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Celebrating 7 Years of Blogging {Recipe: The Best Dinner Rolls}


The very best bread machine shaped dinner roll recipe and an Oster Bread Machine giveaway to kick off a celebration of 7 years of blogging.

The Very Best Buttery Dinner Roll Recipe - a new Thanksgiving Favorite! dineanddish.netFriends, this is a big, big day because it’s the start of my SEVEN years of blogging celebration!! Over the next few weeks I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite things and doing some extra special giveaways to celebrate! Why giveaways? Well, because Dine & Dish wouldn’t be what it is today without your love and support and I want to share my thanks with you by giving back.

When I started Dine & Dish 7 years ago I had no idea what great joy this little site would bring me. I have developed friendships, created wonderful work relationships, have traveled and experienced things I’ve never even imagined,  I’ve gained new skills, have been able to contribute to our family financially and most of all, I’ve been able to do it all from home while raising my kids.

Dine & Dish is not even close to the biggest blog out there, but I have the BEST readers, hands down. Thank you all so, so much for being such an important part of my life and for taking the time to click over and read what I share. It means more to me than I could ever tell you.

Without further ado, I’d like to share the first of many giveaways with you! 

Oster Bread Machine Giveaway dineanddish.netIt’s hard to believe that 12 years ago, when we’d have people over for dinner, my “go-to” meal to make was Hamburger Helper and a dessert I still love but haven’t made in ions (Easy Eclair Dessert). I used to not be able to cook at all! I then discovered an old site called Recipezaar (now Food.com) and discovered that there were recipes out there I could cook. Then, through their forums, my love of food photography began to take shape and, well, here I am today doing both professionally. Crazy stuff!

Whenever we go to a dinner party or host my family for events, it is expected that I make homemade bread. It’s kind of become “my thing” over the years. I have had the same Oster bread machine for 10 years now and I love it. I never actually bake bread in my bread machine, but always use it for the dough cycle. As much as I love to knead bread dough into shape, I don’t always have time for that. Being able to just throw all the ingredients into my bread machine and leave it until the dough is all read for me has been such a huge timesaver. Other than my Keurig, my Oster Bread Machine is the most used small appliance in my house!

The Very BEST Butter Dinner Roll Recipe - perfect for Thanksgiving celebrations!

I’m starting off this big Dine & Dish celebration with a recipe I tried today that has totally kicked my favorite dinner roll recipe out of the Thanksgiving rotation. In fact, I had planned on kicking my celebration off with a completely different giveaway, but then made this recipe and HAD to share it with you right this very minute.

This isn’t a Dine & Dish original recipe… I’ve seen it on other blogs but traced the origination to Allrecipes. As much as I’d like to shake it up and make it my own, this recipe needs no changing at all. (I did take out the second rise time, just because I’m impatient). It’s absolutely perfect just the way it is!  Check the recipe out below, then below that enter to win an Oster Bread Machine of your very own! Good luck and enjoy — oh… and THANK YOU!!!

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored giveaway. I truly love my Oster Bread Machine and want to say thanks by giving one Dine & Dish reader the chance to win one too!

The Very Best Buttery Dinner Rolls Recipe

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 16 rolls

The Very Best Buttery Dinner Rolls Recipe

The most wonderfully soft, tender and delicious dinner roll recipe!


  • 1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast (I prefer Red Star Yeast
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened


  1. Place water, milk, egg, 1/3 cup butter, sugar, salt, flour and yeast in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select Dough/Knead and First Rise Cycle; press Start.
  2. When cycle finishes, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half. Roll each half into a 12 inch circle, spread 1/4 cup softened butter over entire round. Cut each circle into 8 wedges. Roll wedges starting at wide end; roll gently but tightly. Place point side down on ungreased cookie sheet. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until golden.
  4. Brush tops with softened butter.
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  1. These rolls look too good to pass up! I adore homemade bread, but don’t make it often due to time constraints. Happy Blog-iversary!!!

  2. I first started cooking and baking after I moved off campus when I was in college and haven’t stopped since!

  3. Hmm…the basics about me : I’m a sign language interpreter, I wish I could spend all of my time in my kitchen, I love my dogs, I hate bananas, and I really wish I liked running.

  4. I’m a California native, current Colorado resident!

  5. Congrats on 7 fabulous years! xoxo

  6. I’m a dog lover and think Meg is adorable! I’ve been baking seriously for the last 4 years or so, and cooking only for the last year and a half since moving into my apartment. Love your blog for recipes, tips and tricks.

  7. I think one of the reasons why I love cooking so much is because my mother hated it so much (she loved to bake, though). The more I cook, the more I remember about her, the lessons she taught me both in and out of the kitchen, and the time we had with one another before she passed away.

  8. My favorite TV show is The Good Wife and I’m in a sour mood if I miss an episode.

  9. I love reality TV- Amazing Race, Survivor, Project Runway

  10. Kim henrichs says:

    My family used to own a diner. I wish we still did!!

  11. congrats on seven years!

  12. Heather Neibaur says:

    I am a mom of one who recently decided to homeschool. It’s a lot of work, but I love a good challenge..

  13. Happy Blogiversary!! So exciting to continue seeing you do so well!!

  14. Congratulations Kristen – 7 years blogging is very impressive! Really pleased you are having such success, and still enjoying it! Those dinner rolls look gorgeous – will be giving those a go.

  15. I have my own bowling ball AND shoes. It’s kind of a family tradition and joke for us all to have our own.

  16. Teri Nicastro says:

    I love experimenting in the kitchen and hearing the opinions of others. My 12 year old gives me “Iron Chef” criticism!

  17. Happy anniversary, Kristen and cheers to another year! xo

  18. Congratulations on 7 years!! I love, and use your recipes. I’m a home cook, no professional experience. I was raised in the south, and have loved cooking since having my easy bake oven back in the 50’s ( yep, I’m a young senior now)… I’m retiring in 3 months, and I plan to enroll in culinary school …. on my bucket list!

  19. I’m a bread baker , I adore making it. I’m also the kitchen lady at church. So I make a lot of bread for funeral meals and events. Just made 6 loaves of French bread for a funeral tomorrow.

  20. Happy blog-versary! Here’s to another 7 years of yumminess. Cheers!


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