November Theme: Celebrating Tradition
Share a favorite holiday tradition.
- A favorite family recipe or complete meal;
- A display of treasured ornaments and decorations;
- Watching special movies or TV shows together;
- Attending parties and other gatherings.
One day, I will be able to recreate them. At least that is my hope. What am I talking about? I'm talking about being able to make my Grandma Murrell's rolls. Those rolls were only one of many culinary feats my grandmother was able to accomplish in her tiny kitchen. It's the smell and taste of those rolls I long for when the holiday season comes around.
Here's me with my grandma back when I was in high school, posing in her kitchen.
You know anyone who owns an apron like that one means business in the kitchen. When I was a kid, the aroma of this sweet lady's home on the days she would bake was absolutely intoxicating. It wasn't until I had a family of my own many years later and attempted to make rolls myself that I identified what one of the components of that scent was. It was yeast. Up until then my only bread making experience involved making biscuits. I wondered why my kitchen didn't have that same delicious smell my grandmother's had when I baked. That's because there's no yeast in biscuits. Silly me. :)
Thanksgiving was wonderful this year. I hosted and thankfully everyone was well and came hungry to my house. Sadly, I don't have my grandmother's recipe to refer to when baking. I think I wrote it down once when I was a kid but that scrap of paper was quickly lost. The recipe that I use now is from The Good Housekeeping Cookbook. The copyright on my edition is 2001. The recipe is located on Pg 595 and is for refrigerator rolls.
Very similar to that recipe is this one that I found at this link:
Even though the recipe I use is not my grandma's, I still try to channel her spirit when I'm cooking. She put a lot of love into whatever she made and she truly enjoyed watching people eat her food. It was her way of passing on joy to those she cared about.