By Kevin Williams
AMISH IN VERMONT: This is a migratory development that we've been following on this site. And, geez, part of me is thinking "what took so long?" Vermont, in many ways, seems like such a natural fit for the Amish. It's a rural state, very tolerant traditions, other than the sometimes excessively cold climate, Vermont would seem to check all the boxes of the type of place they are seeking. Click here to read more about the Amish arrival in Vermont (I feel like the reporter could have done a better job of drawing the Amish out, without being disrespectful...the reporter just seemed to take an almost adversarial approach)
BLUE CHEESE AMISH: I have actually been to this Amish blue cheese-making facility in Cambria, Wisconsin. And you have probably seen the cheese sold in stores under the Salemville brand name. Some really good stuff, that cheese. And it seems to be a "love it" or "hate it" type thing. Put me in the "love it" category. Click here to read an interesting article in the Eau Claire, Wisconsin paper about the cheese.
AMISH AND VOTING: Wow, I love the Economist magazine but this was a thinly sourced almost pointless article about the Amish and voting. Unless I missed something (possible) they quoted one Amish lady in Arthur, Illinois. This is a valid, important topic but you can't build an article around a single quote from an Amish person. I do think the Amish frustrate conservatives by not voting, but that is just the way they do things....Click here to read this miserly article from the Economist.
AMISH DOUGHNUTS IN GREATER PITTSBURGH: Okay, I am sorry, this is not meant to be "bash news coverage day"...really....but this is another great topic but lousy treatment of it. Couldn't the reporter have done a bit more digging to find out more about the Amish doughnut maker? Sounds amazing, though, if you are in Greensburg, PA.
MILLIE'S BAKED OATMEAL: This is the latest column from Millie Otto, Amish writer in Arthur, Illinois. I actually had a chance to meet Millie last week when I was in Arthur and I'll post about our visit later this week. For now, enjoy her recipe for homemade baked oatmeal.