Breads and Sandwiches

Bacon & Cheese Bread -- This is Doree's recipe but Marilyn adds that she calls it "Breakfast in Bread." This loaf contains a whole breakfast in one slice -- flour, oats, bacon, cheese, eggs and milk. Serve with a glass of orange juice and you're ready to face the day.

Blueberry Buckle — Blueberry Buckle is really a coffee cake, but Bobby likes it so much that he often requests it for his Birthday cake. This is Marilyn's favorite recipe for it. Once in a while, when they manage to hike in the right place during the peak of blueberry season, Ron and Marilyn have been able to pick and bring home enough wild blueberries to make this cake. There is nothing better than the taste of those sweet wild blueberries in Blueberry Buckle.

Dilly Bread This is a delicious herb bread that is good with fish and chicken.

Frayser Bacon & Cheese Bread -- P.D.Q. Parke (of questionable lineage) was so taken with the real Bacon & Cheese Bread (see above) that she came up with her own version. For a Frayser* girl, it isn't bad. (*Frayser -- the Memphis equivalent of Tobacco Road)

Mom's Holiday Pecan Rolls -- Every Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, Mom would bake and serve these (with scrambled eggs and Eckrich sausage links) for breakfast. They bring back memories of the whole family returned home from college and other faraway places.

Monkey Bread — There are two recipes here: one is cinnamon-y and sweet, the other made with bacon and cheese. Both are great for breakfast or brunch. Tasty and fun to eat.

Oatmeal Coffee Cake — A wonderfully dense, moist coffee cake.

Peanut Butter & Tomato Sandwich -- OK. Before you say anything ugly . . . this one must be tried to be believed. As unusual as it sounds, it is a big favorite in the Parke family. This would be a good time to talk about tomatoes. There may be a few other places in this world where one can get as good a tomato as those grown in north-eastern Indiana, but it is certain that there are many places where you can't. It is no wonder that so many people don't like fresh tomatoes. The pale red, tasteless fruit that is found in so many grocery stores and restaurants is a very poor imitation of the real thing. If you're considering trying this sandwich with less than the best -- save yourself the trouble. But should you be one of those lucky folks who can get your hands on a deep red midwestern tomato, you're in for the best sandwich of your life.

Sour Cream Biscuits — Easy, quick, and extremely good!

Sour Cream Coffee Cake — Doree makes this coffee cake frequently — always to rave reviews.

Toasted Turkey Sandwiches -- Most people must think of creative ways to use up their leftover holiday turkey. The Parke family has never had this problem. We think this is the only way to use leftover turkey.

Wheat Germ and Honey Bread — Doree has been making this wonderful bread regularly for her family for most of the last 25 years.