My name is Elena Brent Rosemond-Hoerr, and this is Biscuits & Such, a Southern food blog based out of Wilmington, North Carolina. Biscuits & Such was created in 2008 as a response to a post-college existential crisis. I was a Southerner living outside the South (Maryland), missing home (Durham, NC), working a job that was incredibly unsatisfying and far outside my field (photography), and searching for something that would make me feel home. I thought if only I could make my grandma’s country style steak it would set everything right, but I couldn’t remember her recipe exactly and I couldn’t find a source of Southern recipes online that spoke to me. After listening to me complain for what must have seemed like an eternity, my fiance Dan suggested that perhaps I should create what I was searching for. So in October 1, 2008 my first post, country style steak, was published and Biscuits & Such was born.
Dan and I met at the Maryland Institute College of Art and spent the subsequent 4 years in Maryland, first in Takoma Park, and then back in Baltimore. In 2009 we were married in Beaufort, NC, and in 2012 we made the move back South, to Wilmington. As we settled into our new Southern lives our family grew to include two wonderful if mischievous hound mixes, Kaylee (Kaywinnet Lee Frye) and River (Tam).
Through all of this Biscuits & Such has been a record of our lives, a weekly glimpse into the heart of our home. I decided to start this blog because I missed home, I missed Southern culture and cuisine. I grew up watching my grandmother cook traditionally Southern recipes and her food and gracious, loving presence in my life helped build the foundation of who I am today. I come from a family of food lovers on every side, and this site has been a natural extension of that passion. We believe that food is love, that to feed someone is to nourish their spirits as well as their bodies. As you scroll through our recipe archives you’ll find hundreds of recipes cooked and photographed by my hands, fed to my family and friends.
My grandma, Barbara, in her Chapel Hill kitchen, 1956
What you’re likely to find here is a mixture of old and new, traditional and modern. But all Southern. The recipes and photographs are my hand, and they reflect what we are currently cooking, eating, and making. We are working to make our way back to the traditional style of Southern cooking and eating, the way of the frugal farmer. We emphasize fresh, local, seasonal ingredients; ingredients and methods that take a little more elbow grease but that provide a bounty of benefits. We strive to cook and eat the way my grandmother and her grandmother cooked and ate, and we live fuller and healthier lives for it.
And while the focus of this blog, the reason we’re all here, is the food, you’ll end up getting a heavy dose of us. The blog follows us week by week, milestone by hiccup. Sometimes it’s good, often it’s a bit harried, and always I ramble. I do try and keep my rambles mostly on the topic of Southern food, which is why I started missELENAeous in 2012- a place where I discuss everything else, a place where you can get to know me as a person, ups and downs and everything in between.
All the photography on B&S is compliments of my BFA in photography, a DSLR , and obsessive practice. In the years since that first post Biscuits & Such has changed dramatically and I’ve never stopped learning or progressing as a writer, photographer, and cook. This site has given me the opportunity to have conversations with people all over the world about something I am so passionate about– Southern food culture. I am beyond grateful to have this space to share and explore and create, and it would not be half as rewarding without the community of readers and food bloggers that I have come to cherish. Thank you for being here.