By Kevin Williams (This post contains affiliate links)
MENNO TEA: This is a refreshing drink during the summer. Two students at Goshen College, a Mennonite campus in northern Indiana, developed the drink. It's based off a refreshing family recipe from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and I do have to say that it is good. You can find MennoTea in some stores in the Midwest and Middle Atlantic areas. I've had it before and I've spoken to one of the founders of it. Very refreshing drink. If you can't find Menno Tea, you can order it from Amazon here.
MENNONITE PANTRY'S SEA SALT CARAMEL BARK: This is some good stuff, so if you want a sweet treat, treat yourself with this! Click here.
THE BIG VALLEY COOKBOOK: Okay, I ordered a copy today and can't wait to see what is in it. For me, Amish recipes are a form of cultural ethnography. You can glean a lot about traditions, and history of an Amish community through its recipes. Some of these small Amish community cookbooks contain recipes that are like family heirlooms in terms of their tradition and accompanying oral history. I had wanted to order this for a long time and finally got around to it. I am looking forward to sharing with you some of the recipes I find. I got my copy for $9.95, used. There are some more available at that price. Click here. This is an important cookbook in my view because the "Big Valley" of central PA is home to such a diversity of Plain groups from the most conservative to the most progressive.
SMOKY LINKS - For the life of me I can't figure out what the appeal of these things are, but if you visit many Amish settlements, "smoky links" are popular. When I was a kid they sold smoked packaged meats called a "Slim Jim" and I think you can still buy them. I never really cared for those. But smoky links are a version of that type of food. You can order some from the Amish Smokehouse here.
AMISH MACARONI SALAD MIX: This is a mix from the Pennsylvania Dutch Shoppes and all you do is add this mix to water and mayonnaise, then mix with cooked macaroni and hard boiled eggs for a salad that will complete any picnic meal. Not sure what makes it an "Amish macaroni salad", there are so many versions out there.
THREE AMISH MACARONI SALAD RECIPES.....Okay, if you don't want the mix but just want to make your own Amish-style mac salad I have some options for you:
END OF SUMMER MACARONI SALAD - I realize it's not end of summer, but this is great anytime! Click here.
TRADITIONAL SWEET MACARONI SALAD - This is my personal favorite, although I like them all. Some people don't like sugar in their salad, but I'm not one of them. Click here for this amazing recipe!
BEST-EVER HOMEMADE MACARONI SALAD - mmmm, this is a good one also! Click here.