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Busy butchering day proves a blessing

Today is our youngest child Kevin’s ninth birthday. Has it really been that long? It was also the first day of school, so he was a tired little boy tonight. Daughter Verena baked a horseshoe-shaped cake for him today since I wasn’t home all day. He requested a horseshoe cake and wanted choco…

September 10, 2014 1:00 am

The Amish Cook: Enjoy zucchini scramble for breakfast or lunch

It is Thursday already and time to get this column out in today’s mail. It hardly seems like two weeks have passed since I penned the last column. I was happy that daughter Verena offered to write last week in my place. She loves to write so she didn’t have a problem about not getting the le…

July 02, 2014 1:00 am

Amish Cook: Zucchini blends in flavorful pie

It is a rainy Wednesday in June as I write this. Son Kevin’s class went to a state park in Indiana today for their school field trip. I am hoping the weather is nicer there. The temperature never went over 60 degrees so far today so it could be chilly for their nature walk through the woods.

June 11, 2014 1:00 am

Amish Cook: Cheese and asparagus blend in canape recipe

Another rainy day! It has been rainy all week. We were able to get all the clothes dried on Monday even though there was a shower after the clothes were on the lines. We need to do laundry again and sure am hoping for a nice day on Friday or Saturday.

May 21, 2014 1:00 am

Amish Cook: It's the perfect time for rhubarb nut bread

It is a beautiful May morning with the sun shining and the temperature already in the 60s, a perfect day for gardening!

May 14, 2014 2:00 am

Amish Cook: Sharing a day in the life of the Amish Cook

3:15 a.m. Time to start the day! I pack my husband Joe’s lunch while he gets ready for work. I pack a container of leftover breakfast casserole for him to eat at his 8:30 a.m. break. He isn’t hungry for breakfast this early in the morning. Then for his lunch I pack some fried chicken, cherry…

May 07, 2014 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Muffins remain a good way to use overripe bananas

We are still in the process of getting everything cleaned for our upcoming church services that we will host on May 4, Lord willing. Council meeting was set for that day, so lunch will be served during the service. We usually have two tables set and people take turns coming to eat over the n…

April 30, 2014 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Add butterscotch to zucchini brownies

It is turning out to be a nice, sunny day. The temperature is almost 40. We awoke one morning this week with the ground all covered with snow. It stayed cold for a few days with the temperature going down to 22 one night.

April 23, 2014 3:00 am

Amish Cook: Peanut butter pudding a quick treat

April is here, bringing us warmer temperatures. Monday was nice and warm. We hung all the laundry outside on the lines. By evening all of it was dry.

April 09, 2014 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Add barbecue chicken pizza to dinner offerings

The temperature shows 33 degrees on our thermometer. That is 20 degrees warmer than yesterday morning. We had a snow earlier this week, just enough to cover the ground.

April 02, 2014 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Use maple syrup in a sweet custard pie

It is the first day of spring. The temperature is staying around the freezing mark this morning. I am hoping we will see some sun to make it seem more like spring.

March 26, 2014 12:00 am

Amish Cook: A day in the life of the Amish Cook

Here's a rundown of a recent day.

March 19, 2014 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Bean soup a comforting meal for family dinners

We are into the first week of March which is unbelievable. It makes us think of spring but the weather outside is telling us something a whole lot different.

March 12, 2014 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Yeast doughnuts perfect item for morning menus

We had 200 gallons of propane delivered here this morning. The price was $2.69 a gallon which is probably the most we have paid since we started using it.

March 05, 2014 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Enjoy bacon omelet rolls for breakfast, lunch or dinner

We are having thunder, lightning, and rain right now. The temperature is just over the freezing mark so it turns the driveway into a sheet of ice. It’s a challenge to walk on and for daughter Loretta so much more.

February 26, 2014 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Homemade pizza a perfect welcome home treat

We are still having temperatures below zero on some mornings. We also received a few more inches of snow. The local paper said we have had 41.5 inches of snow this year and the average temperature has been zero.

February 19, 2014 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Sharing a recipe for easy skillet steak

We are already into the second month of 2014. Many, many inches of snow have fallen already this year. Our neighbor cleaned our drive again yesterday. We have some pretty big snow banks that have accumulated from the drive being cleaned out quite often.

February 12, 2014 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Sharing an easy recipe for noodles

It is Thursday morning and the temperature is 14 degrees. That seems warm after all of these subzero temperatures we’ve had all week.

February 05, 2014 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Serve up cheddar chowder for a winter meal

This my final column of 2013. This is Friday after Christmas. We had a very nice enjoyable Christmas Day. We made a big breakfast casserole the night before with the ingredients being scrambled eggs, shredded potatoes, onions, green peppers, diced cheese, bacon, ham, and then topped with sau…

January 08, 2014 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Monster cookies are on the winter menu

Oh my! Looking at the calendar Christmas is only 13 days away. It seems such a short time between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas this year.

December 18, 2013 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Share spellbinder cookies with holiday guests

We are in the first week 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.

December 11, 2013 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Turn turkey leftovers into tasty salad

It is Friday and everyone is home today. Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day. My sister Emma, her husband Jacob, and children, sisters Verena and Susan and daughter Elizabeth’s friend Timothy all joined us for Thanksgiving dinner.

December 04, 2013 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Share gooseberry pie with Thanksgiving guests

It is 3:40 a.m. and my husband Joe is waiting on his ride to the factory. Daughter Elizabeth doesn’t have to work today. Her factory let the workers have off since shotgun season opens for the deer hunters today. Elizabeth will go hunting with Timothy, and Susan will accompany Mose. Joe will…

November 20, 2013 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Try easy meatball recipe for autumn family dinner

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.

