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Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.

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  1. Andrea

    lol, oleo is an Indiana term I think. My mother grew up in the Geneva area and oleo is a common term for margarine. Just like cheese toasties (grilled cheese sandwhich), mangos (green bell peppers) and musk melon (cantaloupe).

    1. Kevin

      Yep, andrea, those terms are all familiar to me:)

  2. Virginia

    My mom was born in OK and raised in KS, and she always said oleo even when we moved to CA…the other names for cantaloupes, green bell peppers and grilled cheese are “greek” to me…;)

    1. Kevin

      Interesting, Virginia, the term oleo definitely seems to hold sway among older Amish people, not as much among the younger. My grandma always called bell peppers “mangoes.” Have a Happy Easter!


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