Have some interesting things in this week's blogroll, our weekly mash-up of anything and everything Amish that has appeared online over the past week.
WHY THE AMISH? This is a topic I've struggled to pin down for over 20 years and for me its a very personal question: why do we (and me) find the Amish so fascinating? Personally, on the most basic level, there's a thirst for simplicity that has been slowly vanishing frpm larger society. So the Amish represent a talisman to a time when life was slower, work was harder, and family, faith and food ruled the roost. Tim Challies does an eloquent job of explaining this further in an essay he posted online this past week.
VISIT TO HERSHEY AND AMISH COUNTRY: Really, with all the gourmet, upscale chocolate out there on the market sometimes all I need is just a classic comfort: an old-fashioned Hershey bar. I can't imagine visiting a whole town devoted to this chocolate deity. This blogger shares some photos of her recent visit to Hershey and surrounding Amish country. The blog has some good, classic images of Lancaster County's Amish. No clue who Ceekay is, but this blogger is taking her around for the day to sight-see. You can pick up the rest here.
AMISH BAKED CHICKEN: This is a recipe for a classic Amish baked chicken. I've seen variations of this recipe before, but the one this blogger posted is classic, easy, and delicious. Very basic repertoire of ingredients. I have to say, also, that usually I just zero in on the Amish-related stuff on someone's blog, but I really like Ramanda's Spicy Passion blog...there is a wonderful variety of recipes posted from spicy, exotic (yet simple) Middle Eastern dishes to plain American meatloaf. The blog is worth checking out as a whole, but here is the Amish recipe for baked chicken.
MENNONITE ESSAY: I had trouble figuring out what this blog was about, what perspective it was coming from....that said, it is a fun, humorous essay about being Mennonite...I am thinking the author must be Mennonite,because it is sort of written from an insider's perspective to outsiders. Worth a read! Click here.
SARAH PRICE'S AMISH CASSEROLE: Sarah Price is a popular author of Amish fiction she shares a recipe for a classic Amish casserole on her website this week. Very, very typical dish found in Midwestern Amish homes, it does go by various names, but give it a try here!