July 30, 2014

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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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The Amish Cook bakes fresh homemade dinner rolls Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

Daughter Susan wrote the column for me while I was quilting. I was surprised and relieved that I didn’t have to squeeze that in.

I would also like to mention that I had a visit from cousin Fern and her daughter Tricia recently. Was nice visiting with them.

Dear Readers,

Hi, how are you all doing? This is Susan. Mom is pretty busy this week so I decided to surprise her and write the column for her. She is a great mother!

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Homemade barbecue meatballs by The Amish Cook Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

We awoke to a world full of snow flurries. The flakes were big and flaky but none of it stuck to the ground. It was enough to get the children excited about winter weather, especially sledding. My husband Joe started our coal stove which helps keep the house cozy on these cold mornings. A few mornings we’ve had temperatures in the upper 20s. Leaves are emptying off the trees fast.  What colorful scenes painted by our Master Artist! The sun hasn’t been out too much this week. It seems the solar freezer is still keeping charged enough though.

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Sour cream pumpkin coffee cake by The Amish Cook Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

October 18 was Elizabeth’s friend, Timothy’s birthday. Happy birthday wishes go to him! We were going to take supper to Timothy’s house but told him it would be easier if he would come here instead.

Daughter Elizabeth didn’t have to work so we are tried to make an ice cream cake for Timothy. We had never tried it before so hopefully it will turn out okay. Also on our menu was either fried and barbecued chicken. Am not sure what else we will have yet.

Bow season has been in for a while now. This is the first year my husband Joe has tried bow hunting.  He hasn’t had time to go too often yet but hopes to go.

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