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Dogwood’s best biscuit nod goes to farragutpress

Dogwood Arts Festival’s 2006 White Lily Biscuit Bake-off, sponsored by Home Federal Bank, united Knoxville firemen and members of local media in a contest for the best biscuits.

Diane Shannon, representing farragutpress, won the contest for the local media teams.

"I want to thank Chef Walter [Lambert] of W-V-L-T-T-V and Food City for being a good sport and inviting us over to cook with him,” Shannon said. “Hopefully we were able to show the viewers how easy biscuit making can be. The biscuit recipe is over 60 years old —taught to me by my mother-in-law — with three ingredients, self-rising flour, buttermilk, solid shortening and a very hot oven.

“Sometimes the simplest recipe garners the most rewards, Shannon added. It was an honor to represent the paper at the annual Dogwood Biscuit Bake-off. We look forward to taking on new challengers next year. Better luck next year Chef Walter."

Fire Hall Station No. 11, Whittle Springs, beat out its fellow firefighters for the greatest biscuit.

Headquarters Fire Hall, Henley Street, baked the best biscuits of the morning to place as the overall winner.

The competition began early with April showers, but the spirits of everyone involved kept the mood and biscuits light, organizers said.

White Lily supplied the ingredients and the teams mixed their batches on site in Market Square.

Friedmans provided the ovens to bake the biscuits, which were judged on taste, form and if they rose.

The Dogwood Arts Festival is a 47-year-old not-for-profit organization that celebrates the beauty and artistic talents of the region.

The celebration concluded with the annual Farragut Festival on the Green Sunday, April 30.

Complete Festival on the Green coverage may be found in this issue of farragutpress.


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