By Kevin Williams
Welcome to weekly blogroll, buckle up for our weekly whirl around the blogosphere in search of everything and anything Amish or Plain. First stop: Iowa!
RHUBARB COBBLER: It’s always fun to check out MeeMaw’s blog. She blogs from Kalona, Iowa, home of the largest Amish settlement in the state. Sometimes her blog gives a peek into local Amish life, other times into her fun life. Her recipes are often quite classic views into the local culinary ethnography. What REALLY grabbed me about this recipe? This comes from MeeMaw’s grandma who was born in 1869! That’s just mind-bending to think someone alive today has a grandparent who was born in the ashes of the Civil War. Any of our readers have grandparents who were born even earlier? I bet we’ll find someone….now, back to the matter at hand, check out the recipe for MeeMaw’s Grandma’s classic Rhubarb Cobbler!
CHEESY CAULIFLOWER BAKE: My mother-in-law fixed some basic cheesy cauliflower recently and I loved it, so that is why this recipe caught my eye. It comes from a small 99-page Mennonite cookbooklet (I’ve found these small, local cookbooks often contain the most authentic recipes) and was shared this week on Charm City’s blog. Click here for the recipe.
SELF-FROSTING DATE CAKE: Man, this looks, and sounds good. This was featured on Patricia’s Patchwork Quilt blog and I always am amazed at all the different activities and groups she is involved in. Anyway, it is always surprising to me how popular date-based recipes are in Amish kitchens because dates and the Amish have very little culinary/historical overlap. Date pudding, for instance, is very popular among the Old Order Amish (it is a refreshing summer dessert). Patricia found this recipe is for a self-frosting date cake in a popular Amish cookbook from the 1980s. Click here for the recipe!
DAYDREAMING AMISH GIRL: I love this latest pastel work from Cheryl McNulty. While I love the image of the girl, I also like the silhouetted presence of the parents in front of the buggy. The whole scene transports me back to my earliest days of exploring Amish settlements, this is an image I’ve seen many times in real-life. Click here to enjoy the finishing painting!
SHOPPING FOR AMISH SHIRTS: I love this post! Very insightful and, geez, I wish I could find shirts my size for $2.50 a shirt! Click here to read this fun and interesting post from My Amish Indiana.