By Kevin Williams
BARBECUED HAMBURGER: Barbecued hamburger is a mainstay on menus in Plain kitchens. It is a fun, flavorful twist on traditional hamburger and Patricia's Patchwork does a super job of recreating a Mennonite version of it! Take a look at her recipe and post here. The recipe is essentially a homemade Manwich (do they still sell that stuff in a can?) or sloppy joe, but better!
BRUCE STAMBAUGH: This week we check in with one of my favorite bloggers who resides in the beautiful hills of Holmes County, Ohio. He posts an essay this week about his encounter with an Amish man and how they both sort of found common ground in respecting each other's differences. It's a thought-provoking piece with some great photos and also some insights into the Amish wood products business in Holmes County. Check it all out here!
GOING NORTH: The exodus of the last remaining Amish snowbirds continues out of Pinecraft. The place is probably generally deserted by now. I saw a Pioneer Trails bus near Fort Wayne last week, probably ferrying a final load back up to northern Indiana. Pinecraft, for the most part, falls silent in the spring and summer. Katie Troyer posts some superb photos of one of these "exits" occurring recently in Pinecraft. Click here to read.
SOURDOUGH CORNBREAD: I love this blog written by a Plain conservative Mennonite in Pennsylvania. She's not a horse-and-buggy Mennonite, but she is Plain and I think her perspective gives great insight into Plainness that can also encompass living with technology (she also has a blog, after all). She shares recipes, gardening tips, baking advice, etc, just a great, wholesome homey blog from a Plain perspective! Click here for a recipe for homemade sourdough cornbread. Yum!
HOMEMADE BLUEBERRY CREAM CHEESE FRENCH TOAST: And check out recipe for this amazing-sounding breakfast slice of Heaven! Click here.
AMISH CHICKEN SCHNITZEL: And from our friendly neighborhood "Joe's Butcher Shop" (well, he's not in my neighborhood, but if you are in Central Indiana, he's in yours!), check out this recipe!