About

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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.

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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).

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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 bodies as well as their spirits.  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.

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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 cook and eat the way my grandmother and her grandmother cooked and ate, and we live fuller and healthier lives for it.

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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.

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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.

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Sweet Words & Press

  • Blogger SpotlightFood & Wine Magazine, July 2014
  • “Cookbook Offers Cross Country Tour,” Winston-Salem Journal, July 2014
  • New Cookbook Puts Local Blogger in Spotlight,” Star News, June 2014
  • The American Cookbook featured in 2014 NYT Summer Reading List, June 2014
  • 17 Next-Level Watermelon Recipes That Will Make Your Summer, Country Living, May 2014
  • Southern Recipes for Best Summer Eating, Huffington Post, May 2014
  • Celebrate Pie Week with this pumpkin pie, made with fresh pumpkin purée. (Biscuits and Such.)” Food 52, November 2013
  • “If you’re by the beach, here’s an easy but divine recipe for grilled clams with a quickly-put-together rosemary butter sauceBiscuits & Such” NJ.com, August 2013
  • “How do you make peaches even better? Grill them, then add ice cream and caramel sauce.” Food 52, August 2013
  • “Do a web search for “Southern food” and you’re bound to find a lot of fried chicken, fried pickles, and fried everything else. However, when that search is amended to “Southern food blog,” one of the first results that appears is something a little different. It is Elena Brent Rosemond-Hoerr’s food blog, Biscuits and Such, and, in a landscape saturated (if you will) with deep-fried everything, it is a breath of fresh air.” Redefining Southern Cooking, One Recipe at a Time, Paprika Southern August 2013
  • “Elena’s fist blog post was her grandmother’s country fried steak, and although the Wilmington, North Carolina resident’s photography has improved throughout the years, her recipes are still as mouth-watering as Granny’s table. With bonus images of her parties, her graden, and even her wedding, it’s easy to feel like you’re invited to dine with a friend.”  The Local Palate August/September 2013 issue
  • Not sure what to do with those beautiful carrots you bought at the farmers market? Do this. (Biscuits and Such.) Food 52, July 2013
  • “If you’re interested in restoring an old rusty skillet, read Elena Brent Rosemond-Hoerr’s “The Cast Iron Chronicles“ on her lovely blog Biscuits & Such. The woman is passionate about cast iron!” The Camping Kitchen, June 2013
  • Featured as part of Saveur Magazine’s “Sites We Love” Series, June 2013
  • “In SAVEUR‘s ongoing mission to chronicle a world of authentic cuisine, we find what we’re looking for more and more in one place: online. Of the tens of thousands of nominations that came in this year—blogs great and small, visual and textual, humorous and profound, technical and amateur, exuberant and austere—we found not just great writing, great photography, and a great commitment to the importance of food to storytelling and community-building, but also some blogs that truly spoke to us. We’re thrilled to shine a light on the sixty-eight unique blogs that are finalists in the fourth annual SAVEUR Best Food Blog Awards.” Saveur’s 2013 Best Food Blog Award finalist in the “Best Regional Cuisine Blog” category, April 2013
  • “Grilling is one of the healthiest ways to prepare your food, and fries are no exception. Instead of soaking in oil in a fryer or on a baking sheet, the potatoes simply roast to perfection over the flame. Try Biscuit and Such’s Grilled Potatoes for a great way to satisfy your fry hankering on the grill.” Better Eats, January 2013
  • “We admit to never having heard of a mountain pie before finding this recipe. Also referred to as a dump cobbler (because you Just dump everything in and let the oven do its work) this easy, comforting dessert is exactly what we want someone to make for us in the summer. We especially love this repeated recipeinstruction: DO NOT MIX” Huffington Post, July 2012
  • “Elena of Biscuits and Such, while not a Baltimore native, has fully embraced local ingredients on her “southern food blog.” This MICA grad hails from North Carolina, but her love for her adopted hometown comes across loud and clear. Check out the post where she learns how to properly pick a crab. Be sure to make her Jalapeno Crab Cakes and Baltimore Bomb Pie, too, if you can manage to stop staring at her mouth-watering photos.”- Baltimore Eats, Charm City Cooks: Baltimore Food Blogs,” April 2012
  • “I bow down to this genius…Irish Car Bomb Pie. I’m convinced anyone who reads that will have the urge to step in the kitchen and try it themselves”- The Bake and Brew, March 23, 2012
  • This might be the most tangentially related link I’ve ever included in Coldhearted, but I can’t help it, because the link includes this: ‘After lamenting for days about what to use to stir the stew (we kept mentioning a stew oar), my dad had what he described as aPulp Fiction moment in the garage, where he discovered the hockey stick a la Bruce Willis picking the samurai sword.’ Bon appetit!” Grantland, December 2011 
