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Artist Charles Alston on Harlem

Buttermilk Biscuits and Molasses
In a 1965 interview the southern born artist Charles Alston (1907-1977) describes Harlem as a place where one could stand on the corner of 135th Street on a Sunday afternoon and “see anyone who was anybody in Harlem.” Nights clubs featured renowned jazz artist like piano players Bobby Henderson and Art Tatum and singer Billie Holiday  For a great after hour meal, there was Tillie's Chicken Shack located on 133 Street famous for its fried chicken and sweet potato pies and all you could eat biscuits and coffee with your meal. 

Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe
Nonstick cooking spray 
2 cups spelt flour 1/8 teaspoon baking soda to up the flour rise/ or use 2 cups self-rising flour 
1/8 teaspoon baking soda 
½ teaspoon sea salt 
¼ cup sugar 
4 tablespoon vegetable shortening 
2/3 cup heavy or whipping cream/half and half works too 
1 cup buttermilk, or until dough is like cottage cheese 
1 cup whole-wheat flour for shaping the wet dough into biscuits 
2 tablespoons melted butter to brush over the baked biscuits 

Preheat the oven to 425; spray cook sheet or cast iron skillet with non-stick spray; combine dry ingredients except for the 1 cup flour for shaping the dough; stir in buttermilk and cream and let stand for 2-3 minutes. Flour your hands and softly shape your biscuits. If you’re rushing, use an ice-cream scooper. Place the biscuits tightly against each other on wax paper so they will rise up instead of out. Sprinkle with flour then place then on the sprayed surface for baking. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and brush with the melted butter and serve, makes about a dozen biscuits.

Gluten Free Biscuit Recipes: http://www.domestifluff.com/2009/08/

Biscuit Stories, Histories, and Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Biscuits

Mable Lee Music Video, The Chicken Shack [Watch Now] Shuffle: http://www.strimoo.com/video/15362342/Mabel-LEE-Chicken-Shack-Shuffle-par-NICKY-MySpaceVideos.html

More Harlem Food History: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Harlem+

Oven Food Stories and Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Oven

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