One-hour dinner rolls

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Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2018 7:49 pm

Later this month the hubby and I celebrate the 20th anniversary of our first date. I’m not very sentimental, but that anniversary sticks in my mind because I knew from our first date that I wanted to marry the adorable dufus sitting across from me. (I can’t speak for the hubby; he’s probably still undecided.)

Twenty years together is a long time. I think we’d been together three years, sitting in companionable silence over supper, when the hubby said, “Well, I guess that’s it. We’ve officially run out of things to talk about. Party’s over.” He was partly right; we know pretty much everything about each other at this point – habits, pet peeves, shoe sizes, you name it.

But we still manage to surprise each other on occasion.

The other night I was watching a Hallmark Christmas movie (yes, it’s that time of year) while doing paperwork on the couch. The hubby plopped down and said, “Hey, are you watching Christmas movies without me?”

“Don’t worry, this one isn’t very good and there are plenty more,” I said, scrolling through the embarrassingly long list of holiday movies in my DVR queue. “For example, we have ‘A Princess for Christmas,’ starring Roger Moore, and –”

“That guy never wrote me back!” the hubby cut in.

What?

“I wrote Roger Moore a letter when I was in sixth grade and he never wrote back to me.”

“But … why?” I asked. “Why did you write a letter to Roger Moore?”

“Because he was James Bond.”

“Huh. I never knew that about you. It’s weird. Also, I’ve never seen a James Bond movie,” I admitted.

“I never knew that about YOU!” the hubby said.

See? Now we have loads to talk about.

We also recently discussed the highlights and lowlights of Thanksgiving dinners. I now know that the hubby’s favorite part of the meal is naptime and he likes sweet potatoes the least. I love the gravy but despise day-old, store-bought dinner rolls.

This recipe gives you homemade rolls in a quick amount of time, needing just 35 minutes total for the dough to rise.

That’s just enough time to shoot off a letter to Sean Connery. Or Pierce Brosnan. Or Daniel Craig.

Maybe one of those other James Bond guys will write back.

For the recipe, see the Banner's online or print edition.

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