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Lovina’s column will return next week in its regular format. In most markets we are running a few of her favorite Thanksgiving recipes. In other markets, I have a column running. Lovina is fine, there are just a lot of newspapers that like “recipe packages only” to run on their Thanksgiving food pages. So enjoy the recipes and my column!


2 cups cooked turkey

1/ 2 cup celery, diced

1 /2 cup diced green peppers

1/ 2 cup diced onions

1 /2 cup mayonnaise

1 /2 teaspoon salt

1 /4 teaspoon pepper

6 slices of bread

1 1 /2 cups milk

3 eggs

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 /4 cup grated cheese

In a large mixing bowl, combine turkey, celery, peppers, onions, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper. Cube bread and put 1 /2 in greased casserole dish. Add turkey mixture and add remining bread cubes. Mix milk, eggs, and mushroom soup. Let stand in refrigerator overnight. Put cheese on top at bake at 350 for one hour.


5 medium potatoes; cooked in their skins

1 cup whole milk

4 average slices whole-grain bread

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup finely-chopped fresh parsley

2 teaspoons seasoning salt

Salt ; to taste

Freshly-ground black pepper ; to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Once the cooked potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel them and place them in a large mixing bowl. Coarsely mash the potatoes with 1/2 cup of the milk.

Cut the bread into 1/2-inch dice. Place them in a small mixing bowl and pour the remaining milk over them. Soak for several minutes. In the meantime, heat the oil in a medium-sized skillet. Add the onion and celery and sauté over low heat until the onion is lightly browned and the celery is tender. Combine the onion and celery mixture with the mashed potatoes in the large mixing bowl. Stir in the soaked bread, parsley, and seasoning mix. Season to taste with salt and lots of pepper. Pour the mixture into a well-oiled, 2-quart baking dish. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the top is a crusty golden brown.

This recipe yields 6 servings.


1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup rolled oats

2 eggs

3/4 cup white sugar

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin

1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. For the crust: In a medium bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar then mix in flour. Now add the oats to make an oatmeal crumble crust to press inside a 9×13 inch baking dish. To set the crust for the pie filling bake it in the oven for 15 minutes. While the crust is baking, make the pie filling to add to the crust. In a large bowl, beat eggs and mix in white sugar. Beat in pumpkin and evaporated milk. Mix in salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Pour over baked crust. Return to the oven and bake in heated oven 20 minutes, until set. Let cool before cutting into squares. reprinted with permission from Richard from Amish Stories

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The Amish Cook

Editor’s comments: I love the way Lovina describes the children’s eyes “lighting up” when they see candy bars being passed out at a wedding….in our electronic-saturated society, something as simple as candy bars don’t often have the same impact on non-Amish children.  
And, grape pudding?  Sounds interesting! I told Lovina to see if she could procure the recipe for me so I can share it with all of you! – Kevin Williams, Editor
Today, September 12, is Jacob and Emma’s oldest daughter Elizabeth’s 15th birthday. She is done with her school years now and Emma is glad to have her help at home.  We are getting back into the school routine.  Listening to the younger children read their books and helping the older ones with their homework is mostly how we spend our nights now.  
Kevin, 6, seems to be handling the full day of kindergarten well.  Needless to say it doesn’t take him long to fall asleep when bedtime comes.  On Thursday I will take Verena to the hospital to get her cast removed.  After 5 weeks she is more than ready to have it off.  She has it covered with a lot of signatures. 
 After a cloudy morning the sun came out on Friday making a nice wedding day for Glenn and Miriam. Miriam is a girl from our church district, but she and Glenn plan to make their home in a neighboring church district now.   The wedding services were held on one end of a new large pole building.  On the other end,  tables were set to serve the dinner.  Their wedding dinner menu consisted of homemade bread, butter, and strawberry jam, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, meatballs, corn, pasta salad, angel food cake, pumpkin and peanut butter pies, and grape pudding.  Candy bars were also passed around.  It is always interesting to see the little children’s faces light up when they see the candy bars come around.
We plan to do laundry today.  We had rainy weather the latter part of last week so we couldn’t get our laundry done.  I usually try to do a laundry twice a week.  But today we will have an extra large laundry because of last week’s rain.  The sun is shining and it looks like a very nice drying day.
Saturday we assisted Emma and Jacob with their work.  Church services will be there next on Sept 25.  Joe and Jacob and the boys hauled manure all day while the girls and I and Emma cleaned her basement.  We cleaned all her canned jars of food and washed off the shelves and so forth.  The girls and I plan to go help again this week.  Joe is on 4 day weeks at the factory now so he will be home on Friday.  The last week in September he doesn’t  have any work so maybe he will be able to get the garden tilled while he is home.
I still have red beets that I need to pull and make into pickled beets.  We still have tomatoes, peppers, and popcorn but otherwise my garden is pretty much history for 2011.  This is the first year we have tried growing popcorn, so we’ll be interested to see how it turns out.  My jalapeno and serrano peppers are still doing well so I want to make homemade hot pepper butter soon.  I won’t add as many hot peppers as the recipe calls for so that it is not too hot for the children.
We ordered our coal for the winter.  Joe wants to get the coal stove hooked up again for when the cold weather sets in.  One morning last week our thermometer showed 45 degrees, so winter is on its way.
 The mornings are cool and the heat from our propane lights feels good.  Another job that needs to be done soon is making grape juice.  I need to call the local U-pick orchard to see when the grapes will be ready to pick.  We are almost out of rhubarb  juice so it will be nice to have homemade grape juice on hand.  Another refreshing drink we look forward to each fall is cider.  Cold cider and popcorn is always a favorite around here.  I need to get busy, it is just too nice outside to be sitting in the house writing.  There is also plenty of work that needs to get done.  
God’s blessings to all.
I made this cabbage soup last week so I will share the recipe
1 large onion, chopped
1 nice head of red cabbage, shredded
1 to 1 1 /2  pounds browned and drained hamburger
1 can red kidney beans
1 quart tomato juice
Salt, pepper, and garlic and seasoning salt to taste
Combine ingredients in a deep pan and simmer for 1 1 /2 to 2 hours covered. The longer it simmers the better it tastes. If you want to you may use half red onion and half yellow onion and you can use half red cabbage and half green cabbage to give it a great look and texture. reprinted with permission from Richard from Amish Stories

