The Bisquick trick
Biscuit mix is a great convenience, but I don't like either the flavor or the ingredients in the commercial stuff. Here's the way to make and mix it at home so you can have the convenience of mix without also having trichlorobenzene and methyethylketones in your food.* The story goes that the marketer of biscuit mix was served hot biscuits in no time when he was traveling by train and he was so astounded that he asked the cook how he did it. The cook said he mixed together everything but the liquid and kept it on the ice in the icebox. Then when biscuits were called for, he quickly added buttermilk and had hot biscuits in fifteen minutes flat. For the mix, take 4 cups flour One teaspoon salt Four teaspoons baking powder and blend well. Now take One stick of butter, softened and cut it into the dry ingredients. Keep cutting until the pieces are smaller than peas. Now put the whole thing into a ziplock bag or airtight container and put it in your icebox. :) When you want biscuits, dump some in a bowl and stir in buttermilk, plain yogurt, sweet milk, cream, even water if you're in a pinch. You want a soft, sticky dough. Pat out and cut or just drop it onto a baking sheet and bake at 400 until they're done, which should be fifteen minutes or so depending on how thick you make your biscuits. Add a tablespoon of sugar to make scones or shortcakes out of this, which goes really well with strawberries (in season right now here). It's amazing how fresh-baked anything cheers people up. Note also for the poor_skillers among us whose budget doesn't stretch to real butter: you can make these with any cooking fat you have, including Crisco, lard, margarine, or even bacon grease saved back from cooking bacon. The flavor will vary a little, but it's all good. *This is humorous hyperbole, I KNOW bisquick doesn't put MEK etc. in their mixes.