By Kevin Williams
This week's Amish in the News has a bit of a food flair to it, plus some other interesting twists, so let's get started!
DINKY'S AUCTION HOUSE: This is a staple of the southern Indiana Amish scene, a hub of the Daviess County Amish community. Each spring there is a 3-day auction extravaganza that attracts buyers from all over. The article itself is interesting, but there is a photo that is really fascinating to those who study the Amish: a photo that displays the "first air-conditioned top buggy." Erik Wesner over at the Amish America blog considers whether it is a joke or whether it's real. I'm not sure, I tend to think it might be a joke. The Amish are known for their wicked sense of humor, there were hundreds of buggies there, I'm sure. I think it could be a joke. If it's not, then the implications for Amish culture are interesting, it'd be a major advance. I'm going to try to get more information about this in the weeks ahead. But you can see for yourself here. Be sure to click on the photos.
SARASOTA HOTEL: The Carlisle Inn is opening up a boutique hotel in the heart of the Pinecraft Amish community. The Carlisle is owned by the Dutch Hospitality group, which runs the Der Dutchman restaurant chain and some other "Amish Country attractions." They do a good job...the hotel is a bit pricey for my taste ($199.00 a room a night),but you are talking to someone who usually stays in Motel6 dumps. Anyway, click here to read about this wonderful new place to stay in Sarasota, Florida.
BRILLIANT NEW RESTAURANT CONCEPT - HAYSTACKS! Wow, why the heck didn't I think of this??? And an entrepreneur in Lima, Ohio is launching a restaurant called Haystacks which is based on the very versatile Amish dish by the same name. Man, this is awesome....I can really envision this being a hit...haystacks are so varied and have some many flavorful combinations, it is just a super idea! Click here to read more.
Classic Amish Haystack
- Soda crackers crushed
- Hamburger browned, drained and taco seasoning added
- Lettuce chopped
- Tomatoes chopped
- Green peppers chopped
- Onions chopped
- Spaghetti or rice or both cooked until soft
- Put some of each on your plate, one layer at a time. Top with shredded cheese or a homemade cheese sauce. Also good to add is salsa or ranch dressing if you want to
MILLIE'S HOMEMADE GINGERSNAPS: Check in with Illinois Amish writer Millie Otto who shares dispatches each week and this week shares a recipe for homemade gingersnaps. Sounds good to me! Click here for the recipe.
PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH BABIES: Holy cow, I am familiar with the Pennsylvania Dutch breakfast confection called a "Dutch Baby", but I had no idea there were so many variations on it. Click here for more Dutch Baby recipes than you ever thought existed!