Well, you know a girl's far from home when she has to make her own Bisquick. And it didn't end really well, but some people don't know any better and others are too smart to say anything.
And that brings us to Dinner Dictionary. We had an Australian at the table, one who hasn't been to America. For Aussies 'biscuit' means 'cookie' while 'scone' means 'biscuit'. So Jack was a little puzzled when I said we were having biscuits for dinner, but he had thirds, so must have been converted.
During the meal he asked how they could be called biscuits when they weren't twice cooked. He maintained that the word comes from bi (twice) and cuit (French for cooked). So biscuits are supposed to have a firm texture, like hard tack for the armed forces. And the Online Etymology Dictionary agrees with him.
He also said that Napoleon commissioned the development of margarine, and I added that he supported the invention of canned foods. A Food Lover's Companion backs up the margarine claim, except that it was Napoleon III.
You just never know where the dinner chat will lead you.