By Kevin Williams
Okay, time for trending recipes and the start of a new month. The trending recipes at the beginning of February are similar to the trendings at the end of January. There’s one underlying theme: comfort food rules the roost. This week’s trending recipes are thick stews and comfort cakes.
GERMAN COFFEECAKE: This is a delicious, easy coffeecake recipe from the Amish Cook archives, appearing in the column back in 2001 when Elizabeth Coblentz still penned it. Note the use of lard in the recipe. You can substitute it with butter or shortening, but Elizabeth was very “old school” and often used lard. Click here to enjoy!
CINNAMON COFFEE BARS: Freshly brewed coffee does smell good and if I dump enough sugar in it I can enjoy it. I have two Amish recipes for homemade “coffee bars”, one has a doughy crust and a coffee-filling but I have to think there is an omission since there is no coffee listed in the ingredients (unless the filling just makes a mock coffee taste, but I doubt that), so I am sharing this recipe for cinnamon coffee bars that comes from an Amish woman in Iowa. Enjoy! Click here.
EASY AMISH PORK CHOPS: What is more comfort than pork chops? Click here.
DELICIOUS AMISH GOULASH: This is an easy recipe, but perfect for a cold winter’s day. This recipe is especially popular in Canadian Amish settlements.
CHOCOLATE GRAHAM BLISS: There are variations of this recipe (some with toffee, some without, some with nuts, some without – no nuts for me!), but I’ve seen this type of thing served at various Plain functions (and at some of my family functions!) An, wow, is this stuff is addictive. I stumbled across a plate of this last week and, wow, is it great! I mean, it is addictive as all get out. I nibbled on one of these and I couldn’t stop myself from eating another and another and another. Click here for this addictive dessert and classic comfort confection.
AMISH HAM AND CHEESE SAVORY STICKY BUNS: Speaking of addictive, man, these are addictive. This is what The Amish Cook writes about them:
For those of you who would like the sticky bun recipe, it was designed for my husband Daniel who loves the sweetness of the caramel sauce with the tangy mustard flavor along with onion and chive cream cheese. You’ll be sure to like it! This would be a perfect way to try a different twist on ham for your Easter meal or if you are reading this after Easter, it’d be a great way to use leftover ham.
NAOMI BEILER’S CHICKEN CROQUETTES: This Amish Chicken Croquettes recipe comes from an Amish woman with the last name of “Beiler”. There are two variations on this name spelling in Amish communities: Byler – which seems more common in Ohio – and Beiler, which seems more common in Lancaster, PA. So this is probably a classic case of someone misspelling a name upon entry into the country. That happened in my family, immigration authorities butchered a couple of our Italian family names, and those changes have stuck to this day…now to this classic comfort food recipe, click here.
COMFORTING MEATBALL STEW: Not at all surprised to see this recipe trending…I mean, what could be more comforting than meatball stew? Some recipes are just real gems and this is one of them. Imagine the heartiness and depth and richness of meatballs combined with the comfort of a stew and that is what you get with this recipe. Amish cooking, at its core, is comfort foot. And what could be more comforting on a cold,blustery day when you’ve just come in from milking cows or putting up a fence than sitting down to a thick, meaty stew? Click here.