The Best Time of Year for a Nature Hike

Take a hike in the woods, fish a mountain brook, and more. Since church is mostly shut down, on Sunday afternoons, Merri Ann and I pack a lunch, grab a lesson manual, and go find a quiet place in the woods for a picnic, time together, and a discussion. This was as quiet a place as you could find, tucked under the Continental Divide. It was an hour on paved roads and 45 minutes on rough dirt roads. That’s a long way for a prayer and discussion, but oh, was it worth it! A Nature Hike in a Quiet Canyon …

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Cinnamon Burst Biscuits

These cinnamon biscuits are a favorite. We’ve vamped up a classic cinnamon biscuit recipe by adding cinnamon chips to give a punch of flavor in every bite. The combination of cinnamon chips and brown sugar flavor is fantastic. You may experiment with other flavors. Cinnamon Burst Biscuits Recipe Ingredients: 3 cups just-add-water buttermilk biscuit mix 3/4 cup cool water 3/4 cup cinnamon chips 1/4 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons brown sugar flavor melted butter for brushing on the biscuits cinnamon sugar for sprinkling Directions: Add the cinnamon chips and the sugar to the mix and stir. Add the flavor to …

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Cinnamon Breakfast Biscuits

Cinnamon breakfast biscuits are the craze right now.  You see them in the fast-food restaurants and sometimes in the grocery store.  But these are better because they are homemade with cinnamon chips.  We frosted these because that’s how they do it in the fast-food restaurant but it’s not necessary. What You’ll Need to Make Cinnamon Biscuits We used our just-add-water buttermilk biscuit mix but you can use another or a from-scratch recipe. We added some brown sugar flavor.  You’ll be tempted to leave it out, and you can, but this is a very good flavor that really adds a dimension to the biscuits. …

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Easy Stovetop Cobbler–Slumps

Slumps: The Easier Way To Enjoy Fruit Dumplings and Cobblers So easy! All you have to do is pull out a biscuit mix, bring the fruit filling to a simmer and cook the biscuits on top of the simmering fruit like dumplings. No need to turn on the oven! This easy stovetop cobbler is exactly as it sounds, cooked on the stove. It’s perfect for the summertime when you don’t want to heat up the kitchen. So versatile! You can use any fruit you want for these slumps whether it’s canned, frozen, or fresh. You can also cook it practically anywhere–on …

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How to Use Dry Cranberries in Your Baking

Cranberries are a great way to add flavor and zing to your baking—a burst of flavor in every bite. They become colorful, ruby red gems in breads, muffins, cookies, and pancakes. They taste good and they’re good for you. This article will tell you how to use cranberries in your baking and give some recipes at the end for where you can use your cranberries. Use Only The Best Cranberries in Your Baking Use only the best cranberries for the most flavor and color. Most commercially processed cranberries are pressed to extract the juice and part of the pulp. The …

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Traditional Strawberry Shortcakes with Flavored Whipped Cream

We served traditional strawberry shortcakes in our store on Saturday. That means 400, maybe 500 desserts and 30 pounds of strawberries. How do you make 500 desserts in a hurry? You take every shortcut you can without sacrificing quality. We simplified the shortcakes. We took our just-add-water biscuit mix, added a little sugar, and baked sheets of sweetened biscuits. It worked. Repeatedly we were asked, “Where can I get this recipe?” We used a strawberry slicer for the berries. We had nice, neat slices and probably cut our prep time by two-thirds. We made caramel whipped cream by the quart. …

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The Biscuit Method for Mixing Biscuits, Scones, and Pastries

(Updated from May 10, 2014) A good biscuit or pastry is soft, buttery, and flaky. Have you ever wondered what makes those biscuits, scones, and pastries so flaky? It’s the biscuit method, which is used to mix most biscuits and scones. It is sometimes called the pastry method because it incorporates the same technique as for mixing pie dough. (There are some biscuit recipes that call for using the creaming method, but those biscuits turn out to be more cake-like.) This article will tell you all you need to know about the biscuit method. What is the Biscuit Method? In …

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How to Make Biscuits Without Turning on Your Oven

These cathead biscuits, or skillet biscuits, are absolutely delicious! If you don’t want to heat up the house with your oven in the summertime, they’re the perfect choice for making biscuits, and they still taste just as great as coming out of the oven. You really can cook biscuits in a skillet on the stove, and this article will tell you just how to do it. What Are Cathead or Skillet Biscuits? I found a recipe for Cathead Skillet Biscuits in Alford and Duguid’s book, Home Baking. It was intriguing—they were making baking powder biscuits on a stovetop. I searched …

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ANZAC Biscuit Recipe

Every road warrior should have a supply of ANZAC Biscuits. They’re protein cookies packed with energy, tasty, and nearly indestructible. If you are going on a camping trip or packing a boy scout off to camp, you had better make some ANZAC Biscuits. About ANZAC Biscuits During World War II, the citizenry of Australia came up with a cookie—biscuits they called them—to supply the troops, something that would travel well, keep well, and provide lots of energy. Folks packaged them in tins by the thousands and sent them to the troops. They became a national institution for Australia and New …

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How to Make an Easy Dinner with Pigs-in-a-Blanket using Biscuit Dough or Bread Dough

Pigs in a Blanket with cheese in the center

Save up to 60% off on the bread mixes for your pigs in a blanket. I grew up with pigs in a blanket. Loved them. My mother wrapped biscuit dough around sausages or hot dogs. They were quick and easy and her kids were excited about them. She could add a salad and maybe some chips and had an easy meal. A blanket wrapped around a hot dog—or better, a brat—sure beats a store-bought bun. A narrow strip of cheddar down the center of the dog makes them even better.

