herbed honey biscuits

I arrived home in Houston to a mountain of Saveur magazines (really! look how many there are!), and immediately started paging through them. The first recipe that screamed, “make me! make me!” was for these herbed honey biscuits. I knew they’d be the perfect addition to our Thanksgiving menu and their ease was an attractive alternative to more time-consuming yeast rolls. They’re ideal for any holiday bread basket, sopping up soup, or a savory twist to your breakfast (my egg, gruyere, herb biscuit breakfast sandwich this morning was preeeetttty tasty!).

For ~15 biscuits, gather these ingredients:

3 3/4 self-rising flour

1 heaping tbl chopped rosemary

1 heaping tbl thyme

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

6 tbls chilled, cubed butter

1 c buttermilk

3 tbl 1/2 & 1/2

1 heaping tbl honey

This is a roll-up-your-sleeves, play-with-your-food, get-your-hands-dirty type of recipe. Start by mixing your dry ingredients in a big bowl and then add all your cubed butter and start mixing it with your flour mixture. Keep playing until your mixture is a crumbly consistency and all the butter is worked into the flour in ittty bitty balls. Wash your hands & then mix in your dairy & your honey. Mix, mix, mix until your dough is a sticky, cohesive ball.

Dump your ball out onto a very well floured surface and roll it out so it’s about an inch think. Cut ’em out and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 20 to 30 minutes until they’re golden brown!

brussels sprouts with roasted chicken

you’ll notice that this recipe is for brussels sprouts with roasted chicken on the side.  that’s because, no matter how hard i try, i can’t manage to get these sprouts to step out of the spotlight.  so, i give up.  you can be the star, little sprouts.  try adding a little crunch with toasted pumpkin seeds or walnuts.

For the Sprouts:

1lb Brussels Sprouts

1/2 Small Red onion, sliced

3 cloves garlic

1 tbs balsamic vinegar

3 tbs maple syrup

 For the Chicken:

2 breasts and 2 wings (or any part of the chicken you like)

10 sprigs fresh thyme

1/2 lemon

preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

rinse the brussels sprouts and chop the stems off of each one.  then cut them in half (this makes the inside really crispy).

in a heavy cast iron skillet, heat 2 tbs of olive oil and add the sliced red onion.  let these swim around for about 3 minutes, then add the garlic.  scoot the onions and garlic to the edges of the skillet and add your brussels sprouts.  try to get them face down so that the flat side gets good and brown.  then- don’t touch them!

about 1/2 a glass of wine or bourbon later, give your sprouts a good stir, season with s&p, and drizzle the balsamic and maple syrup over the whole thing.  be sure to use a good maple syrup, of course.  brussell sprouts are like little sponges, so if you roast them with good ingredients, they’ll really shine.  If you’d like to, season a couple chicken breasts (we did wings & breasts) with salt, pepper & thyme.

Add them to the brussels sprouts, skin side down, and let them sizzle for about 5 minutes.  then, pop these babies into the hot oven and let them roast for approx 20 minutes or 1/3 of an episode of The Wire.  

Easy enough?  Absolutely.  Leftovers?  Not in a million years.



creamy mushroom-thyme soup

today was below 60° – in texas, we call this “winter.”  but no matter where you’re living, these chilly days are perfect soup weather.  i’ve been waiting for my new emulsion blender to ship, but i couldn’t put this mushroom soup off any longer!

it turned out to be oh-so-yummy and super simple.  mushrooms are one of my favorite ingredients- so unapologetically earthy and beautiful.  i made a little brie & arugula grilled cheese to dip.  grilled cheese & soup?  fugetaboutit.



you’ll need:

1 1/2 pounds of mushrooms (I used white button, baby bella & shitake)

1 medium red onion

2 cloves garlic

3 tbs unsalted butter

2 sprigs thyme

pinch nutmeg

1/4 cup dry white wine or sherry

2 cups stock (veggie or chicken, whatever you have on hand.)

2 cups milk (or cream or half & half)


What you’ll do:

heat a large pan and add 1 tablespoon of butter.  add the sliced red onion and saute until they are soft, then add 2 tablespoons of butter and saute the sliced mushrooms until they are soft and happy.  season with the sprigs of thyme, a splash of dry white wine, and salt & pepper.  I also threw in a pinch of nutmeg. once the mixture tastes great (let your tastebuds decide!), transfer to a blender (or if your emulsion blender has arrived, use that guy).  pour in the milk and stock and blend until smooth.  i got the soup back on the stove so it was nice and hot when i was ready to eat.

serve this soup with a bit of olive oil drizzled on top, and a yummy dipper on the side.  i did a grilled brie & arugula sammy.

easy, delicious, & enough for lunch leftovers all week!


happy sunday 🙂