Cathead Biscuits

Take two cups of self-rising flour and sift in dry a scant teaspoon of baking soda. Work thoroughly into this about 1/3 a cup of cold vegetable shortening. Mix with the fingers until it has an almost granular texture. Then, working quickly, stir in enough buttermilk to make a sticky dough. Throw this dough out on a generously-floured surface, sprinkle with a scant more flour and knead once or twice, only enough to make it manageable mass, then roll out thick, about half an inch, and cut into rounds. You can make them as big or small as you like, but a cathead is best baked in a 9 inch skillet with never more than 10 biscuits. Be sure to cut them with a sharp edge that won’t pinch the dough: a Mason jar just won’t do it. Again, work quickly so that the dough doesn’t get warm; the soda has to work in the oven. Place the biscuits together, just touching, in a lightly greased skillet (or a thick metal pan); the light oiling ensures a nice bottom crust. Pop them in a hot oven for about a quarter an hour. You want them golden-brown and fragrant; brush lightly with butter while hot.

Neighborhood Street Tiles

Sidewalk tiles designating family homes (and at least one business, which I assume the Mill Street tiles to be) are scattered throughout Greater Belhaven and Downtown. I began noticing them some months ago, and neighbors directed me to more that they knew of; many of those were gone. With the exception of the Mill Street and Fleming tiles, those on Oakley and on the corner of Hamilton and Bloom, all are before standing structures, but I know of only one family (the Sones) still in residence. These markers are certainly not unique to Jackson, but such fragile and easily-overlooked historical ephemera deserve documentation.

Hamilton and Bloom

Hamilton and Bloom

100 block of Oakley
100 block of Oakley
745 North President
745 North President
707 North Congress
707 North Congress
935 Bellevue Place
935 Bellevue Place
Boyd and North Jefferson
Boyd and North Jefferson
1515 North State
1515 North State
737 North President
737 North President
304 South Congress
304 South Congress
100 block of East Griffith Street
100 block of East Griffith Street
721 Arlington Street
808 Belhaven
808 Belhaven
North State and Park
North State and Park