By Kevin Williams
Time for our weekly whirl through the Amazon in search of anything and everything Plain. I think what amazes me is how some of these regional specialty foods which someone in, say, Idaho could have once only dreamed of trying are now just a few keyboard clicks away. Amazing, really.
AMISH CHURCH PEANUT BUTTER SPREAD: Yes, you can make your own. Very easy, really: just mix equal parts corn syrup, marshmallow fluff, and peanut butter, but some of the commercially made ones are just so smooth. So, yes, you can make your own but you can also order some made by "Amish Farm Ladies" (I laughed at that, this bakery is in Shipshewana, Indiana and I have no doubt some Amish women make the product, but "farm ladies"? Not much farming going on in that area anymore...) Anyway, click here to buy some of this spread. Also, Essenhaus makes some and - bonus - it is in a squeeze bottle! I doubt "Amish farm ladies" are making this, but it is good stuff. And, again, squeeze bottle!! Click here.
AMISH SWISS ROLL: This looks amazing. One pound of Swiss Roll, take that Little Debbie. Click here. I dare anyone to order that!:) I know I won't be, it looks amazing, but it would arrive and then I would eat it and, yeah, no, just no. Click here.
STRAWBERRY BUTTER: This comes from The Amish Buggy and it just sounds incredible. Not sure what you would spread it on, maybe some dinner rolls? Not sure. Anyway, check it out here.
AMISH SCHOOLYARD JIGSAW PUZZLE: When Aster is just a bit older, I'd love to do a puzzle like this with her. Maybe next winter, she's only just now mastering the 25 piece Dora puzzles. I have a feeling by next winter she'll be a bonafide puzzler. Check out this beautiful scene of an Amish school in puzzle form!
MONTEZUMA AMISH COOKBOOKS
VOL - MONTEZUMA AMISH COOKBOOK This is one of my all-time favorite cookbooks. I used to have a copy but it disappeared somewhere. I like it because it is one of the few compendiums of Amish recipes with a southern slant. Montezuma, Georgia is an Amish-Mennonite community in the heart of Georgina so the recipes reflect that. There are still copies of the Montezuma book for as little as a penny on Amazon! Click here.
Vol II - I had never seen a Volume 2 to the first one, that is exciting for me, maybe someday I can snag a copy. But you can now - for $5. Click here.
AMISH COUNTRY ESSENTIALS DEODORANT - Okay, I ordered some of this a week or so ago and it's pretty good stuff. Aluminum-free, smells decent, not overpowering, does the job, yeah, I'd recommend it. Not bad for $5. Click here.