The Best Buttery Everything Bagel Bisquick Biscuits

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I concede this is not my finest hour. Convenience products are not my jam, but once in awhile even I must admit they just make sense. I grew up in a household filled with an array of convenience products. Everything from canned soup to boxed cake mix was trendy back then. My mom fully embraced the ease of getting dinner on the table for 5 hungry kids using these products. She especially loved the all-purpose Bisquick baking mix. Breakfast, lunch and dinner could potentially include a Bisquick recipe. It was magical. Two of her favorites were the Impossible Quiche and Impossible Coconut Cream Pie. Do you remember those?

Turns out one of my husband’s favorite food memories is when HIS mom presented the family with the Impossible Quiche. A couple of months ago, while I was away from home, he decided to pick up a box of the mix and recreate that childhood dinner. Just recently I discovered the small yellow box in the back of the pantry and food snob that I am said, “where the heck did this come from?”

The rest is history. Here is the recipe. It’s stupid good.

Buttery Bisquick Everything Bagel Biscuits

2 ¼ cups Bisquick baking mix

¼ cup sour cream

¼ cup plain Greek yogurt (I use Fage 5%)

½ cup ginger ale (Canada Dry)

¼ cup melted butter

Everything bagel seasoning

Heat oven to 425F. In a bowl, combine baking mix, sour cream, yogurt and ginger ale blending to form a sticky dough. Pour melted butter into a 9-inch pie pan. Using an ice cream scoop, drop scoops of dough evenly in pan on top of the butter. (You should have 10 scoops of dough). Sprinkle with as much seasoning as you like. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. Makes 10 pull-apart biscuits.

Ramping It Up

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There is a saying that the month of March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, but I think it better applies to April here in Pennsylvania. Should I mention the chilly weather we’ve all been NOT enjoying?  For a very long time it has felt like spring would never come. Finally, that snow and ice of those first few weeks have melted into a sense of calm like a warm spring shower.

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By the 4thweek in April there is a noticeable change in the landscape. Clearly, the sun shines brighter, the grass is greener and the warm temperatures beckons one outside to the garden and forest beyond. It’s rejuvenating and ramps up the mood.

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Yesssss it is ramp season. Ramps, aka, wild leeks are prized by chefs and can be eaten raw or cooked. They have a mild onion flavor and complement everything from pesto to quiche. I think it’s no happy accident that they are in season at the very same time asparagus is rising from the ground. They really do complement each other in flavor.

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If you are fortunate enough to find a lush patch of ramps don’t be greedy. Clip just what you need and leave the rest to rejuvenate the patch for years to come. Take care of the earth and it will take care of you. Last week was Earth Day and many of my neighbors participated in a local clean-up of litter. Why do people litter? Anyway, it brought back a memory of William and I joining forces so many years ago. He was a good keeper of the earth.

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Here are a few ways to enjoy the freshness of spring ramp greens.

  • Add a few leaves to your favorite pesto mix for another layer of flavor
  • Chiffonade a few leaves and add to an omelet
  • Saute ramps with garlic and olive oil for a side dish
  • Chop and add to risotto
  • Delicious raw in slaws and salads (maybe not fruit salad)

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Ramp butter is fantastic on top of a burger or basted over a steak. Melt it in pasta with a bit of parmesan and pepper for a heavenly good dinner. Compound butters are super easy to make and pretty much keep forever in the freezer. I’m hoping to make enough to get me through until next season.

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Ramp Butter

10 fresh ramp leaves, stems trimmed, roughly chopped

pinch of coarse salt (I use a large grain Celtic sea salt)

½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice

½ teaspoon champagne honey or Dijon mustard (Saucy Mama brand preferred)

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature

Place all ingredients in food processor and let it rip until the ramps are finely chopped and the mixture is a glorious  fresh green color. Form into a log in some plastic wrap and store in freezer. I just slice of what I need when I need it.

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