RECIPE: Bacon Cheddar Biscuits

04/21/2016 at 11:16 AM ET

Gramercy Tavern’s Bacon Cheddar Biscuits
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
3¾ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground red pepper
½ cup diced slab bacon (about 3 oz.)
3 tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
¾ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (about 3 oz.)
1½ cups heavy cream
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

1. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; cover and freeze 8 hours.

2. Preheat oven to 425°F. Cook bacon over medium-low heat about 6 minutes or until bacon is brown but not crisp; drain on paper towels. Cool completely.

3. Toss cubed butter with flour mixture in a large bowl; mix with hands, flattening butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in cheese and bacon. Add cream; stir until just combined. Scoop dough evenly into 1 tbsp. mounds; arrange 1 in. apart on baking sheets.

4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Transfer biscuits to a wire rack; brush with melted butter. Serve hot or at room temperature.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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