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Making Meals and Memories
January 8, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Mothers used to encourage only female children in the kitchen arts. Today's moms know that their sons also need to know how to cook. Of course, some children are simply not interested. Others are eager to help, often when we really just need to get down to business and get a meal on the table.

Whether you can do it every day or just once a week, cooking with your child is a bonding opportunity you don't want to miss. One of my earliest childhood memories is of "helping" my Southern grandmother make biscuits. After she cut out some regular size biscuits, she let me use a 1-inch cutter to shape mini biscuits. She even had a tiny pan just for me.

I still remember proudly serving "my" biscuits to my grandfather and him declaring them the best he'd ever had! With just five or six ingredients, biscuits are a great "first" for your little sous chef!

Biscuits
Makes about 12

2 packed cups (10 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/3 cup buttermilk (or sour cream, plain yogurt or milk)
2/3 cup milk

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Lightly spray baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. With fingers, pastry blender or two knives, cut in the cold butter until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. In 1-cup glass measure, combine buttermilk and milk; pour over flour mixture and gently mix until just combined.
  3. On lightly floured surface, gently pat the dough into about a 3/4-inch-thick 6x8-inch rectangle. With 2-inch cutter, cut out 12 biscuits. Lightly combine scraps to form another biscuit or two. Place about 2 inches apart on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
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