Easy Cheesy Drop Biscuits

I made these easy drop biscuits for my son and new daughter-in-law’s BBQ themed wedding rehearsal last month. They were the perfect size for a buffet that included…..

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brisket, turkey, beans, kale salad, potato salad, monster cookies and almond joy date bites.

Easy Cheesy Drop Biscuits
Yields 20
An easy to put together batter that requires no rolling out and cutting. The biscuits are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
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  1. 4 ounces (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces and refrigerated
  2. 1 1/2 cups flour - I used White Spelt or Gluten Free Cup4Cup flour
  3. 1 tsp of garlic powder
  4. 3/4 cut of shredded cheddar cheese
  5. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  6. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  7. 3/4 cup milk - I used Silk Almond/Coconut Milk
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, garlic powder and salt.
  3. Add cheese in and coat with flour mixture.
  4. Toss butter into the dry ingredients until coated with flour. Working quickly and using your fingers or a pastry blender, rub or cut butter into flour until it resembles coarse meal. Alternatively, add flour mixture and butter to food processor and pulse 2 to 3 times to form pea-sized pieces; transfer to a large bowl.
  5. Add milk and stir with a fork until it just comes together into a slightly sticky, shaggy dough.
  6. For small biscuits: Using a teaspoon or small ice cream scoop, mound walnut sized balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet. For large biscuits: Using a 1/4-cup measuring scoop, mound balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake biscuits until golden brown, about 15 minutes for small biscuits and 20 minutes for large ones. Let cool slightly, then transfer to wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Adapted from Serious Eats
Adapted from Serious Eats
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Wedding Rehearsal 1

Rehearsal Dinner - Papa

Rehearsal - Puppy Love


Did Someone Say Date?

The word date can mean so many things – we can make something yummy with dates, we can make a jar to save our change and go out with someone special or we can have fun with a little person in the kitchen.   

Date Bar Sliced

First up – I made these amazing date bars from Elizabeth Finch – You can find the recipe HERE  They are made with good clean ingredients – almond flour, dates, honey, egg, nuts, etc. and are gluten free.  

I didn’t have pecans so I used a mixture of raw almonds, cashews and unsweetened coconut for the top.  I’m going to warn you that you’ll want to double this recipe because they are so yummy.  I found that after cutting into bars, wrapping in syran wrap and placing them in the freezer on a cookie sheet for about an hour.  Then I place all the wrapped up little presents in a large Ziplock bag to store in the freezer.  They can be eaten as a bar or sliced once you are ready to enjoy. 

I knew this was the recipe I wanted to try my new Vietnamese Cinnamon in – oh this was so worth the $8.00 – purchased at Sur la Table.

Date Bar Squares


 Idea 2 – Buy a dozen canning jars and make some of these Date Night Jars for Christmas Gifts – Click HERE to find out how. 

Date Jar

Then my favorite -a  cooking date with my grandson.  This weekend we made some biscuits – Recipe can be found HERE  

AME - Heart Biscuits

10-10-14 Caden - Biscuit Making

Isn’t he so adorable?

Thanks for letting me share 3 of my favorite “date” ideas.


Potato Bread – Bread Machine

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This recipe is adapted from a recipe found in an old cookbook that reminds me of the rolls my Grandma Leona used to make.  I’ve made a few changes with some of the customary ingredients to create a vegan version but have listed both sets of ingredients below in case you want to use dairy products.  This loaf will be a bit denser that a standard white flour loaf.  I’ve also included directions if you don’t have a bread machine.

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Potato Bread - Bread Machine
An easy to put together bread for the bread machine. The addition of the potato adds to the tenderness of the bread.
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Wet Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup Water (110-115 degrees) I feel it - it's hot but I can still place my finger in it.
  2. 1/4 cup Earth Balance or Butter, softened
  3. 1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk or milk of your choice
  4. 1 egg Flax Egg (3 Tbsp of water and 1 Tbsp of flax seed mixed) or Egg
  5. Dry Ingredients
  6. 4 1/2 cups White Spelt Flour or flour of your choice
  7. 1/2 cup Instant Potatoes or you can boil a potato and mash (no seasonings)
  8. 1/3 cup Sugar
  9. 1 tsp Himalayan or Celtic Salt or your salt of choice
  10. 2 1/2 tsp Active Dry Yeast
Bread Machine Directions
  1. Place wet ingredients into assembled pan of bread machine.
  2. Combine dry ingredients (except for yeast) in a bowl. Mix well and add to bread machine.
  3. Gentle tap bread machine container to level out dry ingredients.
  4. Using a spoon make a little hole in dry ingredients and add yeast.
  5. Place pan in bread machine.
  6. I use the setting for a White/Wheat Bread with a Medium Crust.
  7. Start machine. After the machine has started mixing - lift lid and scrape sides with rubber spatula.
  8. After the bread is baked - remove from pan and enjoy.
Conventional Directions
  1. Place water and milk in a small pan and heat until it reaches 110-115 degrees. Remove from heat and place butter in until it melts. Place heated liquid into a bowl and add yeast. Stir until it dissolves and bubbles. This should just take a few minutes.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in another bowl.
  3. Place the liquid with the yeast into a large mixing bowl (a Kitchen Aid Mixer works great but a mixer will get you there also)
  4. Then add 2 - 2-1/2 cups of your dry mixture into the wet ingredients and beat until smooth. I usually use a beater for this part. It's easier to get the dough started.
  5. Switch to your dough hook or prep your counter with some flour and scrape the sticky mixture in the center of the flour. Keep adding 1/2 cup of the dry mixture into mixture until it holds together.
  6. If you are using a Kitchen Aid - the dough will begin to pull away from the sides.
  7. If you are incorporating on the counter - place 1/2 cup of dry mixture into the center of the sticky dough and using the heels of your hands push away from you. Then pull the dough over itself and repeat a few times before adding more of the flour mixture. Add flour to the counter as needed to prevent sticking. This is where I use my scraper tool.
  8. Once the flour is incorporated continue with kneading the bread for 5 minutes.
  9. If you are using a Kitchen Aid mixer let it run on Speed 2 for 5 minutes, adding flour as needed.
  10. Grease a large bowl and form the dough into a ball and place inside bowl and then flip the dough - this will prep the top. Cover with syran wrap or a hot wet kitchen towel (ring it out good) and let rise for an hour or until doubled.
  11. Punch down - place on floured counter and knead a few times.
  12. Form 3/4 of the dough into a loaf (roll out into rectangle and then roll it up and pinch the ends so it fits in a greased bread pan. Form rolls and place in a greased muffin tin with the remainder of the dough.
  13. Cover and let rise for 45-60 minutes until double.
  14. Heat oven to 350 degrees and bake loaf for 45 minutes and rolls for 15-20 minutes. Tops should be browned and have a hollow sound when you tap on it. If the top browns too fast - place foil over top.
  15. Cool for 5 minutes and turn upside down and cool on cooling rack.
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Bread Machine Bread - Tunes

Putting the ingredients together…

Bread Machine Bread