I’m trying to not lose it but, “OH MY GOD,” Southern Jenni has totally checked out and left me, Cali Jenni, in charge, and I’m so freaking out ’cause these showbizzle.com dudes I work with are sayin’ “Hey, dudette, how ’bout some Southern Biscuits and Gravy? Pleeeeeeease??”
       I came all the way from Suwanee, Frickin’ GEORGIA to SoCal and they want me to make this dish that is so SOUTHERN!  OK, but now I’m totally in Cali mode, and I gotta channel Southern Jenni for this. Maybe I need a spirit guide–or possibly a therapist!!! Let’s see: Focus . . . center . . . OK, that’s really not working; Cali Jenni has the concentration of, like, a rug, or . . .  like, what was I talking about? See, that’s TOTALLY what I’m talkin’ ’bout.
       Wait–I know how to get in touch with my other self! My sister Karen just got me a totally awesome Blackberry, so I could BBM Southern Jenni! Surely I’ll answer my own BBM–Cowabunga!–even if I’m totally ignoring all my other BBMs. But how does this thing work?? Oh Man…. this is like rocket science….okay S.J. Please phone home….okay send!
       Well, in the meantime, at least we share like all the same cooking skills so I can just do the recipe–but having Southern Jenni, check out and leave me stranded like this is, like, totally annoying!!

Preheat oven to 425ºF, have ready a lightly greased cookie sheet.
Sift together
2 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp salt
Cut in with a pastry cutter:
1/3 cup vegetable shortening,  until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Mix with a fork:
2/3 cup whole milk
Turn out on a well-floured surface and knead. To knead is pull and stretch the dough over itself and press it in half. For these biscuits, repeat about 25 times.
Roll with a rolling pin until 1/2 inch thick and cut with a cookie/biscuit cutter or a glass or anything round really. Put on cookie sheet and bake 11-14 minutes.

Southern Style Gravy:
In a large pan, over medium high heat, cook:
1 lb bacon until done, then remove to plate
Leave 6 tbs. grease in pan and add over med heat,
6 tbs gravy flour 
Whisking constantly for 2-3 minutes
Then add 2 cups whole milk
Salt and fresh ground pepper
A pinch of nutmeg
A pinch of cayenne
Whisk over low heat for another 2-3 minutes.
Serve with eggs, any style and bacon, and lots of Fresh Ground Pepper!

And as always, Enjoy!!!
© Jennifer Green Alger 2010