Hello everyone from our home to yours! It's a very November-ish day: cool, cloudy and gray. It's a perfect day to stay inside and sip on a cup of coffee as I write.

I am Dorcas Raber, mother of Gloria Yoder. I will be filling in for her as she rests and cares for their brand new son, Austin. He is a cute little baby, and so far he has been quiet and content for the most part. I am tickled to live next door and see him often! I am sure Gloria will fill you in with more details of their baby. Julia enjoys being a big sister and is mama's helper with running errands, etc.

Today is Gloria's birthday! Twenty five years ago she was the tiny little baby and, yes, she was so cute with lots of dark hair. I was a delighted mother and didn't realize at that time how fast time would go. Almost before I knew it my little girlie grew up and married and now I'm a grandma. I truly am "49 and holding." I've enjoyed the 40s and wonder what the 50s will hold?

My husband, David, and I are blessed with 7 children; Javin, 26, is married to Regina and they have 2 sons, Japheth and Josiah. Next is Gloria and Daniel with their two children. Micah, 21, is married to Rose and they have a six week old baby girl, name Jeanette.

The children still living at home with us yet are Jeriah, 19; Mary Grace is 16, Anna Faith is 13, and Keturah is 8. Gloria had mentioned in one of her articles about Charity and Rebekah, our two stillborn angel daughters who are forever safe in Heaven. I find comfort knowing they are perfectly taken care of and are "just a step ahead of us."

David and son Jeriah have a logging business plus we have three 500-foot turkey barns. Sometimes we butcher cull turkeys and there are various ways to enjoy the meat. Recently I cut up turkey meat into small chunks then soaked it in a brine of water, brown sugar, black pepper, and hickory flavored liquid smoke. After it had soaked for several days in a cold place I drained off the brine and canned the chunks. It's delicious. It actually gives the turkey meat a ham flavor. I also used the same procedure for venison chunks recently in hopes it would hide the "wild game flavor." After son Javin tasted it he told me its good but he still tastes some deer. SIGH.

Daughter-in-law Rose also has a birthday today. I am cooking up a storm today for a birthday meal for the whole family tonight. The table has been lengthened and will be set with plates that have a picture of a horse and the words "Home Sweet Home." I collect dishes with the "Home Sweet Home" words on them. I like the design and it just fits a grandma's kitchen. For the meal we will be having chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, pinto beans with bacon and onion, tossed salad, jello with a creamy topping, cake and homemade strawberry ice cream. Daughter-in-law Regina will make the cake.

I might get an urge to bake dinner rolls yet. My Mom makes such good dinner rolls. She rolls out the dough in a circle and cuts it into pieces (like pie pieces) then she rolls up each piece starting at the wide end. Very attractive!

My Mom lives in Ohio and is an exceptionally good cook. She likes to make the food look attractive (as well as taste good!) I love to sit at her table, set with elegant looking clear plates with a design, and enjoy her cooking. If there's a whole crowd of us then she's practical and we get our food cafeteria style and use styrofoam plates.

I'd like to share her dinner roll recipe with you.



Dinner rolls


1/3 cup white sugar

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon salt

1/4 cup flour

1 cup boiling water

2 cups cold water

2 tablespoons yeast

8 cups flour (6 cups white, 2 cups wheat)

3/4 cups cooking oil


Mix sugars, salt, and flour. Pour boiling water over mixture and stir well. Add cold water and yeast. Add flour gradually, then add oil. Let rise. Punch down and divide dough into 4 sections. Roll out each section in a circle and cut pie style. Roll up each piece starting at the wide end and place on greased cookie sheets. Let rise again. Bake at 350 til done. Bottoms will be slightly golden.


The Amish Cook, Gloria Yoder, is an Amish mom, housewife and writer in rural Illinois. Readers with culinary or cultural questions can write her at: PO BOX 157, Middletown, Ohio 45042