By Kevin Williams
So, we have some old favorites and new friends today, covering a kaleidoscope of Amish information. Let's get right to it!
AMISH EMTs: Erik Wesner covers this topic well today and there's not much more I can add to it. The Amish are heavily involved in EMT and volunteer firefighter work in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where participation is a time-honored tradition. Once you leave Lancaster, though, the participation in such things is spotty. Holmes County, Ohio in less than 2 years will become the first majority Amish county in the USA so its not surprising that there is a need for Plain participation in activities like ambulance runs. The two Amish women in this post are trailblazers and I am sure more will follow. The Amish women appear to be New Order, but that's just to my eye. Click here to read more.
PIZZA-STUFFED ZUCCHINI BOATS: Long before the rest of the world joined the l0w-carb craze, inventive and creative Amish cooks were making dishes like this. Mmmm, these are amazing. Who needs crust? (well, I do, but these are still good). Click here.
KATIE TROYER - Check in for the latest comings and goings and happenings in Florida's only Amish settlement. We are still smack in the middle of "slow season" there. Another month or so people will begin to trickle back in.
AMISH KITCHENS: I've seen them all. Sloppy Amish kitchens. Immaculate Amish kitchens. Farmhouse Amish kitchens with copper kettles hanging from hooks on the ceiling and potholders as decorations. I've seen sparse Amish kitchens. I've seen them with so much food the shelves groan. This is a nice post that has a bunch of photos showing a wide variety of Amish kitchens. Pretty much in line with what I have seen. Click here for these photos.
ISH COFFEE CAKE: How cool is this, a coffeecake recipe that actually has coffee in it! Click here.
THE AMISH OF THE NORTH COUNTRY: Backroads Traveller Tom captures some gorgeous images of the very conservative Amish of upstate New York. He managed to capture their conservative lifestyle while also getting some beautiful color and maintaining a respectful distance. Click here to see the amazing photos.
AMISH CHURCH COOKIES: How do you persuade a bunch of squirmy kids to sit through them monotone sermons of church? Ply them with cookies! That is what is done in Amish churches. Often a plate of cookies are passed around and enjoyed by the children (and a few adults!). This recipe comes from the Kalona, Iowa community and is essentially a sugared buttermilk cookie. Wow. I'll take one too! Click here for this amazing recipe.