July 23, 2014

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Steak and veggie stir-fry by the Amish Cook Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

We are already into the second month of 2014.  Many, many inches of snow have fallen already this year. Our neighbor cleaned out our drive again yesterday. We have some pretty big snow banks that have accumulated from the drive being cleaned out quite often. We are finally experiencing a real Michigan winter.  Haven’t had one since we moved here 10 years ago.

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Amish Cook shares noodle recipe Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

It is Thursday morning and the temperature is 14 degrees. That seems warm after all of these subzero temperatures we’ve had all week.

The children returned to school this morning after being off since last Friday due to the extreme cold temperatures.  My husband Joe and daughter Elizabeth were home on Monday and Tuesday from the factories due to the bad weather.  We barely saw any traffic go by during those two days. It was still dark on Tuesday morning when a lady came to our door asking for help to get her car out of a ditch close by our house.

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Whole wheat waffles by The Amish Cook Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

It’s 7:30 a.m. and another cold morning with the temperature in the single digits again. The wind chill has to be way below zero. I stepped out on the porch for a few seconds and the wind bit at my face. We are also getting more snow. What a crisp clean scene we have with a layer of freshly fallen snow on the ground.

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Another cold day remedy Print E-mail

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Homemade ice cream by The Amish Cook Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

It is the middle of January and we are getting more snow. We have had our share of winter weather this month. My husband Joe and daughter Elizabeth didn’t go back to the factories until January 9 because of all the snow we got. They had a longer holiday break than they expected. The school’s doors also stayed closed for three more days after their Christmas vacation. The house seemed really quiet on January 9 when everyone finally left for the day again.

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Here’s a cold day remedy Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

Cold winter days - and there have been plenty in the Midwest this winter - are a perfect time for a hearty, simmer soup.

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The Amish Cook prepares venison summer sausage Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

Happy New Year to all you wonderful readers. I hope 2014 will be a great year for everyone!

Here in Michigan 2014 is bringing us frigid temperatures and lots of snow.  Around eight inches of new snow was dumped on us New Year’s Day.  It made for some very pretty scenery. This morning our mercury on the thermometer dipped way down to minus 14 degrees. It only warmed up to 13 degrees all day.

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The Amish Cook prepares delicious cheddar chowder Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

My husband Joe is smoking deer jerky in the smoker right now. He mixed up 16 pounds of it yesterday. He also mixed up 25 pounds of summer sausage from the venison meat.  Mose brought us the deer. It was the fourth one he shot this season. We really appreciated the meat. Joe has cut up a lot of nice steaks from the deer. Son Benjamin, 14,  was along when the deer were shot so he was pretty excited. He said they saw a lot of deer. Mose’s family live on a big farm so there are a lot of deer.

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The Amish Cook shares recipe for ranch snack mix Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

Today is laundry day again. I also have dough rising for bread and cinnamon rolls. I made two batches of cinnamon rolls yesterday. Daughter Susan made all the frosting for me for the rolls. She is always the one I get to do that for me.

The last rolls came out of the oven around 8 or 9 p.m.  So I had to wait to frost them until they were cooled off enough. After the frosting was set enough I put them in Ziploc bags.

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An oldie but goodie from The Amish Cook in years past Print E-mail

Editor's Introduction: Due to slow mail delivery, Lovina's column did not arrive in time for publication this week. But since this is a season of reflection and renewal I thought this would be a good time to go back into the archives and re-run two Amish Cook holiday columns from years past. The first column is from 1991, the second 1993. Wow, how life has changed since then! Personally, this period represented one of the happiest periods of my life. When you're in your early 20s is there really much not to be happy about? And Old Order Amish culture was in the twilight of its agrarian isolation. Amish culture, as much as it attempts to slow down the march of technology and preserve family and faith, has also changed a lot. So let's savor the season and enjoy these two journeys back to a simpler time. For those new to the column, it was written by Elizabeth Coblentz from 1991 - 2002. One of her daughters, Lovina Eicher, has written it since. Their writing styles are similar. Elizabeth pioneered a very accessible, straight forward voice. - Kevin Williams, Editor

By Elizabeth Coblentz, December 1991

Well, I'm searching my brain, trying to think what would logically be the next thing I could write about.

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