Aaaah, those Sunday afternoon family outings that ended at a local establishment crammed full with every other family living within a 20 mile radius, with a 2-hour waiting line out the door for vats of commercially prepared and heavily battered “seafood” grown and raised at some nearby fish hatchery most likely.
But when we were kids, we loved it! There really was nothing that made you feel more grown up than going out to eat, being seated and handed your own menu!
A trip to the restroom to check it out was always first on the agenda. Just getting there was always a challenge trying to weave through running and screaming unattended toddlers who’s parents think that the wait staff is being paid to be babysitters. After hands were washed, and air dryers were used and hands were eventually dried on clothes, we made it safely back to our seats and the exciting challenge of what to order began to take place.
I always had such a hard time making a decision, like it was an important life-affecting choice, that if I got it wrong, life as I knew it would never be the same!
As the waitress went around the table, close attention was paid to what everyone else was ordering and I would chicken out and order the same, ever-popular, all-you-can-eat “popcorn shrimp”. Heaping plates piping hot with steam still rising would arrive to the table and I don’t think I ever once even ate nearly all!
And those little drop biscuits our dinners came with were amazing! Back then, it really was delicious food! Now, you couldn’t pay me to eat there as the quality plummeted along with the clientele.
I’ve found that most “family-style” restaurants anymore serve very low-quality food these days and charge a small fortune for it. It’s better to either eat out less and go someplace nice and get what you pay for, or simply create a spectacular dish at home at a fraction of the cost!
I prefer the latter, myself. The leisure, privacy, peace and quiet, and being able to choose the quality of ingredients being used has become much more important.
And it’s so much more fun to be surrounded by loved ones and friends than loud, rude strangers. I don’t know what’s happening to everyone these days that’s making people act so awful and mean towards each other. The economy? Jealousy??
But the simple pleasure of eating out is slowly becoming a thing of the past for me. The rare times we do dine out, we always choose “off times” when the restaurant is mostly empty and we don’t have to yell our order to the poor waiter or waitress. And we aren’t missing out on a single thing.
Most restaurant food is extremely basic to ensure high profit and can easily be made at home. Some specialties take a bit of figuring and testing to crack, but for the most part, you really can recreate just about anything you’ve had right at home with ease.
If it were extremely difficult to make with tons of ingredients, it wouldn’t be made at a restaurant due to the cost and overhead, right? Exactly. 😉
So here’s an oldie that has stood the test of time that I figured out many years ago that we still enjoy to this day! Those little drop biscuits from my childhood that were so good that they were just as important to the meal as the main dish! Easy to make and no kneading, rising, rolling or cutting!
I hope you enjoy and this inspires you to create a spectacular dinner at home this weekend for date night in! Or invite a few couples over, set the table nice, light a few candles, put soft music on to play in the background, and have one of the most enjoyable evenings you’ve had in a long time!
Serve these little biscuits with a simple garden salad, inexpensive baked potatoes, and then your budget can be mostly spent on some nice steaks and/or a little seafood for quite a nice dinner party!
Have a fantastic weekend all, and enjoy life to it’s fullest!
- 2 cups Bisquick Baking mix
- ⅔ cup milk
- 1 cup extra-sharp lightly packed shredded cheddar cheese
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp. dry mustard
- ⅛ tsp. cayenne, ¼ tsp. if you like them spicy hot!
- ¼ cup (1/2 stick) real butter
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- ½ tsp. italian seasoning
- Heat oven to 450 degrees.
- Combine first 7 ingredients in medium-sized bowl just until all is moistened.
- Drop heaping table spoons of dough onto ungreased baking sheet making 10 mounds. (Parchment paper can be used if desired.)
- Melt butter with garlic powder and italian seasoning, and spoon on top of each biscuit.
- Bake 8-10 minutes until golden and lightly browned on the bottom.
- Re-brush with any extra butter after baking.