Simply Home

Since my childhood in northern Michigan I’ve bounced back and forth from West Coast to East, passing right over my home state and missing it all the while. I try to visit at least four times a year, but sometimes nothing can quell the homesickness, especially around the holidays.  Between Prentiss’  after school activities and Meredith’s play groups a spontaneous trip to the heartland isn’t so doable right now.  So I’ve decided to bring a little of my hometown to me!  In Petoskey, Michigan, where I grew up, there’s a place called American Spoon that makes “spoon preserves,” so thick with real fruit that they’re easier to spread with a spoon than a knife. This week I’m going to make some simple rolls dressed up with their delicious pumpkin butter, which will — partially, anyway — satisfy my hunger for home.

So that’s my prescription if you’re feeling nostalgic and far away from home this time of year: Whip up some childhood flavors for your table, whether it’s a Georgia peach pie or pastry flavored with Vermont maple.

Isn’t food always the best way to fight homesickness? What are some of your hometown faves?

Parker House Rolls

With American Spoon Pumpkin Butter


2 cans            pre-prepared dinner roll dough

1/2 cup American Spoon pumpkin butter (


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees or as directed on the package.
  2. Unfold the dinner rolls and line them up on a cookie sheet.
  3. Make a crisscross mark on the tops of the rolls with a knife about 1/4 inch deep into the dough.
  4. Use a kitchen thermometer or other pointed device to make a hole in the side of the dough on each roll.
  5. Cut off the corner of a plastic sandwich bag. (You have just created a pastry bag.)
  6. Fill the bag with the pumpkin butter and place the tip inside the hole you made in the roll.
  7. Squeeze about 1 tablespoon into the center of each roll.
  8. Cook as directed on package or until rolls start to brown.

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