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Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.

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  1. Dianne

    The cake recipe sounds really good. Do you make the cake mix as the box says or do you use dry cake mix?


    1. Wendy

      That’s the beauty of a “dump cake”. No mixing, no mess – just use the cake mix dry.

      1. Kevin

        Just to confirm what Wendy said..yes, you just dump the mix…use dry

  2. Linda from KY

    Kevin sounds like a cutie-pie. Please tell Lovina that I’m praying for him to feel better soon!

    I don’t know if you remember the blizzard of 1978 or not. I was a freshman in high school then. I usually had a ride home from school, but I had a Spanish club meeting after school that day so I had to walk the 2½ miles home. The snow started coming down when I was less than half way home. Pretty soon it was getting very difficult to see, and I was praying with all my might for God to rescue me. Meanwhile, Mom had a feeling that I needed help so she asked the lady who usually took me home from school to see if I out there walking. Sure enough, mere minutes after my prayer, my ride came! I was so thankful for the rescue that I sang “How Great Thou Art” to the Lord.

    Another time we nearly got caught in a bad snowstorm was 18 years later when our family was moving to a brand new house. It was snowing so hard that our caravan of helpers threw items into the garage and dashed out of there as quickly as they could so they wouldn’t be snowbound. We came very close to having our first overnight guests that night.

  3. Wendy

    Since we’ve always traveled at Christmastime, we have lots of “caught in the weather” stories! Like the time we had to dash home from Missouri to New Jersey in between storms, and saw all the trucks and buses that had slid off the road the night before.

    Then there was the time we were on our way to the family celebration and crawling along in lots of snow – we watched a 4-wheel drive vehicle go zipping by, than laughed when we passed him stuck in the median.

    Coming home from his father’s funeral, my husband got to the Ohio/PA border and decided he’d better not go any farther. Good thing, as it turned out the state of PA was CLOSED.

    My favorite, though, is the time my hubby (then fiance) walked 2 miles through driving snow just to see me. My roommate and I were hunkered down for the storm in our apartment when we got a knock on the door. He looked like the abominable snowman. Then he had to walk back home.

  4. Stephanie

    I cooked this today but I dont think it turn out right. there is alot of dry cake mix and the brown sugar is just sitting on top. Did I do something wrong???

    1. Kevin

      Hmmmmm, Stephanie, so sorry to hear that…I have not made this recipe myself…My suspicion is maybe not enough butter? Did you really drizzle that butter evenly over the whole thing to moisten up that cake mix? And then juice from the apples also should have bubbled up also……My guess is going to be the butter, anyone else have any suggestions? Thanks for stopping by Stephanie…I will try to get an exact answer for you!

      1. julie b

        i tried this recipe and there must be a step missing because it did not turn out at all.

  5. Deb Shetlon

    I once saw a recipe for sour dough bread starter here and wrote it down. I can no longer find it and I never got to start it. Can you help me by re posting it or sending it to my by e-mail?

    Love the wedsite and keep up the good job!


    1. Kevin

      Deb, thanks for the kind words and, yes, thank you so much for the suggestion..sourdough is a very popular Amish Cook recipe….check the site this week and I’ll post it sometime!

  6. brenda

    thanks for the archives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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