By Kevin Williams
Time for our weekly whirl through the blogosphere in search of anything and everything Plain. We have some really fun things this week so let's get right to our adventure!
ANNA IN THE ORCHARD: Cheryl McNulty turns in another gem with her finish portrait of an Amish girl momentarily distracted by the entrancing dancing of a butterfly causing her to pause while picking peaches. Great portrait as usual! Click here to see the finished portrait! Related article: Cheryl is non-Amish and does Amish-themed art, but what about Amish artists? There are many and their work can be amazing, click here to see.
AMISH BUTTERED NOODLES: First of all, this recipe comes from one of the premiere Amish cookbooks out there. I have the book. It's called simply, Amish Cooking, by Pathway Publishing and is often considered the "Bible" of Amish cooking. But this "recipe" kind of made me laugh. It's really not much of a recipe, it's...well, it's cook your noodles and butter them. I'm sure they're delicious, but... so, if you want to try your own noodles you can try these easy Amish 4-ingredient noodles. Also, easiest chicken noodle soup ever here.
JASPER, NEW YORK AMISH: Tom the Backroads Traveler gives us some serene glimpses of an Amish settlement in the state's Southern Tier. Man, when I see these scenes, especially that first farm scene....that's what I imagine as a classic Amish farmstead, so if you can't go to Amish Country, Tom brings it to you here.
AMISH MILK BREAD: This is a recipe that isn't always easy to find. You don't commonly find it in Amish cookbooks. Many Amish cooks make this recipe from unwritten formulations in their head. I've had it a couple of times and it is a deliciously moist and fluffy bread. The Spruce recently put up a recipe for it. Enjoy! Click here. Related posts: nothing beats good, old-fashioned Amish White Bread. And how about Amish Salt-Rising Bread, that might be my favorite!
BLOG SPIN - Okay, I spun the wheel this week and came up with two random posts I want to share:
AMISH CHEESEBURGER SOUP: Okay, "soup season" may be winding down, but this really is more like a meal in a bowl....good sounding stuff. Actually, I think I had some years and years ago. So I was thrilled to find a recipe. Click here for the recipe.
AUTHENTIC AMISH FARM LODGING: I get asked by people fairly frequently about opportunities to stay overnight on an Amish farm and I usually come up blank. There just aren't that many places out there. Most Old Order Amish simply wouldn't be interested, and in most cases permitted by their church or local regulations, to run a lodging establishment. I do know of some Beachy Amish that run bed & breakfasts, but Old Order Amish? I know some Old Order Amish that own some cabins and if you ask nice and the price is right, they'll let you stay. I think there are a couple of Old Order Amish places in Lancaster County but, despite all my trips to Holmes County, Ohio I had never heard of an actual Amish run B&B. Until now. And this one apparently has been around awhile and it just sounds like a very authentic experience, so I am excited to share this with you. I might have to partake in this experience myself sometime, although I've stayed overnight in Amish homes many times. It's always an enjoyable experience. Click here to read this blog entry about a stay at Farmstead Lodging.