Sunday, November 5, 2017

Amish Cheese Potato & Smoked Sausage Casserole Recipe

Amish Cheese Potato & Smoked Sausage Casserole

3 cups Idaho potatoes, peeled, boiled and cut into cubes when cool, approx. 1 lb.
4 tablespoons butter...
4 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 lb. Velveeta cheese, diced
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 lb. smoked sausage
1/8 teaspoon paprika

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Cheese Potato & Smoked Sausage Casserole

Cut skinless smoked sausage in half, lengthwise, and then chop into 1/2 inch "half moon" cuts. Cook in a frying pan for about 15 minutes, turning frequently to SLIGHTLY brown.
Meanwhile, put cooked & diced potatoes in 2 quart casserole. Add cooked meat and give it a gentle toss.
Mix all remaining ingredients (except for shredded cheddar cheese & the paprika) in a saucepan over medium heat until warm, melted and smooth. (Use a whisk and stir constantly.).
Pour white/cheese sauce over potatoes and meat. Sprinkle shredded sharp cheddar cheese on top, and then sprinkle paprika evenly over the top.
Bake in preheated 350°F oven for 35-45 minutes (watch, until golden brown on top). the Amish on Facebook


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Friday, October 20, 2017

Reflective Armbands for Amish Children One Sep to Iimprove Safety on Maine Roads

Reflective armbands for Amish children one step to improve safety on Maine roads

Whitefield, Maine Select Board Chairman Tony Marple said the conversation will be ongoing, but he said the town has a better idea of where the Amish typically travel and are taking steps to make the roads safer.
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This horse-and-buggy sign, shown in April at Whitefield's municipal boundary with Pittston on Route 194, was one of the early efforts to warn motorists about the slowly moving vehicles.

State transportation officials on Wednesday handed out reflective armbands for Amish children who walk alongside the roads in Whitefield, a step intended to improve safety for the town’s newest residents.

Whitefield Select Board Chairman Tony Marple said the meeting between local officials and members of the Amish community included a healthy conversation that will continue the conversation about how to make town roads safer for horse-drawn carriages and other vehicles.
“I feel confident we are having a good dialogue, but it’s still a dangerous situation,” Marple said. “We need to balance the need for safety with their desire to maintain their traditions.”

Marple said the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Maine Department of Transportation have been helpful in working with the town after two recent traffic accidents involving horse-and-buggy rigs.

A horse-drawn buggy was rear-ended Oct. 4, and there was also a minor accident on Sept. 28. Nobody was injured in either, but the accidents damaged the vehicles, including thousands of dollars in damage to the horse-drawn carriage.

After the October accident, the Select Board met with the sheriff’s office and DOT to think of ways to increase vehicle safety in Whitefield. The Select Board agreed to continue the discussion, and Marple said there are plans to meet with the Amish community again in November.
At Wednesday’s meeting, which Marple said lasted about 90 minutes, the Amish received reflective armbands from the state transportation department that their children could wear when walking on the sides of the roads. Marple said the group discussed making sure the children are walking on the side of the road facing oncoming traffic, especially when going to and leaving their school on Route 218.

Marple said the group also talked about adding signs on certain town roads in Whitefield, depending on where the Amish typically travel. He said the town has a better understanding of the Amish travelers’ routes, and the signs, if they are approved, would be placed accordingly.

The buggies have reflective tape on the backs so drivers of motor vehicles can see them. Marple said the group discussed other ways to make the carriages more visible, but it’s going to be a challenge.
“There is some reluctance among the Amish community, based on their tradition, to use electric lights,” he said.

Transportation department traffic engineer David Allen said the department would add mileage information — such as “Horse and Buggy next three miles” — under existing warning signs.
Chief Deputy Rand Maker said there is an electric information sign on East River Road, and the sheriff’s office plans to move it around Whitefield during the next few months in hope of alerting as many motorists as possible to the presence of horse-drawn carriages.
Marple said a second electric information sign will be placed on Route 218 to alert drivers about their speed. “I think a lot of (the solution) will be community awareness,” he said. “It’s going to be an ongoing discussion, but we’re having a healthy dialogue.”

The Millers and at least two other Amish families moved into Whitefield and Jefferson in the spring after coming to Maine from New York state and Kentucky. Whitefield officials installed horse-and-buggy signs around town after their arrival.

Marple said there is still a lot to be done to educate residents and motorists. He said the Amish plan to submit an article for the Whitefield newsletter that also might be sent to local news media outlets.

