Preheat oven to 450.
2 C. Flour
2 Tbsp. Baking Powder
1 Tbsp. Sugar
1 1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
Mix above together in a large bowl.
Cut 8 Tbsp. cold butter into pats and cut into dry mix until it's the size of small peas
Add 3/4 c. + 2 Tbsp. of buttermilk, 1/2 C. shredded cheddar cheese & 1/2 C. finely chopped chives to mixture. Stir with fork to make a loose dough.
Transfer dough to lightly floured surface and pat into a 6" x 9" rectangle. Fold into 1/3rds (like a business letter), then pat back out into a 6" x 9" rectangle again.
Dip 3" biscuit cutter or glass in flour and cut 6 biscuits from dough. Transfer to parchment lined baking sheet.
Reshape dough and cut out more biscuits.
Brush tops with cream or milk and bake for 14-16 minutes.
Makes about 10 biscuits.
From Saveur 101 (April 2007)