By Kevin Williams
Time to buckle up and strap ourselves in for our weekly whirl through the blogosphere in search of everything and anything Plain. Have some interesting and tasty items to explore this week, so let's go to it.
PILGRIM PIE: Patricia tested out a recipe from Wanda Brunstetter's Amish Friends Cookbook and I am glad she did. This recipe fits a certain "genre" of pie within the Amish of which oatmeal pie or sawdust pie are all included. The Pilgrim Pie,though, loads up with coconut (and I agree with Patricia, is there really such as a thing as too much coconut?) and creates an almost mock "coconut cream pie." Man, this looks awesome. Click here to get the recipe!
AMISH MAYONNAISE APPLESAUCE SNACK CAKE: The Chin Deep website recently posted a recipe for this moist and delicious Amish specialty. You can never really go wrong with an applesauce cake! Click here for the recipe.
PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH NEWSPAPER ONLINE? Sorry, I don't read nor speak Pennsylvania Dutch, so I can't help much with the translation here. But, still, this is an interesting site. Click here.
MILLER'S BAKERY: Hmmmm, I'm intrigued. I've made many trips to Holmes County, but I hadn't heard of this Amish bakery. That said, there are so many in that area it'd be impossible to familiarize oneself with all. But, man, look at the photos of the cinnamon rolls and doughnuts. Yum. And on a side note, the website appears to be a food site devoted to my area of Ohio, so now I'm doubly intrigued! I will quibble with the writer's assessment of Millersburg being in Northwest Ohio, but otherwise this is a delicious read!
YODER'S HORSERADISH: The Chicago foodie sisters like this stuff, so that is good enough for me. As an aside, you where the horseradish capital of the USA is? Collinsville, Illinois. That is a tiny town just outside of St. Louis. I only know this because I did a story about the town years ago for AAA Magazine. I remember finding a burger joint in down that sold some pretty flamin' sandwiches because they were doused in local horseradish.
AMISH CHURCH: These are some interesting shots from Backroads Traveller Tom. The photos are of buggies parked outside a house on a Sunday, obviously gathering for church. The one thing about the photo that struck me is that you have some gray-topped buggies (typical Lancaster County or daughter community) mixed with traditional black buggies. Such a co-mingling of colors is not all that common in my experience, so I'm not sure if you have visitors from a Lancaster daughter church or what, hoping Tom can weigh in on this.