Cheesy Biscuits from Maddie Day

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Robbie Jordan opened Pans ‘N Pancakes, her country store and restaurant, in the fall. One of her customers’ favorite offerings are cheesy biscuits. Because the store is in Brown County, Indiana, she also serves gravy with the biscuits, but they’re just as good with honey or apple butter.


Cheesy Biscuits from Maddie Day


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour, plus extra for kneading
  • 1 cup unbleached white flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ c butter cut in half-inch cubes
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk or buttermilk
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese


  1. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients.
  3. Cut butter into the flour mix until mostly pea-sized pieces.
  4. Make a well in the middle and add the eggs and milk, mixing with a fork in the well.
  5. Add the cheese and stir all with a fork until liquid and cheese are just blended with the flour. Do not over mix.
  6. Sprinkle flour on a flat surface and on the dough. Scrape the dough out of the bowl onto the surface, rubbing flour around the inside of the bowl until clean.
  7. Lightly knead the dough until it comes together.
  8. Flour a rolling pin. Roll the dough to a half-inch thickness. Fold in thirds. Roll, fold, and repeat several times.
  9. Cut with a 2-inch biscuit cutter or drinking glass and position on a baking sheet. You don’t need more than half an inch in between.
  10. Bake for about ten minutes or until risen and golden brown on top.
  11. Serve warm with apple butter, honey, or gravy.

Tis the season for hot chocolate and mouthwatering treats. But sometimes too much of a good thing can be downright deadly . . .

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Christmas Cocoa And A Corpse By Maddie Day

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Death By Hot Cocoa By Alex Erickson

A Christmas-themed escape game seems like the perfect pre-holiday treat for bookstore café owner Krissy Hancock and her best friend. But when the host is found dead in a pool of hot cocoa, it’s up to Krissy and her team to catch the killer—or escape before getting killed.