Tonia’s best cream biscuits

Decadent and quick cream biscuits are often attributed to James Beard, who credited his family’s Chinese cook with the recipe found in his classic baking book, Beard on Bread. I’m skeptical, however, that the recipe for these working girl (or guy) friendly biscuits originated with Beard’s cook. I’ve found similar recipes in numerous cookbooks, and…

Holiday cooking the lard way

By Tonia Moxley CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. – Surely two 40-plus women enjoying a glass of red wine and some Trader Joe’s cocoa truffles late on a Saturday should not giggle so loudly. But the tinkling sound of two dozen canning jars full of hot, honey-yellow lard sealing themselves sent us into paroxysms. “Oh, there went another one….

Tonia’s buttermilk biscuits

This is adapted from The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook Yield: Makes 8 to 12 biscuits Optional special equipment: pastry blender or electric food processor, biscuit cutter, cookie sheet or pizza pan, parchment paper. Ingredients: 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus 1/4 cup more, divided (for rolling out dough) 1 cup cake or pastry (can be…