We've had our first entry in Biscuit Baking Mix Day.
Sher from What Did You Eat? posted a lovely Impossible Spinach Pie, one of my personal favorites. She also shares the fact that Bisquick, arguably the most famous of the pre-made baking mixes, was common in her mother's pantry.
Same thing at my house, even though my father was a chef. My mother used it all the time, mostly for pancakes and what she called baking powder biscuits.
The truth is, this was likely the case for most of us. Some may not care to admit it. In the 50s, 60s and even in the 70s, convenience foods reigned in many kitchens.
Biscuit mix was a staple in my cupboard in my college days, as I've said before here. I carried a full load, worked as an editor, and house sat and cat sat and was a professional note taker for money. I didn't have time for from-scratch baking, except on weekends. I think the whole "Impossible Pie" concept debuted around that time and I found it intriguing.
There were many months when, right before payday, I could not afford bread or bagels (living in downtown Madison is expensive) and baking powder biscuits saved me. I still like the way they taste. And they cost only pennies to make.
Those were good days, when anything seemed possible and accessible, and I guess I associate the taste with those feelings and aspirations. I really didn't mind not having much money because I was getting my education at a world-class university. That's something no one can ever take away from me.
Check out Sher's recipe and lovely photo. More links and recipes will trickle in over the next few days, with the bulk of links likely next Thursday.
• Update: Tanna from My Kitchen in Half Cups already has her entry ready, too. Sausage-cheese balls - makes my mouth water.
• So does Glenna's buttermilk pie, a Paula Deen recipe, at A Fridge Full of Food. I had made something very similar and loved it.
Thanks Sher, Tanna and Glenna.
I will post links now through March 15.
But wait! There's more! Writer and blogger Laura Florand has offered her perspective in today's blog post.As is the case with everything Laura does, it is a good read.
And more! Tracy at Kitchen Spark offers cakey cinnamon scones, one of my favorite scones.