By Kevin Williams
This is our weekly whirl through the blogosphere in search of anything and everything Plain. I have some interesting stuff to share this week, so kick back and enjoy!
I really like Patricia's Patchwork blog. I mean, she delves into so many interesting Amish recipes, I find it a fascinating study in how traditional Amish recipes can be recreated regularly at home. Patricia features a recipe this week for homemade "Pineapple cookies"....Boy, I am not so sure about those. I'm very "on again, off again" with pineapple for some reason. Sometimes I love it, sometimes I cringe at the thought of eating it. I do like pineapple on my pizza, oddly.
You all have been fickle the past few weeks with recipes (but I should know better, this email list doesn't like anything banana or blueberry and during the summer, zucchini is a no-no), so I'm featuring another one of Patricia's recipes that I think you'll like better: Chickenetti. The recipe comes from the rather progressive Amish settlement of Greenville, Pennsylvania. I think this email list will like "Chickenetti!"
CHICKENETTI: This is a classic Amish, hearty dish combining chicken and pasta and you get this, what I call, a "pile meal" where you can just pile it on your plate. Yum! Click here for the recipe.
HUTTERITE BAPTISM: I'll be honest, I kind of couldn't really get into this blog. I'll try again later, part of it was just lack of focus. I'll sit down when I have more time. But this is a blog that appears to be written and maintained by a Hutterite man...there are probably some real gems on this blog if you have the time to dig, so if you are interested, check it out here.
BEANS AND GREENS: This week the Frugal Mennonite is serving up beans and greens over cornbread.....wow, that is an awesome meal. Check out her recipe and photo here.
MENNOPOLITAN: This is another blog that I just didn't have time to really dig around in, but it looks interesting...This is a blog from a woman who grew up in a Mennonite colony in Mexico and has since left. Her blog chronicles her experiences since. Click here to go to her blog.
PINECRAFT GOSPEL EXPRESS: Ernie Bontrager captures a super video of everything that, to me, makes the winter enclave of Amish in Pinecraft, Florida so special. The video captures a "haystack supper" being served at the Pinecraft Park along with a concert by a group known as "Gospel Express." First of all, even if you just watch the first few minutes of the video you'll see what I mean about the special atmosphere there. You have Amish people standing in line for supper next to people wearing ball caps and shorts (if I had to guess some of the non-Amish people in line are probably Mennonites, former Amish visiting family, etc). The beauty of Pinecraft is in its relaxed environment, You just find a laid back, non-rule ridden way of life totally the opposite from what most Amish experience back home, which is why Pinecraft is so appealing to some. The lack of rules, though, means that Pinecraft doesn't appeal to everyone. If you want to learn more Gospel Express, click here. It appears to be a mix of Plain and non-Plain singers.