Angel Biscuits

Angel BiscuitsThere are a million recipes for Angel Biscuits. They’ve probably been around since baking powder was invented. I have a wonderful handwritten recipe from the grandmother of a friend. I’ve seen them in cookbooks forever. There is not a lot of variation. They are what they are…wonderful. There are several things I’ve done over the years to get mine exactly the way that I like them, though. I use a mix of lard and butter instead of shortening. I keep my fat bits relatively intact in the dough. I also roll out the dough and fold it several times. The result is that the biscuits have wonderful layers. They beg for a big slathering of salted butter and marmalade.

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Angel Biscuits

Angel Biscuits

There are a million recipes for Angel Biscuits. They’ve probably been around since baking powder was invented. I have a wonderful handwritten recipe from the grandmother of a friend. I’ve seen them in cookbooks forever. There is not a lot of variation. They are what they are…wonderful. There are several things I’ve done over the… 

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Brisket

Camp Brisket 2015

As luck would have it, I recently found myself in the lobby of a hotel in College Station, TX, having secured a coveted seat for Camp Brisket. A few years ago, I went on for several linear feet about the joys of the BBQ Summer Camp put on by Foodways Texas and the Texas A&M… 

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How to Make Vinegar

How to Make Homemade Vinegar

My most recent food adventures, or meditations rather, have been months in the making. Life tends to be crazy at the best of times and often when I am not feeling creative I turn to the tried and true meals, most of which I have already shared with you. But the one new thing I… 

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Almond Coconut Shortbread Cookies

Almond and Coconut Shortbread Cookies

I almost named these “funeral cookies.” But that is a hard sell, really. I was in a strange mood when these were created and as I sat in my kitchen with a cup of coffee and a stack of these (quickly disappearing) cookies, I thought to myself, “Gosh, these would be perfect cookies for one… 

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Cubano Assembly

The Cuban Sandwich

It is no secret that I love a good sandwich. I think they are the most personal of foods. It is what we make for ourselves alone, and that we prepare in just the way that suits us. Casseroles are full of compromises…somebody doesn’t like cilantro (me), somebody doesn’t like onions, somebody doesn’t like black… 

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Blackberry Farm Barn

Blackberry Farm

I have been blessed with some rather intoxicating travel opportunities in the last few years and now that I take a moment to consider them as a whole, I see that few were of my own making and that I live in a mode of perpetual gratitude for my luck in family and good taste… 

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