“The Best-Ever Fluffy Dinner Rolls” have been a request for every family birthday dinner or holiday celebration from as long as I can remember. “Just bring the rolls!” has been a standard response from friends to my question, “Is there anything I can bring to the dinner party?” Yesterday I received the following text from our dear friends…
“Can I please have your recipe for those rolls…we are fighting over who gets the last roll.”
Really, I’m just an “okay” cook. However, I think the reason I get many compliments on my cooking is because I cook from scratch. I make most things homemade, not because I am some sort of passionate culinary mama, but because it is just cheaper to make it in my kitchen than to buy packaged foods in the store. After all, I am a woman on a budget, and my only goal has been to provide my family with good wholesome food at a low price.
I am more like my grandmother in my approach to cooking. I use a little of this, a little of that. I frequently ask myself, “Let’s see, I’m out of this ingredient what can I use instead?” My kids don’t have to worry about having to endure mom’s meatloaf recipe because it always changes. But like a rare diamond that emerges from an irritant in an oyster shell, one of my signature recipes has become my fluffy dinner rolls.
A successful recipe rests on two foundations. First start with fresh ingredients. Don’t ever skimp. Second, carefully bring the ingredients together by mastering the techniques of the recipe. Both foundational principles are what makes a recipe shine. So put your apron on and let’s make some fluffy dinner rolls together.