Straight from Amish kitchens to yours, this cookbook offers favorite family recipes and charming stories from Amish and Mennonite cooks.
Bake the pecan rolls that taste best after an ice-skating party, or try the hoagies that a community sold to help an Amish family with hospital bills. Discover the cocoa cupcakes with instructions to “stir by hand” that one young cook took literally, or whip up the whoopie pies that one Amish woman took to market in her horse and buggy.
These cherished recipes speak of comforting traditions, lively communities, and strong Christian faith. Gather your family around the table to sample the nourishing fare and trademark charm of the plain people. In the words of one cookbook contributor: “Bake someone happy!”
What I thought about the book
If you've been reading my blog for very long, you know I enjoy cooking, baking, and sharing recipes. My children all know their way around the kitchen fairly well, too, as they've helped me there from very young ages (yes, even my sons!). Obviously, I jumped at the chance to review this Amish cookbook!
I find it delightful. The recipes are (mostly) simple, "old fashioned"...like my grandmother may have made. Granted, we are vegetarian, but I have long been able to "tweak" recipes, using vegetarian substitutes for most meats in non-vegetarian recipes.
I enjoyed the short stories throughout, sharing how the recipe came to be, or how it's been passed down through generations, etc. There are even little helpful tips throughout.
The boys and I have tried out several of the recipes, with plans to try out many more.
2 eggs, beaten
3 1/2 cups milk (we used unflavored/unsweetened soy milk)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups quick oats
1/4 cup margarine
1/4 cup nuts (we used some walnuts, some pecans)
Mix eggs, milk, salt and sugar in a saucepan. Cook and stir until bubbly. Stir in oats and cook until bubble again. Add margarine and nuts. Cover and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir and serve with milk (we used almond milk).
2 tablespoons margarine
2 cups cheese, divided
chipped ham, bacon, bacon bits or sausage (we use vegetarian substitutes)
Grease a 9 x 13 pan (we used an 8 x 8 pan) with margarine. Sprinkle with 1 cup shredded cheese. Crack eggs and space them out on top of the cheese. Poke egg yolks but don't stir. Sprinkle with salt and pepper (we used garlic powder instead of pepper). Choose one or two meats and spread on top of eggs. Sprinkle with 1 cup cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. (We used Wham, which is a vegetarian ham-flavored product. We could also use Morning Star Farm breakfast patties, or Prosage. We'll do some experimenting!)
We've also made the Favorite Scalloped Corn, and Broccoli Bonanza. We plan to make Mama's Cinnamon Buns. Little Bit is especially wanting to try out the Hot Cross Buns, and Sesame Onion Braid. Thankfully the weather is cooling off, so we won't mind much using the oven.
This will definitely be a keeper, and one to join the rest of my recipe book collection. I may need to get copies for my oldest two children, as well as for friends of ours in Florida! Great Christmas gifts!
About the author
Lucy Leid is an Old Order Mennonite wife, mother, and cook in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
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Incorporate Amish cooking traditions this fall in your kitchen with Lucy Leid's Gather Around the Amish Table. Straight from Amish kitchens to yours, this cookbook offers favorite family recipes and charming stories from Amish and Mennonite cooks. Gather your family around the table to sample the nourishing fare and trademark charm of the plain people. In the words of one cookbook contributor: “Bake someone happy!”
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Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in order to give you my honest opinion.
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