Here’s how to be the ‘dinner rolls’ and soda person
Peggy Cooke

Cranky Maxine says, “As the Thanksgiving season approaches, remember all it takes is one undercooked turkey and you’ll get to be the ‘dinner rolls and soda’ person for life.” —pc— If your family will all be gathering at your house, I know you will be thankful—I know we are thankful about that—but the ones I know that are really thankful and excited are Grandmother and Grandfather Jane and Tovia Katz.

Daughter Judy and husband Scott Unrein are coming from Kansas City to be there and that’s exciting. But the real excitement is that they are bringing their five-month old twin sons, Quinn and Luca, for their first visit to Texas. I hope somebody has warned Judy and Scott that no one will look at or talk to them as all eyes will be on the babies.

Ditto for Aunt Susan and Uncle Al Giesler from Georgetown or the other 25 or so people who are coming to dinner. Even the turkey will be ignored somewhat when the babies are around.


Every family has at least one person who wants to bring the “paper plates and napkins” or as Maxine says, “dinner rolls and soda.” Laura Burnett Carlisle of Round Rock doesn’t do cooking and she always brings the rolls, olives and pickles and everybody (mostly her sisters Beth and Paula) give her lots of grief for it.

But Laura brought the following wonderful dip to a family gathering and now it’s a must —she doesn’t even have to bring the rolls, olives and pickles now unless she wants to as long as she brings the dip. Try it and see if it works for you. I’m going to give it a try.

Laura’s Hot Jalapeno Dip

2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened

1 c. mayonnaise

1 can chopped green chilis, drained

1 can chopped jalapenos, drained

Mix well. Top with 1 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, grated, and bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes. Serve warm with chips or crackers. And I hope you can bring the paper plates and napkins next year!


James King and his large group of volunteers at New Hope Baptist Church did a marvelous job Saturday, serving (at last count) 1,025 plates of Thanksgiving cheer in the form of smoked turkey, cornbread dressing with gravy, beans, corn, cranberry sauce, bread and dessert.

If you missed this treat or if you are celebrating another day or you will be alone that day, Thanksgiving dinner will be served again on Thanksgiving Day at First Christian Church (see details, page 1A).


And Maxine also asks, “When making Thanksgiving dinner, do your giblets end up in the gravy or do you wear a bra when you cook?”

Maxine and I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

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