By Kevin Williams
I saw this fruit cocktail cake and it made me quite, unexpectedly nostalgic....I used to eat fruit cocktail quite a a bit as a kid. It was a comfort food favorite. I think I fooled myself into thinking it was healthy, because I was eating fruit. I didn't think about the fruit swimming around in thick, syrupy sugar water. I just ate it and enjoyed it (except for the shrively cherries...there was always one or two in a can). I probably haven't opened a can of fruit cocktail since I was in high school. But now I'm feeling nostalgic for a comfort food can of the stuff. Maybe I'll get one and make these bars.
FRUIT COCKTAIL BARS: Not sure how many Amish pantries have a can of fruit cocktail, probably not many, but click here for this recipe that will stoke your nostalgia.
SPICE-RUBBED PORK CHOP DINNER: Briana Thomas is a talented young Mennonite blogger and photographer. Check out this tasty-sounding recipe.
PINECRAFT PEACE: Check out Katie Yoder's blog and the pretty pictures of rain cleansing the empty streets of Pinecraft (Newbies, Pinecraft is a unique Amish settlement in Florida where Amish and Mennonite "snowbirds" go to spend some time each winter, during the spring and summer the place is largely empty).
BIG SALE DAY IN KALONA: Check out some scenes from the annual draft horse sale in Kalona, Iowa. Kalona is the largest Amish community in the Hawkeye State.
HORSING AROUND IN NEW YORK: Backroads Traveler Tom has captured some beautiful images of the Amish and their horses, check out his artistic images here.
OATMEAL APPLESAUCE RAISIN WALNUT CAKE: This recipe is intriguing because of its Pennsylvania Dutch country origins. This recipe originates from the blogger's husband's Pennsylvania Dutch grandmother in the coalfields of deep east Pennsylvania. Recipes like these really do a superb job of capturing local cultural culture and customs. Click here to read more and get the recipe!