August 30, 2014

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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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The Amish Cook shares soft monster cookies recipe Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

It seemed such a short time between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas this year. The year 2013 went so fast, although it seems every year does. We are having very cold single digit temperatures this week. We also have several inches of snow, so it gives a person the holiday spirit.

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The Amish Cook bakes homemade spellbinder cookies Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

We are in the first weeks of December, the final month of 2013. I went to town yesterday to take son Kevin to the dentist. Everywhere you see reminders that the Christmas holiday is approaching fast. It gets dark early so it was dark when we left town. Kevin enjoyed watching all the Christmas lights.

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The Amish Cook makes home-style turkey salad Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

On the Friday after Thanksgiving everyone was home. My sister Emma, her husband Jacob and children, sisters, Verena and Susan, daughter Elizabeth’s friend Timothy all joined us for Thanksgiving dinner. I put the turkeys in about 6 a.m. and they were ready by a little after  11 a.m. and we sat down for the meal at noon. We added an eight-foot table to our ten-foot kitchen table and put out 19 place settings.  It would have been 21 if daughter Susan and her friend Mose had been there. But Susan went with her friend Mose to Charlotte to have Thanksgiving dinner with his family.

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The Amish Cook serves up a delicious cabbage soup Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

We had a few days of sunshine this week. The girls took advantage of it and raked up the rest of the leaves in our yard. We still have some here and there but the most part of them are picked up. What a relief before the weather gets too much cooler!

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The Amish Cook bakes a homemade gooseberry pie Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

At 3:40 a.m. my husband Joe was waiting on his ride to the factory. Daughter Elizabeth didn't have to work. Her factory let the workers have off since shotgun season opened for deer hunters. Elizabeth will go hunting with Timothy and Susan will accompany Mose. Joe went to  hunt the next day. He and the boys were doing target practice the night before.

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The Amish Cook shares four holiday favorites Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

This is our annual Thanksgiving recipe round-up. Lots of email requests for past recipes come in this time of year and these are the most requested Amish Cook Thanksgiving recipes over the past few weeks.  Enjoy them on your table and Lovina will return will her regular format column next week!

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