By Kevin Williams
This is our weekly exploration of everything Amish or otherwise Plain in the news.
THE AMISH COOK: click here for the column
UPDATE - CELEBRITY CHEF TURNS AMISH : Former celebrity chef still happy in Unity. We talked about this earlier this year and this is just a fascinating story. A former chef at one of Charlie Trotter's renowned restaurants decided to leave behind the pressure-cooker life of the restaurant biz, convert to the Amish, and peddle his craft in rural Maine. The community he chose - Unity - is a far more open and welcoming one than other Amish settlements, so I am not surprised that he chose Unity....with 2016 coming to a close, he is still finding friendly footing there. Click here for the latest.
HUTTERITE GIFTS: This is a really sweet story about a Hutterite woman who is helping to make Christmas brighter for some people by putting her own talents to work. Click here.
MISSOURI AMISH OUTREACH: This is a great story about building bridges between conventional medicine and the more insular Amish Click here to read this.
POT PIE HAND PIES: This isn't Amish, but the resemblance to Amish fried pies in looks are absolutely uncanny. It's really like a savory version of a fruit fried pie. Click here for the recipe.
YODER'S HOMETOWN MARKET: No, not related to Gloria Yoder, but this was an interesting interview with a business-owned in Dover, Ohio who is striving to "bring Amish country to your hometown." I'd not be surprised to see this expand into a chain. Click here for the interview.