By Kevin Williams
We have some fascinating stories in the news this week and some delicious ones, so let's get to it.
MEET YOUR AMISH NEIGHBORS: Now this is a fascinating story (to me, anyway) and it just shows how far the Amish have come in terms of shedding some of their insularity. Four or five Amish people took part in a panel discussion at the local library in Colon, Michigan. Basically, anyone could come and ask questions of the Amish in attendance, questions about their lifestyle, food, beliefs. I imagine it was an enjoyable evening and it just shows that the Amish are getting more comfortable with the spotlight and perhaps a bit savvier about how they "market" themselves. Again, 25 years ago, this event simply wouldn't have happened. Click here to read more about it.
AMISH FARMER SEEKS A PARDON: I think this Amish farmer should be pardoned. Yes, I think he probably blundered afoul of the law, but product labeling is a complicated business and I don't think he was intentionally trying to veer into the wrong. Fines, education, suspension, etc, but prison? No. Click here to read more.
MILLIE'S DUTCH APPLE PIE: Check in with my new friend, Millie Otto, and get recipe for homemade Dutch Apple Pie just in time for Thanksgiving! Click here for the recipe.
RUN! : To me, this is one of the most fascinating stories in the Amish's American history. It took place in a rural Iowa cornfield and paved the way for the Amish eighth grade educational system that is in place today. Click here.
PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH CUSTARD-CHEESE PIE: Man, this doesn't sound the greatest, but it LOOKS good and I love these offbeat, regional favorites. This isn't a pie you'd find in Amish settlements in Ohio or Indiana, but is more common in Pennsylvania. Click here for this recipe just in time for Thanksgiving!
7 STUFFINGS: There's a selection of stuffing recipes in the Washington Post this week, the one that caught my eye was the Pennsylvania Dutch one, but check them all out here.