Amish in the News: Mennonite Investors

Ah, money. It really is the root of so many societal issues. But even the most conservative Amish and Mennonites want to see their money grow.  This is an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal today about how a non-Mennonite/Amish financial adviser in Montezuma, Kansas advises his Mennonite clients on money matters.  Click here for an interesting read.   Read More…

Weekly Blogroll: Amish Cinnamon Bread; Running in Amish Country, Casting Call, A Huge Reunion, and an Amish Wedding….

Hello!  Lots of interesting stuff in the blogosphere this past week about Amish culture so let's jump right in. Hope you're hungry! AMISH CINNAMON BREAD:  This really looks like an easy, but delicious recipe.  First, it's not a sourdough bread recipe.  While I love sourdough, dealing with that pesky starter can be a chore.  And this isn't a yeast bread either, so no troublesome waiting for something to rise.  No, this is just an easy "stir n bake" bread that makes something decadently cinnamon-y.  The photos with the recipe are superb.  It makes me want to head into the kitchen now to whip up a loaf, but then I'd have to eat it and I'm trying to lose weight, not gain. Click here for the recipe! MASSIVE REUNION:  I loved this story!  A Mennonite couple who married 100 years ago still have occasional family reunions for the 1200 or so relatives that that couple spawned.  Sheesh, my wife often brings mac n cheese to my family reunion.  How much would she need to make to feed 1200 people?  This reunion is so big it is held in a gymnasium.  For comparison's sake my Mom's family has Read More…

Amish Chicken Brine For Grilling

Barbecuing chicken is a favorite summer pastime among the Amish.  When the summer heat rises the urge increases to get that heat out of the kitchen and move it to the outdoor grill.  Grilling outside is especially appealing in Amish homes because the vast majority don't have air-conditioning so a hot kitchen will simmer up the house in a hurry. This recipe comes to us from Amish cook and farm wife Luella Yoder in Iowa.  We'll hear more from her soon.  Meanwhile, enjoy her recipe for a juicy, juicy grilled barbecued chicken! Print Amish Chicken Brine For Grilling   Ingredients 1 quart water 1 quart vinegar 8 tablespoons salt 4 tablespoons Worchestershire sauce 4 teaspoons black pepper 2 teaspoons garlic salt Instructions Soak chicken in this brine overnight , or a few hours before grilling. We like to put chicken brine on a burner on low before grilling and heat it up a little like ½ hour or so it speeds up the process of grilling. And using chicken with the skin on keeps it more juicy for grilling. 3.2.2646     Read More…

Amish in the News: Amish have less asthma? And Expecting Amish Falls Flat?

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Two Amish in the News articles today, one fun, one medical.   The medical one first. AMISH AND ASTHMA: There are some studies that point to the Amish having lower incidences of asthma.  But does this point to a genetic warding off of asthma or a lifestyle shield of sorts? Or perhaps both?  Click here to read the article. EXPECTING AMISH:   I will confess to not watching this Lifetime movie.  Ever since Aster came into our lives I feel like our TV watching has gone down to virtually nothing.  I may turn on the TV and catch a few innings of the occasional Reds game.  But the time or energy to sit and watch an entire movie?  Nah.  Not going to happen.   So if you are like me this review gives you a pretty good recap (plenty of spoilers and the writer is a bit cheeky, so if that bothers you, don't read it).  After reading the review I'm not sorry I missed the movie, it seems like the premise is pretty unlikely.  Rumspringa is something that the mainstream media obsesses about, but in Amish culture it's not quite the big deal that it is in "media culture."  Click here to read about Read More…

Two Favorites From Gloria’s Table: Garden Green Beans; Homemade Ice Cream

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Gloria Yoder is a very natural cook and baker.  That was one of the first things I was struck by when first visiting her home several years ago.   One just had to glance outside her window to see a bountiful garden bursting with fresh veggies that only had to travel 100 feet to her kitchen. There are green beans: chewy, rubbery, watery Jolly Green Giant in a can beans, and then there are GREEN beans, fresh, full of flavor and straight from the garden.  I’m not a huge fan of the former, but salivate at the all too rare latter.  I enjoyed some awesome green beans while first visiting Gloria's home a couple of years ago. Gloria prefers Roma or Jade green beans. And she has some fond memories from her youth, of when she and her sisters would can about 85 quarts a year. “We sat on the ground in a circle and each had a pile of beans in our lap, tossing them into a large bowl in the center,” she recalled. “To make time go faster and keep the motivation level higher, we played guessing games, sang, or raced as we worked.” 5.0 from 1 reviews Print Amish Green Beans   Read More…

Introducing a new Amish Cook

By Kevin Williams Lovina Eicher has decided to no longer write The Amish Cook column. I wish her well in life's challenges and opportunities ahead and feel blessed to have spent so much time with such a super family. Nothing lasts  forever.  And in the media business, personalities come and go. “Regis and Kathy Lee” becomes “Regis and Kelly,” which becomes “Kelly and Michael.” Personalities change, but shows can stay the same. The Amish Cook column was never supposed to be about one person; it was supposed to connect an increasingly complicated world with a simpler, slower pace.  And The Amish Cook will continue to do that. The Amish are a diverse and varied group and no one person can or should lend a voice to the entire community. So I think changing the author occasionally offers insight and variation. There are close to 200,000 Amish residents in the USA and growing, among them are many talented writers and cooks. Now is a good time to hear from another one. As creator and caretaker for a column that has become a tool for spreading simplicity, I wish to continue. I Read More…

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