Cheddar Chive Biscuits

I’m always ready to try a new biscuit recipe, especially ones from spiral-bound church cookbooks. The following is a modification of a simple drop biscuit recipe from an old missionary cookbook. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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Cheddar Chive Drop Biscuits—enjoy plain and hot, or smothered in mascarpone

2 c. flour

1 Tbsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

4 Tbsp. butter, cold

1 c. cheddar cheese, grated

¼ c. chives, chopped

1 c. milk

Preheat oven to 425°F. Thoroughly combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Work butter into dry mix using a pastry blender until butter is in pea size crumbles. Gently stir in cheese and chives so they are coated with flour. Slowly add in milk, stirring until sticky dough forms but being careful not to overwork the dough.

Drop dough onto lined or greased baking sheets and bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and stuff in face place on cooling rack. Yields 15 medium sized biscuits.

a beloved nobody.

March Showers?

If April showers bring may flowers, what do March showers bring?

They bring coziness, sips of hot black coffee, murder mysteries, and decadent cookie baking, that’s what.

perfect comfort

 

I used this recipe by Phyllis Grant of dashandbella.blogspot.com, and found the results more than satisfactory–the perfect movie theater contraband (The Grand Budapest Hotel, anyone?)

Stay warm; Stay dry,

a beloved nobody

A Grey Day

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On a day that is particularly gray and dreary, there is nothing to do but snuggle up with a cup of tea and a good book. When this past Saturday decided to be gray and rainy, I decided to try out these Earl Grey muffins in addition to my cup of tea and Jane Austen’s Emma.

Perfection.

~a beloved nobody

A Golden Time

Its the first night of spring break and I find myself in an empty house, with an empty stomach, and an empty schedule. Too tired after midterms to go out, I decided to enjoy the peace. After all, silence is golden…

Speaking of golden, I recently found On Golden Pond (1981) in a $5 movie bin. It stars Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn (love, love, love her), both of whom won Oscars for their performances. I couldn’t resist buying it then, and I can’t resist watching it now.

I do love a good theme, so I thought I’d make a movie night out of it by making this delicious golden pasta. It’s easy, fairly light, and terribly comforting.

What’s in it:

.75 lb mini shells pasta

Tbsp olive oil + tsp for topping

1 yellow onion, sliced thinly

Tbsp balsamic vinegar

.75 c. frozen sweet corn

12 oz. frozen winter squash, thawed

1.5 c. pasta water reserved from cooking

.5 c. breadcrumbs from an old, crusty loaf

.25 c. grated parmesan cheese

lemon pepper, dried rosemary, paprika, and ground cinnamon

what to do:

First, preheat the oven to 400*F and get your pasta water boiling. Cook the pasta for 5 minutes–it should be under cooked, otherwise it’ll be mushy after baking. Reserve a cup and a half of the pasta water before straining the pasta.

Meanwhile, heat 1 Tbsp oil in a pan (make sure the pan’s deep enough to simmer all the ingredients together later) and cook the onions on medium-low heat with .5 Tbsp lemon pepper for 7 minutes till they’re translucent and sweet. Add in the balsamic vinegar and corn and cook for a couple more minutes.

Once the pasta is done, add the pasta water, squash, 1 Tbsp rosemary, 2 tsp paprika, and 1 tsp cinnamon to the onions and simmer 5 min on low until thickened to a nice sauce. (Be sure you taste the sauce before calling it quits. My mom usually thinks I don’t put enough salt in my food, but I’ll let you be the judge.)

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While simmering the sauce, mix together the breadcrumbs, parmesan, olive oil, and spices to taste.

Finally, stir the cooked pasta into the sauce, pour the mixture in a greased 13×9 dish, top with the breadcrumbs, and bake in the oven 25-30 min (just enough time to clean up the mess I made) until golden brown and crispy on top. Enjoy!

Oh, and I finished On Golden Pond while writing this up for you. The music was a bit too 1981 for my liking and story was rather simple, but Fonda and Hepburn were splendid! Their dialogue was full of all the classic charm and wit I hoped for, and their relationship was so tender I couldn’t help but smile. Well worth the watch for their sake.

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Warmest regards,

a beloved nobody