  • “…everyone has their favorites. This is one of mine. Elena is not only a ridiculously cool chic, she’s a helluva baker too. I love how she tells stories with all of her posts and they’re fantastically personal and fun to read.” – Cookies Candy Cakes and More, March 2012
  • “Biscuits & Such is one of the best Southern Food blogs around, no question. I’ve bookmarked & tried more of Elena’s recipes than i can count, all of them delicious! This week’s entry is no exception: Watermelon Vodka Tonics. I made these tasty cocktails for us & our neighbors Friday night and needless to say they were a big hit!  I swear they taste even better from a mason jar.” via July 2011
  • The 10 Best Southern Food Blogs on Garden & Gun, June 28, 2011
  • Featured in “Is Everything Better Fried” on Yummly for Fried Pickle Chips, June 23, 2011
  • 50 Best Food Photography Blogs, “A mixture of traditional and modern foods. The writing and photography here are both inspiring.”  June 9, 2011
  • Bites & Pieces Rock UR Party on Tablespoon for Jill’s Vanilla Mojito, June 4, 2011
  • Five Portable Picnic Recipes on SouthernLiving.com, June 1, 2011
  • Featured in Peanuts and Coca Cola Evoke Memories across the South on the National Peanut Board website for Coke + Peanuts, May 28, 2011
  • Featured on Link Love on The Daily Byte for Perfect Picnic Sandwiches, May 19, 2011
  • Featured in the May 2011 story “Splendid in the Grass” in Southern Living Magazine, pages 127-134
  • Bites & Pieces on Tablespoon for Roasted Chicken & Root Vegetables, January 29, 2011
  • Featured on Five Things Blog, January 14, 2011
  • 18 Monkey Bread Recipes on Tipnut, January 12, 2011
  • Oven Baked Macaroni & Cheese on TipNut, January 10, 2011
  • Best of Blogs for Peppermint Fudge, December 1, 2010
  • Top Southern Style American Cuisine Blogs, November 31, 2010
  • Baking Bites “Tomatoes might not be your first choice of a pie filling ingredient – especially if you want to make a sweet pie – but one look at the Caramel Green Tomato Pie that Biscuits and Such baked might have you reconsidering” October 2010
  • Pie on Edible Cville:  “Not only did I judge, but I won Elena Rosemond-Hoerr’s Caramel Green Tomato Pie in the silent auction. You heard me right – CARAMEL GREEN TOMATO. It was named “Judge’s Select” in the competition. Oddly enough no one else bid on it. To me it was a thing of beauty to behold. A unique and strange concoction straight out of the movie Waitress. The crust was just sweet enough, made with graham crackers and caramel. The pie itself tasted of warm golden delicious apples. The fried green tomatoes on top? Heck, they’re fried green tomatoes, what’s not to like? The only thing it lacked was an outlandishly poetic name. Maybe I’ll call it “Under The Kitchen Table” pie after my childhood hiding place. ” October 2010
  • A Sweet Success In Cville: “…it was a caramel green tomato pie that won over the judges.”
  • Named “Judges Select” at the 2010 Cville Pie Fest for our Caramel Green Tomato Pie
  • “Biscuits and Such goes off the old American staple, the BLT, and twists it into something that seems rather delicious–the Bacon, Arugula, and Fried Green Tomato sandwich (BAFGT). While earnestly pushing this new sandwich onto foodies everywhere, the author also introduces us to a new, not so commonly seen vegetable (or fruit?), the green tomato.” via
  • “This author talks about the transitioning seasons and how there seems to be an excess of summer left-over in these first few weeks of fall (things like vegetables from a neighbors garden.) It is one of her favorite times of year because it’s the time of the green tomato. She says a green tomato is a beautiful thing. I’d have to agree–if they’re fried! She gives a recipe for an interesting looking green tomato, bacon and arugula sandwich. I’d try it.” University of Missouri
  • “A very interesting idea: Sage and Apple Fritters.” Food and Cooking, August 19, 2010
  • “Looking to spice up an otherwise boring chicken sandwich? Try this delicious recipe – it’s the perfect combination of sweet and spicy.” Shine by Yahoo, August 19, 2010
  • “Elena actually bases her Southern food blog out of Baltimore. She writes her own recipes as a mix of traditional and modern cooking. Entries such as a habanero grouper and bacon blue cheese burgers will get you interested.” Fifty Best Southern Food Blogs, Culinary Arts College, August 18, 2010
  • “Really want to impress your guests? How about something refreshing and tasty? Something that perfectly mixes savory and sweet flavors and is just as easy on the eyes? Say hello to the raspberry, mint and mozza skewer.” Summertime Skewers, The Daily Eater, July 29, 2010
  • “Don’t these look delicious? I can’t wait to make these myself -Raspberry, Mint, and Mozzerella skewers. The perfect summertime treat for a summer BBQ.” Skewer du Jour, Lovely Little Things, June 18, 2010
  • Blood Orange Rhubarb Crumble featured on Best of the Blogs, Food News Journal, March 1, 2010
  • Coca-Cola Cake featured on Cooking with Coke: 10 Recipes to Tease and Tantalize on BlogHer, January 20, 2010
  • Winner of the 2009 Springsgiving Contest, Springpad.  November 2009
  • “This is where Helen of MenuPages would say OMFG: caramel fried green tomatoes and ice cream. Also pretty incredible is the recipe and photos for honeysuckle sorbet. I’m really going to have to make that. Biscuits and Such is my instant new favorite Southern food blog, I think.”  7 Links of Terror, Sky Full of Bacon, June 19, 2009