I’ve been looking for a good yeast biscuit recipe, and I’ve compiled one everybody likes.


  • 1 pk yeast
  • 1 tb sugar dissolved in 2 tb warm water
  • 2 scant c sifted flour
  • 1 ts salt
  • 1 ts baking powder
  • 2/3 c warm buttermilk
  • 3 tb melted butter

Dissolve yeast in warm water; mix with dry ingredients. Add shortening and mix. Roll out 1/4 inch thick; cut; let rise 20-60 minutes; pierce top with fork; brush with melted butter. Bake at 400 about 15 minutes.


If you don’t cook all the biscuits at once, take out what you want to rise, cover the rest with a wet paper towel or cloth and refrigerate. Keeps for several days, but every day it takes them longer to rise and they rise less.

Last night, I had some leftover chicken and juice from a crock-pot chicken I cooked (wash chicken with soap and water inside and out, stuff with onions and celery and sage, rub outside with garlic olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and add some white wine, cook on low for about 8 hours), so I made chicken and dumplings.chick&slicks

Although I used chicken and chicken broth, I’ve also made vegetable soup with dumplings. In that case, the slicks are especially good if you work some herbs into the dough before you roll it out.

My husband’s family like(s) what they call slicks–flat, but not as thin as noodles. I’ve never been able to get slicks right. Last night, I took the rest of the biscuit dough, rolled it out, cut it, and dropped the dough into boiling broth. I covered the pot and turned the heat down to a fast simmer. After about 20 minutes, I took the lid off and made my green beans, then served. Perfect.


  • slivered almonds
  • sweet peppers, cut up
  • mushrooms, sliced
  • canned green beans or cooked fresh green beans
  • grated Parmesan cheese

Toast the almonds in a dry non-stick pan. When they just start to brown, add peppers and mushrooms and cook, stirring constantly, until mushrooms start to give off liquid. Add green beans and cook, stirring constantly, until hot through (not long). Divide onto plates and sprinkle with cheese.


writing prompt: Does your family have a dish you make differently from most? Give a character one, and write a scene in which a guest important to him/her experiences it and comments on it. As usual, this is an exercise, not necessarily something you’ll want in your story/book.