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Old 10-16-2008, 03:44 PM   #1
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Greetings from the Great Lakes State!

Hello folks! I can't remember where but I found this great site by following a link from another forum. This is a great forum and I've learned quite a bit from it already (I've been lurking a while). I'm not much of a cook but I'm learning! At 55 I figured I better learn while a few of my brain cells still function!

I may not post much as I don't have much to offer to all the great cooks here but I'm sure I'll have a few questions. Please have patience with an OldFart!

Thanks for the great forum and all the effort that goes into it and thanks for allowing me to be a part of it!

Rick

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Old 10-16-2008, 04:05 PM   #2
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Hi Rick! Welcome.
I live along Lake Erie in PA. Which state is considered "The" great lakes state? I never heard that term.
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Old 10-16-2008, 04:09 PM   #3
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Welcome aboard. I spent 5 summers sailing Lake Erie.. I just couldn't handle that 480mi round trip drive any more on the weekends.
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Old 10-16-2008, 04:14 PM   #4
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welcome Rick, you don't have to be a cook to post here. I think we cover just about any subject. Have fun!!!!
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Old 10-16-2008, 04:37 PM   #5
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Found it. It's one of Michigan's nicknames. Interesting.
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Old 10-16-2008, 04:44 PM   #6
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Yep! Michigan. Sorry... I was off trying to find out how to make my drop biscuits better!

Thanks for the Welcome! I think I'm gonna gain some weight reading here!
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Old 10-16-2008, 05:15 PM   #7
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From one oldfart to another, welcome to DC Rick!! We're glad you found us!!
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Old 10-16-2008, 05:34 PM   #8
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Rick, welcome to DC. You're a youngster to some here, so don't beat up on your age. I'm 58 and still have a few functioning brain cells, at least enough to make a pretty good loaf of bread every now and then.

Drop biscuits, huh? What's your recipe?

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BTW, I fish a lot on the Au Sable up in Grayling. Beautiful area and very peaceful.
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Old 10-16-2008, 05:48 PM   #9
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Thanks. I've still got a few brain cells working but the get a little foggy sometimes! I just started trying drop biscuits but I like em a lot! I don't have counterspace and kneading and rolling just don't cut it. I like these drop biscuits but they come out VERY CRUMBLY! The look great. They smell great and they taste great but just don't try and pickem up!! I'm trying to remedy that by doing some research here. Anyway here's the recipe I'm using.

2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 pound (one stick) cold butter
1 cup plus one tablespoon buttermilk

Once I tried using butter and all purpose flour and once I tried 50/50 white and wheat flour with shortening. Both came out well but very crumbly.

Thanks for the warm welcome. I've been doing a lot of reading here and there seem to be the best folks on the net right here!

Thanks Smoke King. I knew I couldn't be the only oldfart here (I was hoping anyway).
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Old 10-16-2008, 06:35 PM   #10
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You might try replacing the butter with shortening, and using milk instead of buttermilk. Both the butter and buttermilk add to the richness of the biscuits, and have a tendency to make them crumbly. Also, I'm not sure what the baking soda is about, unless it's tempering the buttermilk for some reason. I can't remember a biscuit recipe that calls for both powder and soda, but then, there's a lot of voids in my remembery. It's a '60's kind of thing.
BTW, some people would give their first-born to get such flaky biscuits. LMAO
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