Sunday, November 27, 2011

Homemade Southern Biscuits

As a single parent, I’m constantly looking for ways to save money, especially in the kitchen. Eating out is something that my daughter and I do occasionally now. A significant amount of money can be wasted via drive thrus and, frankly, fast foods can quickly become monotonous and boring.

One comfort food that my daughter and I thoroughly enjoy are biscuits and gravy. Thanks to the generosity and recipe of my good friend, Susan, I’ve mastered homemade buttermilk biscuits. I make these delectable goodies at least once a week, sometimes twice. I buy flour at Dollar General for (as of this writing) $1.95 a bag. That’s cheap!

Roll up your sleeves and have fun in the kitchen. Here’s Susan’s recipe:

Susan’s Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

3 cups all purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 rounded ½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 stick butter = 8 tablespoons or ½ cup
1 ½ cup buttermilk

* Mix dry ingredients

* Cut in butter til the mixture resembles coarse meal (I use a pastry blender to blend the butter into the flour.)

* Stir in buttermilk; mix thoroughly

* Empty onto a floured surface and roll out to desired thickness (I sometimes have to sprinkle a little flour on top to keep from sticking)

* I use a glass or a mason jar lid to cut the biscuit dough into the shape of a biscuit

* Put on ungreased cooking sheet

* Bake at 425 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes

* A few minutes prior to pulling the biscuits out of the oven, brush the biscuits with butter and put them back in the oven until they are done. (I added this little step.)

I will endeavor to close each blog post with a poem about food. Here is one of my poems, a tanka, published in Magnapoets:

bread, wine, cheese, the gentle patter of rain on a new tin roof...        come, read love sonnets to me        and I'll read you Neruda

Magnapoets –  Issue 7, January 2011

Peace and prosperity to you all.


  1. curtis, this a wonderful new blog/website!!
    wish i had some recipes to share, but, i'll use yours, if i ever decide to cook again! hugs, pamela

  2. Nothing like sharing someone's southern biscuit recipe!! Thanks Curtis!! I'll look forward to future posts. Love the new blog concept!

  3. Great idea for a blog, Curtis. This one I'll be following real close :-D I was going to try this one out today, but didn't have buttermilk in. Soon!

  4. Great idea, Curtis, I've added your site to the Blog Quick List on the Hut because I'm sure there will many of us who can benefit.


  5. Good luck with the new blog! It's sure to keep poets singing for their supper. ~ Donna

  6. As a vegetarian - almost a vegan - I can't always follow recipes to the letter...but I love to get ideas... I'm following this post for sure...waiting for the recipe to that old Hot Sauce!

  7. You join a great tradition, Curtis ~

    Much to do also about
    carp, according to Izaak Walton.
    Except this time the fish is
    cooked in an open kettle
    instead of on a spit and he
    gives the total recipe down to
    the last whiff and shake of
    all the seasonings. He finishes
    by saying, "And so serve it
    up and much good do

    That's Lorine Niedecker, from "A Cooking Book" edited by Cid Corman & designed and published by Bob and Susan Arnold at Longhouse, VT, 1992

  8. A good beginning for a delicious concept. Bon Appetit, ya'll!

  9. What a great new blog! Food for the eyes, stomach and soul - recipes and poetry. Love it - now if only you could add an aroma app... Best wishes and much fun.

  10. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Susan! I so look forward to more frugal recipes and food poetry. Nothing better than a poet who is also a foodie!

  11. Hi Curtis,
    Best of luck with this new blog. And good eating.