New post on Friday from Ohio’s Amish settlement along with a homemade potato pancake recipe from our own Jean.

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There are only a few days in August left. The school doors open for another term next week. Where have these summer months go to so fast?
Son Kevin is down to counting “5 times to sleep” before his 6th birthday on September 2. Kevin is our youngest and he will be 6 and and starting kindergarten. The years go way too fast for me. Daughter Lovina, 7, will still let me hold her on my lap a lot more than Kevin does. He tells me “Mom I am not a baby anymore.” At the recent family gathering, Kevin told my husband Joe that he doesn’t need help carrying his plate anymore. He said “at school I carry my own plate.” You can just really see them grow up. Kevin was helping Benjamin, 12, and Joseph, 9, clean out the chicken coop this week. He came walking in with farm boots 2 times too big for him and said “see, Mom, I am helping I have manure on my boots.” It just made me laugh to think that if he is dirty he thinks we will know he is helping.
Daughter Susan, 15, is training another pony for a family in our church. This one is named Minnie and is quite a bit calmer to handle. Lovina will lead it around a lot and crawl on its back. It is tinier than ours so it is easier for them to get on and off. Our border collie dog, Buddy, likes to take the pony’s rope and lead it around.
Friday evening we went to a local benefit auction and supper for an Amish man in the community. The proceeds went to help pay his medical expenses. And on Saturday we had an easy dinner as chicken was being delivered in our community to help an Amish man from a nearby community with his medical expenses. It is nice to be able to share one another’s burdens.
Verena has managed to start walking without crutches now. She has a walking sandal on her cast. She still has to put the brace on her leg at night. It is just nicer for her to not have to get around using crutches. She seems to be able to keep the pain under control most times.
Our third cutting hay is cut down and should be able to bale within a few days. We are hoping the rain holds off until the hay is inside.
I have more tomatoes to can that the boys picked for me. Our potatoes didn’t do so well so it looks like we will end up buying storage potatoes for the winter. Last week we also did several more batches of salsa and canned more green beans and hot peppers. If my cucumbers keep doing well I would like to can some more dill pickles. The children like these with sandwiches. When our horses accidentally got out while I was at the hospital with Verena a few weeks ago they trampled some of my cucumber plants. The horses killed a few of the plants, but others survived.
Elizabeth, 17, wants to cut the boys out some pants for school. We are hoping to get those sewed this week and also some new shirts for them. The girls seem to have enough dresses for now. I want to have Susan help her sew. Susan would much rather clean out the horse stalls than do any sewing. I think once she gets the hang of it she will enjoy it, though.
Try this sweet potato casserole
3 cups of mashed sweet potatoes.
1 egg, beaten
1 /2 cup heavy cream
5 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 /2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon melted butter
Peel cook mash and whip sweet potatoes until smooth. You should have 3 cups of potatoes after mashing. After mashing the sweet potatoes and placing in a large mixing bowl, add beaten egg, heavy cream, sugar, salt, and nutmeg. Beat until light and fluffy. Put everything into a buttered 1 1 /2 quart casserole dish. Optional: sprinkle evenly with 2 teaspoons of finely grated orange rind. Drizzle with melted butter. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes or until brown.
There are still a limited number of damaged Amish Cook softcover sets available at a steep discount. For information, visit

Pre-order your copy of The Amish Recipe Project! For information and to take advantage of a package price with novella “Rebecca on the Beach” visit reprinted with permission from Richard from Amish Stories

Fridays post will be my visit to an Amish food stand.

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