Let’s not beat around the bush here. There’s no clever title today. I have to proofread a bunch of pages, but then I’m going to marinate some pork and cook my little heart out.
Weeks ago, I promised someone (probably Cougar Clause) that I’d post my recipe for cheese biscuits. Here you go (and our mother said she could never make good biscuits, which is probably why biscuits are one of my standbys and the first thing I learned how to make; mothers and daughters are weird like that. I don’t wear the color navy either.).
2 c flour
4 ts baking powder
1 ts salt
2 Tb shortening (i.e., butter. Don’t EVEN THINK about using Crisco)
3/4 to 1 c milk (spoiled is fine)
3/4 c grated cheddar cheese
1. Combine dry ingredients. Preheat oven to 400 F.
2. Blend shortening into flour mixture. You can use a food processor, a pastry cutter, or two knives for this. The goal is for every bit of flour to be bonded to a bit of butter.
3. Add milk, stir briefly with wooden spoon, then add cheese.
4. Dump out on a floured board and knead for approximately 3.2 seconds, or until it just begins to cohere. (Obligatory yell: DO NOT OVERHANDLE THE DOUGH).
5. Pat out dough until it is 1/2″ thick. Cut out biscuits with biscuit cutter or glass. The first time I made this I actually cut the biscuits with a knife into small squares, so it would feed more people. That worked out pretty well.
6. 10 to 15 min into the oven.
What would you rather do, cook or work?