Lots of neat stuff in the blogosphere to share. Not sure where to start! Hope everyone had a great weekend, this is a raft of reading to get your week started right!
AMISH FRIENDSHIP BREAD: I will confess to having never heard of Amish Friendship Bread until after beginning The Amish Cook column in the early 1990s. I heard about it first from readers asking Elizabeth Coblentz how to make it, but she wasn't familiar with it either at first I think, historically, it has been more of a Lancaster Amish thing). Anyway, over the years I have become accustomed to this popular pastime in the kitchen. A blog this past week really laid out an easy Amish Friendship Bread recipe (complete with a link to a starter). So if you've always wanted to try Amish Friendship Bread but were a little intimidated by it, try this recipe and starter instructions!
AMISH WHOLE WHEAT BREAD: I think Rachel and I still have a bag of whole wheat flour that we bought from an Amish-owned grain mill in Canada. The flour, which was made on site at the mill, makes a delicious bread. Here is a blogger who shares a delicious-sounding whole wheat bread recipe this week.
HICKORY ROCKERS: I have a hickory rocker that I bought at the estate auction of the late Elizabeth Coblentz. It's very comfortable, contoured and a nice Amish touch to our living room. Tom the Backroads Traveler stopped in at an Amish-owned hickory rocker shop this past week and shared some scenes!
WILLIAMS GUIDE REVIEW: Thanks to Gloria for a generous review of my Williams Guide to Amish Country here.
CLASSIC COOKIE - AMISH SUGAR COOKIES: I've seen numerous recipes over the years for sugar cookies from Amish kitchens. There are many varieties: flat, wide, short and stout, puffy, soft, chewy, iced, sprinkled with sugar, etc...I have to admit, I like the looks of this blogger's version...just a no-frills, classic cookie...I've seen this type made in Midwestern Amish kitchens. Give it a try!