October 30, 2013 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Pumpkin coffee cake is a perfect recipe for a party

Today (Oct. 18) is Elizabeth’s friend Timothy’s birthday. Happy birthday wishes go out to him. We were going to take supper to Timothy’s house tonight but told him it’s easier if he would come here instead.

October 23, 2013 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Recipes star pumpkin, a favorite fall ingredient

Since this is pumpkin season, the column is devoted to two reader favorite recipes involving this tasty autumn garden goodie. More about the happenings in the Eicher household next week!

October 09, 2013 12:00 am

Amish Cook: It's the season for homemade pumpkin rolls

Sunday morning turned out to be nice and sunny although a bit on the chilly side. Friends and family attended our church services at Jacob and Emma’s house, in honor of baptismal services being held for Mose, Susan and Elizabeth.

October 02, 2013 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Pumpkin fudge a perfect fall treat

We feel blessed to have received some much needed rain tonight. It wasn’t that much but it will help. We haven’t had any rain in quite some time, so everything was dry.

September 18, 2013 12:00 am

The Amish Cook: Unique carrot pie is perfect for fall

We turned the calendar another page since my last column was written.

September 11, 2013 12:00 am

The Amish Cook: Enjoy pepperoni bread with lunch or dinner

This is the last week the children will be home all day. School doors open Tuesday, Sept. 3. Where have all these summer months gone?

September 04, 2013 12:00 am

Amish Cook: A fresh corn salsa made from garden vegetables

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.

August 28, 2013 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Blueberry and lemon flavors star in easy bread recipe

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.

August 14, 2013 12:00 am

The Amish Cook: Sharing a typical day of activities and a canning recipe

Here's a rundown of a recent day.

July 30, 2013 11:19 am

Amish Cook: Celebrate the season of peaches and zucchini

Editor’s Note: Lovina’s column is on summer break this week. We'd like to wish her and her husband Joe a very happy, blessed anniversary this week (July 15). Meanwhile, it is the season of peaches and zucchini. Here are some favorite recipes from the Amish Cook archives.

July 17, 2013 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Enjoy corn chip salad at a mid-July gathering

It is July 3 and 2013 is half over already. We have been having lots of rain. Last week we had a total of 8 inches. Some report more, some less.

July 10, 2013 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Gather strawberries to make sweet cupcakes

It is a Wednesday afternoon. 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.

June 26, 2013 12:00 am

The Amish Cook: Sharing easy spring recipes for strawberries, rhubarb, asparagus

Church services are now past and are set to be here again in two weeks. Through it all I was battling a cough and lost my voice for a few days. I’m feeling better every day, which I’m glad for. I will share recipes for this week and will write more about church services next week. Tonight is…

June 05, 2013 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Zucchini season is on its way

We are having a light rain this morning which we are so thankful for. Yesterday we also had some rain and it sure has made my garden perk up. I think we will be having radishes to use soon.

May 29, 2013 12:00 am

The Amish Cook: Asparagus egg casserole stars on breakfast table

This is Tuesday evening around 10 p.m. It’s late and I should join the rest of the family and go to bed. It seems our days are filled with all the extra cleaning we are doing plus gardening.

May 22, 2013 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Strawberry pie is an easy spring treat

It's 7 a.m. and the children just left for school. My husband, Joe, has been at work several hours already and daughter Elizabeth left for her job at 5:15 a.m.

May 08, 2013 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Asparagus casserole stars on spring menu

We are having cold, rainy weather again. Monday was nice and sunny so we could get the laundry all dried. We are out of coal so hopefully it won’t get too cold yet.

May 01, 2013 12:00 am

The Amish Cook: Serve strawberry-rhubarb pie to guests

It is windy and looks like rain. This whole week seems to have been rainy and stormy. Yesterday we managed to get half of our laundry dried before the rain came.

April 24, 2013 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Plan to make easy, flavorful coffee cake

The children went back to school after a week here at home for Spring break. My husband Joe went back to work on Tuesday. The house seems empty during the day. Daughter Susan is working 4 days this week but is home today.

April 17, 2013 12:00 am

The Amish Cook: Mystery biscuits are on the menu

5 a.m. The alarm goes off. I get up because daughter Elizabeth will leave for her job at the factory soon. She has been working a lot of 10-hour days at the factory.

April 10, 2013 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Swiss rolls a favorite family snack

This is a very nice and sunny Thursday with the mercury going over the 50-degree mark on our thermometer. Susan and I did laundry including some curtains.

April 03, 2013 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Sharing tips for growing rhubarb and recipes for easy pastries

Rhubarb finds its way into so many baked goods. It just adds a nice, tart taste to everything. Mom baked with her homegrown rhubarb often, and she never had trouble growing rhubarb.

March 27, 2013 12:00 am

The Amish Cook: Burrito Casserole remains an enjoyable spring dish

It's a nice sunny day in March although the thermometer shows 25 degrees this a.m. We have all the meat from our beef either in cans or in the freezer.

March 20, 2013 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Hard work abounds on butchering day

Here's a recent rundown of a day's activities.

March 13, 2013 12:00 am

Amish Cook: Easy recipes for a winter day

Note: Lovina Eicher's regular Amish Cook column will return next week. For today, Lovina is sharing a couple of quick recipes from "The Amish Cook's Baking Book."

March 06, 2013 12:00 am

The Amish Cook: Sausage and rice bake is quick and easy

Editor’s Note: Lovina’s church is more progressive when it comes to safety-oriented technology like smoke detectors. When their home was built, local home inspectors required such detectors be installed. Some more conservative Amish groups, like the Swartzentruber Amish, have opposed such devices.

February 27, 2013 12:00 am
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