Plain Kansas: Two Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes, Both in Memory of Grandmas

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Editor’s Note: Rosanna’s grandmother suddenly passed over the weekend. We send our condolences to her. She still wanted to send something in for readers, so here it is:


By Rosanna Bauman

Editor’s Note: Rosanna is German Baptist Brethren.  She is 25-year-old, a farmer, writer, and teacher.  The Brethren church, like the Amish, is a Plain church, but they do allow photographs and other technologies.

This recipe is from my Great-Grandma Davison. These sweet and tender rolls often show up at family gatherings because they are so easy. She passed away two weeks ago, so the recipe has become a comforting reminder of her.


12:30 pm: mix together in giant bowl with sealable lid:

1pkg dry yeast (1tablespoon)

4 cups warm water

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

4:30 pm:

6 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 cup oil

Mix together and add to yeast mixture. Stir in 15- 20 cups of flour, knead, and seal bowl. Let rise for six hours.

10:30 pm: Form into rolls, Cover and let sit overnight on counter. Bake in morning at 350 for 15—20 minutes.

We can’t have a gathering with my mother’s family without this salad or everyone would protest. My Grandma Nead just passed away unexpectedly this week, so I am sure our Thanksgiving salad will be salted with tears. When I use recipes that were my Grandma’s signature dishes, it is my way of making my memories into a 3-D memorial that I can share.


Toss in Bowl:

2 head lettuce chopped fine

1 pound bacon, fried & crumbled

8 hard boiled eggs sliced

3/4 pound shredded cheese

Just before serving, add:

1 bag corn chips, slightly crushed

Toss with the following dressing:


1 cup salad dressing (Miracle Whip)

1/4 cup white sugar

1 /4 cup brown sugar

1/4 c milk

1 /8 cup vinegar


Doris M. Nead, of Westphalia, Kansas,  passed away on November 10, 2013, at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas at the age of 82. She was a member of the Old German Baptist Brethren Church.

Doris was born July 14,1931, in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Jesse and Grace Barnhart Benedict. Doris and Carl O. Nead were married on August 29, 1959 at Chambersburg. They made their home in Goshen, Indiana for 36 years until Carl’s retirement, after which they moved to Westphalia, Kansas in November 1995.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Roger Neal; and a sister, Verda Fisher. She leaves to mourn her, Carl, her husband of 54 years; her children, Yvonnie Bauman and husband John of Garnett, Kansas. John Nead and wife Deann of Goshen, Indiana; and Esther Burger and husband John of Syracuse. Also left are 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, her brothers, Raymond Benedict and wife Orpha; Merle Benedict and wife, Gladys, and brother-in-law Glen Fisher, as well as other relatives and friends.

Services will be at the Old German Baptist Brethren Church near Wakarusa, Indiana. Visitation will be Saturday, November 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral will be Sunday, November 17 at 10 a.m.


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  1. Robin Wyatt says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, may peace be with you and your family.

    Robin Wyatt

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  2. I am sorry for the loss of your grandma. Blessings on you and your family in this grieving time. All my best to you for a blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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