Meal Planning Monday & Whole Wheat Biscuits

We did not make it to the farmers market this week.  We were both busy Saturday morning and I ended up just hitting our local grocery store (Trucchi’s for the Tauntonians!)  Since I had a good amount of things stashed away in the freezer, I was able to make up a reasonably healthy meal plan though.  I mostly bought fresh produce at the market & spent about $45.

Sunday: Ham & Bean stew & whole what biscuits (Recipe below)

Monday: Family dinner elsewhere

Tuesday:  Clean-out-the-fridge salad- we have leftover vegetables in the fridge including some mushrooms, cucumbers & tomatoes that are not organic & are from many miles away- but I did buy some local kale & pea greens!

Wednesday: Spinach and goat cheese ravioli (bought at the farmers market ages ago)

Thursday:  Fried egg sandwiches on WW biscuits with cheese & hopefully some greens if they last that long!

Friday:  Homemade mushroom pizza (we froze a WW crust this weekend from http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-homemade-frozen-pizza-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-186527)

Then Saturday we can return to our normal locally grown fare!

Whole Wheat Biscuits (adapted from www.100daysofrealfood.com)

2 c whole wheat flour (we use King Arthur)

1 c milk (approximate- I usually need a little more, especially if the weather is dry)

1/4 c lard (you want leaf lard, not Crisco! You can substitute butter or olive oil here)

1 tsp salt

4 tsp baking soda

Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl

Cut in the lard or butter.  I do this by taking two forks and mashing the lard into the dry ingredients until there are only small pieces (smaller than a pea.)  You can also put this in your food processor on pulse for similar results.

Add in the milk & mix until everything is just combined (don’t over mix!!)

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap & place in fridge for at least 10 minutes.

Bake 8-10 minutes at 450 degrees & then on broil for 1 minute

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Lard! Grandma’s secret ingredient

Baking biscuits makes me feel like a true homemaker (even if I do work.) It makes me want to pour a glass of sweet sun tea and say things like “hey y’all” and “bless your heart!” Which in my southeastern Massachusetts, combo-of-Boston-and-Rhode Island accent sounds truly ridiculous.

Recently, I learned how to make a really awesome biscuit. We rendered a few quarts of lard awhile ago (more on that someday) and I fully believe that lard is the secret to amazing baked goods, and to happiness in general.  I know the name lard is really gross sounding…maybe lard needs a rebranding campaign.  How about…pig butter? That actually sounds worse. Any thoughts on new names for lard?

I recently learned about the benefits of using lard from real food blog 100 Days of Real Food.  She has a ton of great info there about eating unprocessed foods.

These biscuits go wonderfully with just about anything. You can use them for breakfast, lunch or dinner…even dessert! (strawberry shortcake, anyone?)

Annemarie’s Awesome Biscuit Recipe

1 cup of whole wheat flour (what, haven’t you heard that white flour is the devil??)

1 cup bread flour (don’t forget you can order flour from Wood Prairie Farm in Maine)

1 cup milk, buttermilk is even better

1/2 cup lard, very cold

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

The secret to good biscuits is cold, cold ingredients. Very cold lard and milk will make for biscuits with lots of crumbly texture. If it’s hot in your kitchen, don’t even bother with this recipe.