By Kevin Williams
We have a little bit of something for everyone in today's weekly blogroll, so I'll get right to it!
PINECRAFT SUMMER: For newbies here, Pinecraft is Florida's only Amish community, but it's not your typical one. There are no horse and buggies and it is a very transient settlement. People come and go and the strict church rules found in other areas don't really exist here. Amish people can come here and literally and figuratively let their hair down. Winter is the busy season when Amish "snowbirds" flock to Pinecraft to escape the cold. December until Easter is the busy time, now a quiet has settled over Pinecraft. A handful of Amish residents stay year-round and some summer vacationers do come down, but it's far emptier, far more-laid back. Katie Troyer captured a shuffleboard game taking place the other night. Shuffleboard is a popular pastime among Amish vacationers. Click here to see her photos.
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LAZY WIFE'S DINNER: These are Amish gender biased recipe names always make me chuckle. You definitely wouldn't put in a cookbook today a recipe by this title, but in Amish society gender roles are still pretty well crystalized. Between running a home with probably 6 or 7 kids, doing laundry, cooking, mending, ironing, comforting, etc I doubt there is such a thing as a "lazy" Amish wife, but this dinner does look easy. I'd go with Patricia's recommendation and double the meat. Click for this classic, easy Amish comfort food supper, made colorful by fresh colors and peas.
KATIE'S AMISH OVEN-BAKED CHICKEN: You can never have too many good chicken recipes, can you? This looks like an amazingly flavorful one from an Amish kitchen. Click here for the recipe.
Related Recipe: Amish Chicken with Easy Gravy
CHECKING IN WITH MOSE: Mose Gingerich...how many of you remember him? He was an Amish reality TV "star" for a time. He started with "Amish in the City", a series on the UPN network back in 2004 which essentially put a bunch of young Amish kids in a Hollywood Hills house with a bunch of non-Amish and filmed their interactions, etc. He then went on to other Amish-themed TV series. He keeps a blog about his life, updated maybe once or twice a year. He updated his blog yesterday for the first time in over a year, just sort of reflections on his own "independence day" from the Amish. Doesn't sound like his life has been easy since leaving. I wish him well, he seems like a nice guy. Click here to read his post.
BLOG SPIN - Spinning the blog wheel and seeing where it lands, got two interesting posts today from the spin!
AMISH TOMATO KETCHUP: Check out an easy, colorful, and fun recipe for homemade tomato ketchup right here.
ETHRIDGE, TENNESEE: This post is from an Amish fiction writer. A few things in her post made me wince just in terms of accuracy. Well, actually, a better way to frame her post is that she is writing what she saw and experienced in Ethridge, Tennesse's Amish community during her visit. Don't take her statements as broad-brush and apply them to all Amish, this is her experience at a few Amish homes in Ethridge, Tennessee (I've been to Ethridge and it is a very closed community). All of that said, her descriptions are rich and vivid in detail and the photos are great, so if you want a good look at the Ethridge community, this is as good as any you'll find! Click here to read.