I met Cassie just a few months ago but instantly connected with her. A talented musician living in Nashville to pursue her dream, I realized after only talking to her for a few minutes that Cassie and I have a lot of the same aspirations, just in a different line of work. She also told me about her grandmother who recently passed away, and it warmed my heart hearing how much her and her Mamaw connected over food and recipes. Here's her Cooktale and delicious biscuits: Some of my favorite memories with my Mamaw are of us in the kitchen together. I always enjoyed baking cookies, making casseroles, and trying desperately to master her buttermilk biscuits. She hardly ever followed a recipe, which made it difficult for little amateurs in the kitchen like me. Mamaw said, “It’s all in the way they feel…the elasticity, ya know?” One day, we finally figured out the exact measurements of the ingredients to her tasty homemade biscuits.
My Mamaw went to be with the Lord on July 17th, 2015. I miss our special moments in the kitchen, but will always hold those memories closely. While she was in the hospital, one of the last things she told me was to not forget a “dab-a sugar” and a “pinch-a salt,” then my biscuits would be just right. To this day, I don’t know what the exact measurement is for a “dab” or a “pinch,” but I always get tickled when I’m trying to figure it out.
I’m still convinced that even if I follow one of her recipes perfectly, nothing ever seems to taste as good as it did at Mamaw’s house. Maybe it was her presence that made everything better or pinches and dabs. If you’re feeling adventurous and like your coffee with cream and sugar, try dipping these biscuits in!
From the words of my Mamaw Lynda Means, “So, as you taste and see that your dish is good, always remember to ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8
- 2 3/4 cups self rising flour
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons Crisco
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon butter (softened)
- dab- sugar
Preheat oven to 400. Grease pan well with Crisco. Mix ingredients together. Roll dough into desired thickness. Toss and turn dough in self rising flour. Place in pan and bake for 15-20 minutes. Broil for 2-3 minutes to brown the top. Brush with butter.
Cheers to Cooktales from everywhere!