By Kevin Williams
Time for our weekly whirl through the blogosphere in search of everything or anything Plain. Have some good goodies to share this week!
First of all, we'll once again stop in to Patricia's Patchwork for some sensational savory:
AMISH CHICKEN BREAST CASSEROLE: This is one of these amazingly hearty classic Amish dishes that comes from the Greenville, PA community. This settlement is a pretty progressive one, which gasoline-powered tractors common. I've heard it's a charming community to visit and I'd love to make it there someday. Click here for the recipe and Patricia's excellent step-by-step instructions and photos!
SHOOFLY PIE: This classic Pennsylvania Dutch confection will always live in food lore because it is so identified with Amish culture and there are so many stories on its origins. I'm not sure we'll ever know how the pie began or where it got its peculiar name. Aunt Lil's Kitchen gamely tries to take on the topic and shares a great recipe here.
JUST PLAIN MARIE - 9 WAYS MENNONITES SAVE MONEY: Marie used to be Mennonite (I think...my memory is failing me this morning) and now just lives plainly with her family in rural Nova Scotia. And get this, she lives five miles up a rural dirt driveway in the mountains. Sheesh, I don't like shoveling my little driveway, I can't imagine going out and shoveling 5 miles!:) Anyway, this week Marie imparts 9 money saving tips from the Mennonites and they are rather thought-provoking. Amazing the money that just gets wasted in mainstream culture. Click here to read her 9 ways.
CONEWANGO VALLEY WINTER: Tom the Backroads Traveler shares some winter scenes from one of my favorite Amish settlements, this one in rural western New York State. Click here to see these beautiful photos.
AMISH HIT & RUN: Okay, you'd think that this story headline would mean the typical tragedy of a car hitting a buggy and fleeing, but in rural Michigan it appears an Amish buggy hit a car and fled. Erik Wesner from Amish America takes it up from here.