Monday, August 8, 2011

Cooking for Charity - Southern style

This weekend we volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House in Fort Lauderdale. They are always in need of someone to cook/bring dinner for the families staying there while their children are in the hospital next door. Having never done it before we weren't sure what to expect and tried to make most of the food at home ahead of time just to be safe. I had never made food to serve 25 people before so this was quite the task. The house manager told us that theme dinners are popular so we went with a Southern style BBQ. We made my Dad's recipe for Buttermilk Biscuits, homemade coleslaw, corn on the cob, BBQ grilled chicken and for dessert I made double batches of blueberry and peach crisps. It is making me hungry just writing this out! i will post the recipes throughout the week but here is the table of food and the recipe for the flaky and delicious biscuits.
 The table of food!

Here are the delicious biscuits, almost as good as my Dad's.

Buttermilk Biscuits
Makes ~10 biscuits

2 Cups Flour
4 heaping teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda, loosely packed
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/3 Cup Crisco shortening or Butter
1 Cup low fat Buttermilk

Preheat oven to 400F

Sift dry ingredients together in a large bow. Add shortening and mix with hands until it becomes like cornmeal. Add buttermilk and stir with a wooden spoon to form dough.

Chill dough for a short time if you want to make the dough a little bit easier to handle. Flour a large surface and pat/roll dough to 1/2 inch thick. Use a 2 inch biscuit cutter to cut out the dough. Roll out remaining pieces and continue with all of the dough.

Place on a greased or non-stick cookie sheet and back for 10 minutes until golden on the outside and flaky on the inside.

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