Recipe: Cheddar Bay Biscuits

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Here’s a foolproof recipe for biscuits:

Cheddar Bay Biscuits

1. Preheat oven to 425 F
2. Mix together in a medium bowl:
1 c. flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp sugar
3. Cut in 2 tbsp. butter (or margarine — i like butter better) into flour mixture using a pastry cutter

4. Stir in and combine 1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese
5. Add 1/2 c milk and stir with a fork to form a soft dough
6. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently 12 times (i sometimes stop at 10)
8. Pat the thickness to 1 inch and place onto a cutting board. Cut out biscuits with a floured cutter.
9. Place biscuits onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes (or until light golden brown)
10. Meanwhile, melt 2 T margarine (again, i use butter) in microwave for 12 seconds and then mix with 1/2 tsp parsley, 1/4 tsp garlic powder and 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning.
11. When biscuits come out of oven, brush tops of biscuits with butter herb mixture.

Serve warm and enjoy!

Birthday cakes and creativity

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What sort of cake does one bake for a friend whose name is “Spider”? But of course, a spider birthday cake!

When Tina suggested she’d order a cake made to order, I offered to do it myself, as I was feeling quite creative. I’d just baked several sweet potato pies, an overstuffed apple pie, and a banana cake very recently, so I thought it would be just the fun thing to do, and it was too! I baked the cake after work on Friday evening, and decorated it after work on Saturday, just in time for Spider’s party at Tina’s home last night. The cake was about 3/4 gone in less than 10 minutes, so I guess it was good to eat, too. It was a chocolate cake with cherry filling (ala black forest), chocolate frosting, chocolate and red sugar sprinkles, chenille legs and fangs, and googly eyes.

I am seriously considering starting up a business I’d thought of a long time ago, selling my culinary concoctions a.k.a. food.

Spider's spider birthday cake, served on Mar. 28, 2009

Spider's spider birthday cake, served on Mar. 28, 2009