I think I’m just not used to blogging. I should probably be writing in more regularly, but I’m never really sure what to write about. What is my blog about, anyway? Me, probably, and my hobbies, and my music. Ick, how narcissistic. I hate talking about me, and coming across and narcissist, but then again – what else are blogs like this for? Okay, Carol, stop worrying about it and write something already.
I watched a movie today. By myself, which is unusual. But my husband doesn’t do movies (usually – he made the exception for Avatar), and after he complained last night through the first half hour of Julie & Julia about how awful the movie was (despite how much he still loves Meryl Streep), I gave up and turned it off. But I love cooking shows and/or movies, so I had to watch it anyway, and did so this morning. It was fun, and I was empathizing somewhat with the character of Julie (played by Amy Adams). She started a blog about something she loved, she was close to turning thirty, etc…
I find myself asking what I should be writing about that wouldn’t be too personal, but would still be interesting. I’m still not sure, but I’ll just keep doing the random thing until I figure it out.
On Saturday, I got all adventurous with my own cooking interests and made Biscuits with Sausage Country White Gravy. From scratch. Oh, and it was good. I found the biscuit recipe on a website called oldfashionedliving.com, and the recipe for the gravy I found on allrecipes.com.
Baking Powder Biscuits by Brenda Hyde
“Homemade biscuits are so easy to make, and if you follow a few simple rules, they will always turn out fluffy and delicious. I use what I call the Grandma Method. I don’t use a pastry cutter, or a fork, I use my clean hands to work in the butter with the flour. It’s messy, but it works for me. Whether you do this or another method, it’s important not to overwork your biscuit dough. Mix until it’s all moistened, and then GENTLY fold it over rather than kneading, then roll it out, or pat into shapes.”
2 cups sifted flour 2 tsp. baking powder 4 tablespoons butter or shortening 1/2 tsp. salt about 3/4 cup milk
Sift Flour once, measure, add baking powder and salt, and sift again. Cut in shortening or butter. (this is where I use my hands by rubbing the butter into the flour). Add milk gradually, stirring until soft dough is formed. Turn out on slightly floured board and lightly “knead” for 30 seconds, enough to shape. Roll 1/2 inch thick and cut with 2 inch floured biscuit cutter. Bake on ungreased sheet in a 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes. Makes 12 biscuits. You can also make tiny tea biscuits that are only 1 1/2 inches wide with a small cutter or glass bottom. These are great served with tea, jam or honey. Makes 24.
To make the gravy, cook half a pound of your favorite ground sausage (we like Jimmy Dean) in a large skillet. Break it all up as best as you can while it’s frying. It gets easier to break up after it’s browned a little. Then you add a little milk, and sprinkle in a little flour at a time as it simmers. Make sure the heat is LOW at this point. I think I only used a few fistfuls of flour and it started to thicken. Mix in all that flour with a fork!
Salt and pepper to taste. Serve sausage gravy liberally over fresh-baked, open-faced biscuits.