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James Walker Wood Bowls

   James Walker lives in the cypress wooden house he built thirty-seven years ago, located on the exact farm where he was born and raised in south Georgia. His wood turning skills began to take shape after taking a few non-credit courses at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, followed by additional courses at John C. Campbell Folk School. He now finds inspiration in attending symposiums sponsored by Southern States Woodturners and Georgia Association of Woodturners where he meets fellow wood-workers, shares ideas and observes other handcrafted wood pieces. Some of James's creations include bowls, vases, salt and pepper grinders and oil candles. His bowls and vases vary in size and shape in accordance with the variation of native wood he chooses to use. Among the wood varieties are cherry, maple, black walnut, poplar, sycamore and even pistachio. When someone in the area finds a fallen tree, they call James to see if he would like the wood to reclaim. His workshop is right in his backyard, encouraging the continuing turning of these masterful wooden pieces. The workshop has also become a local hang-out for woodturners in the area to gather and share knowledge and techniques. His bowls are my go to for special gift giving, or for anyone who deserves a remarkably exceptional present!

James Walker is one of the few extraordinary artist that we are lucky enough to be associated with. In addition to this blog feature, his one of a kind, hand-turned wooden bowls are now available in The Whole Family's Food Shop! Thank you Mr. James for the devotion and creativity which encompasses each and every piece.

 

 

 

 

Portlandia Biscuits

Portlandia Biscuits 

On a recent jaunt to Portland, Oregon, we stayed in this charming bungalow along the city's edge. It fit right in with all of the other wood-framed, craftsman homes that comprise the quaint yet bustling Portland neighborhoods. 

Although we no longer reside in the South, we take the South with us everywhere we go and magnetize folks with our syrupy, southern drawls. Granted, it's always a surprise to be strolling along and approached by an unknown person asking where we're from. With all of Portland's oddities, we were pleasantly surprised to see southern food (cured ham, meatloaf, baked beans and such) grace the tables in some of Portland's notable farm-to-table restaurants. We are continually grateful for the southern influences in our lives and thought it fitting to prepare a southern comfort: spelt flour biscuits. 

Our mama never has been much of a baker, but biscuits are one of her specialities! Her's always turn out perfect: brown, crisp outside with a warm, flakey, soft center. We've shared GG's Biscuit recipe before and wanted to give 'flour sensitive' folks an opportunity to enjoy biscuits using spelt or rice flour. We invite you to serve your mom a bite of southern comfort this Mother's Day and enjoy. We are so thankful to our mama for supporting, loving and encouraging us; we love you GG!

Portlandia Biscuits

Prep time: 5min. / Cook time: 8-10min. / Serves:2-4

Use fork to combine flour, baking powder, salt and shortening. Mix until it looks like tiny peas or crumbs. Then add and stir in buttermilk until dough comes together (it will feel sticky). Next, place dough onto a floured surface and press or roll dough into a 1 inch thick round disc. Cut out biscuits with a round cookie cutter and place on a baking sheet so they do not touch. Reform remaining dough, cut and repeat until all dough is used. Place in a preheated 400 degree oven for 8-10 minutes until tops brown. Remove and enjoy the simple pleasure of a warm biscuit.