By Kevin Williams
We have a variety of stories in this week's Amish in the News so let's just jump right in!
YODER'S PIES: We have written a lot about Pinecraft, Florida over the years. This is the "winter enclave" for Amish and Mennonites who want to escape the cold climates of the north. Some Amish stay there year-round, a small contingent. But most Amish and Mennonites come down for a few weeks between December and April and during that part of the year it is a teaming, busy hive of activity. The hub of the community, arguably, is Yoder's Restaurant, a wonderful gathering place that serves up platefuls of homemade comfort food. This time, Atlas Obscura paid a visit to Pinecraft...click here to read a fun recipe about the origins of this institution and their staple: pies.
CONSERVATION AND THE AMISH: Research has revealed what I could have told anyone for free and without a bunch of studies. The conclusion: the Amish are open to conservation practices if talked to about it by a trusted, friendly source. I am being a little flippant, this actually is an interesting article...but, yes, the Amish are often very open to new information, whether it be about breast cancer screenings, vaccines, conservation, click here to read more.
BEVERLY LEWIS: Beverly Lewis is sort of the "dean of Amish fiction" writers. She really pioneered the genre and has legions of fans. I've never read any of her books so I cannot attest to their accuracy or lack there of, but she pleased a lot of her Indiana fans by appearing at the library in Logansport recently. Click here to read about her visit.
MILLIE'S AMISH CHOCOLATE MAYONNAISE CAKE: Check out Illinois Amish writer Millie Otto's life this week and a recipe for chocolate mayo cake! Click here.
AMISH SETTLING IN MISSOURI'S LAKE COUNTRY: A new Amish community is taking root near Benton, Missouri in the rural central part of the state near Camdenton. Click here to read about it.
PILLSBURY'S TUNNEL OF FUDGE CAKE: Okay, this isn't Amish, but it is nostalgic in value....check out a recipe for this favorite from the 1960s!