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Today i made cheddar ham biscuits.

1. in a large bowl, measure out:

  • 3/4 c cake flour
  • 1 1/4 c AP flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda

2. take 8 Tbs of salted butter, FROZEN.

3. grate the butter. (or crumble it in your food processor.)

4. refreeze the butter!  you want it chunky and COLD.

5. add 1/2 c cheese to your flour mixture.  you can used cubed cheddar, i'm using shredded cheese.  (i only have horseradish cheddar in a block so i'm improvising.)

6a. cut up 1/2 c ham.  cooked ham is easier.  i'm using smoked (no pre cooked ham).

* 6b. since it's not precooked, i'm going to flash fry this just so that it gets up to temp (145º F)

7. add ham and cheese to bowl and coat it with flour.

8. add the butter and mix!

9. add 3/4 c (170 ml) of buttermilk

10. now you have dough!  roll out on a flour surface.

11. use your favorite biscuit cutter (mine happens to be an upside down cup) and cut out circles.  if doing it in batches, put queued dough in the fridge so the butter doesn't melt.

12. bake 450º F for 10-20 minutes. (you can use parchment paper, i only had a tiny piece left so i opted for cooking spray.)

13. done!  serve with a cup of hot, black coffee. because everything tastes better with hot black coffee.  i also recommend serving warm with maple syrup or... i'm probably going to whip up some rosemary butter to go with it.


next time i want to use cubed cheese.

i would also like to use bacon, but i'm making something with bacon later and can't spare any.

yes, i happen to have cake flour in my house.  i don't know if it is necessary for biscuits or if you can use all AP flour.  if you are going to skip the cake flour i would say to sift the flour first, at least once. or twice.  think: light fluffy biscuits...

if you don't have buttermilk, i think regular would be ok.  or do regular with a dash of lemon juice in it. that is my usual substitute.  i think you can also add a dash of vinegar to regular milk to make a substitute.  but the chemistry of vinegar may do somehting intersting to your dough.  remember what happens when you mix baking soda and vinegar? yeah.  


ahhhhhhhhhh.... only four and a half more days of microbiology. This clinical rotation is my favorite so far! i love the problem solving aspect and the manual testing. (yes, even the vitek is partially manual- have to evaluate drug sensitivity and make mcfarlands) i've gotten to see almost everything on my wishlist:

  • M. tuberculosis (and other AFB)
  • trichomonas (saw one at Kaiser and one at Queens)
  • Gardnerella
  • Aspergillus
  • Campy
  • Vibrio
  • PCR and molecular stuff
  • CAMP/reverse CAMP
  • Clostridium (it was a tertium, not a botulinum)
  • pseudomonas aeruginosa (my favorite bacteria!)
  • (some fucked up wishlist, huh? i love this stuff!)

    i even got to see some stuff not on my wishlist like:

    • ESBL E. coli (doesn't look different from a regular E. coli but it's still cool)
    • MRSA (as expected.  this shit is everywhere.)
    • Chromobacter violaciens (ZOMG!!)
    • Bordetella (but not pertussis, or parapertussis. it was a petrii ???!?!?)
    • Nisseria meningitidis (ZOMGGGG!!!!!! yes, a whole slew of people were involved in this fiasco)
    • other yeasts and molds and fungi (lacto phenol cotton blue, ftw!)
    • Taenia saginata (yes, people still get friggen tape worms.  gg.)

    the next thing i want to see is a listeria (hanging drop, pls.  i want to see it tumbling.) and a bacillus (huge fat GPRs = love!)

    there is this one tiny thing that i'm finding hard- the 4am wake up calls so that i can start at 6am.  but i think it's worth it.  everything else is so awesome, i don't care if i'm up to my elbows in plates and bloods and urine cultures. everyone is so nice and helpful.  and did i mention rounds?  this is so much fun, kind of like a guess the diagnosis/case study/how much do you remember/put your brain to use kind of session.  exactly what i love!  it's like dr. house without all the fakeness and drama. (yes, i just dissed dr. house.  you find me a case study where someone gets a freeliving amoebic encephalopathy and survives.  that's right. and acanthamoeba keratitis doesn't count, it has to be an encephalopathy.)

    ok, off to research meeting!



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    highlight of my mornings: roundings with dr. bankowski and dr. kodama.
    this is why i want to work in a lab- problem solving.
    i think his [tricky] questions make you a better lab tech.
    i like that i get to figure stuff out by myself (not being spoon fed the entire time) and sometimes even have my gut instincts tested! it's like a game.
    for the first time in my life i have considered the occupation of pathologist.
    what has gotten into me?! normal hair, normal clothes, a grown up person's job, and dreaming of being a doctor?!

    some one wake me up before i turn normal....


    changed my blog style a little.
    was time for a new pic.
    too lazy to redesign a new format, tho.
    and to coincide with the newness, i will soon (a day or two) purge (meaning post) my drafts so you can read all my back entries.
    i have also temporarily disconnected this blog from google buzz. after the purge i'll reconnect.





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