By Kevin Williams
We haven't done a blogroll in awhile, so I thought it was time to check in with some of Amish365's friends. First stop:
AMISH COCONUT BLUEBERRY CAKE: Holy moly, this sounds - and looks - amazing. Patricia's Patchwork replicated a Wanda Brunstetter Amish Friends Cookbook recipe and it looks incredible. I am 47 years old now and I don't think I started really liking coconut until I was close to 30. And, wow, was I missing out all those years. I LOVE coconut! And I love blueberries, so this is bliss, click here for the recipe.
CHOCOLATE CRINKLE COOKIES: This is an Amish classic. Click here to enjoy this one from Charm City Ramblings.
THE DAY BEFORE AN AMISH WEDDING: Amish Indiana did a superb post about visiting an Amish farm the day before a wedding was to be held. Most of what she wrote matches my own experiences with Amish weddings. Renting a "wedding wagon" has become a staple of Amish community life. A wedding wagon has all the tools and implements needed to cook for 1000 people. It takes a bit strain off the host family of having to come up with all the dishes, cooking space, etc. The non-Amish blogger said she was to be a server at the wedding, that struck me as very unusual (as she said, an honor) simply because it's not like there's a lack of family or Amish friends who'd be willing to be servers. So a non-Amish person as part of the wedding team is unusual. It was also fun to see the handwritten menu of food being served. Click here for some wonderful photos and information.
DIXIE'S KITCHEN - PRIME RIB: Man,this looks good. If I were going to eat Prime Rib, I'd want it to look just like this....learn technique and get the recipe here.
PINECRAFT: This is the peak season in the Amish enclave of Pinecraft, Florida. The Amish snowbirds have flocked here in force, the streets are crowded, restaurants and shuffleboard courts are full. Pinecraft really is a slice of paradise, especially if you are Amish but, really, for anyone. Check out Katie Troyer's blog to see some of the sights and scenes from Pinecraft in its peak.
LEHMAN'S SOUPS: No visit to Holmes County's Amish country is complete without a stop at Lehman's Hardware (actually in neighboring Wayne County, I think). The store is a mainstay among the Amish and tourists, selling everything from kerosene lamps to kitchenware. Check out these super soup recipes as we head into the heart of winter. Check out recipes for chicken & gnocchi soup, creamy potato soup, leek and bacon,and roast beef and barley!