AMISH YOGURT: Most of my life I thought yogurt was just something Dannon or Yoplait invented and that was that. I've never been a huge yogurt eater (even frozen yogurt just doesn't compare to ice cream)....
I think I went on a kick sometime in my 20s when I was eating these funky flavored Y0plait yogurts like "Boston Cream Pie", which never actually lived up to the taste. Real homemade yogurt, I have since discovered, is a wonderfullyversatile dish that with a little patience anyone can learn to make.
When Rachel and I were in Kansas a couple of years ago a Beachy Amish Mennonite family served us homemade yogurt mixed in with their own granola and it was just amazing. A homemade yogurt can be used - many times - as as healthier alternative to sour cream (like a dollop of yogurt on a baked potato). This homemade yogurt recipe was featured on a blog this past week and has Amish origins. Click here for the recipe. It seems easy to follow, so give it a try!
AMISH JAM PIE: I tasted this pie in an Amish home once, but have never seen the actual recipe written out until now. This is an easy, flavorful pie that really captures Amish culinary traditions, so click here for a real treat!
AMISH GUEST HOUSE: I've love to hear some reviews about this place that was featured on a blog over the weekend. Opportunities to stay with an Amish family are few and far between and it is unusual for the Amish to enter the hospitality business. This is apparently run by the "Fisher family", a common Amish name in Lancaster County. Wow, if this is as good as it sounds, I'd stay there in a heartbeat.....click here to check it out.
AMISH FARM EXPERIENCE: Speaking of Lancaster County, Dean Sparks, an organic egg farmer shares his experience of learning the trade from an Amish farmer. Sounds like they forged a close friendship. Click here to read.
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