The board also has discussed putting larger signs on specific roads entering the town that would read “Welcome to Whitefield. Beware of horse and buggy.” He said the cost for that type of sign would have to be included in the annual budget, but it is something they’ll look at next year.

Widening the roads is not something that has been discussed because it would be expensive, but Allen said he can’t say if that is something the DOT would consider in the future. Cooper Road doesn’t have a shoulder and Route 218, where the first accident occurred, doesn’t have much of one.

As more Amish people move into Whitefield and other central Maine communities, Marple said, discussions will continue on how best to make the busy thoroughfares, through streets and back roads safe for everyone. the Amish on Facebook
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Old Fashion Amish-Style Scalloped Potatoes w/ Ham

Old Fashion Amish-Style Scalloped Potatoes w/ Ham

This is a delicious casserole. With some salad and fresh bread, it makes a meal.
The Pennsylvania Dutch are a hard working people and an Amish saying is, "Them that works hard, eats hearty."

Amish recipes are a blend of dishes from their many homelands and the ingredients grown in their newly adopted country which produced tasty dishes that have been handed down from mother to daughter for generations.

4 cups potatoes, thinly sliced
2 cups diced ham 
3 Tablespoons  butter
3 Tablespoons   flour
1-1/2 cups evaporated milk
1 tsp salt
Dash pepper
McCormick paprika, for garnish (optional)

PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter and then whisk in the flour. Let it cook for a minute and then add the milk; season with salt and pepper. While stirring, bring the mixture to a slow boil.
Place half of the sliced potatoes in a greased casserole dish.  Add half the ham. Cover with half of the sauce. Repeat and sprinkle the top with paprika.
Bake for 1 hour and serve.
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Amish-Style Spaghetti Sauce

The Amish have a saying when asked how much of an ingredient you should put in a certain recipe.  The answer is "however much is necessary."    Wie viel ist nötig.
You add however much is necessary to make a make a recipe work or to taste great.  For example, if the tomatoes you use are too acidic, you can add a little sugar. If you like a lot of meat, add more. If you like a thicker sauce, add more tomato paste.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped, about 3/4 cup
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced, about 1 tablespoon
  • 1/2 cup - fresh basil
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste
  • 4 whole cloves
  • Salt and pepper
  • Grated Parmesan and Pasta of choice
  • Cooked Pasta


  • Brown meat over medium high heat 
  • Drain fat.  
  • Add olive oil.
  • Add chopped onions and sauté until clear and tender.  
  • Add minced garlic and stir about one minute.  
  • Add basil, tomatoes and tomato paste, Balsamic vinegar, crushed red pepper and cloves.  
  • Bring to a boil, then lower temperature to a simmer and cook for 2 to 3 hours.  
  • Remove the cloves from the sauce. 

Stir pasta and sauce together. Sprinkle with cheese.
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Monday, April 10, 2017

Amish Brown Sugar Cookies with Maple Glaze

Amish Brown Sugar Cookies with Maple Glaze
Makes about 2 dozen cookies

  • Cookie:
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  1. For the cookies: Heat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Beat together shortening, butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla in medium bowl until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. 
  3. Mix in flour, baking soda and salt. Be sure to add the flour about 1/2 cup at a time and mix in between additions. 
  4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls or use a medium cookie scoop. Place 2-inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.
  5. Bake 10 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. 
  6. Remove to cooling rack after a few minutes.
  7. For the glaze: In a small bowl mix the sugar and extract and then mix in syrup until desired consistency.
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Monday, April 3, 2017

Authentic Amish Three Gallon Cookies


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A basic sugar cookie that is very popular among the Amish. 

1. Mix together, one ingredient at time:
  • 5 eggs
  • 5 cups brown sugar
  • 3 cups butter
  • 3 cups milk
2. In a separate bowl, next mix together:
  • 6 tsp. baking powder
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
3. Add 3 tsp. baking soda dissolved in 1/2 cup hot water and 2 tsp. vanilla to the dry mix.  Blend.
4. Combine the dry and wet mixtures and blend. Add more flour as needed (should be around 8 cups) until dough is the right consistency for cookies.
5. Drop dough onto a greased cookie sheet.  You can also roll it out using enough flour on the board so it rolls nicely.
6. Bake for 12 min at 400 degrees F, or until cookies turn brown. (adapted from Plain and Happy Living: Amish Recipes and Remedies by Emma Byler)
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What Are Amish Homes Like?

