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If you love Southern food, there’s a good chance you take the taste of a biscuit very seriously.  A staple in the Southern kitchen from breakfast to dinner, biscuits also allow each person to personalize theirs with honey, gravy, and different preserves. Most biscuits are made with the same ingredients: flour, buttermilk or milk, and some kind of fat or butter, but within the preparation is where many secret steps and family traditions take root.

Being a most adamant fan of breakfast & brunch, for me it doesn’t get much more Southern than the biscuit.  I love the notion of a flour-covered countertop, a strong tin biscuit cutter, and a warm biscuit just out of the oven in time for the meal to be enjoyed fresh.

This week we’ll be talking ingredients, secrets, favorites, and traditions for our biscuit #southernchat.  I hope you can join us in the chat and that we might encourage you to share a special recipe of your own, or make your own biscuits for you and your family. Join in this week for our biscuit #southernchat at 9:00PM est this Monday 3/18/13.

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#southernchat: biscuits (Monday 3/28/13 9:00PM est)

Q1:  If you had to describe a Southern biscuit in three words, what would they be?

Q2:  What’s the secret to making biscuits from scratch?

Q3:  What is your favorite local restaurant to find the best biscuits in town?

Q4: What are your favorite spreads/toppings for biscuits?

Q5:  What’s your favorite meal or recipe that includes biscuits? Feel free to share links!

Giveaways: This week we have TWO extra-special giveaways this week! Just join in the chat by using the #southernchat hashtag sometime from 9:00-10:00pm est on 3/18/13 and you’ll be automatically entered to win. Two lucky winners will be chosen at random.

The first is thanks to Southern blogger, Kate Spears of Southern Belle Simple  and the  International Biscuit Festival to be held 5/15-18 in Knoxville, TN. They are kindly giving away a pair of tickets to Biscuit Boulevard for one of our lucky #southernchat friends to enjoy! Now that is one celebration I’d love to take part in {judges needed?}.

The second is thanks to our friends at Pillsbury, who are giving away a fun gift basket to one lucky #southernchat friend this week! I personally love their flaky layers biscuit, which is my favorite quality of a true Southern biscuit, and they’re so perfect when you’re in a pinch for a quick, home-cooked meal!

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One of my very favorite things when I was young, was playing inside my Grandmothers pantry.

It wasn’t very large, just a simple nook with two shuttered doors, but inside was a world of entertainment and exploration. Grandma had a thing about organization, repurposing and efficiency. The shelves were lined with glass jars and canisters of various sizes, each plainly labeled in her handwriting.

My Grandfather worked for a restaurant in South Florida and many of the larger glass canisters were from marachino cherry supplies at the restaurant, the perfect size for basics like flour, sugar and the likes.

My sister and I would spend hours organizing and sorting through the jars – from red hots to butter mints, powdered sugar to brown. Never was the pantry without such staples as Grapenuts and gingersnaps.

To this day I love the allure of an organized pantry, much like an old general store. What is your favorite pantry tip?

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Growing up a Florida girl (7th generation … did I mention?) you know I adore as much Florida as I can get.  I am so very excited to share this article today from the Tampa Tribune entitled “Retro-style aprons coming to a modern kitchen near you.” Click here to read about how aprons are playing a meaningful role in the kitchen, with families, and on the runway today.

And, of course a very special thank you to the oh-so-fabulous Jeff Houck (Facebook Page / Twitter @JeffHouck) who took the time to sit down with interest in writing this story. Be sure to check out his foodie blog over at the Tribune,  The Stew.

Wax paper rows of farm-raised perfections, caramel & cocoa hand-dippings with pasture times spent gathering.

May sound familiar if you’ve perused our Pecan Orchard Pleasantries Full Apron. This apron was inspired by my beau’s Granny, whom I was lucky enough to spend a chilly winter day with in the kitchen over the holidays.

Year after year she spends countless days hand-picking pecans from the picturesque horse pasture at their family farm to stockpile enough to make endless turtles for the holidays. Cracking, cleaning, & bagging the whole pecans are just the beginning. This recipe truly is an heirloom in their family, and one that will be preserved for generations to come.

The secret to the recipe, of course, is the fresh, whole pecans carefully made into crosses on a wide sheet of wax paper, turtle after turtle. For a quart sized Ziploc bagful, you’ll need about 2 bags of Kraft caramels and 6 squares of chocolate almond bark.

Simply “cross” the pecans, melt the caramels in the microwave & carefully (will be hot) pull of a spoonful of caramel & flatten and place onto each pecan cross. Once these are all carameled, melt the chocolate bricks in the microwave and again spoon on a dollop to complete the turtles! Allow them to firm & dry and then divulge in some serious, farm raised perfection!

Thanks Granny.

I do believe that some of the most wonderful heirloom treasures in the world are found in the kitchen.

From tin cookie cutters to rolling pins to aprons, these handy items all contain memories from learning to cook in your youth with your family.

I have a set of tin measuring spoons from my Grandmother’s collection that I must admit I use for baking over my trusty, shiny new ones.

Last Christmas, I received a lovely treasure – a set of Tin Woodsman pewter measuring spoons and are sure to become an heirloom for my future generations. My love for pewter continues to withstand day in and day out, but these hearty hammered oversized spoons are simply iconic in the kitchen. A true symbol for a baker, these artful pieces make for such a lovely heirloom gift to enjoy for years & years!

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Give an heirloom gift from IceMilk Aprons

When entertaining, you should always have a hot drink to offer your guests, especially as this winter chill lingers on and on and on.

A wonderful heirloom treat that you just don’t see often enough in kitchens today is the tea kettle. Whether you’re offering hot tea or cocoa, the kettle heats up your cup of delight to the perfect temperature, but the most wonderful part is the whistle it gives off when it’s done.

What a throwback treat to bring back into everyday use! It is sure to leave a lasting and memorable impression on your guests.

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