CAPTION: A conveyor system carries blocks of pond-cut ice up into the Amish-owned produce auction warehouse in Aylmer, Ontario. There is a plentiful supply of ice here during the winter.
AMISH ICE-HARVESTING IN WISCONSIN: Ice harvesting is something that is fun to watch and contemplate. While most of us depend on modern electric or gas freezers to make ice, many Old Order Amish use what nature gives each winter to freeze their food. The work isn't easy, but the end result is a freezer full of ice blocks that can, if sealed well, keep for years. I've peeked my head into a few of these old-fashioned ice-houses and, brrrrr,makes today's cold wave seem balmy. Click here to see some wonderful photos and text from ice-harvesting time in Wisconsin.
AMISH APPLE AND HONEY CAKE WITH LEMON ZEST: This sounds like a tasty recipe worth checking out. Click here for the recipe and photos.
MENNONITE NEW YEAR RECIPE: This is the type of recipe I love sharing, one that is steeped in culinary culture and tradition. I didn't see this posted until today or I would have shared it with you all for New Year's Day, but better late than never. The recipe is for oliebollen, which, the author explains, is like a doughnut. Interesting read and recipe, click here!
MOTELS: Okay, this isn't Amish, but it tugs at my nostalgia strings. Long before the chain motels sterilized the travel experience, Mom & Pop motels grew along the highways and backroads like honeysuckle. Many of them exuded a certain rustic charm and if you leave the interstate highway, you'll see that some survive. Tom captures some of the survivors in photos, check this out.