Gardening in the Pacific Northwest (Vancouver, Washington)
A New Stove and Mastering Southern Biscuits
Thanksgiving seems to be the time of bad things happening around our house. Last year, one day before Thanksgiving, we discovered a major leak underneath the kitchen sink. Since the plumber could not come until Friday, we ended up using the downstairs sink to do the dishes.
This year, one week before Thanksgiving, our stove went out. A few weeks prior to that, we had a problem with it taking a long time to preheat and had the igniter element replaced. It worked for another two weeks before failing completely. So, we purchased a new one. This one is much fancier (we were told by the delivery guy that the old one was a very simple standard one). This one has a convection option which I have never used before. We love it so far!
I've been wanting to learn how to make biscuits for a long time so I've been experimenting with recipes. I turned to Alton Brown's books (I have all 3 of his books based on his show "Good Eats") and first tried his faux buttermilk biscuit recipe since I didn't have buttermilk on hand (in that recipe you use milk and lemon juice). The biscuits turned out great and Michael, who loves biscuits and breakfast much more than I do, was singing my praises.
This morning, I had buttermilk, so I tried Alton's Southern Biscuit recipe which is pretty much the same as the faux one with a few minor changes. They turned out nicely too and were as good, if not better, than the first ones. I still need to work on getting them sized uniformly. Now, I want to find a good dinner roll recipe.