM!” magically “fix” itself.
Well, I decided to this recipe was so good that I would make it for our church coffee hour.…. That weekend, Friday I believe, we decided to have baked fish for dinner. So I preheated the oven, prepared the baking dish --BUZZ! The oven was now ready for dinner’s main course, or was it? (Do you hear The Twilight Zone theme?) I opened the oven and there was no heat – it wasn’t even getting any gas. We had fried fish that night.
Both Saturday & Sunday – same thing - no heat.
I finally decided to call the repairman (or maybe a priest) but then… you guessed it “BAM!” While cooking we heard what sounded like the lighting of the gas grill, which by the way isn’t working either. So I tried to preheat the oven and to my surprise it lit – so we had crescent rolls that night. It was a fluke, it hasn’t worked since. Oh well, it is over to Mom’s or Sis’ to bake!
- 1 pound of ground sausage, cooked & crumbled
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
- 2 cups (8 oz.) bleu cheese crumbles
- 2 cups (8 oz,) shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 chopped bell peppers (Red, Yellow or Green)
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 2 cups frozen corn
- 2 jalapeño peppers, diced
- 3 cups heavy cream
- 3 eggs
- 12 day old buttermilk biscuits
Until next time – Keep your Foodie Fluids Flowing, and AG Me On!