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Whole Wheat Honey Biscuits

14 Jan
by Deanne

All the reading I did about Food Trends for 2014 got me hungry for biscuits.  So I followed Steve around the kitchen last night as he put together a batch of whole wheat honey biscuits.  He doesn’t follow recipes so I have to have a pen in hand if I want to re-create it later.Photo of biscuits

Lightly crisp on the outside and warm and steamy on the inside, was the experience I enjoyed when I sampled them.  Oh yes, they have a hint of sweetness from the honey.  The were even slightly FarmerChef-y. The honey was purchased last summer at the farmers market.  If you get a chance, do buy local wheat flour from a local farmer as we have done in the past.

Whole Wheat Honey Biscuits

(makes 9 biscuits)Photo of teapot and biscuit

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 stick butter, cut into small pieces

1/4 cup honey

3/4 cup milk

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and use pastry cutter to mix in the small pieces of cold butter.  Combine until the mixture looks like gravel. Then add honey and milk and combine into a ball in the center of the bowl.  If needed add a little more flour to hold everything together. Place on a floured surface and shape into a square.  Use pastry cutter to cut into 9 or 12 biscuits depending on how big you’d like them to be. Put biscuits on a baking sheet and bake about 10 minutes at 400 degrees.

Snuggle up with a cup of tea and good book and enjoy!


Midwestern Food: #1 Trend for 2014

5 Jan
by Deanne

Photo of The Midwestern Table Book CoverHappy New Year!  On this first cold Sunday in January, Steve and I stayed inside and read about all the food trends for 2014. Each publication we read seemed to have a slightly different spin on the trends.  But we liked the list that put Midwestern food, they don’t even call it a cuisine, on the top of the list. A new show on the Food Network called Heartland Table is introducing this part of the world to those who haven’t been here.  The host of the show is Amy Thielen who is the author of the book the Midwestern Table.

One trend spotter, Kathy Gunst, even went so far as to say that the Midwest will be a destination for foodies.

If this is true and you are packing your bags, we are happy to share some Midwestern gems we’ve reviewed:

Birchwood Cafe:  Minneapolis, MN  11+Photo: Walking to the Cafe
Fresh Market and Cafe:  West Des Moines, IA  13.5+
Kitchen Table:  Omaha, NE  14+
River Rock Coffee: St. Peter, MN  13+
Verdant Tea:  Minneapolis, MN  12.5+
Wise Acre Eatery:  Minneapolis, MN  12.5+
Wolf Peach: Milwaukee, WI 14+

We have our eyes on a few places in Des Moines and around Iowa worth a visit in the year ahead:  Salt Fork Kitchen, Alba Restaurant, The Des Moines Cheese Shop, and HOQ.  All of these restaurants are on our list because they source local food.