1/4 cup shortening 
 2 cups flour 
 1 tbsp. sugar, if you like (which I do) 
 3 tsp baking powder 
 1/2 tsp salt 
 roughly 3/4 cup milk 
 Sometimes I add grated cheddar cheese after I blend the dry ingredients or
 even while I'm kneading -depends when I think of it) 
     Cut shortening into flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. When mixture 
 resembles small crumbs add milk, but not all at once. Only add enough so
 that the dough leaves the side of the bowl. Too much and the dough will not
 cook through, too little  and the biscuits will be dry- if they don't fall
 apart first. You'll feel the right texture. 
      Knead on floured counter about 20 times and roll to about 1/2 thick. 
 Cut out at about 2 wide (a bit more or less doesn't matter - at Christmas
 I use Christmas cookie cutters and when I'm lazy I just cut the flattened
 dough in rectangles with a knife). 
     Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 min. or until golden on
 to. (In my oven I have to watch the bottoms) If you like, you can brush 
 with butter an sprinkle with Parmesan cheese just before pulling out. 
     You can also use up that buttermilk, just cut baking powder to 1/4 tsp
 salt to 1/4 tsp and add 1/4 tsp baking soda, then use buttermilk instead
 of  milk.