Amish Summer Scalloped Corn Supper

This delicious-sounding summer recipe comes to us from Gloria Yoder's Mom, Dorcas Raber.  Sounds like a wonder summer supper! Print Amish Scalloped Corn   Ingredients 2 cups corn 2 eggs, beaten 1 cup milk 2 /3 cup bread or cracker crumbs 1 tablespoon onion, minced 3 tablespoons butter, melted ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon sugar Instructions Mix altogether and bake at 350 for 40 minutes. 3.2.2646   Read More…

Throwback Thursday: 1996 and 2014

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I was mortified when a friend of mine posted this photo of me on Facebook a few weeks ago...sheesh, what was I thinking?  The funky hair, the nehru collared shirt (looks vaguely like a priest)....Ah, fun times....New York City 1996, I was preparing for an evening on Times Square to watch the ball fall.  It was so crowded I just ended up sandwiched between two men from New Delhi, we were chest to chest, two strangers pinned to one another by the sheer force of the crowd. There was nowhere else to go.  I went with about 7 other people and we all linked hands just so we could stay together (pre cell-phone days, how quaint).  Our chain eventually snapped and those who got separated met back at my friend's apartment after the crowds thinned. "I didn't imagine you'd be the one I'd be spending the first seconds of my New Year with," I grunted to the man pressed against my chest. "This no what you call picnic for me either," he mumbled back in a thick Indian accent. Ah, fast-forward to today...living in Ohio, a Dad....18 years ago seems like a lifetime ago.... Read More…

US 50: Vanishing America Series

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Long before the sterile interstate highways sliced the country like surgical scars, there was another America.  An America of winding roads, scenic overlooks, and county fairs. And if you leave the main highway, you’ll still see this other America, a place of soft-serve ice cream, Mom and Pop motels, one-stop-light hamlets and cornball town names like Gnaw Bone, Indiana and Blue Ball, Ohio. As far as I know, no one has ever written a book just about US 50.  But I’m sure one could write a book about this most American of highways as it traverses the states.  From its eastern terminus in Ocean City, Maryland to its western endpoint in West Sacramento, US 50 still offers a glimpse of what the USA once was.  I've often thought - if I lived in a fantasy world of no responsibilities or schedules and endless dollars to fill my gas tank and belly - that it would be fun simply to get on US 50 in Ocean City and just keep driving west, chronicling the colorful characters and offbeat businesses along the way.  Of course I can't do that, so we'll have to settle on small stretches.  I've been Read More…

Daviess County Journal: Farewell in Photos

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I enjoyed my brief visit to Daviess County Amish country immensely and I am looking forward to going back sometime soon.  I wanted to share a few other random photos from my visit along with some observations.   I love the background gravel roads that cross-cross the country.  You aren't really in Amish country unless you get your car dusty and dirty from the gravel roads:).   I also like the sprinkling of "variety" type stores in the area, which is home to some 800 Amish families.  Variety stores usually focus less on food and more on clothing, shoes, and sundries. Solar power was on display in this Amish settlement.  Some outsiders cluck at the thought of the Amish using solar: "isn't that the same as electricity?"  some will sniff.    No, to them, it is not.  Being "on the grid" is more the issue with the Amish than the electricity itself.  Being on the grid means you can have TV, internet, radio, etc, all items that clash with the Amish lifestyle (although some Amish do use the internet on the sly or even not on the sly), solar power, along with battery power, allows one to Read More…

Easy Pull-Apart Chocolate Peanut Butter Coffeecake

This recipe looks more complicated than it is, there are just a lot of steps, but it's not difficult sounding once you read through it.  Coffeecakes are a staple on the morning menu in Amish homes.  Most of the time the cakes are your basic coffeecakes, maybe some with fruit filling.  This one, which came to me from an Amish woman in Ohio, struck me as really delicious and interesting sounding! Print Easy Pull-Apart Peanut Butter Chocolate Coffeecake   Ingredients ¼ cup plus ⅓ cup butter, divided ⅔ cup plus ¼ cup granulated sugar, divided ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 cups all-purpose flour plus extra for kneading 4 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup chocolate chips ½ cup peanut butter ⅔ cup milk Glaze: ½ cup sifted powdered sugar 2 teaspoons milk Instructions PREHEAT oven to 375° F. Lightly grease 8- or 9-inch-round cake pan. Melt ¼ cup butter; set aside. Combine ⅔ cup granulated sugar and cinnamon in another small bowl; set aside. Combine flour, remaining ¼ cup Read More…

Plain Kansas: Camping in Colorado

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CAPTION:  Rosanna and her younger sister, Joanna, in Ohio earlier this summer.  The Baumans have been on the road a lot this summer, this week it is Colorado! PLAIN KANSAS BY ROSANNA BAUMAN The realization hit our family suddenly and we wasted no time in quickly acting before our window of opportunity was gone.  My brother Marvin is already married and half of the remaining Bauman siblings are now out of their teens. We siblings are growing up fast. If a family getaway was not acted upon this summer while the farm work is slow, it may not happen. But  it had to be a “getaway,” not just a day trip: a chance for us to relax together, not just work together.  It needed to be a place far enough removed from the farm that we couldn’t run back and work on our “to do” lists.  Dad’s brother has a small piece of property in Colorado and the 10-hour drive is sufficiently far without spending too much travel time. And it was affordable! My uncle’s no-frills cabin (with an outhouse, and the only running water is the creek!) would still allow us to cook our own meals and not worry about  Read More…

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