Quick Book Review: Orange Is the New Black (Recipe: Angel Biscuits)

Orange Is the New Black. By Piper Kerman.

A couple of friends recommended this book to me, and I thought it was a very good read!  I have not watched the TV show, so I have no idea how it compares to that.  However, Piper’s story about how life is behind bars is quite fascinating.  I haven’t read many books with characters in this setting before, so this was all new to me.  I did feel that there wasn’t a lot of closure at the end of the book, but that is the way it goes sometimes.  (I’ve heard that the TV show extends beyond where the book ends.)  But I did feel drawn to Piper and was constantly wondering what was going to happen next.  If you need a good weekend read, I recommend the book.

Speaking of reading, I do a lot of it on my Nook particularly at the gym when I’m on the elliptical.  Well, yesterday morning I had set my Nook on the ground to clean the machine after I was finished using it (PLEASE tell me that you all clean your machines) and I accidentally left it there!  I didn’t realize it until I got to the gym this morning and my Nook was no longer in my gym bag!  Uh oh.

Thank goodness, there are still some decent people in this world.  I immediately went to the front desk and inquired if it was in the lost and found.  The young man working said he thought he recalled a tablet of some type being turned in, but it was in the safe and he did not have the security code.  I would have to come back.

I stopped by the gym on my way home from work, and to my relief it was there!  I am just so thankful someone turned it in.  I would have been extremely bummed (and mad at myself!) if someone had stolen it because of my forgetfulness.

Anyway, I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!  I only have 12 miles to run for my LR this weekend! Woohoo!  BTW, I thought the below comic was hilarious:

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Quote of the Day:

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs

I have been eating a lot of eggs for dinner lately, but I like to have something else to go with them.  These biscuits were perfect for that!  They are super tasty!  But be aware that they require overnight refrigeration.  Yeah.  I know.  It’s not a quick biscuit fix recipe.  But it is one that is definitely worth making!

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Angel Biscuits

Ingredients

– 1 package active dry yeast

– 5 cups ap flour, plus 1/2 cup more for surface

– 1/4 cup sugar

– 2 tablespoons baking powder

– 1 1/2 teaspoon salt

– 2 sticks unsalted butter

– 2 cups buttermilk

Directions

– In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in ¼ cup warm water and set aside.

– In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut butter into flour mixture. Add buttermilk and reserved yeast mixture and mix well to form a light, fairly wet dough.

– Sprinkle ¼ cup flour on work surface. Divide dough in half and roll out 1 piece into a ½-inch thick 9×18 rectangle. Fold dough lengthwise in thirds to create a triple-layered 3×18 inch rectangle. Cut into 6 three-inch squares. Repeat with remaining flour and dough for a total of 12 biscuits. (I think you can make more than 12–my 12 were very large and I think I would try to make 14 or 16 next time.)

– Place biscuits just touching, on a nonstick baking sheet; cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight to rise.

– Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove biscuits from refrigerator and let sit for 10 minutes.

– Bake biscuits until golden brown, 15-20 minutes.

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