By Kevin Williams
We have a nice mix of stories in the the news this week, and some tasty recipes!
Let's begin with politics now:
REPUBLICANS LOOK TO THE AMISH: This is, in my opinion, a non-story. This story has its roots in 2000's hotly contested Presidential election when George W.Bush squeaked out a narrow win against Al Gore. With the margin of votes so narrow, political parties searched for votes anywhere they could. Many Amish felt an affinity for George W. Bush's conservative social positions so Republican operatives tried to register Amish voters who traditionally don't vote. I don't think the effort was all that successful, but the same effort is being made now to add Amish voters to the rolls who might vote for Donald Trump. The Amish, though, generally just don't vote, so I think it's largely wasted money. Click here to read more.
MILLIE'S PUMPKIN MUFFINS: Check out Millie Otto's column this week and her recipe for seasonally wonderful pumpkin muffins. Check in with Millie and get her recipe here.
AN AMSH WEDDING: A columnist for a small Florida newspaper posted an account, complete with photos, of her visiting to an Amish wedding. She doesn't say where the wedding is and doesn't seem to realize how rare the experience or the photos are. I hope she got permission to post them, I'll assuime she did. Anyway, this article provides some super insights. Click here.
OH DEER AT SHADY MAPLE: Anyone who is familiar with Lancaster County has heard of the Shady Maple with their 200 foot long Amish country buffet. But they also have, this year, a cake that looks like a deer. Oh deer, this is nuts. Too realistic looking to eat. Click here.
RECIPES FROM THE PUMPKIN FARM: These are not Amish recipes, but it's still the peak of pumpkin season, so check out these recipes.
AMISH MOVING INTO FAYETTE COUNTY, INDIANA: Man, I wish I had seen this article back in September, I would have definitely gone to this Amish chicken dinner. The larger part of the article, though, is still relevant. Amish families are moving into the southwest part of Fayette County, Indiana near the town of Columbia. The article does a decent job of sourcing where they are coming from and how they are sinking roots here. Click here to read more.