By Kevin Williams
PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH POT PIE: SIGH, this is a great article in the Scranton, Pennsylvania newspaper about classic Pennsylvania Dutch pot pie which, in that tradition, is like a deconstructed version of the frozen kind that you find in the supermarkets. This is how the article describes it:
made with celery, chicken, potatoes and pot pie egg noodles. It’s believed that the name evolved from “bott boi,” which is Pennsylvania Dutch for “thickened soup.” The Pennsylvania Dutch version has German origins while the crusted version comes from English roots.
The article does this great job of describing how to fix it and it is an interesting article but why in the world wouldn't you include the recipe with it? Geez. Anyway, click here so you can READ about the dish, but good luck trying to make it.....
HUTTERITE COVID: Hutterite colonies would seem to be COVID tinderboxes. I mean, everyone lives communally, colony populations skew older, yeah, just not a good mix but I hadn't heard much about COVID in the colony. Now, it appears, it has arrived via a funeral.
Per Alberta Health Services:
t is possible that some COVID-19 exposure occurred at this funeral, and we are working on communication to all colonies in the Prairies to ensure heightened surveillance for COVID-19 symptoms and precautions to promote health safety. This is similar to what we have done with other communities and groups.
MILLIE OTTO'S CONEY SAUCE: Amish columnist Millie Otto writes her weekly missive. Sounds peaceful in Illinois, per Millie:
The crops look amazing, considering how late some were planted. We did have a short, fast shower yesterday afternoon, resulting in over a half-inch of rain. It was so very welcome and brought a short reprieve from the heat. It also saved me from having to water the flowers and the garden.
Check out Millie's latest here.
AMISH FARM BRINGS U-PICK TO MAINE: The Amish presence is growing in Maine, here is an interesting article about an Amish farmer starting a u-pick farm.
WALNUT CREEK FLEA MARKET: This has been a mainstay of Ohio's Amish country. It's not Amish-owned, but there is a strong Amish presence at the market and it has been missed since last year. Per the article:
On Aug. 21, the 55,000-square-foot building at 1900 state Route 39 sustained $2.3 million in damages. More than 50 vendors were displaced by the fire, which broke out when a bolt of lightning struck the main building of the market, sparking flames. And the nearly 170,000 visitors each year to the popular destination were without a place to get their flea market fix long before the coronavirus pandemic shut down businesses.
It’s been a long road back, said Tango, and the newly refurbished flea market is set to open at the end of the month.
The chicken pot pie in the first article is similar to what I grew up with but my grandmother, then my mom, made their own noodles. Mainly just a flour and water dough, rolled out and cut in squares. A whole chicken (or bone-in pieces) was boiled, then when done removed from the broth and allowed to cool slightly. The noodles were added to the broth, then when almost done, the chicken was cut in bite size pieces and put back in the broth.
Thanks, Eileen, for sharing that, your grandmother's version sounds great!