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Make Better Strawberry Desserts in Less Time

This strawberry pie was made in about 15 minutes using a strawberry pie kit. When the Strawberries are This Good, Use Them Everywhere! In the last few days, I’ve used strawberries on my cereal, on cake, with milk and honey—even on chocolate ice cream.  They’re amazing this time of year. They’re good on everything from salads to shortcakes. But before we get to specifics, let me tell you how to save time, how to get your berries ready in almost no time. Time Saver #1. Use a Strawberry Slicer. You’ll cut your prep time in half and your presentation will …

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Very Simple, Very Good Brownie Pops

We were making blondies, batch after batch, testing mixes and making blondies faster than customers in the store could eat them.  These were fancy blondies: Peanut Butter Cup, Raspberry Sour Cream, and Caramel Nut Blondies. At the end of the day, we had batches left over.  Rather than throw them out, we looked for something to make with them.  I remembered seeing a picture on a calendar of square brownie pops on a stick.  They had cut brownies into rectangles and then dipped them in frosting.  That seemed like a good idea.  We cut the blondies into squares, stuck popsicle …

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How to Make a Skillet Breakfast

Plus, how to make crispy hash browns. My oldest son and his family were in town from Minnesota. We stopped at a country diner for breakfast. Half of our party ordered omelets and the rest ordered skillet breakfasts. They were good; made of crispy hash browns with onions and bacon and then topped with scrambled eggs and cheese. Back in the test kitchen, we tried to replicate the diner’s skillet breakfast. We got close. Here’s the recipe. This will feed two or three hungry people. Ingredients 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and grated 1/2 sweet onion such as Walla Walla, …

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Biscuit Recipes and Articles

Principles for Great Biscuits Ten Tips to Make Perfect Biscuits Five Common Mistakes When Making Biscuits Make-Ahead Biscuits and Scones Biscuits on the Run A Guide to Making Sweet Biscuits Cinnamon Burst Biscuits Cinnamon Breakfast Biscuits Cranberry Orange Biscuits Cranberry Nut Biscuits Apricot Orange Biscuits Cherry Nut White Chocolate Biscuits Cottage Cheese Biscuits Chunky Peanut Butter Biscuits Southern Pecan Biscuits Classic Buttermilk Biscuits Easiest Buttermilk Biscuits Potato and Ranch Biscuits Sour Cream and Chive Potato Biscuits Sweet Potato Biscuits Cheddar Potato Biscuits Fully Loaded Biscuits Cheese and Chive Biscuits How to Make Potato Biscuits Biscuits and Gravy

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Chicken Pot Pie: A Timeless Comfort Food Classic

By: Casey Archibald I remember my grandmother; she always smelled like a perfume called Beautiful. She spent hours trimming her rose bushes on hot summer weekends, she had a big, stinky chocolate lab named Peppi, she collected hundreds of nativity scenes and figurines—and she made the most delicious, creamy, chicken pot pies. They were perfect on rainy Seattle days. Though I wasn’t a huge fan of veggies, when grandma surrounded them a pool of creamy goodness and topped them with a buttery, flakey crust, the peas and carrots were just fine. Chicken pot pies are very versitile. Add celery, potatoes, …

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American Flag Cake

Casey Archibald The 4th of July is filled with memories for most people. For me, the memories that flash through my mind include the time when I accidentally shot a bottle rocket at my high school boyfriend (don’t worry, he was fine), when I went out on my good friend’s boat to the middle of Lake Washington to watch fireworks, and when I rode my bike with my cousins at our annual family 4th party. The 4th is coming and it’s time to make new memories with these fun and delicious red, white and blue treats. It’s gotten me in …

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Cheese and Chive Biscuits

These rich biscuits are quick and easy to make.  The secret ingredient is cottage cheese. The addition of fresh chives gives the biscuit a full-bodied flavor. Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup snipped chives 1/3 cup cold butter 3/4 cup cottage cheese 1/2 to 2/3 cup buttermilk Directions Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Grease a large baking sheet. 1. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl. Stir in the chives.  Cut the cold butter into chunks and then cut the …

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Fully Loaded Biscuits

Just because it’s a biscuit, it doesn’t have to be plain.  You can load them up with all kinds of goodies: nuts, fruits, spices, herbs, dried tomatoes, peppers, chilies, bacon, cheese, garlic, chives, onions, ham, and much more. Today, we loaded our biscuits with bacon, cheese, and onions.  We used one of our just-add-water biscuit mixes but you can use a scratch recipe if you prefer. 4 cups just-add-water buttermilk biscuit mix 1 cup cheddar cheese, 1/8 to 1/4 inch diced or grated cheese 3/4 cup diced and sautéed sweet onions 6 slices bacon, cooked to a crisp and crumbled 1 …

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Cheddar Potato Biscuits

We took our potato and ranch biscuits and added sharp cheddar cheese.  We left the ranch dressing in which added a bit of extra flavor to help the cheese.  These biscuits were very good. Because the dough is wetter than for most cut biscuits, it tends to stick to the cutter.  We used a biscuit and donut cutter so that we could push the cut dough from cutter using the hole in the top of the cutter.  A can with both ends cut out will work also. Ingredients 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon …

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Sweet Potato Biscuits

The sweet potato in this recipe lends color, moisture, and just a bit of earthy taste to these biscuits.  You can cook the sweet potato or yam ahead in the microwave so preparation is minimal. Ingredients 2 3/4 cups pastry flour 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes or yams 1 egg, beaten 3/4 cup milk flour for dusting Directions Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar together in a large bowl.  Set aside. In a blender, mix the mashed sweet potatoes, egg, …

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