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Some of you may have noticed a new domain name in the address bar: Amish365.com I put a lot of thought into the change, convened a focus group or two, and just generally pondered. Of course, like anything online, a lot of great names are already taken. Oasis Newsfeatures is my business name and I suppose I'll continue to use it in some form, but the name means little to anyone.When I began this business at age 18 I had high hopes that it might morph into some large multi-faceted media company. That never happened. But where did the name come from anyway? Read More…

  • Lovely Lead Mine

    My parents recently explored - or attempted to explore - the Old Order Mennonite settlement at Rich Hill, Missouri.  The Show-Me-State has a diverse and growing community of Plain people.  The largest Amish settlements are near Jamesport and in Webster County. But there are also Old Order German Baptist Brethren in the state and several pockets of Old Order Mennonites.  It sounds like if you want an offbeat, enjoyable Plain experience in Missouri Lead Mine may well be your best bet. I was unfamiliar with this community, but the fact that it has a restaurant owned and operated by OOM makes it worthwhile on that alone.  And the name Lead Mine is kind of cool:) (named after the old mines that honeycomb the hills, but no worries, you won't be exposed to lead just visiting) As I point out in my Williams Guide to Amish Country restaurant opportunities to dine on food prepared by Plain people are rare.  So the Lead Mine Country Store Restaurant will definitely make the next Williams Guide!  Click here to read more about Lead Mine and some of the other Old Order Mennonite owned businesses in Read More…

  • Five Amish Easter Favorites

    Like Christmas, the Amish are decidedly low key about Easter.  However, one way they will mark the occasion is through special feast foods like glazed ham, potatoes, or a hearty Easter morning breakfast casserole.  Here are five favorite recipes that often make the Amish Easter menu: BROWN SUGAR GLAZED HAM 1 (5-7 lb)   Ham, fully cooked (bone in) 1 cup         Brown sugar, packed 2 tsp          Prepared mustard 1-2 tsp       Cider vinegar Score ham about half-inch deep with a sharp knife.  Place ham on a rack in a shallow baking pan.  Bake at 325 degrees for 2 to 2-1/2  hours ( 20 minutes per lb).  Combine brown sugar, mustard and enough vinegar to make a thick paste.  During the last hour of baking, brush glaze on ham every 15 minutes.  Yield: 10-14 servings.   AMISH BREAKFAST CASSEROLE 8 slices bread, cubed 1 pound sausage, fried and drained 6 eggs 2 cups of milk 1/4 cup margarine 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1 pound of grated cheese 1/2 teaspoon salt Put bread in the bottom of a casserole dish. In a separate bowl, beat eggs and add milk, onion, salt, Read More…

    Our Most Popular Recipe…..

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    Yesterday day I thought we had a sure-fire winner of a recipe to post: homemade Twix bars.   There was a gorgeous photo with it and a mouth-watering recipe.  But, according to the under-the-hood site statistics that I am constantly monitoring it only did so-so with readers. I guess I let my own infatuation with Twix bars color my judgment.  I've got a gazillion Amish and Mennonite recipes and I'm always trying to select the ones to post which I think you'll like most.  Trying to guess which recipes will "push your buttons" in a good way is such an inexact science.  Recipes that I think will go off like gangbusters seem to fizzle, ones that I don't think will do so well go viral.  A recipe I posted last fall for caramel wrapped pretzels was a huge traffic generator. I thought it would just put up modest numbers. A recipe I posted several weeks ago for "hot chocolate cookies" which I thought would be a monster hit fizzled online.  Who couldn't like a chocolate-infused marshmallow-topped cookie? Last week I posted a recipe for lemon pie and a separate recipe for its homemade Read More…

    Hmmmm: Amish and Today’s Youth

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    CAPTION:  Scene from Vanilla Ice Goes Amish, actually one of the better recent reality shows about the Amish. This morning I saw an article in the newspaper of The Michigan Daily, a student newspaper in Ann Arbor, that made a passing reference to the Amish.  A senior wrote an article about "procrastination."  One of the passages from her column was: Some truly great moments happen while procrastinating. Once, I convinced my roommate to spend six hours watching “Breaking Amish” with me on Netflix. It’s neither one of our proudest accomplishments, but we’ll always remember it as a fun time we spent together in the months leading up to graduation. If the topic of procrastination interests you, you can read her full essay here. Breaking Amish is that absurd show (almost as absurd as Amish Mafia)  on the TLC channel that follows Amish young people around as they supposedly decide whether they want to remain Amish or not.   The show is about as genuine as an ice-skating unicorn. In the 23 years that have passed since I created The Amish Cook column (back then it was the only Read More…

    Amish in the News: Pinecraft, Florida – Heading into the Quiet Zone

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    CAPTION: An Amish woman pedals down the street in Pinecraft. Three-wheeled adult cycles are the main mode of transport for visiting Amish. I have written plenty about Pinecraft over the years in both non-fiction and fiction.  My first fiction novella, Rebecca at the Beach, takes place in Pinecraft.  I am, by the way, working on the third installment of the series and expect it to be out in June. Stay tuned:).  Pinecraft is a "winter haven" for Amish snowbirds wishing to escape the harsh climate up north.  Here's one of the pieces I wrote about this unique destination a few years ago. A neat article appeared in the Bradenton Times (I never knew there was such a newspaper, I am familiar with the Bradenton Herald, which runs the Amish Cook, but the Bradenton Times? I digress..) over the weekend about Pinecraft.  What makes this article shine is that it delves into the history of the community more than most I have seen.  So if you want a good, quick, thorough read about one of the most interesting Amish settlements, check this article out. With Easter weekend upon us Pinecraft Read More…

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