By Kevin Williams
It's been kind of a slow week for anything Amish in the news. If you're Amish, that is a good thing. They don't like to be in the news, for the most part.
KRISPY KRUNCHY CHICKEN: This isn't an Amish story, but I scan the newspapers in Pennsylvania's Amish country and saw this....Krispy Krunchy has over 2000 locations??? How have I not heard of it? I've seen Chester's fried chicken at a lot of gas stations and convenience stores, but somehow I've missed Krispy Krunchy. Click here to read more about this chain.
THE FARM HOME COOKBOOK: I was so excited to see that Elsie Kline has her cookbook out now. Elsie Kline is Old Order Amish and lives in Ohio. I've met Elsie a couple of times and even visited her at her home once in Holmes County, Ohio. She lives on a gorgeous Amish dairy farm. Just a wonderfully authentic woman with a rich and deep Amish culinary and cultural knowledge. So if you want an authentic Amish cookbook, really, you'd be hard pressed to do much better than Elsie. You can read more about the book here. The Lancaster newspaper is behind a metered paywall so some of you may not be able to access the article, so if you can't and want to just jump to order the book from Amazon, you can go to my affiliate link here. Interestingly, the word "Amish" does not appear in the title and I don't think that is an accident...many Amish would find that to be a prideful moniker, so they here you have it. But this book is the real deal.
And here's a recipe I pulled from the Lancaster paper:
ELISE KLINE'S VERY BLUEBERRY BARS
Makes: 15 servings
Prep time: 25 minutes
Baking time: 35 minutes
• 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
• 1 ½ cups sugar
• 4 eggs
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1 teaspoon almond flavoring
• 3 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
• ½ teaspoon baking powder
• 3 teaspoons cornstarch
• 4 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, divided
• 2 teaspoons lemon juice, divided
• 1 cup confectioners sugar
• 1 tablespoon milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Make batter by beating together butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and almond flavoring in mixing bowl.
Stir in 3 cups flour and baking powder. Spread ⅔ of batter in greased 9- by 13-inch baking pan. Set aside.
In another mixing bowl, combine remaining 1 tablespoon flour and cornstarch.
Add ½ cup blueberries and 1 teaspoon lemon juice to dry ingredients. Mash with fork and mix. Add remaining berries. Stir gently to coat.
Pour berry mixture over batter in baking pan. Dollop remaining batter by tablespoonsful on top. Berries will show through.
Bake in preheated oven 35 minutes, or until golden.
Mix confectioners sugar, remaining 1 teaspoons lemon juice, and milk to make glaze. Drizzle over baked bars.
Cut bars when cooled to room temperature.
MILLIE'S PANCAKE PIZZA: Check in with Illinois Amish columnist Millie Otto this week and get a super-sounding recipe for homemade "pancake pizza." Click here to check it out.
AMISH WEDDING SUPPER - NE OHIO: Oh wow, if I could, I'd be attending this! First, yes, it is a good cause. And it's interesting - and heartening - to see the Amish aligning themselves with an organization that provides resources to battered women. And, second, this is an excellent opportunity to sample an authentic Amish wedding menu at an Amish home. The price tag - $30 a person - is well worth the good cause and the cultural experience. Here is a description of the meal: mouth-watering baked chicken, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, seasonal vegetables, seven-layer salad, date pudding, and delicious home baked pie!
So, if you are in Cleveland-Youngstown-Erie, PA, yes, you should go to this! Click here for more information or how to attend. AND LET ME KNOW IF YOU DO GO!!
AMISH HORSE AUCTION ATTRACTS THOUSANDS: Equine buyers from all over the USA and Canada descended upon Dinky's Auction Barn in Washington, Indiana to bid on the high quality stock that the event attracts year after year. Read more here.