Mom, sister, small town gal, good neighbor and born storyteller Rose Buchmiller turned to blogging when she realized the traditions, stories and recipes she and her nine siblings shared around the table at family gatherings might one day slip away. In addition to the recipes, she chronicles the rhythms of small town life in Freeburg.
“I wanted to start a blog for a few years, but now I have time to work on it,” Buchmiller says of Sock Box 10. “The name for the blog came from a big cardboard box in our kitchen mom kept filled with socks. All 10 of us rummaged through it to find the socks we needed each day — athletic socks, school socks, knee socks — a little bit of everything, like the blog,” she says.
For Buchmiller, cooking is as much about community, memory and sharing as it is about making a dish that looks beautiful and tastes terrific.
“Anybody can start a food blog with recipes, but each of my recipes has a story behind it.”
What’s the story of how you started cooking? I helped my mom in the kitchen when I was really young. We baked things together for school bake sales. When I got older – I am No. 8 of 10 siblings — five girls, five boys, Mom would call me and tell me to peel the potatoes and put them on the stove to start the dinner. There was no such thing as fast food then. The family ate, then sat around the table and talked. That time was priceless.
How do you decide which recipes to blog? The stories come first, then the recipes. Like the recipe for Rice With Dill Persian Style. I learned to make it in 1980 from my roommate Mahvash, who was from Iran. She cooked with spices, using every pot in the kitchen, and I loved this dish, which has crispy potatoes on the bottom and lots of dill. The dill for the post came from my sister’s garden. The recipe didn’t generate as much interest as others, but learning about another culture, and how that changed me, is a story I wanted to tell.
Your cinnamon rolls are famous in Freeburg. Could you tell us about that? I was anxious when we moved to a bigger city in Ohio for two and a half years while my husband, Tom, was finishing his degree. My Freeburg neighbor, Carol, brought me a sourdough starter before we left. I started making breads and perfected my cinnamon rolls. When we moved back to Freeburg, I made them for a fundraiser for my son’s basketball team. They were a huge hit. I then offered them as a live auction item for another charity — Rosie’s Rolls delivered hot to your door once a month for a year. The item sold for $1,100. Family was involved in the bidding, but I still make them for auction, and they still bring a good donation.
What are the biggest benefits of blogging? The family stories, writing the recipes and sharing about living one block off the hard road. Living in a small town shapes how you approach life. When I wrote the post “It’s all about Community,” the comments ... let me know people got it.
Age • 57
Family • Husband, Tom; one daughter, Maggie, 26; two sons, John, 33 and Dominic, 24
Occupation • Loan processor and blogger at Sock Box 10, sockbox10.com
Neighborhood • Freeburg
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