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Family recipes to make mom a biscuit breakfast for Mother's Day

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Does your Mom bake? Find her recipe and make a pan of something good for Mothers Day! Cloverfields Farm & Kitchen's Janine Washle suggests that keeping recipes alive is a way to preserve family traditions and memories for the next generation.  She has tips for baking a great batch of biscuits or pan of rolls.

The hearth or kitchen has been recognized through history as the woman's domain. While it has also been the source of jokes, it is hard to ignore the importance of the kitchen to a family's well being. While home is where the heart is, the kitchen is the heart of the home where stories are told, secrets are shared, and gossip relayed. Who doesn't have a memory of Grandmothers, and Moms turning out family favorites, secret recipes, and holiday meals from the home's kitchen?

At the core of these recipes are bread recipes. Bread can take the form of biscuits, cornbread, and yeast breads. It wasn't so long ago, that bread especially cornbread kept many families from going to bed hungry. While living at home, we took those meals and recipes for granted. It really didn't become important to recreate Mom's recipes until we moved out on our own. Suddenly, we may have experienced a bout of homesickness, and the desire for something uniquely Mom rose up. Isn't it interesting that the kitchen that we tried to get out of while at home is the place we yearn for when we leave?

Bread recipes can be daunting if you didn't have a Mom to walk you through the tips and tricks of baking. Biscuits and their polar opposites, yeast breads have certain techniques that can be confusing. No need to worry if you don't have the confidence to bake up a pan of biscuits, all these tips and tricks can be learned.

The easiest way is to tackle the so called beginner recipes, gain confidence, and step up to a more challenging recipe. Pretty soon, instead of having to pick up the phone and ask Mom to bring rolls to a get together, you can wow her by bringing your own.

There's not a much nicer way to honor Mom than to make bread and bring it to her especially if it is a recipe she passed to you. Recipes link generations and carry on family traditions. Let Mom know that you are actively engaged in keeping the family recipes alive and well by baking something good for Mother's Day.

Biscuit Mix in Bulk

6 cups all purpose flour
3 TB baking powder
1 TB salt
1 cup vegetable shortening (or ½ cup unsalted butter and ½ cup shortening)


Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in shortening until it looks like pea size clumps. Store in a covered container up to 6 weeks.

How to use:

Rolled Biscuits: 2-1/4 cups mix plus 2/3 cup milk.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Stir milk into mix with a fork. Turn out on a lightly floured surface. Knead with finger tips just until everything comes together. Pat out to ½" thickness. Cut with a biscuit cutter and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter. Serve hot.

Drop Biscuits: 2-1/4 cups mix plus 2/3 cup milk.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Stir milk into mix with a fork. Drop onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet with a tablespoon. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Brush tops with melted butter.

Cheddar-Garlic Drop Biscuits: 2 cups mix, 2/3 cup milk, ½ cup cheddar cheese shreds.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Stir milk and cheese into mix with a fork. Drop onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet with a tablespoon. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. While biscuits are baking, melt together ½ stick (1/4 cup) of unsalted butter and ¼-1/2 tsp of garlic powder (or 1 minced garlic clove). Brush over tops of biscuits. Serve hot.

TIP: Cut this guide out and tape to the top of the biscuit mix container.


Cloverfields Farm and Kitchen also has a special Mother's Day Recipe Booklet available by email. To ask for a complimentary copy, just email Janine Washle at

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CloverFields Farm & Kitchen 
Hardin Springs Area
Big Clifty, KY 42712

About Cloverfields Farm & Kitchen:

Janine Washle and her family live at the Cloverfields Farm and Kitchen in Big Clifty, Kentucky in Hardin County. CloverFields Farm & Kitchen, part of a century old farmstead, is our home and business. The McGuffin house, the original farmhouse, is a registered state landmark. CloverFields Farm has a prosperous farming history. They are continuing this rural story in their own unique way by the addition of CloverFields Kitchen a place to explore the past through food and merge it with our modern lifestyles.

CloverFields Farm is dedicated to the preservation of southern, especially Kentucky, food traditions. The kitchen is commercially-outfitted compliant with Health Department standards. In this kitchen I develop new recipes based on original ideas, inspirations from my culinary research, and most often according to what is in season.

On the farm, they make many gifts and specialty items. She is currently working on her first cookbook, but she also has a long resume developing recipes for several companies. She has also won several contests and cook-offs with her original recipes.

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