By Kevin Williams
We have some interesting, and tasty, Amish in the News stories this week, so let's get right to it!
VERMONT AMISH: I love this story and it is well-written for such a small-town paper. I have written before about the Amish arrival in Vermont a couple of years ago. Often the local paper will run an article when an Amish settlement starts up but this piece really is well written and sourced giving a superb, rare look into exactly how an Amish community starts. Man, this story just brings back a lot of memories for me when I used to spend a lot more time in Amish settlements than I do now. The photography is superb, make sure you click through the photos. Anyway, it is fun to see the Amish settling in Vermont, I think they are a great addition to the state's rural flavor. Click here to read about the Vermont Amish and how they arrived.
MILLIE'S WHITE CHOCOLATE BERRY PIE: Sorry, I think I'll pass...that just doesn't sound good to me. But check out the latest from Illinois Amish writer, Millie Otto.
SHOOFLY PIE: Really, we could post about this classic Pennsylvania Dutch confection every day! Now, I will say that the Amish in the Midwest tend to do a more "cakey" dry shoofly pie. Classic Pennsylvania Dutch shoofly pie has a thin "wet bottom" that is covered with a crumbly top. Good, good stuff. Click here to get an authentic, wonderful Amish recipe for shoofly pie and to read more about how to make and judge a good one. One of the people quoted in the article is John Smucker, owner of the Bird-In-Hand bakery and talks about how he makes the pies according to an old family recipe. You can actually order shoofly pies directly from Bird-In-Hand bakery and have them delivered. Geez, I am truly tempted to do so. Click the affiliate link here to order the pies.
THE FENCE POST - AMISH CHICKEN CASSEROLE - The Fence Post is a rural newspaper that hits a lot of the Plains and Midwest in the USA and they featured this recipe this week, looks good! Click here.
PEONIES: What a neat story! Russian Mennonites that settled in Nebraska in the mid-1800s brought peony bulbs with them to plant in their new home, and some of them continue blooming to this day. Is that not amazing? Click here to read the whole story and, geez, if I am ever near Henderson, Nebraska, I'll definitely stop to smell the roses...er, peonies.