Time for the ever-popular "trending recipes." For newbies here, trending recipes are the ones getting the most hits on Amish365.com and they tend to reflect, not surprisingly, the time of year. Christmas recipes, of course, are trending in December, Super Bowl recipes right before the big game and so on.
Mid-March is a "transition time" so the recipes are all over the map. We have some maple-themed recipes showing up, which reflect the sugaring season in the Midwest USA. We also see an early spring pea salad trending. But some winter comfort foods are still holding tough, so let's see what we have.
Emma Lapps Salmon Patties: Not surprising to see this trending during the Lenten season. Here is more information:
My parents have fixed salmon patties for as long as I can remember, and they were also a staple at my grandma's house, especially during the Lenten season. Salmon is surprisingly popular among the Amish. In fact, one of the reasons Amish families initially moved to Montana was the proximity to good salmon and other cold water stream fishing. I had the chance to talk to the first Amish person to settle in Montana and he was an avid sportsman and outdoorsman who loved to fish.
Amish fisherman enjoy catching salmon, trout, and bluegill to name a few. Cans of salmon are not uncommon to find in Amish bulk food stores also, so salmon patties for supper in an Amish kitchen is something you'd find. CLICK HERE FOR EMMA LAPP'S SALMON PATTIES.
Best Mac & Cheese Ever: This is a classic comfort food, winter and summer, that is trending this week. I guess people want some comfort! Click here for the recipe.
Anna Bontrager's Amish Baked & Barbecued Pork Chops: These are so good! Check out this comfort food. Click here.
Overnight Chicken and Macaroni Casserole: A little background:
Letting food chill overnight is a great way to let flavors meld and blend and, yeah, just makes for a super taste. I almost always let cookie dough chill overnight for the same reason, but the taste positives work just as well on soups, stews,and casseroles.
This recipe comes from an Amish woman in Wisconsin....These types of recipes are popular in Amish kitchens. More and more Amish do have gas-powered refrigerators. Their presence enhances food safety and has popularized dishes that might have once sat overnight on the kitchen counter to stay in the safer confines of the refrigerator.
Easy Amish Spring Pea Salad: Ah, this one is so good! Click here.
Amish Summer Seven Layer Salad: Usually we find this one trending during the summer, but it has jumped the gun this year. Check out the recipe.
Homemade Maple Syrup Cookies: Maple syrup making is a common tradition among the Amish. Some "sappers" do it just for their home use, they'll tap a couple of trees and make some sweet syrup just for themselves or maybe some friends and neighbors. They go all the way from the small sap operations all the way to the giant ones with acres and acres of tapped trees. The largest Amish maple syrup operations seem to be in Geauga County, Ohio and the Conewango Valley of the New York, but almost all Amish communities seem to have at least some maple syrup making and we are getting into the heart of that time right now.Click here for the recipe.
Amish Nut Cake: I remember making this cake with my girls during the early days of the pandemic last year. It was a very good, comforting cake. I'd make it again! Click here.
Amish Brown Sugar Chewies: These are amazing! Click here.