Folks - this starts the food archives. From this point back in the archives are simply the recipes that have been on the blog since it's first public post of June 2008. There are some recipes in the blog that aren't here, so enjoy browing the regular content. - Brigid
(c) 2013 Brigid at Home on the Range
1 and 1/3 cup White Lily SELF RISING flour
3 Tablespoons corn meal
1/8 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives
1/2 tsp. dried/crushed sageleaves
6 Tablespoons salted butter
1 /2 cup whole milk
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Mix milk and lemon juice in a small bowl and let sit while you mix up everything else (let sit at least 8-10 minutes)
Mix self rising flour, cornmeal, sugar and cream of tartar. Add in chives and sage and blend.
Make a well in the center and pour in the milk mixture, stir just until combined. Cut in butter with two knives or pastry blender until butter is in tiny little bits (don't incorporate completely for flakier biscuits.) If dough is "wet" looking, add in another Tablespoon of flour as you knead.
Drop onto floured board and kneed 4-5 times (no more than that). Cut with 2 inch glass dipped in flour and bake on cookie sheet sprayed with non stick spray for 13-14 minutes, until golden on top. Makes six biscuits.
8 slices thick cut hickory smoked bacon
2 teaspoons flour
1 cup strong black coffee, room temperature
1/2 cup chicken stock
pinch of brown sugar
pinch of cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
Cook bacon until crisp in a cast iron skillet. Remove half of the drippings and save. Set bacon aside to keep warm. Reduce heat slightly and in remaining drippings stir flour, whisking on low until golden and stirring up browned bits of bacon (about 3-4 minutes)
Pour coffee and stock into the bacon/flour mixture, whisking constantly, raising heat to low/medium until mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat slightly, add brown sugar and cayenne and simmer until slightly thickened (this won't be near as thick as Sawmill type gravy, but less flour makes the flavors really shine)
Add a dash of salt and pepper. Serve over bacon and biscuits