Gloria’s Barbecued Meatballs

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PHOTO GREMLIN: There is a "photo gremlin" that is swapping out the meatball photo here with one of Rosanna's old recipes.  Absolutely no clue how or why...and I'm too tired to try to spend an hour fixing it, so just click the link and meatballs will show up!:) This is a wonderful recipe that Gloria prepared once on a visit to her place.  We are approaching deer hunting season and the forests of southern Illinois are thick with plump deer.  Deer hunting is an absolutely pasttime among the Amish in this area.  Even the Amish women in Flat Rock (generally this is a very gender segregated activity) take to the forests with their bows or rifles in hoping to bag enough meat for the approaching winter.  And if they do, this is a favorite dish.   I know many people don't like the "gamey" taste of venison so you can use ground sausage, turkey, or beef to make these meatballs or you can use a blend of various meats.  The real star of this recipe isn't the meat anyway, it's the sauce which carries a hint of tang and a suggestion of sweet, smothering any “gamey” taste it's the sauce Read More…

Scottish Independence and the Amish

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On Thursday, the whole world will watch as Scots head to the polls to vote whether they want to become their own country or stay on as part of the United Kingdom (along with Wales and Northern Island).  If Scotland votes for independence, then the 300-year marriage with England will be over.  What do the Amish have to do with these events?  From a practical standpoint, probably not much, at least not for awhile.  But if Scotland does vote for independence it'll be a powerful signal to other culturally distinct groups in other countries to press for their own independence.  Catalonia and Basque in Spain and France are almost certainly next and Quebec may eye this route again.  The United States has its own unique cultural islands.  Some still argue that the South is culturally distinct and should be its own country.  Others press the case for Hawaiian, Alaskan or even Texas to become independent nations. By 2020 there will be two majority Amish enclaves in the United States: Holmes County, Ohio and Lagrange County, Indiana.  While the Amish have generally remained an apolitical Read More…

Mrs. Yoder’s Journal: Mrs. Yoder Has Some News To Share and Try Some Iowa Stir Fry!

Note from Editor Kevin:  There is some “back story” to this column and some intriguing stuff,  see my note at the end! And in case you missed her first column, here is a little about Mrs. Yoder:  “First of all I will introduce us Yoders, a total of 10 of us altogether.  I am age 36, then is the other better half of me, my dear husband is also age 36.  And then our dear children Michael 13, Rosalyn 11, Marvin Lee 9, Carolyn Sue 8, Ruth Ann 6, Malinda Kay 5, Martha Fern 3, Wendall James 19 months.  We live on a 159 acre farm.” Sept 7, 2014 MRS. YODER’S JOURNAL Warm and cheery greetings from our corner in southern Iowa! Read More…

Blogroll: Amish Are Rule Breakers? Also: Tom Looks At Schools; Amish Church Spread, Potato Dinner Rolls, and Lydia Glick’s Whole Wheat Amish Bread

AMISH AS RULE-BREAKERS?   There was a piece in The Humanist this past week by an author that is very thought-provoking.  My first reaction was to put up a knee-jerk defense of the Amish.  But I do try to be open-minded on almost everything. I give people a fair hearing whether I agree with them or not and as long as their view is coming from a place of respect and is articulated well, I think that is what matters.  The author is flat wrong on some points (i.e. the Amish DO pay into social security unless they are self-employed), on others...well, he makes some points that maybe are at least worth considering.  Not saying I agree, just saying some of his points are thought-provoking.  What do you think?  Click here to read the piece. AMISH CHURCH SPREAD:  Blogroll has a bit of an international flair this week.  A Swedish-American blogger gives her take on this most Amish of confections: church peanut butter spread (check out her unique serving suggestions...Yum!) Click here. DOWN UNDER DINNER ROLLS:  Heading from Sweden to New Zealand, a Kiwi shares a recipe for Amish Potato Read More…

More Orthodox Mennonites….

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Back in May I wrote about Orthodox Mennonites and the growth of this small ultra-conservative offshoot.    I still don't know a ton about this group, but CTV in Canada did a story about them and their movement into the small Ontario community of Renfrew.   I would love to go up there and explore sometime. Like other conservative Mennonite churches Orthodox Mennonites are a horse-and-buggy group.  But unlike other of the most conservative Mennonites, they do worship in a church building and, interestingly, the Orthodox Mennonite men do wear beards, something most horse and buggy Mennonite men do not usually grow.  That said, I also recently found out about Old Order Mennonite men near Rich Hill, Missouri who also grow beards.  Click here to read this interesting piece on CTV.    In the CTV piece there is a photo of an Orthodox Mennonite man with his full beard and it looks as if he permitted the photograph, so beards and allowing of photography are some interesting differences.  This is a photo of an Orthodox Mennonite-owned buggy spotted in Renfrew earlier this year. Read More…

About Amish365 Plus

Starting today, some items on Amish365.com will require a subscription to access.  Creating content has its costs.  As an acknowledgement to this economic reality, more and more websites are putting up some sort of paywall.  Sites doing this range from giants like the New York Times or obscure niche sports sites. Most of Amish365.com will continue to remain free.  The Amish Cook, Plain Kansas, Amish in the News, Weekly Blogroll, and an assortment of other stuff will stay free.  But for more in-depth reporting and recipe sourcing, those will be part of Amish365 Plus.  We are trying with some success to get more advertising on the site  to offset costs,but that takes time.  Last week I ventured to Knox County, Ohio’s Amish country and came away with an amazing array of recipes, stories, and photos.  These are recipes that you just can’t get out of a cookbook or online. These are tried and true time-tested recipes passed down through Amish generations.   But in gas and time it easily cost $200 for the day.  If I just post Read More…

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