The Amish Cook: Homemade Chocolate Coffee Smoothies

THE AMISH COOK BY GLORIA YODER The summer weather we’re having is about as close to perfect as possible.  Last night we had a nice rain that cut the humidity and cooled everything and everyone off once more. My 16-year-old sister, Mary Grace, who lives next door is here helping me for the day. We are doing cleaning in preparation for Daniel’s family from Danville, Ohio who plan to come for a visit this weekend.  We’re excited to see them again.  We also did some cooking today.  With mashed potatoes being one of Daniel’s favorite hot dishes, we made  a huge batch.  Then divided it into small containers to be frozen.  It’s very handy to thaw and heat at a moment’s notice. Our 2 ½ year-old daughter Julia is in her glory.  Mary Grace helped her bake caramel apple cupcakes and now they’re working on her favorite part which is, of course, putting sprinkles on top of the frosting. On Monday morning after doing the laundry I checked the sweet corn and found it to be golden yellow, ready for harvest. Obviously the coon had discovered the same thing the night before but it Read More…

The Amish Cook: Peanut Butter Crumb Pie

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The Amish Cook CAPTION: Fresh veggies from Gloria's garden sit on her kitchen table. By Gloria Yoder INTRODUCING  A NEW AMISH COOK Hi. I’m Gloria Yoder, age 24.  I’m an ordinary Amish housewife and mother and, yes, I love it.  My husband Daniel and I have been blessed with over 4 years of marriage.  We were thrilled when God added a baby girl to our hearts and lives 2 1 /2 years ago.  We named her Julia Rose.  She is our little sunshine. We also anticipate the arrival of another bundle in November. Julia is all excited about being a big sister. We live in a quiet country area and enjoy spending time outdoors, especially going on picnics and camping trips. A week ago we had the opportunity to go with my family to the Embarras River for a camp-out. We had a wonderful time together.  My favorite part of camping is sitting around the fire after dark singing or swapping stories.  A campfire is never complete without having some good s’mores.  I love roasting marshmallows to a golden brown. Then placing on a graham cracker square, spread with an ample amount of peanut butter and Read More…

The Amish Cook: Summer Recipe Series, Part I

THE AMISH COOK SUMMER RECIPE SERIES These are some requested recipes from readers as part of our “summer recipe series.”  The Amish Cook will return in its regular format later in the month.  Enjoy! An Amish Cook reader in Highland, Indiana requested a recipe for blueberry muffins with a splash of lemon.  Try this recipe which comes from an Amish settlement in Maine where blueberries are plentiful during the summer! BUTTERMILK BLUEBERRY LEMON MUFFINS Makes 24 muffins 3 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 /2 teaspoon salt 1 cup softened butter 1 1/ 2 cups sugar 4 eggs 2 1 /2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup buttermilk 2 cups blueberries GLAZE 1 1 /2 cups powdered sugar 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon lemon zest Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Lightly greased muffin tins or line tins with cupcake papers. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until thoroughly blended. Beat in the Read More…

The Amish Cook: Strawberry Pie

THE AMISH COOK BY LOVINA EICHER 2014 is halfway over already. Hard to believe! The sun is shining after a rainy week so we are taking advantage of the beautiful day.  Benjamin, Joseph, Lovina, and Kevin are out in the garden pulling weeds. M y how those weeds took over!  Our garden is looking great other than the weeds. Our days are filled with all the work that summer brings. We canned rhubarb juice and put lots of strawberries into jam and pie filling. Our strawberries were all from sister Emma’s patch.  She had plenty for herself and to share with me. Daughter Elizabeth turned 20 last week. She has now left her teenage years.  What a nice young lady she has become. Being the oldest of 8 children made a very responsible girl at a young age. For her birthday I baked her a chocolate cake and then instead of using frosting to decorate it I used whipped topping and instant pudding mix . Timothy’s sister told me that she uses that instead of frosting. It was a hit in our family as the cake was gone faster than usual. Verena is washing dishes and Loretta is gathering the Read More…

The Amish Cook: Tea Time and Homemade Zucchini Scramble

THE AMISH COOK BY LOVINA EICHER It is Thursday already and time to get this column out in today’s mail. It hardly seems like two weeks have passed since I penned the last column. I was very happy that daughter Verena offered to write last week in my place.  She loves to write so she didn’t have a problem about not getting the length of the column written.  It helped out so much that I didn’t have to take time out of our busy summer schedule to write. Sometimes I can write a column in just a matter of minutes. Then there are times when so much work awaits me that I find it difficult to concentrate on writing. Like now it is 5:30 a.m.  Daughters Elizabeth and Susan just left for work. My husband Joe left already before 4 a.m. The rest are still in bed so all is nice and quiet except for the noisy birds outside the window trying to let the world know that daylight is almost here. I like to hear the birds though and I could sleep through all their chatter if I was tired enough. Just knowing that the day will be another busy one takes the sleep from me. Coffee would sound good Read More…

The Amish Cook: Beef Nacho Casserole

By Verena Eicher, Age 16   Hello!  This is Lovina’s daughter, Verena. Mom has been extra busy lately, so I wanted to help her out by writing the column for her this week. Washing dishes, sweeping and mopping floors,  and watering flowers has filled my day.  With having sisters Loretta-13 and Lovina-10 home from school, they can help out a lot around the house already.  I like to send Lovina after my things when I feel a little lazy.  Smile!! I enjoy helping mom keep her gardens and flowers watered.  She depends on me to keep the flowers watered, so I try my best to keep them looking nice.  They are nicely hung on our porch, making it look beautiful from the view on the road.  I want to help mom do some weeding in the garden if we get time tomorrow.  We want to also wash laundry tomorrow, if it doesn’t rain. Sister Elizabeth has a Yorkshire terrier puppy.  She’s only had it for a week.  She is named Isabella.  We call her Izzy for short.  She is such a little ornery puppy sometimes.  She loves to play and all the attention she gets around here.  Elizabeth also has Read More…

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