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Doris Buchanan prepares a batch of buttermilk biscuits by hand.

Originally published: 2013-09-04 14:55:49
Last modified: 2013-09-04 15:00:22

Made by hand and by heart

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There are plenty of biscuit spots that claim to be the best, but Buttermilk Restaurant has the credentials to prove it.
Buttermilk Restaurant was chosen from more than 4,000 entries as one of the ‘Top 10 biscuits in the south.’
The recognition was followed by a feature in the September/October issue of Cooking with Paula Deen Magazine, which included a picture of Buttermilk Restaurant’s famous cinnamon biscuits prepared in a cast iron skillet.
When Buttermilk Restaurant owner Doris Buchanan got the call that she was a finalist, she was skeptical.
“Paula Deen asked for people on Facebook to give suggestions on what their favorite biscuit place is,” Buchanan said.
Their name came up enough for the magazine to take notice.
“When they contacted us they told us about the contest and that there were over 4,000 entries. We were thinking, is this a hoax? One day we just came in and baked our biscuits and said, ‘oh well, if it’s a hoax it’s a hoax. We don’t lose anything by doing it.’ So we went ahead and submitted pictures of our biscuits and of me making them,” Buchanan said.
What followed next was another call that of those 4,000 entries, they were one of the 10 chosen.

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