I don't have a recipe for biscuits, just use the dump method I learned from my Mom. It took me forever to learn to make a good southern biscuit though. My kids actully learned to make them better before I did. I can do it now though. For some reason I can't start mine with my hands the way the rest of my family does. I have to start with a fork or spoon, mixing the shortening into the flour then adding my buttermilk. Once I get a good dough going I can proceed with my hands. I then pat the dough out and cut my biscuits. Everyone else in the family pinches or chokes them off instead of cutting.
Here is a good sounding one from one of Emerils southern guests. http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/reci..._32798,00.html
It's very similiar to how I make mine but I use self-rising flour and omit the salt and baking powder. I also use buttermilk instead of milk and only shortening, no butter. I think it takes buttermilk to make a good tasting fluffy southern biscuit. I've never used sugar execpt in angel biscuits which I don't make often. Good luck and don't give up trying.