By Kevin Williams
SMITH'S AMISH FOOT CREAM: This product had intrigued me for awhile. I thought this would be something that could help my constantly dry, cracked feet (sorry, too much info, I'm sure) during the winter. But I guess this an example of not reading the product info closely enough. When I saw "foot cream" I just thought something soothing that would help my feet. But, no, turns out this is more in the mold of an Aspercreme or a Ben-Gay, something that helps aching muscles. My muscles aren't aching. I did try some on my feet and, well, it felt good, and if I had sore feet I'd probably highly recommend this. But for cracked, dry, well, the search continues...$20 for not a huge container seems kind of pricey also, on the other hand if I had sore, aching feet and I thought it'd help, $20 isn't bad....Click here to see it.
AMISH BACON DRESSING: You really can't find much better flavor than an authentic Amish bacon dressing made by a skilled cook in her own farmhouse kitchen. Still, if you can't find that, then Jake and Amo's version is about as close as you'll come. It is a rich, creamy dressing made with real bacon pieces and goes great on potatoes or salads and can be used hot or cold. Good stuff. Click here to see.
WALNUT CREEK APPLE BUTTER BARBECUE SAUCE: This is a brand synonymous with Ohio's Amish Country...this is odd because this is not the product I was originally going to link to, but then I saw the price of this: 93 cents for a jar. NOW, the shipping is $12. But all the other Walnut Creek jarred items are $12 - $14 with shipping on top of that, so I don't know whether this apple butter barbecue sauce is a special promotion, an error, or what, but 93 cents for a jar...sheesh....click here to order. And apple butter barbecue sauce does sound good.
HOMEMADE OATMEAL WHOOPIE PIES: Really, if the only version of this you've ever had is a gas station Little Debbie oatmeal pie, you really need to treat yourself and try an honest-to-goodness Amish country whoopie pie, and what better place to start than the Bird N Hand Bake Shoppe from Lancaster County, PA. One of the few places you can get whoopie pies by mail. Check it out here.
FROM AMISH AND MENNONITE KITCHENS: How many of you have this cookbook? This was a blockbuster back in the mid-1990s. Phyllis Good does great work with her cookbooks and this one has held up very well over the years. It was one of the first Amish cookbooks in the "second wave." The first wave of Amish cookbooks came out in the 1950s and 60s and really spotlighted the unique cooking style. There have been a whole bunch more in the 90s and 2000s and Phyllis Good along with Marcia Adams sort of launched it . You can get some of Phyllis Good's "From Amish and Mennonite Kitchens" at really good prices off Amazon now, check it out here.
RAW STEEL: Okay, this is supposed to rejuvenate my skin. This is an Amish Country Essentials product geared for men, it's supposed to help a guy's skin. Okay. Well, maybe I'll have better luck with this than the Smith's Foot Cream. Click here.