Monthly Archives: October 2016

Big Flaky Biscuits

My dad made the best biscuits and I have never been able to duplicate his so I am always on the hunt for a great biscuit recipe. Isn’t it funny how recipes with lots of ingredients can turn out great but simple dishes like potato salad, pimiento cheese and biscuits are hard to get right? Or maybe it is just me!

Anyway, I came across this recipe on the Southern Living website and really love it. It makes big flaky biscuits. Boone loves them with Apple Maple jam or with any of my homemade jams. They are just as good with only butter or with sausage or ham on them.

Big Flaky Biscuit

 

The only thing I did different from the recipe is I never have self-rising flour so I usually make a batch up when I plan on having these biscuits.  The biscuit recipe has several ways to bake them and my favorite is to warm a cast iron skillet in the oven, then rub a bit of butter in it and put the biscuits in. That gives them a crunchy bottom that is so good. I tend to roll them a bit thicker and normally get around ten biscuits. My skillet only holds eight so I cook the last two later.

Here are the links to both recipes.

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Apple Maple Jam

One of my favorite jams is Apple Maple Jam is from a past Ball Blue Book but can also be found here: Apple Maple Jam. The original recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. That is a little strong for me so I only use 1/2 teaspoon.

Apple Maple Jam

I was recently in the North Carolina mountains during apple season and bought lots of local varieties. This jam is best when made with a variety of apples and real maple syrup.

How to use:

  • spread on hot biscuits or toast
  • mix a 1/3 cup or so with 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard and spread on a pork tenderloin before roasting
  • heat a 1/4 cup jam with a 1/3 cup maple syrup for pouring over pancakes or french toast
  • line mini muffin tins with pie crust and fill with jam for mini apple tarts

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Fall Wind Down

The garden has been put to rest. It has been really good to us this year; potatoes, corn, peppers, melons, beans, herbs, berries and so many tomatoes that this summer I must have broken some kind of record for eating tomato sandwiches. I think I ate at least one every day.

Tomatoes

 

I love the fall. Growing in southeastern North Carolina we did not have four distinct seasons. Kentucky is in a late fall warm spell but cooler temps are on the way. Makes me want to have crackling fires and hot chocolate with a good book! But for now it is time to get out in the woods and gather pears, walnuts and hickory nuts. Yesterday was another blue sky sunny day so Boone and I got out into the woods briefly to check on one of the trail cameras. It is placed near the Cherry bee tree. The bees were happily buzzing around but thankfully ignored us.

One of the trail cams on the sheep farm caught a big bobcat. I know sooner or later we may have problems with them or the coyotes so we are considering a livestock guardian dog or maybe a donkey.

Bobcat

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