I thought that since the meal involved Indian spices I wouldn't be able to go all "Pilgrim-y" on my guests, but then I thought... "Wait a minute, I'm the boss of me. I'll bake what I want!" So I did.
As it turned out the combo of Indian flavors in the pumpkin and the tang of buttermilk biscuits worked out just fine. So it turned out to be sort of a Pilgrim and Indian fusion dinner. The Indians being East Indian spices.
Growing up, my only contact with biscuits was my mom making biscuits in a tube. Usually the sound of a cardboard tube smacking down on the corner of the kitchen counter meant it was Holiday time, or company was coming. This was then accompanied by the discovery of "real" butter in the fridge. Now just to be fair, I have to disclose here that I absolutely loved biscuits in a tube. Also sweet rolls in a tube, cinnamon rolls in a tube and I always wanted to be the one in the family who did the whacking. Also way back when, I was almost the voice of Poppin' Fresh's girlfriend/ wife/SO/ Poppie Fresh. Remember her?
I did tons of television and radio commercials and cartoon voices when I was right out of my teens and in my 20's. And when they decided it was time for Poppin' Fresh the Pillbury Doughboy to settle down, I got a call. It was an arduous audition process that finally narrowed down to two people, myself and Sue Blu. After an extensive giggle-off, Sue was chosen. It didn't stop me from loving biscuits though.
I loved them so much I decided I'd learn how to bake them myself. No tubes involved. After extensive research I discovered the perfect never fail buttermilk biscuit recipe courtesy of cooking legend James Beard. It's fast, simple and foolproof.
Here's what to do.
In a large mixing bowl combine and sift together :
2 cups of flour
2 and 1/2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of baking soda
Mix it all up well and cut in 1/3 cup of butter with a pastry blender or 2 forks. Or hell, just use your hands. Whatever works. Just as long as the end result resembles a fine meal.
Pour in 3/4 cup of butter milk and mix it all up well.