By Kevin Williams
Okay, time for weekly blogroll....this is a good time to check out what our friends elsewhere in the blogosphere are cooking up:
THE COVE: A superb post from my Amish Indiana. This is the first I've heard of this being done in a Plain community. Things like this are tried all the time in non-Amish communities with mixed results. The problem with "youth centers" is that often they are viewed by teens as "uncool" and they often attract the kids who don't need them as much. In this case, though, the Amish are a bit different. The cliques that dominate non-Amish teenage years aren't quite as pronounced among the Amish and this youth center, well, it actually is cool. It has a cafe area, open gym, volleyball courts, softball diamonds, all mainstays and staples of Amish youth life. So this is fascinating. The Amish population of northern Indiana is large and progressive enough to pull something like this off. Click here to take a look.
THE AMISH COOK'S WHOLE WHEAT BATTER BREAD: I was excited to see this on the Dixie's Kitchen blog. I have been familiar with this recipe for over 20 years but had not actually seen it made. The recipe comes from the original Amish Cook, Elizabeth Coblentz. Dixie calls the bread very yummy and I think it sounds superb. Click here for the recipe.
RHUBARB-CUSTARD PIE: Another favorite from Dixie's Kitchen and I'm excited about this one too, rhubarb is a staple in Amish kitchens in the spring and this pie is a favorite. Click here to take a look.
PINECRAFT GHOST TOWN: Typically the Florida Amish enclave would begin to wind down and most of the Amish "snowbirds" head home before Easter, so it's not atypical for it to be pretty quiet there now. But, still, the photos from Katie Troyer's blog have been strikingly devoid of humanity. Pinecraft emptied out earlier and faster this year than most years. A few people are still there, a small group of Amish men are playing checkers in this photo. Florida has not had quite as strict of a lockdown as other states. Click here to check out some scenes from Pinecraft.
LEHMAN'S DURING A PANDEMIC: The iconic hardware store, Lehman's, is a staple of Ohio's Amish country and hardware businesses are considered essential. Lehman's is also known for being popular among off-the-grid survivalist types, so I am not surprised that they are busy during this time. I am glad they are busy, most businesses are being decimated, so it's nice to see at least one that is keeping its doors open. Anyway, I just thought it was an interesting and informative read from the Lehman's CEO all the different steps they are taking to keep the doors open and the orders flowing. Click here.
AMISH CINNAMON-RAISIN ARTESIAN BREAD: this was an interesting recipe...in fact, I just posted a recipe for a classic Amish cinnamon-raisin bread, but this is a no-knead artesian bread, very interesting and looks tasty, click here to see!