Biscuits. Everybody has an opinion on them - particularly in the South where nary a country breakfast spread exists without a steaming batch fresh out of the oven.
They're also served hot with a side of controversy: lard versus butter, White Lily flour versus run-of-the-mill, twisting or not twisting the biscuit cutter. Generations of home cooks, like Lisa Fain, have sat around the table buttering up their own version and debating the right way to make them.
She's not claiming her biscuits are the end-all be-all, but you can bet your cowboy boots they're pretty darn delicious.
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When it comes to French fries, I’m pretty much a purist. I’m perfectly happy with the Thrice-Cooked Chips (translation: twice-fried fries) at New York City’s The Breslin. But for many, that’s way too simple. Let’s look at a few enterprising places that get creative with their fries.
Thrasher's French Fries, Ocean City, Maryland
"We have no catsup, because we don't want anything competing with the wonderful taste of the French fried potato," owner Buddy Jenkins has said.
Along the museum-flanked National Mall in Washington, D.C., food choices are limited but one of the newer Smithsonian attractions has set out to offer its visitors a unique and healthy dining experience. Inside the National Museum of the American Indian there’s a café where patrons can experience a taste of native indigenous cuisine from the western hemisphere. Mitsitam Café serves up a fusion of traditional, natural ingredients in a new-world style.
Patrons can choose from an extensive food list, including salmon roasted on a cedar plank, snapping turtle soup, tree honey white rice, beef tongue tacos and buffalo chili on fry bread.
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