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Home is good for the heart

I was on edge all day last Thursday. An antsy traveler, I couldn’t wait to get on the plane and be home. Although, if I may be fair, I was a little sad to leave New York. In only a few months, my heart has opened to New York, to all its little folies and fun quirks. Especially now, during the holidays and chilly weather, the city is bursting with energy. However, with my bags packed, I boarded my JetBlue flight, cocktail in hand, ready to grace my hometown.

I can’t put in to words how happy I was driving through my little neighborhood. Even though the weather was gloomy, everything looked bright and luminous to me. The first thing I did was collapse on my GIANT queen bed, fully clothed and observed the silence. Not one horn, siren, or angry shout could be heard. And it was lovely. The next thing I did was smother my oven in kisses. Crazy, yes, but true.

After a deep and refreshing night’s sleep, I woke up with a sudden craving for biscuits. Humble and savory, it made for a good partner with my steaming cup of coffee. I am not a traditional biscuit gal; I prefer muffins or scones. But, on this morning, I couldn’t quell my desire for a buttery biscuit.

I chose this baking powder biscuit recipe from my beloved “Baking Handbook” by Martha Stewart. Instead of the traditional whole milk, I used buttermilk as it provided a little tang with each bite. Without yeast, they aren’t as fluffy as I’d like but that was to be expected. If you are still planning your Christmas menu, I would recommend these biscuits because of their basic ingredients and quick preparation. Next time, I’d add some rosemary or perhaps cheddar cheese. Nothing like some cheesy goodness!

You can find the original recipe here.

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December 20, 2010 - 10:26 am

Maddie - It’s just like Dorothy said — there’s no place like home. I won’t be home for Christmas, though, so it’s especially nice to read your post. Glad you’re finally getting to bake again!

December 21, 2010 - 4:54 am

Adriana from Baking Powders - i hear you, home is FANTASTIC for the soul! so are biscuits! i should teach my family how to make them, they’re too good to not share them

December 21, 2010 - 3:19 pm

Emma - It’s always comforting to go home isn’t it?

Lovely looking biscuits – I love using buttermilk for baking, it just works so well.

December 22, 2010 - 8:10 am

Alice - ahh i can’t remember the last time i had a good old homemade fluffy biscuit. they browned so nicely!

December 22, 2010 - 9:55 am

Amanda - they brown very nicely! However if I had let them stay in the oven one more minute they would have been too brown.

December 22, 2010 - 9:56 am

Amanda - Yeah, buttermilk is just dreamy. Although I wonder if I had used a dairy with more fat content if they would have been better. Oh well!

December 22, 2010 - 9:56 am

Amanda - I hope you have a good holiday, even though you won’t be home :)

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