August 28, 2014

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Fresh corn salsa by The Amish Cook Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

The garden is still producing lots of vegetables. Today we made 18 quarts of spaghetti sauce and another 11 quarts of tomato juice. While the girls cut up all the vegetables I sewed a dress and shirt. Still need to put button holes and buttons on the shirt.

Nights still seem empty with Verena and Loretta not home from 3 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. They are still staying those hours with 93-year-old Vivian.

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The Amish Cook shares Easy Peach Custard Dessert Recipe Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

This week my husband Joe and the boys have been busy in the evenings trimming the fence rows. We have the posts, gates, and fence wire here to fence in the hay field. The horses and ponies will be glad to be back on pasture again. We put our pasture field into beans this year. Eventually we will want to put it back into a hayfield.  We were going to put corn in that field but the farmer has seed corn across the road. Field corn has to be a certain distance away from seed corn. The farmer offered to trade us corn for beans.

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Blueberry lemon bread by The Amish Cook Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

It is Thursday morning. Time is going by fast, but I need to take time to get this column in today’s mail. My plans are to go help sister Emma today. She is having a garage sale this weekend. With both her daughters de-tasseling corn I offered to help her organize everything.

My husband Joe and daughter Elizabeth have both left for the RV factories where they work. Daughter Susan and son Benjamin left around 6 a.m. to go de-tasseling.

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Homemade goulash by The Amish Cook Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

The seventh month of 2013 is history already. Another year going by way too fast! I want the boys to pull the onions out of our garden today. Don’t know if the saying is true about not letting the August sun hit your onions (for storage). Seems by that time of year they are ready to be pulled and hung up to dry for storage anyway.

We are enjoying sweet corn too now. With corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, red beets,  lettuce, green beans, and peppers in the garden meal planning is much easier.  The grocery bill also comes down a lot at this time of year. One evening we had sweet corn, sliced tomatoes, cucumber salad, and sliced cheese.  Another evening we had red potatoes, green beans, fried zucchini, sliced tomatoes, cucumber salad and sliced cheese.

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Homemade pickle relish by The Amish Cook Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

• 3:15 a.m. The alarm goes off. Time to start another day. I pack my husband Joe’s lunch. We close the windows that were open during the night. It’s 50 degrees and the house feels cold. After all the hot weather last week this is a quite a difference. It makes for nice sleeping weather.

• 3:45 a.m. Joe leaves for work. I go back to bed.

• 4:50 a.m.  I get up again. Daughter Elizabeth is packing her lunch.

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Chicken Garden Bake recipe by The Amish Cook Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

It sure feels good to finally sit down and prop up my feet in front of a fan after a shower.  It has been hot and humid this week. We have been trying to shade the windows from the sun. We have a wrap-around porch towards the east and south which provides some shade. It’s when the sun shines from the west that we feel the heat. In the house we pull the shades to block out the sun until the sun goes down. We use battery-powered fans but it seems on hot days like this they just blow the warm air around. Growing up at home we didn’t have any fans. In Dad’s later years he finally bought a small battery-powered square fan to help him get through hay fever season.

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Four dishes by The Amish Cook Print E-mail


By: Lovina Eicher

Editor’s Note: Lovina’s column is on summer break this week. I’d like to wish her and her husband Joe a very happy, blessed anniversary on July 15. I hope they have many more years of good health and happiness together. Meanwhile, it is the season of peaches and zucchini two summer staples! Here are some favorites from the Amish Cook archives. - Kevin Williams, Editor

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The Amish Cook's homemade corn chip salad recipe Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

On July 3, 2013 is half over already. We have been having lots of rain. Last week we had a total of eight inches. Some report more, some less.

All is still quiet around the house this morning so I decided to get up earlier than the rest to write this column. With this being vacation week for my husband Joe and daughter Elizabeth we have been sleeping in longer.  Bedtime is also later with not having to set an alarm. Such nice family time together and memories made. Sunday evening we took supper to Jacob and Emma’s house. We then went to see how their daughter Elizabeth is faring since her surgery on Thursday. She is doing as well as can be expected. The men and boys played croquet while the rest of us visited. The eight player croquet set was a Father’s Day gift to Joe and has been played many times since.

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The Amish Cook's homemade hotdog sauce recipe Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

We've been having thunderstorms most of the evening. Our rain gauge shows like we have over two inches of rain already. I do think we have more because the wind is blowing the rain so it might not be quite the accurate amount going in. We also had a thunderstorm last night and received a half inch of rain. We were in need of rain so we decided to water the garden. I told the boys maybe if we water the garden we will get rain. The rain clouds all seemed to go over us, but soon  after the garden was watered, the rain and storms arrived.

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The Amish Cook prepares another scrumptious dish Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

This morning the temperature was 51 degrees. We went out to weed and hoe in the garden after the morning housework was done. It was cool when we started but the warm sun soon made it get hot. We came in to eat some lunch and take a break.

With church services being held here twice recently the gardens were neglected more than usual this past month. Everything is growing real well. We are getting enough rain that we don’t need to water the garden.  Tomatoes are loaded on the plants and the corn is past knee-high already. We are already enjoying hot peppers. We planted Seranno and banana peppers. The bananas will soon be big enough to stuff with cream cheese and Colby cheese then wrap with bacon and grill. We like the banana peppers better than the jalapeno peppers to do those as they aren’t as hot.  We have also been enjoying lettuce, radishes, and green onions from our  garden for quite some time.

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