Archive for March, 2011

A few more pictures on what was still a winter day in Lancaster county. As I was taking pictures from a hill, an Amish girl was going by me on her scooter. And she was moving pretty quick for going uphill, it may not be the best way to travel , but it sure looks like its great exercise. Behind her was this Amish home, which may be where she came from?.Most of these Amish scooters seen in Lancaster are made not in china, but are actually made in Lancaster county by the Amish . I found the location after talking with a few Amish, so I plan on driving over to where they are made and hopefully getting some sort of pictures. Sometimes things don’t always go according to plans, but ill try regardless. Richard from Amish stories.

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………Since the state of Kentucky was fresh in the news with the tragedy of the Amish children killed in a flood in feb, the Amish are in the news again in Kentucky only this time trying to fight placing slow moving vehicle signs that the state wants them to place on their buggies. I’m hoping cooler heads prevail with some sort of compromise being made to both sides. And in the end for the safety of the Amish alone, adding anything to make their buggies more safe with these signs as minor as it may seem to someone, i feel should not be an option. Like many Amish communities that have fought these type of safety mandates, most seem to have adjusted to it and accepted it in time. Richard from Amish stories

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Sloppy Joe

Mix hamburger, quick oats, onion, salt and pepper; brown. Sprinkle with flour and stir. Add water; simmer. Add ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and brown sugar. Simmer until heated through. Serve on bread or buns. Delicious with cheese and pickles. 1 lb. hamburger
1/4 cup quick oats
chopped onion, optional
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2-3 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup ketchup
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1½ tablespoons mustard
1/4 cup brown sugar

Table for Two sets the table with all the Amish food favorites–just for two! Sam and Amy Miller and their extended family have shared 438 of their best recipes in helpings that won’t leave a week of leftovers if there are only two at your house. Mouthwatering food, for just the two of you. Laminated cover – Spiral bound – 207 pages.To order this book please visit our friends at http://www.Amishshop.com Richard from Amish stories.

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As you can see from the pictures, this Amish food stand is selling more than just root beer now. On the side shelf they are selling jams and jellies and apple butter, these appear to be made by other folks. But of course their flag ship product “root beer” is still made by this Amish family, and also potato chips and bread.Root beer has been around for hundreds of years, so its really very hard to pin point who really invented it. But the person whose credited for making it on a mass produced level would be pharmacist Charles E Hires. After experimenting with various ingredients Mr hires came-up with his own version of root beer in 1876 in Philadelphia. His root beer is known as “Hires root beer” and is sold world wide to root beer lovers everywhere. Richard from Amish stories. source: Hires root beer. Now for the recipe called……….. Quick Root Beer

Use some hot water to dissolve sugar. Put in jars. Cover and set in sun for 4 hours. Chill before serving. Ready to serve next day. 2 cups white sugar
1 gallon lukewarm water
3 teaspoons root beer extract
1 teaspoon dry yeast
company.
And thanks to the folks at http://www.Amishshop.com for this root beer recipe.To order this book “Cooking with the Horse & Buggy People.” please visit ther web site. Richard from Amish stories.

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While spending the day in Lancaster taking pictures for the blog, i thought id stop into one of my favorite Amish food stands. This one is located in Bird-In-Hand right on the edge of intercourse, so because of its location I’m sure most of its customers would be tourist. For me to give its address would make it alittle harder than just looking for the home-made sign that says (cold homemade Root Beer for sale) which is right on route 340. Its really hard to miss, and on the day i was there it was on the cold side. So there’s not many Amish stands that are open in the winter months, and since this one is on the inside, it can be open all year round. That was not always the case because when i was here in Aug and a few years before, the stand was a little open shack. So as i pulled up the very long driveway up to the farm, i was almost not able to find the new stand because its part of the barn now. and the new indoor stand was a welcome site to behold because it was pretty cold outside . I walked in and soon realized that i was the only one inside, I think everyone was doing chores that day. The fact that its a slow time of year for them at the stand had something to do with it as well. After looking around for a few mins, a young Amish boy opened the door and we talked for a few mins. I asked him if i could see where his family made the root beer, and asked him if his mom was busy to talk with. It sounded like his mom was busy So i didn’t want to push asking for a tour on that day, ill drop by again in hopes of them knowing me a little better and gaining their trust a little more. I bought a few bottles of root beer with me drinking a bottle almost before i was out the door, so i recommend to anyone in the area to visit this Amish food stand. And if you thirst for cold home- made root beer on a warm spring or hot summer day, this place should definitely be in your plans. I have a few more pictures of the stand ill post on fri, along with a recipe for root beer. Richard from Amish stories.

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Like I’ve said before, its pretty tough not to take a few good images In Lancaster county. So I’m sane enough to realize that its not coming from my picture taking ability.Notice the small solar panel on the left side of the buggy barn in the image. On this day I even saw a couple of what seemed like 2 professional photographers snapping away into a farm field, and I believe their camera lenses were as big as the car I was driving. So I think that its safe in saying that Lancaster county must be among one of the most photographed places in America, and maybe even the world. I have more images that will be posted from this day coming this week. The next set will be of a Amish root beer stand, inside and out. And then soon ill post some pictures of a Amish mobile horse shoe business as well as comments from the Amishman who owns it. Richard from Amish stories

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Potato Pancakes

In a large bowl mix the potatoes, onion, eggs, flour, and salt until well blended. Fry immediately in preheated hot oil or butter at 375° F. in an electric skillet or a heavy frying pan. Drop by large serving spoonfuls into the oil and fry until golden brown on each side. Serve immediately.
Serves 6
4 medium potatoes, coarsely grated
1 med. onion, coarsely grated
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/4 c. flour
1 t. salt
dash freshly ground pepper
1/4 c. oil or butter for frying
grated cheese or paprika (optional)
Betty Groff’s newly revised and illustrated Country Goodness Cookbook is a virtual cornucopia of family recipes and home-spun anecdotes. This 326 page soft-cover edition has seasonal menus, common sense cooking, and microwave ideas. As an added bonus this book is autographed by the author.To order this book, please visit our friends at http://www.Amishshop.com

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