Got some interesting items in this week's blogroll. The first item I'll share still has me scratching my head.
Amish Cooking - in Japan?? I spotted this photo on Flickr this morning, but there is not a lot of information that goes with it. So I did some additional digging and found.....very little. This Amish restaurant seems to be quite a curiosity because I found plenty of posts online from people who unexpectedly "stumbled upon it" and wanted to check it out if they had more time but I've not found a post that tells more. Would love to hear about how this restaurant came about, who owns it, etc. This blog post has a few more photos and a smidge more to say about it. Sometimes one does find an ethnic eatery in an unlikely spot. My hometown, for instance, has one of (maybe the) only Panamanian restaurant east of the Mississippi. And even more unlikely than Middletown is that it is tucked away in this obscure part of town that I'm almost never in, far away from other restaurants in town. And, sheesh, as much as a foodie as I am, I've never been to the restaurant even though it has been there for a couple of years. So I guess a Panamaian traveling through Middletown would be as shocked to see a native restaurant here as I would be to stumble upon Amish Cooking in Japan.
Amish Ham & Biscuit Casserole: Mmmmm, talk about quintessential Amish-style comfort food. Give this recipe a try. Amish cooks would probably be using home-butchered pork for this recipe which naturally would add a freshness component to it that you might not be able to find in store-bought meat. And, of course, they'll make their own from-scratch biscuits.
Left to dust: Rural America is full of decaying, falling-down structures. And there is a certain....romance...to some of them as the earth that gave life begins to reclaim them. This was all so eloquently written about in one of my favorite books: The World Without Us. Let's catch up with Tom the Backroads Traveller as he shares scenes with us from rural New York and some beautiful photographs of abandoned barns, factories, stores, and motels. It is amazing how the right photographer can take photos of something like a crumbling, decaying factory and make them appealing. Click here for some neat photos!
Egg, Cheese, and Sausage Breakfast Skillet: Admittedly, the only Amish connection to this recipe is the fact that sausage came from an Amish vendor but the recipe sounds - and looks - amazing, worth clicking just to see the photos, but a great recipe to boot. Yum!