This is one of my favorite times of year for trending recipes because you just get this classic comfort food. Once you get into spring, summer, and autumn, the trending recipes are more dictated by the garden and growing season. But it's pretty much anything goes for the next month or so.
THANK-YOU CASSEROLE: A little bit about this one:
will say that this recipe is common within the post-WWII tradition of Amish cooking, where processed, canned foods became popular among the Amish.
My parents made the recipe the other night and they really enjoyed it. Just one of these tasty, hearty calorie-packed suppers that Amish farmers and craftsmen need to fuel themselves through their days. So if you are looking for a good supper, check this out!
CLASSIC AMISH PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES: Man, this is a good recipe. A bit of a pain to make (cookies are, in general, labor intensive), but once you have them out of the oven and stacked on a plate, the work is worth it! Click here for these amazing cookies, perfect for a cold winter's day!
AMAZING AMISH BEEF & BISCUIT CASSEROLE: Here's a bit about this casserole:
This is a classic, hearty dish that you'll find gracing Amish kitchens this time of year. Now the secret to this is not bake the biscuits beforehand, just put them directly on top of the casserole and pop it in the oven and you'll have the ultimate comfort food classic.
SOUR CREAM CHOCOLATE CHIP PUDDING BARS: If you want the comfort of cookies without the work, these bars should do the trick! This recipe is a bit of a curiosity, here's an excerpt:
The recipe for "Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies" comes to me from the Amish settlement near Chouteau, Oklahoma. I thought I'd make the cookies into bars which, I think, turned out to be a good call. I did make some cookies out of the dough, but not wanting to spend all evening dropping dough onto cookie sheets, we pressed the dough into an 9 X 13 baking dish and called it a day. For some reason I think they taste better as a bar. So while you can make cookies out of them, I recommend the bars. But the curious part of the recipe: why the pudding? It's not like you could taste it in any way.
COTTAGE HAM: Nothing says winter weekend afternoon more than a pot filled with a cottage ham and potatoes. Click here for a recipe!
AMISH SLOPPY JOES: This is the ultimate comfort food classic. Read more:
think one of my favorite meals as a kid was when Mom would open a can of "Manwich" (Is this still even sold? I'm surprised no one has flagged it as sexist, where is "Womanwich"?) , mix it with some hamburger and spoon it onto some buns. Oh wow...pure bliss. But what about homemade manwich? I think I made some a time or two after I moved out on my own. And if you want to cut calories you can make this homemade version with veggie crumbles. So, here is an Amish recipe, not sure who sent it into me, for your own homemade manwich or sloppy joes:
END-OF-WINTER BEAN SOUP: Okay, we are in the middle of winter now, so I am being overly optimistic. But this tastes just as good in January as it does in March, click here for this recipe.
PEANUT BUTTER CAKE: I mean, you can't go wrong with anything peanut butter, can you? Combine peanut butter with cake and you have pure dessert bliss. Click here for the recipe.