By Kevin Williams
MOLASSES PIE: I am always excited to learn about new recipes that carry cultural significance among the Amish. There aren't a lot that I'm not familiar with. But, molasses pie? Wait a minute, you are probably saying, that's basically the same as "shoofly pie", right? Well, not really. And the Crafty Cooking Mama who is based in Lancaster Pennsylvania explains intriguingly the difference between the two (and explains it well enough that I want to try whipped up one of these!). So if you are looking for a good holiday pie, sweet and different (and, frankly, shoofly pie often gives me fits, this seems like it might be a bit more approachable), try this Molasses Pie Recipe. Yum!
AMISH CHRISTMAS COOKIES: Mandy B runs the "Amish Side of Me" website. Her parents were raised Amish so she's retained a lot of the culinary influences and cultural customs in her own life. This past week she shared a very authentic sounding Amish recipe for homemade Christmas cut-out cookies. Yum! Try the recipe here.
AMISH HOUSE AFTER A STORM: This is a gorgeous David Arment photo of an Amish house in northern Indiana drying out after a storm. Click here to enjoy.
AMISH WINTER SCENES: Amishhorses.com posted some pretty snow scenes from Amish country. It doesn't say where they were posted, but the area appears familiar to me. I love these scenes, they really do tug at me because I've spent a lot of time in areas like this over the years. Very serene winter scenes. Click here.
CONEWANGO VALLEY AMISH: I think this may well be one of the most underrated Amish settlements in terms of tourism. The Amish in this area are very conservative, but not so much so that they don't welcome outsiders. This is a gorgeous area, very remote but there are plenty of Amish-owned home-based businesses to visit from maple syrup sellers to toy shops to iron works. Tom the Backroads Traveler was there recently and posted some beautiful shots from a beautiful place. Click here.
EMMA YODER'S ANGEL CREAM PIE: Patricia at My Patchwork Quilt made a recipe that just looks delightful...I don't usually poach pictures, but since I'm directing you to her site to get the recipe, I doubt she'll mind (throw up a yellow flag if you do, Patricia!) Cream pies are popular among the Amish (especially in Indiana), but this one just looks amazing. So a you plan your Christmas menus, this pie and the molasses pie above might merit serious consideration! Click here to get the Angel Cream Pie recipe!