The Amish Cook, Week of Feb 25, 2013: Cheesy Sausage and Rice Bake

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Editor’s Note:  The church Lovina belongs to is more progressive when it comes to safety-oriented technology like smoke detectors.  When their home was built local home inspectors required such detectors be installed. Some more conservative Amish groups, like the Swartzentruber Amish, have opposed such devices.

We are having some snowy days this week although there is not much of an accumulation.  We have had quite a day already.  Joe left for work around 3:30 a.m.  I had turned off the light and was ready to go back to bed until 5 a.m.  I heard an alarm go off in the basement so I went to go out and check it out and it was a carbon monoxide alarm.  I could smell soot so I checked our coal stove but it looked ok.  I figured that it might be the gas water heater and shut it off.  I get worried more since the fire we had last year and decided to wake all 8 children.  I called 911 to ask what I should do.  They said to get everyone out of the house and they  would send someone to take a look.  Everyone was still sleepy and it was difficult to find clothes and coats by flashlight. I didn’t want to turn on our gaslights just to be safe.  Remembering the fire we had everyone was shook up a little more.  It was cold and around 20 degrees outside so I told the children to go inside the tool shed where it would be warmer.  It ended up that the whole fire department showed up.  They checked the carbon count and it was 32 close by the water heater.  It had probably aired out since I had shut it off.     Elizabeth didn’t go back to sleep since she leaves for work around 5:15 a.m. I think everyone will be ready for bed early tonight.

We have someone here now checking out the water heater. It sounds like we could be getting some downdrafts, too.  They are adding a fresh air vent to prevent the build up of carbon monoxide.  With so many gas appliances running plus the coal stove we need more ventilation.  Our house is so air tight and during the winter months when we don’t have windows to air it out in builds up faster.

They tested our propane gas lights and they throw off a little too. We use them longer during the winter months also.  We hope this will take care of any more problems.  I am glad we had the carbon monoxide detector down there.

We received word that Joe’s great Uncle Amos died. We regret that we didn’t find out in time to attend his funeral which was yesterday . Our sympathy goes to the family.  The children enjoyed their two-day mid-winter break.  It went way too fast.  Friday evening and Saturday we helped Jacob butcher hogs. They have lots of meat now.  We made pon hoss out of 12 gallons of juice from the pork bones.  We have had quite a few meals of it already.  Everyone in our family likes it.  We have also been using the fresh sausage Jacob sent home with us.  We use it in breakfast burritos, casseroles, gravy, and fry it for sandwiches.  We have two hogs on order but they are not quite big enough to butcher.  We are thinking they should be ready it about 3 weeks.  We plan to cut up a big beef before that.  I will be glad to get those greasy jobs off the list.  By then it will already be time to do some spring cleaning. Time does not stand still.  Try this sausage and rice bake


1 pound sausage

2 cups grated cheese

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 /4   teaspoon onion powder

3 cups hot cooked rice

3 eggs, beaten

1 4 ounce can of mushroom pieces

1 /2 cup milk

Cook the sausage, crumble, and drain.  Combine cooked rice and 1 1 /2 cups of the cheese.  Spread into a buttered 2 quart casserole dish.  Sprinkle sausage over rice. Combine rest of the ingredients except for a half cup of cheese. Pour over the sausage. Sprinkle with 1 /2 cup cheese over on top of everything.  Bake at 350 for 40 – 45 minutes.,  Cover loosely with foil while baking.

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The Discussion

  1. Welcome aboard Rachel!! Sure am looking forward to seeing the new recipes. Plus, including a picture always makes it look more mouth-watering. Good luck!!

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  2. Zelka Cani says:

    I am curious, as all Amish communities vary, do the Eichers actually have their own telephone at home to use in emergencies such as this one?

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  3. This recipe sounds good!! I also am wondering about the phone use. I thought the Amish had a community phone. Is there any way to get a recipe for pon hoss?
    Thanks Theresa

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  4. I’m curious about the pon hoss too. Is it the same, or similar, as scrapple? I’d love to know more ways to use it than just frying it. I also use it as a “crust” for quiche or egg & cheese pie.

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  5. So glad that everyone is safe. I’ve gotten sick once from carbon monoxide and it is not pleasant and is very scary that such an unseen danger can lurk in our homes.

    For those that have questions about Amish and phones… the rules pertaining to phones can be very different depending on the different church districts. Some can have phones in shanties outside their homes, some the shanty has to be a good distance from the home, some may have phones in their work shops and some may have no phone at all.

    I have a few recipes for Pon Hos in cookbooks, but I found this one on the internet for those of you interested.

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  6. I tried the above recipe for supper last eve. and it was very good. I used hamburger since that was what I had on hand and worked out well. Even better, there will be leftovers for another meal.

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  7. Elizabeths boy friend appears to be a lot older than she.How old is he?

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