By Kevin Williams
Let's check out the Amish in the News for this past week, there's something interesting - and delicious - stuff.
MICHIGAN AMISH: This is a nice piece in the Traverse City, Michigan newspapers (not one of my favorite papers) about the growing Amish presence around the town of Manistee. The article was nice, but I found the reporting vaguely condescending. The description of the Amish Mom with the "round belly" hidden beneath her dress....Yes, I get it, the writer is trying to be descriptive, but I highly, highly doubt she would have written that about anyone else. Say she had written a story about a non-Amish shopkeeper. "The store-owner, with a round belly hidden beneath her dress..." Yeah, she wouldn't...maybe I'm hypersensitive to weight, but that and just a few other lines in the story struck me as vaguely offputting, but click here to read it for yourself.
MILLIE'S MOUNTAIN DEW DUMPLINGS: Ugh, just what I don't need....but check out the latest from Amish writer Millie Otto and get her recipe for "Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings." These will keep you up all night. Click here for the recipe.
GIVING BACK TO HOSPICE: The Amish do use Hospice for end of life care. In Lancaster County, PA, the Amish community gives back with fund-raisers. Click here.
CORN PIE: Wow, oh wow oh wow, wow, wow, wow, wow...sorry, I love corn and I love pie, so an authentic Pennsylvania Dutch corn pie recipe is almost too good to be true. So bummed I didn't know about this eatery when I was last out that way. But the retiring restaurantess is nice enough to share her recipe. Click here for it.
Note: The Lancaster paper is on "metered reading model", so I couldn't get to the corn pie recipe without hitting a paywall. But hopefully most of you will not run into it...I probably just run into it because I go to that site a lot. Still, I was able to go onto my phone's browser and get the recipe that way, so try that trick if your computer blocks you...
HUTTERITES: A former state legislator in Montana is ruffling feathers by saying that the Hutterites (pictured above) need to assimilate and that their communal lifestyle is inconsistent with American values. SIGH, I don't agree...I think the Hutterites are a fascinating group, they live in many ways like the Amish, but communally. One can have some legitimate gripes with the Hutterites on business groups, but....yeah, click here to read more.