Courtship Potatoes

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This is an interesting recipe sent to me from an Amish woman in Wisconsin.  Not sure why they are called "courtship potatoes", other than she referenced that this was a favorite recipe to make for her future husband while they were dating.   The recipe must have worked since they are now married:), and this dish does sound good, so if you are courting someone, make these potatoes! Print Courtship Potatoes   Ingredients 6 large potatoes 1 stick butter 2 cups sharp cheese, shredded 2 /3 cup green onions, chopped 1 cup milk 1 (16 ounce cup) sour cream salt and pepper to taste Instructions Boil potatoes in jackets until they are soft and then chill overnight. The next day, peel and grate the potatoes by hand and set aside. Melt margarine in a large, non-stick pan and then add cheese until melted. Add rest ingredient except potatoes and heat until blended. Then combine potatoes with mixture and pour into a butter 9 X 13 inch dish. Bake uncovered at 325 for 1 hour. 3.2.2646   Read More…

Adams County, Indiana – Favorite Scenes

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I found a memory card on my desk this morning, it was under some papers.  I never know what such cards hold, so I popped it into my computer and out came photos of the Adams County, Indiana Amish community.  In this case, it was a "memory card" in more ways than one, since I have so many memories there. The Amish population in Adams County, Indiana is markedly different than other areas. This is a community that has deep Swiss ties.  The dialect is different, so much so that Amish people from here conversing with Amish elsewhere might not be able to understand one another. I have many fond memories of the Adams County, Indiana settlement, having spent much time there over the past 20 years.  In some ways, it's one of my favorite settlements, because of sentimentality and history.  You can cruise the grid of rural roads outside of Geneva and Berne and feel a palpable sense of timelessness, to a great extent what you're seeing today is what you would have seen yesterday and the year before and before.  Sure, much of that is a mirage.  Beneath the surface the Amish here are Read More…

Plain Kansas: Rosanna Goes to New Heights…

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PLAIN KANSAS BY ROSANNA BAUMAN Editor's Note: Rosanna and her family are Old German Baptist Brethren and lives in Kansas. The Brethren are similar to the Amish (plain dress and pacifism, for example), but are more progressive in their use of technology.  Stay tuned next week for photos from this trip and click here if you missed Part 1 of the Bauman Colorado adventure last week! One of the first activities we did after settling into camp was to take the entire family off-roading up forest service trails. With two people on the ATV and five in the UTV, we could explore the mountainside together.  I thought that the boys would simply want to bomb around on the trails most of the weekend but that quickly changed when we spotted the first mine entrance. There was only a small opening to wiggle through, and since a small opening is more intriguing to a male than a large one,  they were intrigued.  After some conversation, Dad, the boys, me and Joanna all wriggled through. Everyone except for Mom. She stayed outside in the sunlight and tried not to worry as our voices got Read More…

Renegade Amish – Preview

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Oh, geez.  I need to do some reading. Some serious reading.  I feel like since Aster was born that I just don't have time.  I'm not complaining. I LOVE being a Dad, but how the heck to parents find time to do anything? Especially a pleasure pursuit like reading?  In my case it is also a work pursuit.   Fore pure pleasure, I started a Stephen King novel recently when I had a week with a bit more free time, but I got half way through and am just stuck once I got busier.  But then I got Richard Stevick's book "Growing up Amish" in the mail, which I need to read and review.  I have a book about growing up Mennonite that someone sent me that I need to read and review, plus some Amish fiction galleys I need to, yes, read and review.   As if that isn't enough I opened my mailbox today and there was:  Renegade Amish, a book by the dean of Amish academia: Donald Kraybill.   The book looks awesome and I CANNOT wait to read it.  But when???  Rachel got me a book light for Father's Day so I can read at night, but then I get so sleepy after a few pages that I don't get very far.  Sooo, I am going Read More…

Packed Lunches, Amish and Otherwise…

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Like seemingly everything in life, school lunches are hardly recognizable from what they used to be. At least the way mine used to be. I think I would get a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and soggy chips most days when I ate a packed lunch way back when.  Many of you know that I spent a portion of my childhood in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, my Dad worked for a steel company in the USA and they transferred us there so he could work in their overseas division).  The schools in the Middle East generally did not have cafeterias, so I always brought a packed lunch.  When we came back to the USA to stay, I usually ate the gruel served up in the school cafeteria, so my packing days were over. One of my favorite childhood lunchboxes was a bright orange Snoopy lunchbox. There was a little plastic “arm” inside that secured a thermos (which always seemed to end up leaking all over my lunch). Would a kid today get made fun of for carrying a Snoopy lunchbox to school? I don't know for sure, my guess is probably yes.  If the children today Read More…

Blogroll: Apple Goodie, Amish Egg Farmers, Amish Indiana, Amish in Nebraska, and Church Peanut Butter Spread!

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Got some neat stuff on today's weekly blog round-up. (Photo caption:  Ex-Amish member Mose Gingerich) CATCH-UP WITH MOSE:   Two years ago the National Geographic show "Amish: Out of Order" was running on the NatGeo network to record ratings.   This was a crazy time in the world of "Amish reality."  I was under contract with a Hollywood production company to produce a respectful reality show and basically every production company with a pulse was out scouring Amish country looking for ratings gold.  Of all the dumb shows about the Amish that were put onto reality TV, only a couple were redeeming, in my opinion.  Amish: Out of Order was one of these good shows as was Vanilla Ice Goes Amish.  So if you were a fan of Amish: Out of Order and want to sort of catch up with the "cast of characters" two years later, check out the blog of the show's star, Mose Gingerich for a recently posted update. AMISH IN NEBRASKA:  Not to be confused with "Nebraska Amish", an ultra-conservative sect of Amish in Pennsylvania and New York.  No, there are actually Amish in Nebraska.  The state has a Read More…

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