By Kevin Williams
Let's take our occasional look at Amazon and some of the Amish-themed products available today through our affiliate links (Amish365 gets a small percentage of anything you buy through those links)
TEXAS HILL COUNTRY COOKBOOK: Okay, this isn't Amish at all, but it is culinary culture and I find that fascinating whatever the culture. Deep in the bayous of Louisiana there still some amazing Cajun creations to found, I am sure. The recipes are in the minds of old-timers who have had them passed down or on yellowed recipe cards. These recipes are cultural capsules passed down through the generations and really do connect one to the time and place before them. I am sure this cookbook really dives deep into the isolated, self-sufficient, Texas Hill country culture. Texas Hill country cooking is a mish-mash of German, Czech, Mexican and American Southern all blended together in the long-isolated Hill Country. Check out this book here.
THE "BIG VALLEY" COOKBOOK: Like the Texas Hill Country, the Koshacoquillas Valley of Pennsylvania was long an insular area where cultures thrived and the cooking stayed traditional and local. I am sure the old-timers and attics here are full of amazing recipe treasures. This book contains a variety of over 700 tested recipes for home baking, cooking and canning. most of them were submitted by Amish cooks of the Big Valley. You can grab a copy here.
THE STRAWBERRY COOKBOOK: I tell you, this book is probably amazingly fascinating. It's rare that you find a cultural cookbook devoted to one particular food. Once you get beyond strawberry jam and pie, and maybe bread I am hard-pressed to come up with more strawberry recipes, so to have an Amish Cookbook, a WHOLE cookbook devoted JUST to strawberry recipes? That sounds amazing. Click here if you want to snag a copy.
AMISH COUNTRY PICCALILLI: This is a delicious relish made by Byler's Relish House, not something you see all the time....very full of flavor and perfect for the summer picnic season. Click here to see this.
BANANA JAM: I have to confess that I have never heard of or tried "banana jam." But apparently it is a thing and this Amish country cannery offers it, click here to check out banana jam.
HOMEMADE AMISH COUNTRY CATSUP: It seems like catsup is just the same. Whether it is Heinz or Hunts or Red Gold, it just all sort of tastes the same. That's fine with fries but sometimes you don't want to mix it up a little and I have tried homemade catsup from Amish farms before and it's so, so good. Full of flavor, a little runnier than a thick bottle of Heinz, but you really make up for that in flavor. You can get a bottle of Amish-style catsup from Welsh Mountain Cannery in Lancaster County, PA. Check out the runny goodness here.
CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER ROLL: This comes from Arianna's bakery in Amish Country. Pumpkin rolls are very popular in Amish Country around Thanksgiving and Christmas, but the spring and summer counterpart is the chocolate peanut butter roll. Man, these are good - and not easy to find - so I was glad to see this. If anyone gives it a try, let me know what you think.