Amish Classic: Poor Man’s Simple Stove-Top Skillet Casserole

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This is a quintessential Amish dish.  Use a heavy, cast-iron skillet to prepare this if you have one.  The ingredient amounts in this recipe can easily be tweaked according to how large or small your family is.  Cream of mushroom soup is a surprising staple in many Amish kitchens.  Gloria Yoder, who pens The Amish Cook column, generally stays away from such heavily processed items, but many Amish cooks started using items like canned soups during the Great Depression as a way to stretch meals and dollars even farther.  So if you are looking for a simple, inexpensive, but tasty supper, look no farther than the recipe below!  Thanks to reader Heather for the photo!  Serve with a big slice of crusty bread to really round out the meal! Print Simple Skillet Casserole   Ingredients 1 pound lean ground beef 1 large onion, diced fresh potatoes, peeled and diced sliced fresh carrots 1 can cream of mushroom soup additional liquid as needed (water or milk, milk makes a richer casserole) Soft cheese (cheddar or Colby in slices or shredded) Instructions Brown hamburger Read More…

Scene From The Amish Highway: Brand New Buggy

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I sometimes call US 62 "The Amish Highway." If you ever are traveling from Columbus to Cleveland, Ohio and want to take a scenic byway instead of the highway, considering traveling US 62.  This road leaves the northeastern extremities of Columbus and snakes through bucolic verdant countryside for its entire path north to the southern suburbs of Cleveland.   The road is almost non-stop in Amish Country from Johnstown in the south to Navarre in the north, a span of some 90 miles that you have to be alert for buggies.  You will also traverse almost every spectrum of Plain people from the most progressive New New Order Amish near Walhonding in the south to the ultra-conservative Amish in the north in Wayne County.  I refer to this whole swath, from Johnstown to Navarrre, as the "Amish Archipelago" in my Williams Guide to Amish Country book. Diann Thomas Brown shared this photo from Danville which sits in Knox County along US 62 not far from the line with Holmes County.  There are always plenty of buggies out and about in the Danville area and Diann spotted this buggy moving along Read More…

Delicious Coffee Bars

When I first heard about these "coffee bars", it brought to mind Starbucks or other casual coffee chains.  But, no, this actually refers to a bar you eat.  And good thing too, I must be about the only person in the world who isn't a huge Starbucks fan.  I mean I don't dislike the place, but I can sort of take it or leave it.  I've never been a massive coffee drinker (actually, I don't drink any) so no matter how freshly brewed their java is I just don't get into it much.  Maybe I am missing something.  Freshly brewed coffee does smell good and if I dump enough sugar in it I can enjoy it.  I have two Amish recipes for homemade "coffee bars", one has a doughy crust and a coffee-filling but I have to think there is an omission since there is no coffee listed in the ingredients (unless the filling just makes a mock coffee taste, but I doubt that), so I am sharing this recipe for cinnamon coffee bars that comes from an Amish woman in Iowa.  Enjoy! Print Delicious Cinnamon Coffee Bars   Ingredients ⅓ cup butter, softened 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 egg ⅓ cup Read More…

Happy 10 Months!

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Captions:  Aster tries out a spoon and delights in playing with her Mom's hair on a windy day. I can't believe our little girl turned 10 months old yesterday!  She's growing every day (she certainly didn't get her height from me or her mother, but at this rate, she'll be high school basketball team material someday)   and has pretty much mastered crawling and is beginning to test out those cool things called "feet" more and more.  Jabbering is gradually becoming interspersed with more and more words like "uh-oh" and "daddy." (she's been partial to "mommy", though for a long time). Aster has definitely been a highlight of our lives over the past year and I've learned a thing or two or three along the way. Five key things I've learned in the first 10 months: 1) I can now do almost anything one-handed (while the other arm hoists Aster around) 2) I've learned that four or five hours of solid sleep can be very satisfying. 3)  Just when I think we have her nap schedule and routine down, she switches it up on us. 4)  I love her little two-tooth smile. 5)  Time really Read More…

Rosanna Bauman: Corny Summer Job

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ROSANNA CAPTIONS -  Shows off an ear of freshly picked corn.  Her niece enjoys nibbling the fresh cobs. PLAIN KANSAS BY ROSANNA BAUMAN What makes a school-aged child rise at 5:30 a.m. during summer vacation? Would you believe, picking sweet corn? Most of the area youth between the ages of 12 and 16 have their first summer job experience in the sweet corn patch owned by our friend Duane. My siblings and I have all spent our summers in the corn patch, and my 14-year-old sister Joanna is currently the only one still on the corn pickin’ crew. Joanna, who needs to be nearly dragged from bed any other day of the week, will amazingly hear the alarm clock on corn picking mornings and rise without delay. What is the corn picking experience that Joanna is so eager to get to? It involves walking through a couple of miles of corn rows sideways with one hand reaching for an ear of corn, and the other lugging a 5-gallon bucket that  gets increasingly heavy with each ear that is plunked into it. The corn leaves are sharp and scratchy as they brush past your face; sometimes they leave small Read More…

Pictures of Plain Kansas: Spring and Summer Splendor

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I hope Rosanna Bauman is dispelling notions of the Sunflower State being a dull, dusty tornado-raked place.  It's not.   Kansas is a place of perpetual beauty.  There are resplendent prairie wildflowers, migrating birds, hardscrabble hills, and friendly folks. I've been blessed to have visited that state probably a half dozen times over the years as I built The Amish Cook newspaper network bit by bit, pouring my heart and soul into it.  I gave library talks in tiny towns like Ness City and Great Bend where soft-serve ice cream, church socials, and billowing clouds were hallmarks of happiness.  Rosanna shares some scenes from Plain Kansas. If any of you ever have a cross country drive planned and you're just going to take the logical route of Interstate 70, which slices a sterile cut across the northern part of the state, I'd encourage you to instead consider taking less traveled US 50 or State Route 96/US 56 for a really scenic gulp off-interstate Kansas.  One of my favorite things to do when I find myself in far west Kansas (which is more often than you'd think for someone in Read More…

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