Please pass the salt. The lemons. The rolls. The simple act of handing things to others at the dinner table goes back to a very basic lesson we all must learn in life: Share. It’s something we teach our children in the playroom and at meal time, and it’s a heartfelt habit that we practice as adults.
With Easter coming up next Sunday, I know my family will get plenty of practice passing the bread basket as we gather for one of the most special meals of the year. It’s just precious seeing my little grandchildren, dressed in their Sunday best, saying “please” and “thank you” as they hand over a basket of Sister Schubert’s® Parker House Style Yeast Rolls, made from the same recipe that their great-great grandmother, my Gommey, taught me to bake when I was their age.
Over the years, my family has shared our Easter table with friends and neighbors. We often invite someone who has been having a rough time lately or feeling a little lonely, and we do everything we can to give that person a happy afternoon filled with delicious food. When we’re finished, we take any leftovers to those who could use a meal. Boxing up leftovers and sharing a plate with someone is a way to share a little of God’s grace, and it’s especially rewarding on Easter Sunday.
My grandmother Gommey’s recipe was the starting point for my bread company and has provided an unexpected way for me to share with home cooks nationwide. Because her recipe is made from simple, wholesome ingredients, the dough freezes beautifully, and the rolls taste just as fresh when you take them from your freezer and heat them in your oven as they would if I brought you a warm pan of rolls straight from my kitchen. Gommey gave me a way to virtually share Easter dinners and everyday meals with families across the South—and across the country. That is a blessing I do not take for granted.
When I travel for speaking engagements to talk to groups about my cooking secrets or about how I grew my bread business, I enjoy visiting local food banks and shelters that understand what it means to share. From a church-affiliated food bank in Tallahassee, Florida, to a shelter for women and children in Austin, Texas, I’ve had countless opportunities over the past few months to see first-hand the ways that big-hearted charities share food and compassion with those in their communities who need extra care.
Sharing food from my table with neighbors and those in need is something I’ve always enjoyed. And now Sister Schubert’s has created a new product that reflects that heart for sharing: Sister Schubert’s® Shareable™ Bread. It’s a pull-apart loaf of fluffy rolls that are warm, soft, and lightly brushed with honey and butter. Set it in the middle of your table and watch everyone pull off a delicious piece. (Learn more here.)
Now, so many of you tell me that traditional Sister Schubert’s Parker House Style Yeast Rolls (learn more here) are an absolute must on your Easter menus. I feel sure that your family will enjoy every single one. However, you’re bound to have leftovers from the rest of the meal, and I hope you’ll send some side dishes and ham home with your Easter guests—or take a plate to a neighbor who needs a little cheer. Throw in another pan of rolls from your freezer to help them round out the meal!
I love to share the bread I make because, to me, it’s more than something that tastes delicious or a way to nourish family and friends. It represents a way to share love. So, please, pass the rolls.