There are lots of tasty things and interesting items in the blogosphere over the past week having to do with the Amish and other Plain people. The first recipe comes to us from the central Wisconsin Amish communities. I've had fun visiting the Dalton-Pardeeville-Portage area in the past. The whole settlement is generally one giant slice of northern Indiana Amish transplanted into central Wisconsin's dairyland. Many of the customs, dialect, and foods found in the Shipshewana-Nappanee area of northern Indiana are on display here. Two favorite stops of the blogger below (and mine) are Mishler's Country Store and Pleasant View Bakery. Yum to both! This sign is posted in the parking lot of Mishler's and the other photo is a nearby scene from the bucolic countryside.
ONE-PAN GROUND BEEF AND CABBAGE SKILLET: This is one of these meals that a busy Amish homemaker loves: it just takes one pan. Why fix a meal that causes you to have to wash five pans when you can just use one? An Amish cook would likely use a cast-iron skillet to make this and, as is the case here, the cabbage and onions would be fresh from the garden. The ground beef would come from the pasture out back. So if you make this recipe at home and want to duplicate the Amish farm flavor, strive for the freshest ingredients possible. The blogger picked up these veggies from an Amish farmstand near Dalton, Wisconsin. I've been to this settlement on a couple of occasions. Click here for this delicious one-skillet recipe!
SUNDAY EVENING SINGING: a blogger in Virginia writes about seeing a Sunday evening singing held at the Mennonite homestead across the road from them. The font/text on this blog is a little funky but it
is worth wading through because there really are some great descriptions (no pictures) of what the author saw. It is one of those occasions that if you ever get a chance to see it's just very moving. It's moving to see a people sticking together as one in this nutty world, clinging to customs long ago discarded by most of the rest of us. Click here to read her blog entry.
OLD BRETHREN TO BANKER? This is a generally dry article about some investment banker heading off to do bigger and better things. But something in the piece caught my eye: the gentleman was raised Old German Baptist Brethren in a dirt floor farmhouse. The man's biography is interesting because he mentions how his parents expected the children to work hard to pay for their college tuition. This would seem to be the exception rather than the rule among the Old Brethren as most would not aspire to college, instead aspiring for the more traditional roles. Click here to read more. The interesting stuff is in italics towards the middle.
MENNONITE OATMEAL CAKE: I posted a recipe earlier this summer of my oatmeal cake. I took it to our family reunion this year and I think it turned out quite swell. It's really a delicious little cake. This blog features a couple of more recipes for this "little cake that could." Click here.
CREAMY HONEY MUSTARD CHARD: This food blog was interesting, but I couldn't figure out how, why, or where the author ended up on an Amish farm. That backstory would have been fascinating to me. The where would be interesting to me because chard isn't something that I see a lot of in Amish gardens, although has seemed to be catching on more. So I would love to know where she was. Anyway, details are sparse, but she does share an Amish inspired recipe for creamy honey mustard chard!