Amish365 Plus: Rosanna’s Sweet Melon Salsa

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What do you do with those excess melons? Those fresh melons that you ate with such zeal a month ago are starting to taste a bit bland. Read More…

More Knox County Beauty

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Last week I visited the rolling hills of Knox County, Ohio and just fell in love with the scenery and peacefulness of the place. I'm sure I will be going back. Plus members will be treated to a fascinating series of stories and recipes about the unique food collaborative between Kenyon College and Amish growers.  Knox County is a hodge-podge of different Amish orders.   This buggy belongs to an Andy Weaver Amish church member.  The Andy Weaver church was formed in 1952 from a church split.  The Andy Weaver Amish are more conservative than mainline Old Order Amish, but they aren't Swartzentruber conservative. For instance, notice the orange safety triangle displayed on the back of this buggy.  This time of year produce is plump and plentiful and farm-stands are getting rid of the last of their garden goodies.  Some forecasts call for a first frost in this part of Ohio within the next 10 days.  Brrrr...but these veggies warm one to look at!  These come from my new friends at Nisley's Organic Produce.  Hot peppers really are a mainstay in most Amish gardens these days. Here are some Read More…

Chicken and Waffles, Would You Eat This?

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A different sort of menu item has been popping up in some Burger Kings in Pennsylvania and on the East Coast this year.  The dish pays homage to Amish food history.  I'm not sure this fast-food giant is the best equipped to pay homage to any sort of food history, but I guess I give them a thumbs up for trying.  Is shoofly pie next at McDonalds?  Chicken corn soup at Wendy's?  I doubt it..... This is a photo by blogger Troy Smith of his recent chicken and waffle Burger King breakfast.    Have any of our readers run into this at Burger King? (I'm doubting many of our readers eat at Burger King,but you never know....)The verdict: soggy waffles and overcooked chicken. Chicken and waffles are a Pennsylvania Dutch contribution to American culinary culture.   Amish cooking is part of the rich Pennsylvania Dutch culinary tapestry, but it's just part.  Pennsylvania Dutch cooking is a melting pot of Hungarian, Moravian, German and other eastern European ethnic groups that creating their own food culture in isolated rural Pennsylvania.  Chicken and waffles has been a part of the food Read More…

Plain Kansas: The Business of Farming, Part I

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Editor's Note: For those new to the column, Rosanna is Old German Baptist Brethren, a Plain sect similar to the Amish,but it's not the same.  Enjoy the whole Plain Kansas archive now up at Plainkansas.com! By Rosanna Bauman Part II will run tomorrow The Possibility of Profits and the Place of Non-profits I don’t make it a practice to comment upon other people’s commentaries. But I read the August 9 article that appeared in the New York Times entitled "Don't Let Your Children Grow Up to Be Farmers", and I felt compelled to write a response. Intended to challenge folks’ perceptions, this article only served to confuse, due to the poor interpretation of facts. I have presented here my own response to the two main issues this farmer/author raised: the possibility of profits and the place of non-profits in the world of small-scale, sustainable agriculture. Like the author, I too, am a beginning farmer on a small, sustainable family farm for over a decade. I too, have a successful, innovative farm that is vulnerable to operating without profits. But I would never dare to Read More…

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…

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