By Kevin Williams
It's fun to see what Amish-related items are on Amazon, so let's see what I found this week:
AMISH DILL MUSTARD: This is an amazing sounding dip to push some pretzels into. Wow. Click here to see this!
PEANUT BRITTLE CHEWIES: This comes from the Bread Box Bakery in Shipshewana, Indiana. And you can't go wrong with any of the Amish-made items from there. Wow! Click here to enjoy.
AMISH MEATLOAF SAUCE: Wow, this sounds good. Follow a recipe for Amish meatloaf and then douse it in this sauce. Whoa, you have something good. Click here.
KING SYRUP: Reader Sharon was nice enough to send this to me from Pennsylvania a few years ago. I have a lot of fond memories of using that syrup. My daughter, Aster, loved it and we'd pour it onto pancakes. It's something, though, that is a regional speciality. I don't think you can find it in most places in the USA, but it is on the store shelves in Pennsylvania. It's kind of a cross between pancake syrup and molasses. Good stuff. Click here.
WOW! I broke my own ban on buying cookbooks from Amazon and snagged a used copy of this for $3.99. There are still some left. This self-published Amish cookbook just strikes me as fascinating and I can't wait to see it and share with you what is inside. Long-timers here know that I love collecting Amish cookbooks for their intrinsic cultural ethnography value. Recipes act as a sort of combination language and time capsule that transport traditions and cultural conditions across generations. You can get a "snapshot" of a culture by looking at their recipes. This book unusual in its use of a facial image on the cover. Yes, it's a drawing and not a photo,but that type of imagery is unusual among the Amish even today, back in 1970 when this book was published, that would be very rare. That's the other thing about this book that really interests me, the time: 1970. Amish communities were still very agriculturally-oriented and insular back then, so the recipes in this book should be very interesting. And the use of Dutch in the title is also very innovative, at least back then, for an Amish cookbook. Click here, looks like there are still a few copies left...but I'll definitely post more about this book after I received it!