Monday, December 11, 2017

Amish Christmas Cookies Recipe.

 Amish Sugar Cookies


Homestyle Amish Sugar Cookies This image courtesy of cookingclassy.com


With this cookie dough batter, if you find that it is too sticky, add in a little more flour. If you find that it is too dry you can add a tablespoon of milk. The dough for these cookies is pretty forgiving if it needs to be adjusted slightly.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles for topping (I prefer the sugar ones but the non-pariels are fun too)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt for 30 seconds, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter, vegetable oil, granulated sugar and powdered sugar until blended. Mix in egg and vanilla. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until combined. Scoop dough out by the heaping tablespoonfuls and shape into balls, transfer dough balls to baking sheets spacing cookies 2-inches apart, flatten slightly and top with sprinkles as desired. Bake in preheated oven 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container.
Yields: 30 cookies



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Amish Eating Traditions
Unknown to many, the Amish are actually made up of distinct sub-groups (including Old Order Amish, New Order Amish, Mennonite, Beachy Amish, "Swiss" Mennonites, and Swatrzentruber Amish), each with its own rules on what and how to eat. For breakfast, many Amish enjoy "cornmeal mush," made from oven-roasted field corn. Each meal is special, and it is important to eat with the entire family, no matter how big, whenever possible. This family time is crucial to the development of children, since their access to the outside world is limited. Therefore, children are raised to eat anything and everything their parents eat. Talk about family traditions!

Source: "Cultural Diversity: Eating in America - Amish" from Ohio State University

Tears On Your Pillow Pie - Traditional Amish Pie Recipe

Tears On Your Pillow Pie


Tears On Your Pillow Pie
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An easy to make pie with a great taste.
 It is said,  Tears On Your Pillow Pie gets its name from the fact its a very thin pie and can collapse in the oven, which may have caused some tears in the kitchen in the past.
It is a classic Amish pie. You will love it! Simply follow the step-by-step instructions and soon you'll be enjoying one of the best old-fashioned desserts out there!

1 /3 cup butter, melted
1 1 /2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 /2 cup evaporated milk
1-9 inch unbaked pie shell
Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar, eggs, flour, and milk until well-blended. Pour the filling into the pie shell. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Turn off oven and leave the pie for 1 hour.




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Amish Bob Andy Pie Recipe - Just in time for the holidays

Amish Bob Andy Pie


Amish Bob Andy Pie This image courtesy of oasisnewsfeatures.com
Just in time for the holidays. This pie is quick and easy to make.
Amish Bob Andy Pie is a tradiional Amish dessert recipe. The name, "Bob Andy Pie," is unusual for a dessert, and its origin is a bit unclear. One story credits an Amish homemaker for naming the pie after her two sons, Robert and Andy, who loved it so much. Another story credits an Amish husband who named the pie after two of his horses. Either way, this delicious pie is one dessert you won't want to miss.

Ingredients
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 /2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 heaping tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 eggs (beat yolks and whites separately)
Instructions
  1. Mix together sugar, flour, cloves, and cinnamon.
  2. Add butter, beaten egg yolks, and milk.
  3. Then add whites of eggs. Pour into two unbaked pie shells and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until toothpick in the center comes out clean..





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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Amish Cheese Potato & Smoked Sausage Casserole Recipe

Amish Cheese Potato & Smoked Sausage Casserole

Ingredients:
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

Directions:
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).

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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.
Amish road sign
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.

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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.

Ingredients
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)

Instructions
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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
Enjoy.


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