By Kevin Williams
We have some interesting posts in this, our weekly whirl through the blogosphere in search of anything and everything Plain.
HOME JOYS: This is an update from Gina about her family’s handing of her husband Ed’s brain cancer diagnosis. They are a wonderful Mennonite family in Pennsylvania and I just think post does a poignant and holistic job of just showing the way a group of people can pull together to support one another. We’ll continue to keep Ed in our prayers and I just hope that they get through this and remission and relief are in the cards. Click here for the update.
OUR AMISH MENU TODAY:
RAINBOW SALAD: This comes from the Meemaw Eats Blog, a fun food blog run by a woman who lives in Kalona, Iowa, the state’s oldest Amish community. Often her recipes have an Amish slant, maybe not this one so much but, yum, it sounds good! Click here. Related Recipe: Cranberry Jello Salad
RHUBARB DREAM BARS: I’ve seen a lot of rhubarb recipes over the years, but this Amis recipe looks and sounds amazing, I’ll have to try this one (and so will you!). Click here for the recipe. Related Recipes: 7 Easy Amish Bars
FLUFFY PANCAKES: Often, for me, where and when a recipe comes from are just as important as the recipe itself, especially as someone who studies Amish culinary history. This recipe comes from a cookbook called Dutch Country Cooking published by Swiss Country Enterprises in Sugarcreek, Ohio. I just snapped up one for 88 cents off Amazon. I actually had an Amazon gift card with a few bucks leftover on it that I didn’t know how to spend (because what are you going to get for a few $$?) so that was a good use, I’m looking forward to learning more. The Sugarcreek, Ohio area is a very distinctive Amish community with Swiss roots and if the book culls recipes directly from that area, there could be some interesting stuff in there. There are a few used copies of this book still available for around $5 on Amazon, you can click here to buy using the Amish365 affiliate link. Patricia’s Patchwork blog features a fluffy pancake recipe from it, click here for this recipe. She gives it good reviews!
Related Recipes: COLORADO AMISH PANCAKES
Some Amish artisans make a decent living weaving homemade baskets. I find this to be especially true among the Swartzentruber Amish. In fact, this is a visit I made several years ago to a Swartzentruber-owned basket shop outside of Sinking Spring, Ohio.
AMISH AMERICA: This is another tour of an Amish basket shop, this one from LeVonne DeBois of Amish Heartland Tours. Check it out here.
BASKET BLOW-OUT: The Amish Reader blog has posted about a spring clearance Amish basket sale, click here.