2018 Blog Tour Stop #6: The Rolls

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 The Rolls

My husband and I have been married for thirty years, and one of my most treasured wedding gifts is a cookbook. One of the church ladies (smile), Sister Green, gave us the “More-With-Less Cookbook.” It’s an odd little cookbook, kind of one of those self-published, wire-bound deals with a Mennonite twist. I have no idea where Sister Green acquired this book, but I added it to my little cookbook collection. Occasionally, I’d flip through it, but recipes for “Savory Rice Loaf” and “Grace’s Kitchen-Stove Scrapple” didn’t sound appetizing.


Then came my foray into bread-baking. I became fascinated with the process. I made whole-wheat bread. I made soda bread. I made French bread, pita bread and sourdough bread. What other breads to make? I remembered Sister Green’s cookbook. Surely there was some interesting recipe in there. I pulled it out, and sure enough, right next to the recipe for Edna Ruth Byler’s Potato-Dough Baked Goods was a recipe for “High-protein Rolls”. Dull name, but an intriguing recipe that called for, among other more standard ingredients, a whole container of cottage cheese. Thus, the protein. Hmm.

I tried the recipe, and it was a hit. The rolls were densely textured and very moist, with small brown spots on their tops marking the place where the cheese curds had been. The cottage cheese vanished in the rolls, so they didn’t taste “cheesy” at all. In fact, they are quite delicious with jam. Or leftover turkey. Or…

Anyway, during my bread-making phase, I introduced the rolls as my contribution to our Thanksgiving dinner. Our Thanksgiving crowd at that time included my entire immediate family including brother, sister, parents, grandparents, nieces and nephews and even my sister’s in-laws. Only after the rolls were received with great enjoyment did I divulge the secret ingredient. Thereafter, “the rolls” became a permanent and essential part of our Thanksgiving dinner.


Over the years, we’ve had many Thanksgiving celebrations. We’ve gone around the table, each expressing our thanks to God, reflecting on His many blessings. Some years, we’ve given thanks through tears over the recent loss of a loved one. Other times, we’ve expressed our gratitude with great joy over a new baby, a new job, a new home. Our Thanksgiving celebrations even moved from Colorado to Texas (yes, even including my sister’s in-laws).

Through all the years, we have acknowledged God’s faithfulness to our family, whether He is comforting us through difficulty or smiling over us in our joy at the Thanksgiving table. Please pass the rolls!


High Protein Rolls


2 pkg. dry yeast in 1/2 c. lukewarm water

Heat until lukewarm:

2 c. (this is a 16 oz. container) cottage cheese 

Combine in large bowl:

cottage cheese

1/4 c. sugar

2 t. salt

1/2 t. baking soda

2 eggs, slightly beaten

yeast mixture

Gradually add:

4 – 4 1/2 c. sifted flour

Turn onto floured board and knead 5 minutes. Put dough in a greased bowl, turning once. Let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours. Punch down. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Divide dough into 24 equal pieces and shape into balls. Place balls in two greased 9″ baking pans. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until golden.

Head on over to Gayla Hiss’s blog for tomorrow’s post!


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Here is the full tour schedule:

Stop #1: October 28 – https://kimberlysmusings.wordpress.com
Stop #2: October 29 – http://mountainbrookink.com/2018/10/09/blog-tour-coryell/
Stop #3: October 30 –https://marydavis1.blogspot.com/
Stop #4: October 31 – https://www.angelaruthstrong.com/blog/
Stop #5: November 1 – http://mountainbrookink.com/2018/10/09/blog-tour-davis/
Stop #6: November 2 – https://www.amyrognlie.com
Stop #7: November 3 – https://www.gaylakhiss.com/blog/
Stop #8: November 4 – http://christamacdonald.com/”
Stop #9: November 5 – http://dulworthandhanna.wordpress.com/
Stop #10: November 6 – https://www.spillmanrichard.com/blog
Stop #11: November 7 www.annetteirbyreviews.blogspot.com
Stop #12: November 8 – https://miraleeferrell.com/blog/
Stop #13: November 9 – https://jeanette-mariemirich.com/
Stop #14: November 10 –https://annazogg.wordpress.com/
Stop #15: November 11 – http://teresamorgan.com/
Stop #16: November 12 – https://www.kelseynorman.com/blog
Stop #17: November 13 – http://mountainbrookink.com/2018/10/09/blog-tour-scott/
Stop #18: November 14 – http://www.authorpatricialee.net/blog
Stop #19: November 15 – Http://wwwlthompsonbooks.com/blog/
Stop #20: November 16 – <a http://janalynvoigt.com/blog
Stop #21: November 17 – http://authorcynthiaherron.com/blog
Stop #22: November 18 – www.trishperry.com
Stop #23: November 19 – http://www.heatherllfitzgerald.com/
Stop #24: November 20 – http://saradavison.org/
Stop #25: November 21 – http://taylor–bennett.com/blog 


19 thoughts on “2018 Blog Tour Stop #6: The Rolls

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  1. What a lovely story. 🙂 I love reading old cookbooks though I don’t enjoy cooking. Those rolls do look yummy, though. Congrats on being married 30 years!

  2. The rolls look good. 33 years for my husband and I when my mother-in-law passed away i got all her cook books. There were so many awesome new ideas to cook from the books.

  3. Amy, I loved this! Cottage cheese in rolls? Who would have thought? Lol I cannot wait to try this recipe!

    Thanks for sharing your Thanksgiving tradition (and recipe) with us.

    1. I know, that’s what I thought. I gave my MIL the recipe, and she spaces them out on a cookie sheet rather than crowding them into the cake pans. The one in the pans are heavy and dense, the ones on the cookies sheets are lighter and fluffier. 🙂

  4. Thanks for sharing. I don’t typically read recipes but I shared this with my wife. Maybe I’ll get some of these rolls soon.

  5. It’s amazing some of the recipes you can find in these little spiral bound cookbooks. Our church had something similar with many recipes. My daughter was skimming through the pages and said to me that none of them sounded very good until she noticed one called Black Pepper Shrimp. Simple and “oh my God” delicious. 🙂 She now makes it for every family gathering due to the requests. Thank you for your recipe for the rolls.
    Carol Luciano Lucky4750 at aol dot com

  6. I’ve never dared make my own bread… I’m too chicken. If I’d seen it done in person, I might have, but it’s only ever been in videos /on tv. But it seems I should at least give it a shot. Those rolls look and sound delicious!

  7. Loved your post, Amy! The tradition of going around the table, expressing thanks for God’s blessings is awesome! And…I might just have to make those rolls—thanks for posting the recipe!

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