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Thanksgiving Traditions in Appalachia & the Best Rolls Ever

In my latest video I talk about Thanksgiving traditions in Appalachia and share my favorite roll recipe. My family says it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without my rolls.

I found the recipe ages ago in a Southern Living magazine. It called for brown sugar and since I love bread and brown sugar I decided to give them a try. I’m so glad I did and I think my family is too.

Here’s a link to the recipe:

Here’s a roundup of recent Thankful November giveaways.

Winner of “Favorite Appalachian Recipes” eBook: PinnacleCreek who said: “Now I know what that was my Mom cooked on occasion. I actually tried it very little, because I loved her apple sauce pies and chocolate pies. I found an old cookbook at a thrift store that had the recipe for applesauce pie, and bought the book for just that recipe. Dad always ate her cake which I am certain was probably the sweet bread you feature.”

Winner of “The Foxfire Book”: Maxine Appleby who said: “Tipper, As you know, I am really interested in learning about the old ways that Appalachian folk used to have as they went about their lives. Food preservation and storage was critical to eating during the winter months. I have loved learning these ways and teaching about them in my Appalachian Women courses at Wofford. So, I would really love to have a copy of Foxfire that smells of wood! Put me on the list for entry to win it, please!! Thanks for continuing to enrich our lives witv the stories, music and people of this beautiful land.”

Winner of “Dorie Woman of the Mountains”: Sherry Thacker who said: “Would love to have the book. I am a widow and love to read about Appalachian history as I was born in the Shenandoah Valley. I have lived here in TN for over 50 years so it is my home now.”

Sherry and Maxine please email your mailing addresses to me at [email protected] PinnacleCreek I have your email address and I’ll send you the eBook!

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    November 16, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    These rolls are great with any meal. We bake a lot of home made bread at our house and these are good anytime. Add a good oatmeal dessert like Ken Roper’s oatmeal cake published on the blindpigandtheacorn March 2014 and you have a great finish to your meal. We have made those many times also. Praying Ken’s road to recovery continues to go well.

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    November 16, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    PS I let my bread rise in the oven. I preheat the oven for 1-2 minutes, then turn it off and put the bread dough in. I have to leave a note for myself not to turn the oven on afterwards….I’ve done that.

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    November 16, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    I love this video and hearing you talk about recipes. I’m a military spouse and we’re never with family at the holidays and we’re lucky if we can see them once a year. So I miss my Aunt Suzy’s potatoes, my mom’s salads and rice noodle casserole, my Uncle Mike’s beef tenderloin (yuuuuum! )… there’s a lot foodwise I miss. But of course, I miss my family the most. Our gatherings are always huge because my dad was one of ten. There’s a lot to think about at this time of year, and it is my favorite time of year. I may make these rolls for either Thanksgiving or Christmas. I’ll let you know how they turn out.

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    Ed Ammons
    November 16, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    “If you’ve never needed before”? I’ve needed all my life. I never needed more because in order to need more, you have to have some to start with. I don’t need dough this month. Not yet anyway but I will before my next old age pension check is deposited. Strange how even if some old people don’t need the dough they get the bread anyway. That’s only if your are old though. Or young and lazy.

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    November 16, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Might have to try these rolls. We love, love rolls Tipper at our house. We always have them for Thanksgiving and Christmas. God Bless! And stay safe.

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    Miss Cindy
    November 16, 2020 at 10:58 am

    Congratulations to the three winners, got some good reading there! I’ve eaten your rolls, Tipper, and they are delicious, “good enough to make you slap your granny” and I’ve actually forgotten where that quote comes from. In fact I could make a meal of of them slathered with butter.
    I used to make some yeast rolls. They are good but take some effort to prepare. I only made them on special occasions.

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    martha j childers
    November 16, 2020 at 10:25 am

    I want to try this but can’t find your recipe.

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    Ron Stephens
    November 16, 2020 at 8:23 am

    I recognize that tradition of one household of a family hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas. While my Grandma lived at ‘the old place’ we met there. When she moved to a new house Dad built for her the tradition ended. We met at Dad and Mom’s for some years. Now that they are gone the tradituon has kinda passed us by. Our daughter looks to be the host for her husband’s family, almost a thousand miles away. But the family size keeps shrinking.

    I so wish our grandson could have those traditions. But it is clear he will not. They live in the city and likely always will. And the years fly by. It will just be us two here this Thanksgiving and I will have to cheer my wife up somehow.

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    Carol Roy
    November 16, 2020 at 7:55 am

    Hi Tipper….wow your rolls look delicious and thanks for the video …even tho I have made bread and rolls never have a I made this kind. I will be giving it a try. Enjoy!

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    November 16, 2020 at 7:03 am

    Thanks so very much, Tipper. I still enjoy your blog every single day. I will just jump over to YouTube and see your channel. I would urge everyone to do so, as you can learn so very much about our Appalachia.

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