By Kevin Williams
Okay, here are the recipes that have been trending on Google searches on Amish365 over the past week. I detect a whiff of summer in the searches!
HOMEMADE BUG TRAPS: Yep, this “recipe” actually cracked the Top 10. So, get rid of those bugs at your cook-out by trying this!
TOMATO-BASIL PASTA: A great summer pasta dish for using those garden eats. Click here.
STRAWBERRY-RHUBARB PIE: Wow, this sure says “summer!” Click here to enjoy. And some rhubarb facts from the University of Illinois extension office: Rhubarb is a perennial vegetable that grows well in most of the United States. Rhubarb is used in pies, tarts and sauces. Rhubarb should be planted at the end of one side of the garden where it will not be disturbed since it may be productive for five years or more. A half-dozen plants will provide enough rhubarb for a family of four.
When to Plant
Plant or divide rhubarb roots in early spring while the plants are dormant. Planting seeds is not recommended except in extremely southern areas of the United States.
Spacing & Depth
Plant the roots with the crown bud 2 inches below the surface of the soil. Space the roots 36 to 48 inches apart in rows 3 to 4 feet apart. Good garden drainage is essential in growing rhubarb. Planting on raised beds ensures against rotting of the crown. Working plenty of well-rotted manure or compost into the rhubarb bed before planting greatly increases production.
Old roots may be dug and divided to make new plantings. Cut the roots into four to eight pieces. Each piece must have at least one strong bud. To improve vigor and leaf size, many gardeners divide the old plants and establish a new planting after at least 5 years of full harvest. Plantings older than this tend to begin crowding themselves out. Dig the roots of the most vigorous, healthy plants to establish a new bed the spring before the old planting is to be discarded.
AMISH EGG SALAD – A perfect summer sandwich! Click here. Eggs are a staple on most Amish homesteads. A plentiful supply of eggs will find their way into omelettes, breads, noodles, and plenty of other homemade goodies. But what about egg salad? Egg salad is popular in some Amish settlements, especially ones that have refrigeration of some sort. You don’t want to make a big bowl of egg salad on a sweltering summer day in a Swartzentruber Amish community with no ready refrigeration.
RAVIOLI LASAGNA – Not sure what propelled this into the Top 10, but it is a good recipe.
AMISH DOUBLE BUTTERSCOTCH CAKE – Delicious no matter the time of year! Click here.
MENNONITE TOFFEETOP BARS – Wow! Click here