September is National Biscuit Month which spotlights a Southern food icon and the tradition of biscuit making for any meal, not just breakfast.

In honor of National Biscuit Month, White Lily® flour encourages bakers to “Save the Biscuit” by learning, teaching and sharing with others the joy of making biscuits. There is no substitute for a scratch-made biscuit, and it’s a tradition worth preserving.

I remember my grandmother always had her hot-out-of-the-oven biscuits on her dinner table and it wouldn’t be dinner without the sorghum syrup can on the table for my grandfather to enjoy.

Looking for a twist on the iconic biscuit? Country Ham and Cheese Biscuits are an easy variation on the classic.

Country Ham and Cheese BiscuitsCountry Ham and Cheese Biscuits

Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
2 cups White Lily Enriched Bleached Self-Rising Flour
1/4 cup Crisco All-Vegetable Shortening or 1/4 stick Crisco Baking Sticks All-Vegetable Shortening
1 cup finely chopped cooked country ham
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk or buttermilk
2 tablespoons butter, melted

  1. HEAT oven to 450 degrees F. Spray baking sheets with no-stick cooking spray.
  2. PLACE flour in large bowl. Cut in shortening with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture is the size of peas.
  3. ADD ham, cheese and sour cream. Gradually add milk, stirring only enough to moisten flour and hold dough together.
  4. TURN dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead gently two or three strokes. Gently pat or roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with floured 2-inch biscuit cutter, leaving as little dough between cuts as possible. Gather remaining dough; re-roll one time. Cut as described above. Discard scraps.
  5. PLACE on prepared baking sheet 1 inch apart for crisp sides or almost touching for soft sides.
  6. BAKE 8 to 10 minutes, or until tops are golden brown. Brush tops with melted butter. Serve hot.

Makes 12 servings

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The Southern Cake Book

With Labor Day behind us and fall ahead of us my mind is thinking about fall fashions, maybe a new pair of fall boots (hum, cowboy and something high-style with a kick-ass heel?), fall dinners at home, college football, holiday celebrations and all my friends and family that have fall birthdays. So one of the newest cookbooks The Southern Cake Book by our friends at Southern Living gets my approval at the most perfect time.

The Southern Cake Book

The Southern Cake Book features over 150 recipes for every type of cake from sheet cakes and cupcakes to decadent cheesecakes and the even more elaborate layer cakes that would make any Southerner proud to prepare. Now you might remember that I grew up around some of the best Southern cooks so while I thumbed through this cookbook I felt like I was going down memory lane. As I turned each page I’m looking for my favorites and they are all there: the classic Southern Pound Cake from Heaven; the quintessential Celebration Hummingbird Cake brimming with bananas, pineapple, and pecans, first printed in Southern Living in 1978 and still its most-requested recipe of all time; Mama Dip’s Carrot Cake from North Carolina’s own Mildred “Mama Dip” Council; the Peanut-Cola Cake — we Southerners just call it “Coke-Cola” cake (that’s versus the correct way of pronouncing it as Coca-Cola cake) but I’m sure the publishers didn’t want any trouble with copyright infringement — along with the tangy Lemon Coconut Cake, Key Lime Icebox Cake and a rich three-layer Birthday Cake frosted with luscious milk chocolate frosting and sprinkles.

Southern Living The Southern Cake Book, published by Oxmoor House and edited by Allison E. Cox. S.R.P. $22.95 makes it a must for any Southern kitchen but also the perfect hostess and holiday gift. Consider wrapping the cookbook with a beautiful antique silver cake server for a uniquely special gift.

P.S. And in case you didn’t know (Duh), Coca-Cola and Coke are registered trademarks of The Coca-Cola Company.

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Basil Squeeze

This recipe for a Basil Squeeze made with Covington Sweet Potato Vodka and St.-Germain Elderflower Liqueur was created by Anna Honeycutt, the Bull Durham Bar manager, at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham, N.C., but I also asked her to provide me with the just-as-refreshing nonalcoholic version. I’ve prepared the nonalcoholic version many times this summer for my husband Tim, friends, family and myself. It’s the perfect summer drink to beat the August heat. 

Basil Squeeze

Basil Squeeze (with alcohol)

1 ½ oz. Covington Sweet Potato Vodka

¾ oz. St.-Germain Elderflower Liqueur

3 basil leaves

Lemon wedge

1 oz. lemon juice

2 oz. club soda or San Pellegrino

Muddle lemon wedge and two basil leaves in a Collins glass with vodka and St. Germain. Add lemon juice, fill with ice and shake. Top with more ice (if necessary, based on glass size) and club soda or San Pellegrino. Garnish with a basil leaf, lemon wedge and straw. Enjoy.

Basil Squeeze (nonalcoholic)

3 basil leaves

Lemon wedge

3 oz. lemon juice

1.5 oz. agave (or simple syrup)

2 oz. club soda or San Pellegrino

Muddle lemon wedge and two basil leaves in a Collins glass. Add lemon juice and agave then fill with ice and shake. Top with more ice (if necessary, based on glass size) and club soda or San Pellegrino. Garnish with a basil leaf, lemon wedge and straw. Enjoy.


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With a Southern Twist is all about good living in today's South. A true Southerner, the author's passions include food, home design, travel, restaurants, shopping, and entertaining. It is a fun blog about one of her most beloved regions of the country, shared through personal experiences.