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Buttermilk Biscuits & The Chief’s Legendary Gravy

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The Chief's Biscuits and Gravy
The Chief’s Biscuits and Gravy

My step-son Bryan was coming for a visit and he sent me a picture of a mile-high biscuit from a restaurant in California, commenting about the “best biscuit” he ever ate.  To a slightly competitive cook that was basically throwing down the gauntlet!

Whenever the kids come home the Chief’s biscuits and gravy are always on the breakfast menu.  My Chief gravy maker use to make the entire breakfast of biscuits and the gravy.  But for many years now I have been the biscuit maker and he makes the gravy.

I only just realized I have never posted the Chief’s gravy recipe.  He says it takes his special touch.  I agree.  However, I am going to share his recipe with you and you can add your special touch to make it your own!

I decided since I needed to crank my biscuits “up a notch” I would go looking for a good ol’ southern buttermilk recipe.  I found the one I wanted on

Buttermilk biscuits basting

I chose it because I like the idea of basting the biscuits in buttermilk before baking.  I hadn’t ever done that before.  I used my food processor which helps crumble the dough and butter together to resemble course cornmeal.

I added the other ingredients and the buttermilk just until combined.  The secret to soft, flakey biscuits is to not overwork the dough.  The tendency is to roll it around, pat it, turn it over and keep mixing. However RESIST that temptation and just mix until it holds together.

Buttermilk Biscuits Hot Out Of The Oven!
Buttermilk Biscuits Hot Out Of The Oven!

These biscuits were not mile-high but they are some of the best I’ve ever made! Flaky, soft, buttery, delicious!

Buttermilk biscuits plateful

The Chief's Biscuits and Gravy
The Chief’s Biscuits and Gravy

Topped with homemade strawberry jam or The Chief’s gravy … either way you won’t be disappointed.  I’ve included both recipes  below.

Happy Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast!

Psalm 119-64 Smokey MT

The Chief's Legendary Gravy
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My husband was a cook in the navy and he perfected his gravy years ago. Today this gravy is legend in our family!
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Southern
Serves: 8 servings
  • 1 lb. favorite breakfast sausage (We use Williams or Jimmy Dean)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp. garlic salt
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 4 to 6 cups of milk
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat cook sausage until well done, crumble fine or leave a little lumpy to suit your own style of gravy.
  2. Add 2-3 tablespoons of flour stirring well to soak up pan drippings.
  3. Add Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Stir well over medium heat, mixing everything together.
  5. Start adding milk – a little at a time stirring as you go. You can add 4 to 6 cups milk depending on how much gravy you want to make.
  6. Turn heat down and let simmer on low. We simmer for about 1 hour to meld flavors together. During this time add milk as needed to keep gravy consistency. The longer you simmer the gravy the browner it will get. Keep adding milk to keep gravy texture.
  7. Serve over biscuits or try slicing some fresh garden tomatoes and top with gravy.
  8. You can stretch this recipe out adding more flour and more milk. The end result will be less sausage in the gravy but the flavor will be there.
* The garlic salt and Worcestershire sauce can be increased to suit your taste. Be sure and use a sausage that contains enough fat to give off some grease. Do not use a fat free or low fat sausage.



Buttermilk Biscuits Southern Style
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When your gravy calls for the best biscuits possible, these flaky, soft, buttery biscuits won't disappoint!
Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: Southern
Serves: 10
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the board
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, very cold
  • 1 cup buttermilk (approx)
  1. Preheat your oven to 450°F.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, or in the bowl of a food processor.
  3. Cut the butter into chunks and cut into the flour until it resembles coarse meal. If using a food processor, just pulse a few times until this consistency is achieved.
  4. Add the buttermilk and mix JUST until combined. If it appears on the dry side, add a bit more buttermilk. It should be slightly wet.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a floured board. Adding flour as necessary, gently PAT (do NOT roll with a rolling pin) the dough out until it's about ½" thick. Fold the dough a couple times, gently press the dough down to a 1 inch thick. Use a round cutter to cut into rounds.
  6. You can gently knead the scraps together and make a few more, but handle as little as possible.
  7. Place the biscuits on a cookie sheet- if you like soft sides, put them touching each other.
  8. If you like"crusty" sides, put them about 1 inch apart- these will not rise as high as the biscuits put close together. Brush with buttermilk.
  9. Bake for about 10-12 minutes- the biscuits will be a beautiful light golden brown on top and bottom.
  10. Do not overbake.
Recipe adapted from
Note: The key to great biscuits is in the handling of the dough.
The dough must be handled as little as possible or you will have tough biscuits.
The food processor produces superior biscuits, because the ingredients stay colder and there's less chance of overmixing.
You also must pat the dough out with your hands, lightly.
Rolling with a rolling pin is a guaranteed way to overstimulate the gluten, resulting in a tougher biscuit.
FREEZE: You can make these biscuits, cut them, put them on cookie sheets and freeze them. After frozen wrap in airtight container for up to a month.
When you want fresh biscuits, simply place them frozen on the cookie sheet and bake at 450°F for about 20 minutes.

