By Kevin Williams
AMISH COUNTRY DOUGHNUTS AND CAFE: Sounds like a delicious new place to hang out if you make it to Sugarcreek, Ohio in the heart of the area's Amish country. Click here to read more.
KUTZTOWN FOLK FESTIVAL FOODS: SIGH, every year I say that one of these days I am going to make it to the Kutztown Folk Festival. You know what? One of these years I am going to make it to the Kutztown Folk Festival. But not this year. One day.....the festival is an annual showcase of Pennsylvania Dutch food and culture. It's one of the nation's oldest, if not the, folk festivals, showcasing the area's colorful food and folkways. I'd go just for the food. Here is an article about 14 foods found at the festival, which runs through July 7 in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.
MENNONITES IN PARAGUAY - Victims of their own success? Read a fascinating article giving a window into their world. Click here.
MILLE'S CAPPUCCINO BARS: Check out the latest recipe from Illinois Amish columnist Millie Otto and read about the goings on in her Arthur, Illinois settlement here.
BEN'S PRETZELS GROWS: Auntie Anne is looking over her shoulder. Ben's pretzels, inspired and developed by an Amish man, is growing and growing. I wish there was one around here. This article is the best yet that I have read describing this pretzel company's roots. I could relate a bit to this article, although I'd say these people have had more success than I (pretzels, turns out, are more profitable than newspapers). But Ben's Pretzels seems to have kept its humility: Here is an excerpt:
The company has not lost its ties to the northern Indiana region, nor has it forgotten its roots. The Ben’s logo depicts what appears to be a bearded Amish man (and resembles how Ben Miller once looked, people say) about to chomp into a pretzel. And you will commonly hear an employee say, “Have a pretzel day,” as they hand over a customer’s order.