By Kevin Williams
AMISH TWINS: The Akron Beacon Journal (used to be one of my favorite papers when I lived in Cleveland) ran a superb story about two Amish twin boys who underwent a shared tragedy, but emerged together stronger than ever. I'll not give any spoilers, you just have to read the wonderful story. But I will say that the Amish settlement in which this occurred - Dundee, Ohio - is among the more progressive ones that I've been to. Dundee is in Tuscarawas County, Ohio on the eastern edge of the huge Holmes County Amish community. I've met many wonderful Amish folks from the Dundee settlement. I almost think I might have met these particular people before, but the name Miller is so common that I can't know for sure. Anyway, click here for an article that really highlights some endearing traits of the Amish.
HOG MAW: "Hog Maw" is something that has popped up periodically over the years, usually a reader asking me if I have a recipe for it. The dish, though, really is better known in Pennsylvania than anywhere else. A Pennsylvania newspaper ran an article about this Pennsylvania Dutch delicacy here. Gina at the Home Joys blog, has written about Hog Maw before, check out here post here.
PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH SAND TARTS: Like Hog Maw, Sand Tarts are more of a Pennsylvania Dutch holiday culinary tradition and not so much an Amish one. The two cultures share many traditions and similarities, but there is different between classic Pennsylvania Dutch cooking and Amish. And, wow, one look at this recipe and you'll want to make these. Yum! Click here for the recipe as featured in the Allentown Morning Call. This newspaper, true to form, always does a superb job writing about and showcasing Pennsylvania Dutch culinary traditions.