Well, I am gonna stir things up on the ole World Wide Web.
Get it? Stir things up? Ha ha ha, I am really slapping my knee on that one. Not really. It's not even that funny. I need to get a grip. Or a Mocha Frappe'. Those seem to make me funnier.
Anyway, what I am about to tell you may cause me to receive hate mail, or get my yard toilet papered.
Okay, I am totally exaggerating. People would actually have to READ this post, or be baking SNOBS in order to care that much about what I am about to say.
The chances of both of those things occuring...are about as slim...as me running out to my mailbox right now in my pajamas. I'm not saying it's not going to happen. But, it's not likely.
Before I state my controversy, I feel the need to make my disclaimers first.
At our family holiday gatherings, I am the roll maker. Namely, the Parker House roll maker. There is nothing more satisfying to me than kneading dough, mothering it so that it rises just right, and--OHHHH--dipping those little dough rounds into warm melted butter is just heavenly.
Now, I don't want to brag, but my Parker House rolls are pretty divine. Warm and buttery and light--you absolutely cannot just eat one.
But, if I were to be honest with you, I would say that ANYBODY'S Parker House rolls are divine. If ya follow the directions, the rolls will be divine. That's just their nature, in their Parker House-y way.
Just this week Pioneer Woman posted her own divine Parker House recipe, along with her gorgeous, you'll want to eat them, pictures.
And if you have time this week--I would absolutely say MAKE THE ROLLS. (That's an order.)
But--here's the controversial part--(it's about time!) If you don't have time to make homemade rolls...
Sister Schubert's Parker House rolls in the freezer section of Walmart, are 98% as good as homemade. That sister knows her rolls!
In fact, at this busy stage of my life...especially when little hands like to help in the kitchen...and when flour on the floor and in my hair and in my silverware drawer sometimes can bug me...I BUY the Sister Schubert rolls, instead of making homemade.
Seriously--WHY go to all the trouble and mess--when the Sister Schubert rolls are 98% as good?
Here's the trick, though. Make sure you heat them in the oven, getting them perfectly golden brown. When you pull them out of the oven, spread at least 1-2 tablespoons of butter across the top. The butter on the top is essential. Eat them right away. That part is also essential.
And whatever amount you think you need for your family, DOUBLE it. Trust me on this one.
What about you? Do you have any controversial store-bought substitutions? Oh, and don't EVEN tell me theat Cool Whip is as good as real whipping cream... Cause I'll toilet paper your house on that one...