By Kevin Williams
The Patricia’s Patchwork Quilt blog has been working its way through a Mennonite cookbook and I love some of the recipes being made. The first is a classic.
EASY CHICKEN POT PIE: Yes, “pot pies” is a common and classic Pennsylvania Dutch soup. But just because pot pies are popular doesn’t mean that pot pie isn’t also. Who can resist a golden, crispy crust with a sea of veggies and chunks of meat swimming beneath? I mean, if you like a frozen Swanson potpie, you’ll love an authentic Mennonite-made one like this! Click here to take a look.
BLACK ROCK OATMEAL: I don’t usually pick two posts from one blog to feature but Patricia had this one for black rock oatmeal and it just sounded intriguing. I thought the “black rocks might refer to chunks of brown sugar or raisins or something, but is actually named after a “Black Rock Retreat” in Lancaster, PA. Anyone ever hear of that? That oatmeal recipe looks amazing, though. Simple, sweet, good. Click here.
CHERYL MCNULTY ART – DAYDREAMING AMISH GIRL – Wow, I really like the way this painting is progressing, I can’t wait to see how the final version turns out. But click here to see how it is shaping up!
AMISH GASLIGHTS: Gaslighting is a trending phrase these days, referring to playing with someone else’s mind. But for the Amish gaslights are a mainstay and a way to light the dark days and nights. I love Amish Indiana’s find of a “portable gaslight.” How neat. Never seen one of these before, plus she gives a more indepth treatment of the topic of Amish and gas lights. Click here to see some great pictures and read some great info. A portable gaslight. Genius! Click here.
BLOG SPIN – AMISH SCOTCHEROOS – Okay, we spun the wheel and came up with this and I was excited to see it. Scotcheroos are a popular after-school snack in Amish communities. The only time I ever had one was from an Amish bakery in Kentucky and I have to say I wasn’t impressed, it was like eating hard tack. But I think I probably got a stale one that had been on the shelf a bit too long. A fresh scotcheroo I bet is amazing. Click here for this recipe!