Deeda

Ya’ll I am SO excited for this week’s blog because it is about one of my favorite people featuring one of my favorite foods.

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My Deeda is a remarkable woman. The first thing I’m sure you’re thinking is “what the heck is a Deeda?!” Well, she is my paternal grandmother and even though she SWORE she would only be called ‘grandmother’ by her grandchildren, everyone calls her Deeda (pronounced like dee-dah).

My Deeda married my grandfather and they had 3 children together; my late Uncle Alex, my Aunt Joanna and my father, Eddie. While they were growing up, my Deeda worked a full-time job but still found a way to have dinner on the table. She would make a calendar for the month and although the kids always tried to change the menu so they wouldn’t have to eat beets, my grandmother was always prepared for dinners; and that is still the case today.

She loves having the entire family for a meal, whether it be to celebrate a birthday, holidays, any special occasion. She just loves to host and have people over.

My Aunt and my dad both have found memories of the summers when they were home from school and although my Deeda was working, she would make homemade ice cream sandwiches. They loved those things!

My Deeda is motherly, kind, classy and such a fantastic cook. She is hard-working, involved with her church, and has love to give to every one she meets. She has taught me so much over the years and I’m so excited to learn and practice even more of her delicious recipes.

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In honor of my Deeda, I will be making her homemade buttermilk biscuits. YUM!

For this recipe you will need:

  • 2 cups of self-rising flour
  • 1/4 cup of Crisco
  • 3/4 cup of buttermilk

Begin with the flour in a large mixing bowl. Add the Crisco and cut the shortening into the flour with a pastry cutter or 2 knives. You want the flour to form small pea sized pebbles; that’s the perfect texture for these biscuits.

Next you want to slowly add the buttermilk and mix with a fork. Mix until the dough no longer sticks to the side of the bowl.

Then turn the dough on to a very floured surface and knead 3-4 times using a VERY gentle touch.

Roll out the dough until desired thickness, I did about 1 inch thickness. Cut out the biscuits using a biscuit cutter or circle cookie cutter and bake at 500 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Once the biscuits come out of the oven, cut in half and add some butter in order to melt it in the middle. Serve with your favorite breakfast items or simply add honey or Deeda’s famous pear preserve which we call ‘good stuff’.

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Let’s dig in!

 

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