By Kevin Williams
We have a full docket today so let's get right to it! Maybe a mini-theme to this week's blogroll is ham, after all, ham is a Christmas staple in many homes in the USA and maybe Canada? Elsewhere? Sheesh, that would be an interesting topic sometime (man, I am digressing) what people eat for Christmas dinner and where? Maybe ham isn't even eaten all over the USA on Christmas (for some reason I am thinking in the South it's not as common but I might be completely off on that) ,but in my area of the Midwest ham is king for Christmas dinner. Okay, back to ham:
AMISH HAM LOAF: This recipe seems super authentic in terms of its Amish origins. It comes from a cookbook called Katie's Kitchen (if you are a cookbook collector, order it. I have this one and it is a superb collection of Amish recipes, I found a few copies available on Amazon here) Check out the Ham Loaf Recipe here.
ASTER PORTRAIT: Cheryl McNulty is a frequent guest on this site, her artwork depicting the Amish is among the finest out there. But she also does other great work. So when she offered to paint Aster, I jumped at the chance! I was going to keep it as a surprise for Rachel and Aster, but if I'm going to post the progress I'll just keep it as a surprise for Aster. She, I think, will be blown away by it as a Christmas gift (although 3-year-olds are fickle, some things that I think she'd get so excited about, she doesn't and vice-versa). Anyway, click here to see the beginnings of what will be a fun portrait to see finished!
HAM WITH CHERRY SAUCE: This sounds amazing and I don't even like cherry that much. But a cherry sauce as a glaze sounds different and inventive. This recipe isn't Amish, but Patricia's recipes are always super, so let's check in with her this week here with her Ham with Cherry Sauce recipe!
KATIE TROYER: Katie just always does such a super job covering Pinecraft, the winter enclave in Sarasota where many Amish enjoy escaping winter's wrath. Check her her newests posts..love the photo of the Amish woman with a ....watermelon.....in her stroller while she makes her kid walk!:) Click here to see.
BRUCE STAMBAUGH: I'm super excited about meeting up with Bruce hopefully early next year before he decamps for Virginia. Few people seem as connected to the community there as Bruce Stambaugh, so I will be thrilled to learn more about Holmes from him, so stay tuned for some fun posts regarding my visit with him sometime in 2017. In the meantime, here's another thought-provoking gem from Bruce.
AMISH PEAR CRUMB PIE: Wow, this sounds really delicious. My sister-in-law is a big fan of pears (well, who isn't, really?) so I might have to pass this recipe her to her. Check it out here from the Mostly Homemade Mom!
LANCASTER COUNTY: Check out the Whitlock family's whirlwind visit to Amish country....some good photos to check out any maybe some ideas for others planning to travel there.
Linda from KY
I'm excited to see the progress of Aster's portrait. The sketch has already captured much of her personality. Aster is adorable! I miss having a three-year-old in the house...sometimes. 😉