This isn't so much a recipe as my technique I learned many years ago. I come from a long line of bad-biscuit makers and I was determined to overcome it. In fact, my Mom was famous for her "Don't Go Near The Water Biscuits." The break came when I tried drop biscuits. That was the last time I ever made them because I learned the secret to consistent quality: moisture control. I then learned that fat plays an important but minor role. You can even make okay biscuits without it, but the outside will be crusty and character is lacking....but the type of fat used is not important. I then switched to oil. It's healthier and much easier. But you can cut in shortening or butter if you wish. Below is a variation on just one recipe. Many will work, just increase the liquid. Wet dough in the mixing bowl (similar to drop biscuits) is the real secret.