Friday, June 4, 2010


In fourth grade, I beat out the rest of the kids in my class spelling bee. I don't remember what word I spelled, but I do remember feeling like, "I've got this," when I competed in the school-wide spelling bee. We sat in chairs on the stage in the gym. The gifted teacher called out our names and we walked up to the mic and spelled the words. A girl named Sarah got the word prairie. I listened to her spell it "P-R-A-I-R-I-E" and thought "Nope- there's only one i in prairie!" That should have been a clue that I should perhaps second guess my instincts. My word was biscuit. "B-I-S" I started, sure of that much at least. "C-U-T."
They say the word that you miss is one you'll never forget. And let me tell you, I don't ever have to look up "biscuit" in the dictionary!
I did, however, have to search for a recipe for biscuits. I had some chives left ( I swear, the last thing from last week's CSA share) and decided to make chive biscuits. I had made them before with buttermilk, but I didn't have any, which sent me to my grandma's old copy of Betty Crocker's Cookbook.
Here's my take on their basic biscuit recipe.



Chive Biscuits
2 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbsp chopped chives

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Pour vegetable oil and milk together, dump all of it into the flour. Mix until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. Place on waxed paper. Pick up one side of the paper, and fold over, pressing down on the dough. Repeat until it looks smooth. Put another piece of waxed paper on top of the dough and use a rolling pin to roll it out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into circles with a biscuit dough cutter and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes, until light brown.

1 comment:

  1. I missed "aggravate" in a fourth-grade spelling bee. Spelled it with only one "g." My dad always teased me -- isn't that so "aggravating"? he'd say. I'll never forget it!


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