Everything is Better on a Biscuit

Biscuits: they’re for more than just gravy

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Everyone knows biscuits. They’re that friend you call when you’re moving, the neighbors who’re just as good for a cup of milk as they are for sharing dessert, that favorite aunt or uncle with whom you shared everything. Biscuits have a reputation for being a side to something, or else piled with gravy, and it’s true: they are tasty with butter and jam or nestled next to fried chicken. They can be comforting and healthy. What we sometimes forget to appreciate about our biscuit friends is that they are there for us, even when things get a little…unconventional.

Biscuits are a comfort food. They are a celebratory food. We make them when we have a special brunch or when we’re homesick. They are also undeniably quick, versatile, and, well, tasty. It’s always good to have a favorite recipe memorized for those moments where something needs to be ready in a hot minute. The bottom line is: if you’re feeling creative or if you just need a good bread for your sandwich, you can count on biscuits.

Corn Mealies   For example, take a good, smoky barbecue. You could settle for store-bought buns, or worse, weak bread slices. If you’d prefer something with more heart, however, you could whip up a tasty batch of these corn mealies. They’re biscuits with just enough cornmeal for a hearty, slightly sweet grit that will stand up to the sassiest of pulled pork.

Strawberry ShortcakesAnd you haven’t forgotten about strawberry shortcake, have you? Because that sweetheart is always there for a friend in need, especially in spring, and shortcake is another version of a biscuit. Sponge cakes are dainty, but biscuits are loyal.

Old Fashioned Biscuits from Clabber Girl CanSpeaking of dainty: a favorite French-style sandwich is a hunk of baguette sliced in half, smeared with brie and butter, then layered with sweet ham. Not to diminish the lovely baguette, crusty as she is, the same sandwich would be as tasty, if not better, on a warm, classic buttermilk biscuit.

Rosemary BiscuitsAs nice as all of these options are, they are missing one thing: pizza! Make up a batch of these rosemary biscuits to use as dough.  Roll it out thin, give everyone their own portion, and top away! It’s homemade without the need to wait for yeast. These biscuits are just as fun for little hands as they are reliable for big appetites.

Once you remember the friendship biscuits have always given you, the options multiply. Biscuits are made for sandwiches, and they are made for dipping into soups. They can stand up to your eggs Benedict hollandaise just as easily as complement southwest-seasoned sliders. Biscuits are here to help you accomplish your culinary dreams, you just have to let them. If it’s been awhile, invite your favorite biscuit to the party. It’s time you caught up, because almost everything is better on a biscuit!

How to Save Time in the Kitchen

Run all of your errands and still get dinner on the table

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Getting dinner ready and on the table isn’t always easy. After work, soccer practice and taking the dog out for a walk, it’s hard to imagine having the time to make a healthy, home cooked meal. However, believe it or not, cooking doesn’t have to take up half of your day. Here are several useful tips to save time in the kitchen, helping you spend more time with your family and make healthier choices when it comes to food.

Freeze Casseroles

During the week the world is a blur; you’re rushing all over the place with barely any time for yourself. The weekends, however, you might find a bit more time. This is when you can bake up a few casseroles to freeze for the week. Freezing casseroles is especially helpful when you have long days that really prevent you from making it to the store, let alone the stove. The best part? If you write down instructions, just about anyone can reheat a casserole, so the responsibility is not all on you. This delicious Turkey Tetra-Ziti is simple to make and one of our favorites to freeze:

Ingredients

1 medium onion, chopped
5 tablespoons butter
1/2 pound mushrooms, wiped clean and sliced
2 tablespoons Clabber Girl Cornstarch
2 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups milk
4 cups coarsely chopped cooked turkey
10 ounces frozen or fresh leaf spinach
1 cup frozen peas
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
3/4 pound dry ziti or penne pasta
2 cups shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
1-1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs

Instructions

Ingredient Prep

It’s much less daunting to put together dinner when all the ingredients are cut, measured and ready to go. When you have a free moment, take the time to plan your meals and prep the ingredients. Cut your veggies, measure out your seasonings and go ahead and combine what you can. This way, when 6 p.m. rolls around you aren’t rushing to finish up dinner, but are relaxing while a stew simmers on the stove.

Freeze Breakfast Foods

We all love warm waffles covered in syrup on a sunny Saturday morning, but who has the time for that during the week? You do, if you plan ahead. When you make your traditional weekend waffles, be sure to make about a dozen extra and freeze them. Layer them in a plastic bag with parchment paper between them. Then, come Wednesday morning, you can pull out a handful, put them in the toaster and in a matter of minutes breakfast is served. Make it extra healthy with these 100% Whole Wheat Waffles from the Clabber Girl kitchen.

Homemade meals are important not just for nutrition, but also for bringing your family together. Cutting corners in order to get a healthy meal on the table in less time involves a little culinary cunning. These timesaving tips can help you create a delicious, mouth-watering meal without exhausting yourself at the end of the day.

 

 

Breakfast Better (and save money!)

Not only do made-from-scratch recipes taste better, but they’re better for your wallet too!

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It’s Tax Day and money is on everyone’s mind. Whether you’re expecting to get a refund or to pay a few additional fees, start your day off right with a big, hearty and delicious breakfast. It will give you the energy you need for those last-minute tax returns, and it will be much cheaper than the pre-made breakfast items you buy at the grocery store or your local bakery. Here are four recipes that will make your pockets jingle with a little extra change. Plus, they’re full of the love that only comes from your own kitchen!

Biscuits:
Few things will make your morning brighter than a hot biscuit smothered in melted butter and fresh fruit preserves. And while a can of biscuits is an easy solution to a breakfast conundrum, they cost 29 cents a biscuit and are loaded with preservatives. A little elbow grease will get your homemade biscuits for 21 cents a biscuit and won’t contain ingredients whose names you can’t pronounce.

Muffins:
Jumbo muffins in the display window at your local bakery sure do look delicious, but the price is not quite as appetizing. You could purchase a pumpkin muffin for a little over $2.00, or you could bake these equally tasty pumpkin pie muffins for about 45 cents per regular-size muffin or 90 cents  if you use a jumbo-size muffin tray. Not only is it cheaper, but you can freeze the leftover muffins for breakfast next week. Talk about convenience!

Pancakes:
Buttermilk pancakes are a staple at all of your favorite diners. But our pancakes will give any pancake house a run for their money. A pancake house may charge more than $5.00 for a stack of five pancakes. However, you can make an entire batch of pancakes for $1.28. Throw a handful of fresh fruit on the top of your pancake stack and it will still be cheaper! Leftovers? Freeze those for a quick breakfast later this week.

Breakfast isn’t the only place where you can save a little money. If pizza is your go-to on soccer practice nights or Friday night family dinners, don’t pick up the phone—start from scratch! Top this pizza dough with tomato sauce, cheese and pepperonis for a mere $6.00. Call any delivery pizza place and you will find yourself paying $15.00.

Not only are home-baked meals cheaper, but they are full of fresh ingredients and allow you to get the family in the kitchen to create lots of love and memories.