Ohio Amish homes are easily picked out as one drives through a community. The houses are usually large but simple in design. Most feature white siding of some type. Porches and decks are common. There's a detached barn close to the house. The wash is flying in the wind on a wash day and smoke curling from the chimney on a cold day.

The large houses serve two purposes, neither of which has to do with having a bigger house than the neighbor in some kind of competition. First the house typically provides space for larger families. The bedrooms are upstairs with the downstairs open for sitting, dining and cooking. Second the larger rooms on the first floor or the open basement allow for their church service to be held there when it is their turn. That typically happens once to twice a year depending on the size of the church district. The open space also facilitates the extended family gatherings that are so common.

The inside of the homes is usually plain, lacking pictures and other adornment on the walls. The walls are painted with a higher gloss paint to facilitate washing the walls to remove the coal or wood smoke residue from heating during the winter. The floors are usually hardwood with three coats of polyurethane to provide a shiny hard surface. There may be some throw rugs in a few places. Some other families may put vinyl throughout the house. Both types of floors facilitate cleaning and mopping. Carpet would require electricity to run a vacuum.

The windows would usually be covered with white or dark green roll up shades. Some groups are restricted from having white in their windows and would use a dark cloth curtain to drop across the windows in the evening. Controlling the heating of the air in the house by the judicious use of blinds and curtains helps to cool the house in the summer. Placement of the windows when the house is built facilitates a cross breeze to assist in the cooling.

Their furnishings will include upholstered furniture of plain patterns, fine hand crafted wooden furniture including chairs, dining tables, hutches and other functional pieces. Most homes would include a hecka stool or hickory rocker to rock in while reading the paper.

Most appliances would be gas in the typical Amish home. This could be either natural gas or propane. In the more conservative groups the cooking stove would be fueled by wood. Refrigerators are available that run on gas and would be used by the more liberal groups. The more conservative groups would have an ice box and take regular delivery of ice during the summer months. Some even cut blocks of ice from ponds on their property during the winter and store it in specially built buildings.

Keeping food frozen is a challenge. To overcome this families will partner together to buy a storage shed, equip it with electricity and fill it full of freezers from the families in the neighborhood. In some instances they will pay a local neighbor for the privilege of placing a freezer in their barn or other out building. this facilitates them feeding a larger family without multiple buggy trips to the grocery or renting a van to make a shopping trip every other day.

Lighting is handled in several different ways. One is by use of coal oil lanterns, much like those used in pioneer days. These are still used by the more conservative groups. Other more liberal groups use white gas lanterns of similar design to the camping variety that Coleman manufactures. These may hang on hooks on the ceiling with a heat shield on the ceiling above them. Some groups go so far as to pipe in white gas via very small copper tubing to fixtures in each room mounted on the ceiling. Others who use white gas have small tanks with a light mounted on them that functions like a floor lamp.

Water is supplied to the house via a well powered by a windmill or from a tank set high above the house on a hill so the water runs by gravity. Some groups will allow water wells with an air pressure pump that pressurizes the water. A few Amish who would live in town would have city water. In some of the more conservative groups you will still find a pump mounted on the kitchen counter to draw their water. These communities are also dotted with old fashioned outhouses. Most areas would require even Amish homes to have a septic system for waste water treatment.

Because the houses are not air conditioned, many of the families retire to the basement during the summer where it would tend to be cooler. They often move their cooking duties to the "summer" kitchen to keep the heat away from the main part of the house.

Laundry is accomplished by using an old wringer type washing machine. Many of them are powered by gasoline engines mounted to run the pulleys just like an electric motor. As mentioned earlier, the laundry is hung out to dry outside on lines or under the porches on rainy days. Even the cold weather doesn't keep the typical Amish housekeeper from hanging her laundry out to dry. In some case they use lines in the basement during the winter where the heat from the stove will speed the drying time.

Just for fun take a moment to look around you home and picture what would be missing if you didn't have electricity to power it. Then think about what kinds of utensils or tools you would use to replace what is operated by electric. That would give you some idea about what you would need in an Amish household.

The dawdy haus or grandparent's house is a way the community spirit and family values are expressed among the Amish. This is a wing attached to the main house for the parents or parents-in-law to live in in their later years.

Since the homes are so large many times the parents decide to switch houses with one of their married children. That way the family who needs the most space has the space. If the house is on the family farm it is easy to add an addition to the main house to provide an apartment for the parents. They will share meals with the family but maintain their own kitchen in their wing. They will interact with the grandchildren. They may even help with some of the family chores to contribute where they can. This avoids the expenses of a nursing home, allows for more interaction of the extended family and care from the younger family as the parents age.

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