The Amish Cook, Week of Sept 24 – Homemade Pizza Sauce, Yum!

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Editor’s Note: You’ll read this column and note the name Joas.  That is not a misspelling, as I thought it was Jonas, a much more common Amish name.  But the person being referred to in the column is Joas.



I have 10 loaves of bread rising and daughter Susan is mixing two batches of ranger cookies.  The cookies are being made to take along to church services on Sunday.  She’ll probably end up mixing another batch so we will have some to keep for ourselves.  The boys picked the tomatoes last night and didn’t even get a 5 gallon bucket full.  Looks like they are slowing down fast.  If I do get more I would like to make a batch of pizza sauce to put in jars.  I still have plenty of green peppers so I could still use those.  I went with husband Joe to see a doctor after he came home from work.  He has been feeling very sick the last few weeks with wheezing, coughing, sinus congestion. After putting in our hay it seems to be worse.  He wears a mask to cover his mouth and nose to put in hay but it still bothers him.  The doctor told Joe it was allergies and the start of bronchitis.  He prescribed an inhaler and medication which will help him get over this.  This is starting to keep him awake at night so he finally decided it was time to see a doctor.  He will be working 5 day weeks so he needs to keep his energy level up.

Loretta went back to school on Tuesday and it went very well.  She seems worn out in the evenings, though.  She has a lot more patience with the cast that I would have.  Her feet and legs get itchy and she can’t scratch them. I still remember when I was young and had a broken arm. After a few weeks the arm would start itching and you couldn’t scratch beneath the cast.  I thought back then it was very miserable.

Loretta really tries to do a lot for herself without our help.  To get into bed she puts her wheelchair up to the bed and braces it.  Then she puts her cast on the bed and scoots herself on the bed.  By getting out of bed, she slides backward into her wheelchair.  She has also figured out how to get her wheelchair to the toilet so she can go to the bathroom without help.  She is determined to get better.

Saturday our new Amish neighbor Joas and Susan and three daughters biked over to see Loretta.  She was glad for their company.  Sisters Verena and Susan came over for a few minutes to see how her surgery went.  Neighbor Susan brought us apple fry pies and a pumpkin roll from her bakery.  That was a treat for us since I didn’t get any baking done that week.  They operate a bakery where they used to live and will gradually move it over to their new home.  Their daughters are the same age as our daughters and they seem to have made friends quickly.

Daughter Elizabeth started working in the cabinet shop area of the trailer factory this week.  Her job had been to do the caulking a*round the windows and wherever it was needed.  Her hand broke out in a rash so bad, they think she was allergic to something she was working with.  It was pretty painful but it seems ot be clearing up now.

I will share my pizza sauce recipe with you this week:


1 /2 bushel tomatoes

4 garlic cloves

3 pounds onions, sliced

Two green peppers

5 hot peppers

1 cup vegetable oil

12 3 ounce cans of tomato paste

1 cup sugar

1 1 /4 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon sweet basil

1 tablespoon oregano

3 tablespoons pizza spice

1 /2 cup salt

Cook tomatoes, garlic, onion, and peppers until soft.  Put through sieve. Add vegetable oil and cook 30 minutes. Add tomato paste, sugar, and seasonings.  Simmer until it boils and thickens a little.  Put in jars and seal and this makes 24 pints.

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The Discussion

  1. kentuckylady717 says:

    Would love to have a one meal pizza sauce recipe….would Lovina be able to give us one ? This sounds like a great pizza sauce , just don’t want to make this much :)
    How about posting her RANGER COOKIE recipes too…..I purchased some a couple of weeks ago at Kroger and they were really good….that is the first time I had eaten Ranger cookies :)
    Glad to hear that Loretta is doing better,and also Elizabeth too…..
    Lovina sounds like such a wonderful person, like her mother whom I have read a lot about and feel like I know the family…..
    Take care and keep up the good work…..

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  2. If they have a knitting needle, Loretta might be able to stick it down in the cast to scratch the area that is itching for some relief. And I think I have heard sprinkling some baby powder down in there will also help since there is possibly some moisture build up that causes some of the itching.
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  3. I had just finished reading Lovina’s column and could not help but feel sorry for little Loretta not being able to scratch that itch under her cast. Cindy, you beat me to the solution. Yes, a knitting needle is ideal for that. Just gently pass the needle between the cast and the the skin and gently slide it up and down at the area that is itchy. That will relieve the itch. We continue to pray for the girls and their health and they seem like real troupers, making the most of everything and every situation. Let them know not to ever give up but keep going on the positive direction.

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  4. the3beersus says:

    The bad thing with using a knitting needle to it can tear at the fragile skin…and you can’t see if you are leaving open scratches….the baby powder is good..if it is unscented…the scent will cause an irritation…corn starch is much better…and a flat ruler is much better to use…..if one has to scratch…it will cover a larger area of skin…and not tend to leave a a knitting needle will…..the skin is doing its daily sloughing off…plus persperation…which makes it itch……when the cast comes off..she will have a huge “peeling” of all that dead skin any irritation ( knitting needle), will be an added irritation and possible sores …..

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  5. I have to agree with being careful about itching under the cast. I have had 4 knee surgeries which required hip to ankle plaster casts. It is not fun. But, the best thing to do is use a material that is like a harder plastic spatula with no rough corners at all. Even a ruler has edges. Also, I would not recommend any powder of any ch.sort unless the cast is on for a week or two or less. That build up can cause some major dermatitis/infection that will be even worse than the initial need to itch.

    I will say a looped metal hanger that can fit in the cast without being near stitches or staples is the best immediate method for itch relief. Also, prayers for her comfort will really help.
    A former crazy itcher with leg casts on =)

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  6. Helen Christensen says:

    I did not receive this Amish Cook Column in my email this past week. I really miss not getting it.

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    • Sorry, Helen, I was traveling and it just didn’t happen:( I’ll get back on track next week!

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  7. Happy to hear that Loretta is getting along well so far. She is doing an
    amazing job getting herself around and to bed. Will continue to pray
    for her and the family, they have had an overload of difficulties
    this year.

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