No Rest For The Weary

I'm flippin' tired.
Today was the longest day of my life.
I woke this morning at 3:30 a.m. to get ready to go to work at the cafe. I have been taking a shower in the morning to wake myself up & apparently it didn't work today. I fell asleep standing up. Then it was 4:15 and only one side of my hair was wet. Crap.

I started driving to work and decided to roll down the windows to let my hair air-dry a bit. Let me tell you: I have incredibly thick hair. Every hairdresser I've ever had has made the same comment, "You have enough hair on your head for 10 people." And I'm sure it's true. I don't use a comb or a pick. I have to use a hand rake from Ace Hardware. Ok, not really, but I should. By the time I arrived to work, my hair looked something like this:

Don't laugh, man (even though I look like I'm about to...). That's me (& my hair circa 1990; I do believe this was a jheri curl)

I get to work, just fine. I don't over mix, burn, cut, drop, kill, maim or otherwise mutilate anything in the kitchen today.

I usually get off at 9:30 a.m. Today, I was slow (I think it was physics working against my hair) & I didn't leave until 10:00. I have a cooking class at 11:00. S--t!

So I race over to Hanes Mall to rush my prep for the class. On the way over there, I'm planning out my steps. I usually make an MEP sheet ( mise en place) but I've been too busy this week (and last. And the week before that).

I'm gonna rush ahead in the story and tell you that the class is over and I came out in one piece. I'll post about it tomorrow, I promise. The food was too good not to.

I'm at my newspaper job right now, dying of sleeplessness. My eyes are bloodshot and sandy. This computer screen is literally melting in front of my eyes. I feel like I've never been this sleepy. I mean, I didn't get my nap in today! And I've been awake since 3:30 and it is now a camel's hair past 9 p.m. EST.

Since I love them so much, I'm just gonna post this simple recipe. I'm sure you've planned your weekend breakfasts already, but if you haven' these. They'll make your day go a lot better.

Nikki's Cheddar Biscuits
Makes 12

4 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 sticks butter, cold, cut in pieces
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Sift dry ingredients in a bowl. Cut butter with your food processor, fork, or pastry cutter until the mixture looks like course crumbs. Pour in the buttermilk and eggs all at once. Stir until the ingredients are moistened. Lightly flour the counter or another work surface and turn out the dough. Pat into a circle between 1/2 and 3/4 inches thick. Pour/Sprinkle 1 cup of cheese onto biscuit circle. Fold over to incorporate cheese. Repeat. Cut biscuits into desired shapes. Rework scraps and cut them into shapes as well. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Eat :)

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Nikki Miller-Ka

Nikki Miller-Ka

Ms. Miller-Ka is a classically trained chef with a BA in English from East Carolina University and a Culinary Arts Associate Degree from Le Cordon Bleu-Miami.

Formerly, she’s worked as a researcher, an editorial assistant, reporter and guest blogger for various publications and outlets in the Southeast. She has also worked as a catering chef, a pastry chef, a butcher, a baker, and a biscuit-maker. Presently, she is a food editor, freelance food writer, and a tour guide for Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours.

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  1. You're so cute I wanna grab you in the biscuits. I think I meant your cheeks, even though I'm pretty sure it sounds like I just said I wanna grab your a$$.

    That doesn't look juicy enough to be a jheri curl, though.

  2. Ass. Cheeks. Whatever. LOL :) Trust me, it was a jheri curl. I had to use activator & everything back in the day. I wasn't allowed to get a relaxer until 6th grade.

  3. Ah, and we have biscuits! Haha nice. They are like actual delicious versions of the Red Lobster ones, and not all fakey :)

    I hope the class went well and you didn't drag too much. Naps are a beautiful thing, but you already know it :)

  4. Oh Nikki, you were a precious looking little girl. I love those biscuits. I'll have to pass the recipe along to my son. He goes to Red Lobster just for the shrimp and the biscuits. Thank you my friend.

  5. Adam: omg, you know these biscuits are good. They're better than Red Lobster. No garlic, but totally buttery & enriched.

    The class was so totally awesome! Everyone was nice & the food was amazing.

    Teresa: LOL Precious looking. Exactly. Ask my mother about how evil I was. OK, I really wasn't evil at all. I waited until adulthood to get evil.

    Tell your son to add 1/4 cup of minced garlic to the eggs & buttermilk. Then they'll taste like Red Lobster.

  6. Cute!!!

    And those biscuits look amazing!

  7. that is quite a long day...geez. Get some sleep and some rest!


  8. You were such a cutie pie! I laughed at this great post. Gotta keep a sense of humor when things go squirrely. And thanks for a great recipe. I'll have to try it, gluten-free, for my hubby.

  9. Everyone seems to have biscuits on their blogs and I have a major craving!

  10. Those biscuits look soooo good :) Yum!


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