Summer Weekend and Holiday Breakfast Ideas

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Summer weekends and holidays are often times filled with family and friends visiting.  Today I am highlighting a few of my favorite breakfast recipes I enjoy making when we have company.

Pralines Cream French Toast
I always start with this Praline French Toast.  This is a very simple recipe and your family and friends will flip over it.  This makes a fairly sweet dish so you may want to serve something like Apple Sage Sausage along with it. But wait there’s more! Click to continue reading

Eggs, Buns and Muffins Popular Recipes

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I am having fun taking a look back at some of my favorite and most viewed recipes.  If you are a new reader I hope you are enjoying these recipes as well.  If you have been with me from the beginning … maybe some of these recipes have become your favorites too!

When I was an innkeeper at Walnut Grove Bed and Breakfast I found this recipe for Overnight Egg, Sausage and Cheese Casserole in a cookbook featuring Colorado B&B’s.  It was a win-win because our guests loved it and I enjoyed making it the night before and baking it early in the morning.  Along with the gourmet coffee made by my Chief Innkeeper and hubby, the fragrance from this casserole sent out the early morning message “breakfast is ready!”  This recipe has received 11,069 views since I posted it.

single egg casserole
Btw – you can download my Friends and Family Cookbook for FREE!  Click on the Cookbook tab for directions.
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Breakfast In Bed For Mom? Praline French Toast! Yes Ma’am!

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Front HouseIn 2004 the Chief and I bought this lovely home to run as a bed and breakfast. In the 3 years that followed we hosted over 1,000 men, women (and a few children!) at our breakfast table.

Friends Catherine and Russ in 2005.
Friends Catherine and Russ in 2005.

In this 174-year-old home antebellum home, Mother’s Day was an extra-special day because we treated the mothers  staying with us to breakfast in bed!

Black Walnut
Black Walnut Suite

This room was our Black Walnut Suite and a favorite among guests.  When we set up each room we bought new box springs and mattresses for each room.

Tulip Poplar
Tulip Popular Suite

I especially liked the shopping for mattresses because the Chief Innkeeper and I bought a new mattress for our room too!  Guests always raved about the good night’s sleep and great mattresses.

Pralines Cream French ToastAnd special days like Mother’s Day warranted an extra-special treat like Pralines and Cream French Toast!  I found the recipe in  a Colorado Bed and Breakfast Cookbook and it immediately became one of our own family favorites!

My Beautiful Mom
My Beautiful Mom

We no longer own the bed and breakfast and my sous chef dish-washing mom doesn’t have to wait until Mother’s Day for Praline French Toast.  She can ask for it anytime she wants and sometimes it is her birthday treat.

The cool thing about this french toast is that it is a super easy recipe for dads and kids to put together for moms everywhere!

And if mom says what she really needs this year is a new mattress, then Lindsay at Casper Mattress tells me this is the place to do your shopping!

I haven’t slept on a Casper Mattress but I am impressed with the reviews from those who have.  I also really, really like this part of their label:

Proudly designed and made in America!

Not only do they like making a quality mattress but I like the way they tell us about it …  having some real fun with “breakfast in bed!”


When I was a little girl my sous chef dish-washing mom was always the first one up and we never had the chance to do breakfast in bed. But if we had, I can imagine my brothers and I in the kitchen making quite a big mess breakfast for mom!

This year my sous chef dish-washing mom is getting this little box.  It isn’t breakfast in bed but I think she is going to like it!

Happy Mother’s Day!
~Blessings, Catherine

P.S.  Dads – mom’s love breakfast in bed.  Just sayin….

Pralines and Cream French Toast for Mother's Day
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Mom is going to love you for spending time in the kitchen on Mother's Day!
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 servings
  • 6 Eggs
  • ½ cup Milk
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 12 thick slices French Bread
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
Praline Mixture
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup Chopped Pecans
  • ¼ cup Butter
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  1. Combine eggs, milk and cinnamon with a whisk until well mixed.
  2. Slice french bread in to nice thick slices.
  3. Dip each piece of bread into egg mixture, coating both sides evenly.
  4. Heat griddle to 350 to 400 degrees, brush well with butter. Fry the bread on a hot griddle in butter. Use plenty of butter to make these nice and brown.
  5. When cooked on both sides, place each slice in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Spread on praline mixture and place French toast under the broiler until mixture is bubbling.



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